WATCH: ‘Exceptional’ standard at this year’s Rugby Beer Festival

Rugby’s Beer Festival has been hailed a great success with saw beer-lovers from near and far getting together to enjoy a pint or two.

More than 200 people voted for their favourite tipple and Rugby’s branch of the Campaign for Real Ale even managed to sign up its 400th member. The event was held at the Thornfield Bowls Club on Friday and Saturday and featured dozens of beers, as well as ciders, perries and more unusual tipples.

Roger Dunckley and Dave Corney enjoy a tipple or two

Roger Dunckley and Dave Corney enjoy a tipple or two

Steve Heighton, of Rugby CAMRA, said the overall quality of the festival was “fantastic”.

He added: “The standard of this year’s event was exceptional and we had some top class brews.

“The numbers were a little lower than in previous years but in terms of quality I think it was one of our best yet.

“The football was on Saturday night so obviously that had an affect but the festival was brilliant.

“People travelled from all sorts of places to take part, we even had some people come from Grimsby and Carlisle especially for the festival.

“There was a lot of competition from other events over the weekend so we were really pleased that people chose to come to us.

“We signed up our 400th member which is fantastic.

“The number of members is steadily increasing and we’re really pleased about it.

“The public are asked to vote for their favourite beer and this year we had over 200 votes which is amazing.

“There’s about ten beers that are in with a chance of winning so it may be quite close.

“We had some exceptional beers from the south west of the country, some were from new breweries and they were very impressive.

W”e’re pleased that the festival was such a success, it was probably the best ever in terms of quality as we’ve got some new equipment which is really making a difference.”

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