Breweries gather for annual Hucknall Beer Festival

Hucknall Beer Festival
Hucknall Beer Festival

Thirty-one breweries from as far afield as London, Cumbria and Gloucestershire were represented at the annual Hucknall Beer Festival.

Hundreds of tipplers, including a coach party from Manchester, flocked to the three-day event, held at the John Godber Centre, and they were able to sample around 50 ales and ciders.

The centre teamed up with Nottingham CAMRA to organise the event, with voluntary help coming from Hucknall’s Lincoln Green Brewing Company, Beer Shack, Torkard Cider, Hucknall Rotary Club, Hucknall Round Table and the town’s St Mary Magdalene Church.

The thriving Lincoln Green, which is based on Wigwam Lane, laid on brews which included the only existing cask of their premium pale ale, Magnum Opus.

This 7.3 per cent beer. made from American hops and with citrus influence, is destined to be available in bottles only.

As St Valentine’s Day fell during the festival, it was appropriate that the Sheffield brewery, Harthill Village, offered a brew with the romanric-sounding name, Ace of Harts.

The Liverpool Organic Brewery brought their Kitty Wilkinson, which is described as a vanilla, butterscotch and chocolate combine in a roasted malty taste. A visitor from Birmingham, Steve Harper, said: “I have really enjoyed coming here. I thought the range of beer was brilliant.”

The customary food market and craft fair took place on the opening day last Friday and Ellie Keegan, a singer and guitarist from Warsop, entertained on Saturday night.

Centre manager Kim Pears said: “I am delighted with the response. The festival continues to go from strength to strength every year.”

Proceeds of the festival will be put towards the cost of maintaining and improving the centre.