Photo of the cheque presentationOctober’s Beer Festival hosted by Hall & Woodhouse, brewer of Badger beers, has raised more than £2,100 for Macmillan Cancer Support – the Dorset brewers’ chosen charity for 2013/14.

The Beer Festival offered serious beer lovers the chance to try 33 different cask ales from other local breweries and friends of Badger, such as The Piddle Brewery, Palmers, Sixpenny Brewery, Otter Brewery, Small Paul Brewery, Corfe Castle, Dorset Brewing Company, Isle of Purbeck, Hopback, Keystone, Sunny Republic, Yeovil Ales, Timothy Taylor and Westons Cider. Many people tried their very best to make their way through the beers as they listened to the live music in the autumn sunshine.

Legendary mixologist Nick Strangeway from Strange Hill hosted a series of very successful beer-cocktail master classes, where samples of Disco Badger and Ferrets Bells were sampled with enthusiasm. Beer writer Tim Hampson’s beer tasting workshop proved exceptionally popular, especially when Tim raffled his latest book on behalf of the charity.

Commenting, Toby Heasman, Head Brewer, said: “Our first Beer Festival was an even greater success than we had hoped and we are delighted to have raised so much money for Macmillan Cancer Support. My team worked exceptionally hard to make sure this was a memorable beer festival – and they certainly achieved this.”

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