In pictures: Maidenhead Beer Festival

In pictures: Maidenhead Beer Festival

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Lucy Golding

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In pictures: Maidenhead Beer Festival

Booze almost sold out at Maidenhead Beer Festival which saw double the number of visitors as last year.

Hundreds of people flocked to Maidenhead United Football Club ground in York Road across the three day-event which started on Friday and ran until yesterday.

Organised by the Slough, Windsor and Maidenhead branch of CAMRA (Campaign for Real Ale), some of the 60 carefully selected ales available for tasting included Thornbridge Jaipur IPA and five ales from the Windsor and Eton Brewery, including one specially brewed for the festival.

There was also a range of 20 ciders.

On Saturday afternoon visitors could watch a match with a pint in hand as the football club staged a pre-season friendly between Maidenhead United and Slough Town.

Four-piece cover band The Mighty Playhouse entertained crowds on Friday evening and on Saturday evening rock band Skin and Blister took to the stage.

The Saturday night provided a challenge when drink supplies started to dry up.

"We virtually sold out on Saturday by nine o'clock which was a bit embarrassing," said organiser Alan Willoughby, who stopped charging entrance when the beer ran dry.

He added: "We had to order another 20 barrels of beer for delivery on Sunday morning from local breweries."

"Then we were back in business."

Sunday was festival's family fun day in which the Armaleggan Morris Dancers performed.

Sunday alone saw more than 400 visitors through the doors, which included the Mayor of Windsor and Maidenhead, Cllr Richard Kellaway, and his wife Mary-Lou.

Food vendors kept drinkers well-fed throughout the festivities with a choice of curry, hog roast or baguettes.

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