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Ale fans drink Houghton Beer Festival dry

Members of Houghton and District Round Table pictured behind the pumps on the opening night of their popular Beer Festival.

Members of Houghton and District Round Table pictured behind the pumps on the opening night of their popular Beer Festival.

PINTS were poured and barrels drank dry at Houghton’s annual beer festival this weekend.

It was the fourth festival, organised by Houghton Round Table, and was held at the town’s Welfare Hall.

Bereavement charity 4Louis and the Sir Bobby Robson Foundation are both set to benefit from the proceeds of the weekend, which has been supported by the Sunderland and South Tyneside branches of the Campaign for Real Ale (Camra).

Under the Radar provided entertainment on Friday, while Hetton band Dennis took to the stage on Saturday, as hundreds of punters turned up to enjoy the 30 different ales and ciders on offer.

Round Table member Ian Topliff, who manages the festival, said: “It’s been absolutely fantastic once again.

“We had to re-stock about five cask ales and three ciders after Friday night because they’d gone.

“About 140 people came on opening night and more than two-thirds of that number were here on Saturday night, as well as others.”

First tipple to sell out was popular beer Swedish Blonde, from Wearside’s Maxim Brewery.

Also a hit with festival-goers was a special brew made up for Sunderland’s Mayor Bob Heron, which was also created by the Rainton Bridge-based brewery.

Sunderland cafe and deli Juniper’s Pantry, based in Barnes, provided food for peckish drinkers.

Festival organisers hope to raise more than £5,000 for their two chosen charities.

Ian added that the event had “run like clockwork”.

 

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