Beer festival pulls crowds

CAMRA Beer Festival 2011 at the Winding Wheel. Jane Lefley (chairman pictured front right) with Camra Members from the left Emma BrAdley, Young Members coordinator, Kath Deighton, Sam Madin young member, Andrew Dowson and Ann Watson.

CAMRA Beer Festival 2011 at the Winding Wheel. Jane Lefley (chairman pictured front right) with Camra Members from the left Emma BrAdley, Young Members coordinator, Kath Deighton, Sam Madin young member, Andrew Dowson and Ann Watson.

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IT was bottom’s up for thousands of beer fanatics who flocked to a real ale festival in Chesterfield.

The Peaks and Lakes Beer festival hit the town’s Winding Wheel on Friday and Saturday, and featured over 100 ales and 16 ciders from across the Peak District and Cumbria.

The event, which was hosted by the Chesterfield branch of Campaign for Real Ale (CAMRA) attracted around 2,400 visitors looking to sample the brewers’ best. But there was nothing drunk or debauched about the occasion.

Jane Lefley, CAMRA Chesterfield chairman, said: “People don’t come here to get drunk.

“They come here to sample new ales that they may not have tasted and meet up with people.

“It is very, very rare that you see people getting legless at these events.”

There was no shortage of choice, with tipples including Cropton Brewery’s Old Goat, Spire Brewery’s Land of Hop and Glory and John Smythe’s Extra Rough - a play on the popular John Smiths.

Glynn Sanderson, the owner of Barlow Brewery in Dronfield, had two ales on offer at the event.

“My favourite ale is the Barlow Black. It’s a stout with a chocolately, malty taste,” he said.

“We have got a lot of great breweries in Derbyshire and it is great to have a lot of them in one place at events like this.”

The best beer from the Peaks, as voted for by visitors was Ashover Brewery’s -Hydro.

The next beer festival will be held at the B2net Stadium on 11th and 12th March. Tickets are £3.

For more information visit www.chesterfieldcamra.org.uk

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