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Hundreds raise a glass to 13th annual Bucklebury Beerfest

Hundreds flocked to Bucklebury Recreation Ground at the weekend for the village’s 13th annual Beerfest.

The festival featured a selection of 16 regional beers and a number of ciders, as well as local food cooked on the barbecue.

Though attendance was marginally lower than last year, visitors still sunk close to 1,300 pints – helping raise an estimated £1,800 for local charities.

Caz Clay and Unamba Bernard
Caz Clay and Unamba Bernard

Visiting brewers included Bond Brews from Wokingham, Indigenous Brewery from Chaddleworth, Amwell Springs Brewery Company from Cholsey, Loddon from Reading, Rebellion Brewery from Marlow and Renegade Brewery from Yattendon.

Cider companies Tutts Clump Cider near Bradfield and Green Shed Cider from Newbury also attended.

Live music by mostly local bands kept drinkers entertained throughout the day.

Speaking about the event, organiser John Brims, from Bucklebury, said: “We try and support the local economy as much as we can.

“We are going to donate at least 50 per cent of the profits to charity.

“Last year, we donated £2,000 to two different charities.

“And this year, we’re definitely going to be making a donation to MacMillan Cancer Support.

“And then the trustees will decide how much to donate to some other local charities.”

Preparations for the next edition will begin next year.

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