Fun in the sun at ale weekend

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AMBERLEY hosted over 70 real ales, 12 real ciders and perries as well as crafts as part of their Ale, Craft and Food Festival.

Organisers say that the sixth Ale At Amberley was ‘the most successful yet’.

JPCT-03-09-11 SC11360015a Amberley festvial, Amberley Museum, near Arundel, West Sussex. Rachel Halstead, of Rachel's Kitchen with her cup cakes -photo by steve cobb

JPCT-03-09-11 SC11360015a Amberley festvial, Amberley Museum, near Arundel, West Sussex. Rachel Halstead, of Rachel's Kitchen with her cup cakes -photo by steve cobb

Roger Protz, beer journalist and editor of the Good Beer Guide, opened the festival at Amberley Museum and Heritage centre last Thursday, drawing the first ever pint of the De Witt kiln cellared A over T from Hogsback brewery.

Entertainment included Morris men, steam engines and vintage buses, along with the Blues group Cardinal Sin & the Preachers.

During Saturday and Sunday families could enjoy the crafts and food stalls available, with many staying on to enjoy the warm sunny evenings.

Jim Hawkins, organiser of Ale at Amberley, said: “We think over 2,000 people came to the beer festival and the Ale, Craft & Food show. Judging by the many favourable comments, all seem to have enjoyed themselves.”

With the help of a lottery grant the restored De Witt kilns proved popular, with many agreeing that the strong, hoppy A over T ale cellared there ‘was extremely interesting, combining flavours of honey, toffee and sourness’.

Jim said: “It could almost be thought to be more like a sherry than an ale. Surprisingly, the huge amounts of hops added to the ale when it was brewed, had all dissipated & very little hop taste was left. Hops act as a preserving agent to make the ale long lasting.”