Isle Of Man / Ellan Vannin

Manx real ale festival attracts more than 1,500 people

Real Ale Festival
Image caption More than 60 beers were available at the festival

More than 1,500 people attended the first Camra Real Ale Festival in the Isle of Man over the weekend.

During the three-day festival more than 4,500 pints of beer and 800 pints of cider and perry were served at the Masonic Hall in Douglas.

Organiser Alan Cooper said the turnout was "beyond his wildest dreams".

More than 60 real ales from all over the British Isles, including 20 local beers, as well as cider, perry and fruit wine were available.

'Captured people's imagination'

Mr Cooper, who hopes the festival can become an established annual event, said: "We were blown away by the popularity and the feedback was excellent.

"We had queues stretching all the way round the building so we must have been doing something right.

"Throughout the three days we received a real cross-section of people and we had no trouble whatsoever.

"I really feel it captured people's imagination and we will be looking to grow the festival slowly in coming years."

The event proved so popular that more than half the beers had run out by the second day and all the beer sold out completely during the final evening.

Mr Cooper continued: "We didn't expect so many through the doors so we did run out of beers right at the end but it gave people the chance to try the ciders and perries."

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