Hitchin beer festival is a huge success!
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Hitchin beer festival was a huge success with record numbers of thirsty punters attending last week.
The Hitchin Beer and Cider Festival, held at Hitchin Rugby Club off Old Hale Way, saw 2,874 visitors, up on last year’s figure, along with around 9,000 pints of ale being drunk.
The event was opened by Hitchin Festival president Tim Farr, with a short speech by Comet editor John Francis.
Beer festival organiser Jon Kirby said: “It was tiring but it was a great festival.
“We’re pleased it’s seen as a great community event in Hitchin’s social calendar.
“A big thank you to everyone who helped and supported us to make is such a popular event.”
Supping on an ale at the festival, Daniel Jimenez said: “It’s a very well organised festival with some great beers on offer.
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“I’m really glad I came, the atmosphere is very friendly.”
Ale enthusiast Mark Waples added: “It’s a great beer festival!”
The Half Moon pub in Queen Street was also honoured as Camra pub of the year for Herts.
Landlord Howard Phillips added: “A big thank you to everyone who has helped make us Camra Herts pub of the year!”
Baldock-based Apple Cottage celebrated a double success as they won Camra’s Cider of the Year with their ‘Special Branch’ effort – as well as Perry of the Year with ‘Perry Coma’.