Hitchin beer festival is a huge success!

Becca Day and a friend have fun at the festival.

Becca Day and a friend have fun at the festival. - Credit: Archant

Hitchin beer festival was a huge success with record numbers of thirsty punters attending last week.

Layth Yousif and Daniel Jimenez

Layth Yousif and Daniel Jimenez - Credit: Archant

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.

Organiser Jon Kirby.

Organiser Jon Kirby. - Credit: Archant

“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 Hitchin Beer and Cider Festival 2016 gets the thumbs up!

The Hitchin Beer and Cider Festival 2016 gets the thumbs up! - Credit: Archant

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’.

Half Moon staff and regulars at the beer festival as they receive their Camra Herts pub of the year

Half Moon staff and regulars at the beer festival as they receive their Camra Herts pub of the year award. - Credit: Archant

The Comet team at the beer festival!

The Comet team at the beer festival! - Credit: Archant

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