Padiham Beer Festival will be barrel of fun

Hare and Hounds landlord Stefan Riley who will be hosting its first real ale beer festival.
Hare and Hounds landlord Stefan Riley who will be hosting its first real ale beer festival.

A Padiham pub is bringing cheer to real ale fans with the town’s first ever beer festival.

The Hare and Hounds will be rolling out the barrels at the three-day festival this weekend.

The popular West Street hostelry hopes to attract drinkers from across East Lancashire with cask ales and ciders, live music and food.

Landlord Stefan Riley believes it will boost Padiham’s real ale revival and said it was a perfect way to celebrate the first anniversary of taking over the pub.

He said: “I have spoken to a lot of people and they are pretty sure it is the first ever beer festival Padiham has ever had.

“There is a real buzz going round and everyone is looking forward it.

“Real ale is something with have prided ourselves on since we came to the pub.

“It should be a really good weekend.”

He added: “It also coincides with us being in the pub for 12 months so it is a bit of a celebration.”

The festival will see a variety of 17 real ales and cask ciders from across Lancashire and Yorkshire on hand pumps at the pub all weekend.

Live music is being performed on the Saturday night and hot food from chilli to burgers will be available outside.

Stefan, who has even bought in special festival glasses, said: “It is a real first for the town and if it is a success we will be looking at running them twice a year.”

John Webster, of East Lancashire Campaign for Real Ale, said: “It shows the pub has a commitment to real ale and it will be great for the town.

It is the first ever beer festival that Padiham has ever had – I cannot think of another one in the town.

“The beer festival will bring people in and draw extra trade into other pubs around Padiham.”

The Hare and Hounds Beer Festival will run from noon to midnight on Friday, Saturday and Sunday.