ORGANISERS raised their glasses to another successful Tameside Beer Festival.
It is expected charities will benefit to the tune of more than £7,000 from the annual event at The Civic Hall, Stalybridge in September.
This was the seventh festival and organisers Tameside Rotary Club claim it was the best yet as 37 real ales from throughout Britain were on tap.
Spokeswoman Angela Robins said: “Friday night was packed out and was busier than the Saturday. But over the two days the atmosphere was great.
“We are confident we have made more than the £7,000 raised last year.”
Last year’s beneficiaries were the new Macmillan unit at Tameside Hospital, NSPCC and local rotary charities.
This year the British Heart Foundation and Diabetes UK were the two headline charities alongside a number of other local causes.
The 37 ales included Builders’ Craic that is brewed by the Rising Sun Brewery, Mossley.
So what were the favourite tipples?
Andy Booth selected Harvest Pale from Castle Rock Brewery, Nottingham; Eddie Sandwith, Sandpiper Light Ale, Brimstage Brewing Company, Wirral; Martin Ford, Red Kite, Vale Brewery, Brill and George Massey, Lymm Dam, Cheshire.
Apart from the ale, there were expertly selected wines and a selection of food.
There was also musical entertainment on both days.
The Phoenix Brass Hoppers, an oompah band, Indie band Inside Job and soloist Eric Barrow were on stage on Friday.
And the next day it was Tameside Community Voices, three-piece band Pattison Fogg and a further slot from Eric Barrow.