South Leeds ale celebration set to raise the bar

Roger Ward of the Rothwell Beer Festival. Picture by Jonathan Gawthorpe.
Roger Ward of the Rothwell Beer Festival. Picture by Jonathan Gawthorpe.
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More than 1,200 punters are expected to clink glasses at the sixth annual Rothwell Beer Festival next month.

Last year’s record-breaking event is hoped to be surpassed at the 2015 festival, which will feature more varieties of beer, cider and perry than ever before when it returns to Rothwell Parish Centre, off Church Street, on April 10 and 11.

A selection of around 50 ales from all over England will be sold at the event including a one-off festival ale produced by Hamelsworde Brewery called ‘Wild Boar’. There will also be a number of bottled world ales.

Non beer drinkers can also enjoy a wide range of British perrys and ciders.

Roger Ward, chair of the festival’s organising committee, said: “Six years ago when we organised it we stood behind the pumps waiting at 5.59pm thinking, ‘what’s going to happen here?’.

“It started with a trickle and by 7pm it was pandemonium. Lots of people are looking forward to it – it’s a proper beer festival.”

More than 1,100 visitors enjoyed the two-day festival last year, meaning the taps ran dry due to demand.

Organisers have ordered extra this year so that no-one misses out during the festival’s sessions on Friday April 10, from 6pm to 10.30pm, and Saturday April 11, from 12noon to 10pm.

Carlton-based singer James Coley will perform at the festival on the Friday, before The Florins, Molly Rymer, In The Air and The Main Street Preachers perform the day after.

Mr Ward added: “Last year was fantastic, it was the best ever for the number of visitors and the amount of ale supped. We’ve just got to keep on going from there.”

Admission costs £5, which includes a festival glass, programme and a half pint of ale. Entry on day two with a glass is £3.

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