THE first-ever Beer Festival of Dollar was hosted last weekend with organisers describing the event as a great success.

It took place at the Hive in Dollar over Friday and Saturday night, organised by Dollar Community Development Trust (DCDT).

Attendees were treated to a talk by Ken Brooker, founder of local Harviestoun Brewery, who shared his wisdom on all craft beer matters, as well as a festival pint glass and samples of different beers.

Chris Hudd of the Dollar CDT was blown away by the response the event received.

He said: "Friday night was limited to just 50 tickets which we almost sold out.

"The following night the number was close to 100.

"The atmosphere was great, hopefully next year it will be even bigger."

Chris explained how the idea for the festival came about and why it had not been done before.

He added: "As the last pub in Dollar was due to close for extensive refurbishment some time ago we felt that there would be interest in a charity beer festival."

Gourmet hot dogs were available from Café des Fleurs whilst Los Angeles band Stray Dogz provided the music.

There were 13 different locally brewed cask ales to sample, as well as wine and gins supplied by Ellie's Cellar.

Due to the response received this year, the Dollar CDT are already planning for the second festival next year.

Chris said: "We will definitely run a similar event next year and perhaps in a larger venue. Hopefully, word of mouth will mean greater demand."