Leeds International Beer Festival was a feast for the senses

Leeds International Beer Festival held at Leeds Town Hall. Pictured Alex Jones, 24, and Catherine Speare, 23, of Horsforth.
Leeds International Beer Festival held at Leeds Town Hall. Pictured Alex Jones, 24, and Catherine Speare, 23, of Horsforth.
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Thousands poured through the doors of Leeds Town Hall over the past four days after it was transformed into a beer-drinker’s paradise.

But those attending the third Leeds International Beer Festival were treated to far more than ale-supping.

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The event was a feast for the senses, serving a selection of around 170 UK beers and around 65 international beers, accompanied by live music, DJ sets, vintage arcade games like Pac-Man and a mouth watering array of food from eateries including Leeds favourites Bundobust, Greedy Pig and The Grub and Grog Shop.

Festival goers were also able to meet the brewers and even take a trip to a sci-fi inspired bar in the old Victorian cells, courtesy of North Bar

Darren Potter, one of the festival organisers, said: “It’s been an absolutely amazing success.

“People have been saying it’s the best beer festival they’ve ever been to – some people have been saying it’s the best festival they’ve ever been to.”

Howard Sykes, 30, of Lofthouse, Leeds

Howard Sykes, 30, of Lofthouse, Leeds

The event has grown in both ambition and numbers since it began, attracting 4,000 in 2012 and around 8,500 people this year. Mr Potter added: “Our ambition is to create a beer festival on a par with the major US and European festivals, that is a destination for beer drinkers from all over the world.”

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