PINT lovers from across the Wee County turned up in droves to celebrate the annual Alloa Beer Festival.

The celebration of all things beer and ale returned to Alloa Town Hall over the weekend of Friday and Saturday, November 10 and 11.

Featuring a large selection of beers, gins and ciders, this was the perfect night out for a Wee County beer enthusiast.

The event is organised each year by Forth Valley Campaign for Real Ale (CAMRA), with organisers Stewart Batchelor and Sara Hutcheon thoroughly impressed with the turnout.

Speaking to the Advertiser during Saturday night’s event, CAMRA vice chair Sara said: “It’s been really good, it’s difficult to say how we’re doing compared to previous years since we took a hit during Covid.

“But, numbers are looking good so far. We’ve got a wide selection of beers, ranging from our stouts and porters, milds, bitters to our IPAs and our lager-esque beers.

“That’s one thing we’ve had people compliment us on this year, we’ve got a good range of ciders which is our largest selection of ciders we’ve had.

“There’s the gin and prosecco bar as well and some soft drinks as well for those who are not drinking so we’ve made sure there’s something for everyone.”

Alongside more conventional beers and ciders on offer, the CAMRA organisers have also taken care to include a range of gluten-free and vegan options.

While they don’t include alcohol-free options as of yet, Sara added that it was definitely something to consider given their rise in popularity.

“Taste-wise, we’ve got a lot across the board from darks, lights and pales,” Forth Valley CAMRA chair Stewart added. “We’ve got CAMRA members from all over the country here between yesterday and today.

“They’ve been more than happy to choose from a wide variation of beers, including some you wouldn’t find in a pub.

“We’ve given people the opportunity to taste something different and take that away with them.”

The Alloa Beer Festival also took the time to explore the town’s history and roots in distilleries, with local crafters firmly established at the event.

“We’re supporting local breweries as well,” Sara added. “We’ve got representation from Harviestoun, Williams Bros, Strangers and others so we’re getting their beers out to the general public as well.”