Chester-le-Street Cricket Club staged its third annual beer festival last month after earning popular feedback in the real ale community for its first two events with all proceeds going to support the work of local charity The Cyrenians.
The festival follows the award of Club of the Year by the Durham branch of the Campaign for Real Ale for third year in succession. It also won the Best Private Club category in the first Chester-le-Street Best Bar None accolades recently.
24 real ales and ciders produced by local and national micro-breweries were on offer, and amongst the local suppliers were the Consett Ale Works and The Stables brewery, at Beamish.
Commenting after the event, festival director Jonathan Alderside said:
"The Chester le Street Cricket Club Beer Festival was a resounding success with plenty of ale being drunk over the weekend. Festival goers were especially impressed with the choice and quality of the ales on offer!
Not only did the festival prove popular but also managed to raise some money for The Cyrenians which we chose as our charity for this years event due to the fantastic work they do throughout the North East helping vulnerable people."
Over £800 was raised for the Cyrenians at the festival, Assistant Director Keith Nicholson said:
“We appreciate the chance to benefit from the proceeds of the event and are extremely grateful for the donation, which at this time of year will be essential in supporting those suffering from homelessness.”