The 2015 Hitchin Beer and Cider Festival is just one week away with pints being poured from 5pm next Thursday.

The three-day festival, which takes place at Hitchin Rugby Club’s headquarters in Old Hale Way for the third year, will bring together more than 100 beers and ciders from around the country as well as a large range of foreign beers.

The Comet-backed annual event is organised by volunteers from the North Herts Camra, Hitchin Round Table, and the rugby club.

Event organiser Jon Kirby said: “We’re really pleased with the range of beers and ciders on offer at this year’s festival from both of the UK and overseas.

“There really is something for everyone. What’s more, guests will be able to try some of the best ciders the county has to offer as we name the Hertfordshire Cider of the Year.

“With returning favourites plus a large number of new ones to try, visit to see what takes your fancy.”

All registered cider makers across the county have been invited to take part in the competition for Hertfordshire Cider of the Year competition, and all will be available to sample.

Festival goers will also be given the opportunity to vote for their favourite tipple with the Beer of the Festival and Cider of the Festival being named at the end of the event.

The festival runs from 5pm to 11pm on Thursday and from noon to 11pm on Friday and Saturday.