HUNDREDS of drinkers have raised a glass at a popular beer festival.
Octoberfest, which features a host of traditional cask ales, returned to Sunderland this week for the third year.
Organiser Michael Wynne said attendances at the three-day event, which is held at the Bonded Warehouse, in Low Street, continue to grow.
In 2009, the Campaign for Real Ale (Camra) decided to move the festival from South Shields to the city.
“Since we moved the festival to Sunderland, it has got more successful and popular each year,” said Mr Wynne. “We offer traditional ales from some of the finest small brewers.”
Mr Wynne said more than 500 people regularly attend the event, which comes to a close today.
“All of the brewers in our branch area are represented together with beers from as far away as East London,” he said.
“There is something there for everybody, including some unusual styles, such as orange wheat beer from Wakefield and cherry and elderflower beers from Shipley, in West Yorkshire.
“It’s a great chance for people to try traditional ales.”
The festival is open today from noon until 10.30pm.
Entry is £1 or free to students and card-carrying Camra members.
Full details at www.camra-angle.co.uk