the second ‘Bobtown Beer Bash’ went down a storm at the weekend.
The real ale extravaganza in Roberttown exceeded all expectations, with around 800 people braving the heavy rain and turning up at the community centre on Saturday,
From a noon start, 33 barrels of ale and cider had been emptied by 6.30pm and some 700 glasses of real ale were sold.
“It was fantastic, another huge success,” said Robert Knapp, one of the event organisers. “This was bigger than the first Beer Bash last year.”
Mr Knapp added the spin-off for the village as a whole was ‘incredible’.
At one point, the New Inn had to close to collect glasses, the WMC was also very busy and Buckles butchers sold more than 800 burgers for a barbecue.
“So everybody benefited,” said Mr Knapp, who sets up the event with fellow villager Lynnette Stone and Cleckheaton’s Malcolm Firth.
The Beer Bash, which also features live entertainment, started after the trio went to a beer festival in Huddersfield and thought Roberttown could host its own. All proceeds go to local charities and projects.
“We like to give the proceeds back to the village,” said Mr Knapp, who praised village volunteers for helping out.
Asked if the Beer Bash would be repeated next year, he said: “I can’t see any reason why not.”