A RECORD number of tipplers took the chance to raise a glass to the 25th Yapton Beer Festival.
The silver jubilee occasion attracted 1,054 visitors to Yapton Village Hall for three days from last Friday.
The occasion’s popularity saw more people attend on Saturday lunchtime – 565 – than went along to the entire first festival in 1990.
Organiser Philip Wildsmith, chairman of Camra’s Western Sussex branch, said: “We had another record year. We only had dribs and drabs of beer left at the end.
“The amount of ciders and perries consumed increased by half as much as last year and we ran out.”
Among the near 600 gallons of beer put away were four brewed to celebrate the silver jubilee.
They were specially made by Sawbridgeworth, Arundel, Ballards and Langham’s breweries. A total of 66 varieties of beer were available. Some were brought down from as far away as the Orkney Islands and Yorkshire.
“It’s the quality and variety of beer that attracts people to the festival,” said Mr Wildsmith. “The future of real ale looks good. More and more people are trying more and more different styles of beer.
“It also helped the weather was good and the hall is a nice venue.”
Ale was formed in response to national bland beers and had raised awareness of different styles of beer.