Hundreds descend on Doncaster for annual beer festival

Doncaster Beer Festival at Doncaster college. From left, CP Hodgson, Brian Dickinson, John Law, The Didler and Brian Steele
Doncaster Beer Festival at Doncaster college. From left, CP Hodgson, Brian Dickinson, John Law, The Didler and Brian Steele

Real ale lovers really were here for the beer as hundreds of drinkers descended on Doncaster for the town’s annual beer festival.

This year’s Silver Jubilee event marked 25 years of top tipples in the town with beer lovers heading to Doncaster College for the three day extravaganza, which draws to a close tonight.

Tipplers have been raising a glass to more than 110 real ales as well as cider, perry and wine at the event organised by the Doncaster branch of the Campaign For Real Ale, which coincided with the group’s 40th anniversary.

Branch secretary Dave Bartley said: “We’ve come a long way since a few real ale enthusiasts held their first branch meeting at the Leopard in January 1975.

“In those days, cask beer in pubs had become something of a rarity. Although there are many more pubs selling real ale than in 1975, there are fewer pubs overall.”

The first festival was held at Bentley Pavilion in 1991 with just thirty ales - with some of those served up a quarter of a century ago returning for drinkers to sample.

Visitors could enjoy brews with weird and wonderful names such as Toolmakers’ Yankie Driver, HipHopoptamus Pale Ale, Grafton Salted Caramel Stout and Cornish Crown Honeyfuggle.

Guests could also tuck into a wide range of culinary treats including speciality pies, cheese, homemade cakes and chocolate as well as enjoying live music from a variety of bands.