Real-ale enthusiasts in Warrington were spoilt for choice, when two pubs in the town staged a ‘battle of the brewers’ event.
The Looking Glass and The Friar Penketh each showcased two breweries, in a week-long festival, to find each pub’s favourite brewery and most popular beer.
At The Looking Glass, Liverpool One Brewery (from Liverpool) provided four ales. Customers could vote for Three Graces (4.2% ABV), Liverpool Light (4.1% ABV), Mersey Mist (4.0% ABV) and Maharaja IPA (5.3% ABV).
Those beers were up against a selection of five from Runcorn-based Blueball Brewery, which proved the favourite, with Indie Girl (3.8% ABV) the most popular beer. The other ales on offer were Ruby O’Reilly (4.3% ABV), Nut Cracker (4.5% ABV), Tropical IPA (5.0% ABV) and Blonde Bombshell (5.2% ABV).
More than 100 customers enjoyed a meet-the-brewer event, hosted by both breweries, at the pub.
At The Friar Penketh, Congleton-based Beartown Brewery and Peerless Brewery from Birkenhead battled it out. There was a meet-the-brewer evening from Peerless and a brewery tour to Beartown, enjoyed by 15 customers and staff, as part of the festival.
Among the four Peerless ales on offer were Paxton’s Peculiar (4.1% ABV), Full Whack (6.0% ABV), Red Rocks (5.0% ABV) and Jinja Ninja (4.0% ABV).
Beartown proved to be the favourite brewery, with Bearskinful (4.2% ABV) the most popular brew. The brewery also showcased Ginger Bear (4.0% ABV) and Black Bear (5.0% ABV), as well as a specially brewed beer for the week – Penketh Bear.
Neil Bate, shift manager at The Looking Glass, pictured with shift leader Andrew Black and bar associate Ben Smith (left to right), said: “The week proved extremely popular with our customers, as well as those at The Friar Penketh.
“There were so many great local beers on offer, just highlighting the quality and variety available in our region.”