Cheers as Wirral Beer Festival opens

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The crowds of people who filled Hulme Hall for this years beer festival. Pic © JMU Journalism

There was a party atmosphere as the 11th Wirral Beer Festival took place in Port Sunlight’s Hulme Hall, with many visitors travelling to the venue.

More than 250 beers, ales and ciders were on offer, with around 2,300 visitors packing into the place for the four-day event.

The occasion was arranged by the Liverpool-based Ship & Mitre and organisers now have plans to bring it back in April of next year.

The biannual festival, which first started in 2014, featured breweries from all over the country and included local firms in Birkenhead, Maghull and Bootle, as well as places not so close such as Birmingham and Leeds.

The Wirral Beer Festival is one of the only events of its kind in the area. Clare Duty, the organiser of the event, told JMU Journalism: “We’d seen that Liverpool Organic had done one in St George’s Hall and there was nothing on in the Wirral that we’d known about, and we just saw the venue and thought it was perfect.”

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As well as the drinks for sale, guests were also treated to food and live music from groups who played all different genres from Bavarian-styled music to Motown and 90s pop.

One of the most obscure beverages on selection was the reverse stout by Team Toxic, known as the Sinistral. This drink comes out white with a black ring on the top and was one of the oddest-looking drinks available.

The stout, which was a special edition from the brewery, was featuring in one of its final events of the year as after January the company will stop making it.

Discussing reactions to the Sinistral, a spokesperson from Team Toxic brewery told JMU Journalism: “It went brilliantly; we met a few people that had only gone to the beer festival just to have that, including a couple over from Philadelphia.”

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