July 12th, 2016
A record 21,000 pints were supped at last weekend’s twelfth Beer on the Wye beer and cider festival, with some 6,300 ale lovers turning out to make the three-day event the best ever.
On offer were 130 UK beers, 40 world beers and 137 different ciders – and a third of all the drinks served was cider, said organisers Herefordshire CAMRA.
A staggering 109 of the ciders came from inside the county – a record for the number of Herefordshire ciders and perries at a single venue.
But the winning ale in the event came from outside Herefordshire – as West Yorkshire’s renowned Elland Brewery took Champion Beer of the Festival with White Prussian, a 3.9 per cent pale beer, described as “crisp, floral and citrus notes”.
The Odyssey Brew Co won Champion Beer of Herefordshire, with 31st State APA – a hoppy, US-style 5.8 per center.
Cleeve Orchard Cider & Perry, from Ross-on-Wye, won Overall Best Perry, and West Midlands Champion Perry of the Year, with a 6 per cent medium offering.