12:50pm Sunday 14th April 2013
Two beer festivals at the weekend were a heady success.
A top tipple commemorating a former local landlord was the fastest seller at Haworth Beer Festival.
Merry Terry, created in memory of the late Terry Barnes, sold out within 24 hours of the three-day festival starting.
Goose Eye Brewery had provided a barrel of the one-off pale ale, and the festival itself was dedicated to Terry.
Thirsty drinkers drank the festival dry by Sunday afternoon after real-ale enthusiasts drained the final drops of the 25 brews on offer.
Organiser Kath Thornton, Terry’s stepdaughter, said the festival attracted many local residents as well as some from further afield.
She added: “Friday was a nice atmosphere, and Saturday afternoon was great with families and dogs running around.
“And Saturday night was bonkers with people dancing to northern soul music.”
Festivalgoers voted Bridgehouse Porter, from Haworth, and Atilla as their favourite tipples.
Kath said Merry Terry did not win the vote because it sold out before many people could taste it, but it was clearly very popular.
A raffle raised £175 for Manorlands.
Meanwhile, ales, wines and ciders were among the offerings at Cononley’s first ever festival dedicated to home brewing.
The event, at the ‘Uppin Arms’ in Cononley Village Institute on Saturday night, attracted about 70 visitors.
“It went really well and people loved it,” said Steve Slater, one of the organisers.
“We will certainly hold it again, probably in the summer.”
About £330 was raised, which will be split between the village institute and Manorlands.
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