‘Beerly’ good time at Hemsworth Oktoberfest

Hemsworth Oktober Beer Festival, Jenny and Ollie Hall. (h605b442)
Hemsworth Oktober Beer Festival, Jenny and Ollie Hall. (h605b442)

People had a ‘beerly’ good time at the first ever Hemsworth Oktoberfest.

Around 150 real ale fans visited the German-inspired beer festival at Hemsworth Christian Fellowship last weekend.

They were able to sample more than 12 different beers with a Bavarian theme plus wines and ciders from Yorkshire breweries.

Organiser Dan Jones, of Hamelsworde Brewery in Hemsworth, said: “The festival was really successful. It was smaller than Hemsworth Beer Festival earlier in the year but everyone who came had a good time.”

The event was a family affair as Mr Jones’ wife Rebecca, dad Martin, mum Linda and three members of Rebecca’s family manned the busy bar.

People who attended the festival, on Southmoor Road, were also able to try a range of German snacks including wurst, blaukraut, pretzels and sauerkraut while listening to live music and a DJ.

There was no judging for an outright beer of the festival but Mr Jones said all three of his brewery’s beers sold out as did Ossett Brewery’s Spellbound and Fernandes Brewery’s Czech Mate.

Mr Jones added: “It was great that the Wakefield Breweries sold out.

“Everyone’s ales did really well though. We had a lot of real ale drinkers in the afternoon and people came for the entertainment on an evening.”

The event also raised £250 for Hemsworth Christian Fellowship, the venue where the festival took place.