ALE lovers have been the first to try out new brews at a celebration of beer.
Durham’s branch of the Campaign for Real Ale (Camra) is hosting its 31st festival at Dunelm House, New Elvet, until tomorrow evening.
Following the success of last year’s event, an extra 20 beers are available, bringing the number of cask ales up to 100, with cider and perry numbers doubled to 30 to meet demand for their rising popularity.
More than 20 bottled beers are also on sale at the festival, which will raise funds for the Great North Air Ambulance.
Branch chairman Peter Lawson said: “It’s bigger and we’re hoping that more people will come, because we’ve got some good breweries in the area. A lot of festival organisers think it finishes when they sell out, but I don’t agree.
“Saturday is the last and a full day, and for that reason we’ll have more beers and ciders to last the full festival.”
Among beers on offer will be ale from Durham Brewery, a backer of the festival, which has brewed a new variety for the event called Viennese Maltz.
Hot and cold food, served by T&I Bell of Washington, will also be on offer, with The Kentucky Cow Tippers band performing live tomorrow.
Camra branches from Tyneside and Northumberland are supporting the festival.
The festival, which began yesterday, will be open from 11am to 11pm today and 11am onwards tomorrow.