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'We just about sold out of beer and that’s always a good sign', Bucklebury Beerfest a success





Bucklebury’s 12th annual Beerfest was a roaring success with around £3,500 being raised for local causes.

Taking place on the village’s recreation ground on Saturday, August 27, around 750 people went to the event to sample the 15 beers on offer from five different local breweries.

John Brims and Clinton Clay
John Brims and Clinton Clay
James Bywater and Libby Weedon
James Bywater and Libby Weedon

More than 50 per cent of the festival’s profits are being donated to the West Berkshire branch of the Motor Neurone Disease Association and Berkshire Women’s Aid, with the rest of the money going towards maintaining Bucklebury’s village hall, the Victory Room.

One of Bucklebury Beerfest’s organisers John Brims said: “It went very well. We just about sold out of beer and that’s always a good sign.

John Brims pouring a pint
John Brims pouring a pint
Craig and Harrold Allen enjoying a pint
Craig and Harrold Allen enjoying a pint

“It was a very, very good event, a lovely afternoon, and I think everyone enjoyed themselves.”

The beers on offer were supplied by Yattendon-based West Berkshire Brewery, Chaddleworth’s Indigenous Brewery, Ramsbury Brewery in the Wiltshire countryside, Bond Brews from Wokingham and cider came from Tutts Clump in Bradfield.

Clive Evans getting the barbecue going
Clive Evans getting the barbecue going
Tea and cakes provided by volunteers from Berkshire Women's Aid and the West Berkshire branch of the MND Association
Tea and cakes provided by volunteers from Berkshire Women's Aid and the West Berkshire branch of the MND Association

Volunteers from the West Berkshire branch of the Motor Neurone Disease Association and Berkshire Women’s Aid ran a tea room on the day, providing cakes and hot drinks to purchasing punters.

There was also a barbecue on the day, with meat supplied from Ashampstead’s Vicars Game Ltd, and 15 local artisans set up stalls to sell their wares.

Cheers to Bucklebury Beerfest
Cheers to Bucklebury Beerfest

Live music entertained beer drinkers throughout the day, with performances from acts such as West Berkshire pop and rock covers band Fubar and alt-rock up-and-comers Violet Origin.



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