HUGE crowds drank the bar dry at Houghton’s first Round Table-hosted Beer Festival.
Popular brands of real ales and every one of six ciders on offer were polished off by hundreds of thirsty punters.
Most popular of the 30 ales on offer was Rivet Catcher, brewed by the Jarrow Brewery, followed by Rainton Bridge brewer Maxim’s Swedish Blonde and Double Maxim.
Three charities are also set to benefit from the proceeds of the festival, which was held at Houghton’s Welfare Hall.
Up to £4,000 has been raised for bereavement charity 4Louis, Macmillan Cancer Support and Thunder Community Trust.
John Bloomfield, organiser of the festival and member of Houghton Round Table, said the three-day event could become a regular feature on the Houghton social calendar.
“We are a little bit short of members, so that might be a factor. But we could be looking to move to a bigger venue.
“We’d like to thank our sponsor and Camra, which supplied loads of technical expertise and bodies.
“We could not have coped without them.
“Also Wetherspoons were really supportive, supplying free staff from the Wild Boar and taking programmes to give out in the pub.”
The event sold out on Friday and Saturday nights.
Drinkers enjoyed live entertainment from solo performer Glen Roughead and pop-rock four-piece Magenta Sky entertained the ale-drinking audience on Friday.
Hetton group Dennis, as well as Bessie and the Zinc Buckets are the bands performed on Saturday.