By Laura Hughes

Published: Liverpool Life newspaper 22/02/17

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Liverpool Beer Festival returned this weekend in the atmospheric venue of the Metropolitan Cathedral Crypt. Hundreds attended the popular event to taste over 200 different types of beer and cider.

Liverpool and District Campaign for Real Ale (CAMRA) hosted the festival. It is part of the nationwide group that campaigns for real ale, real pubs and consumer rights.

Halee Rani, young person’s officer for CAMRA, was at the event encouraging young people to sign up to help with the campaign.

Sshe told Liverpool Life: “We are trying to save our pubs they are closing and young people are not drinking in them. We’re trying to change that because there’s a history behind CAMRA, there’s a history behind beer making and it’s important young people know it.

“You ask for Guinness or whatever else there serving and don’t realise how important real ale is and those pubs that sell real ale are not surviving because people don’t drink it and they don’t drink it because they don’t know about it but events like this get people drinking it.”

Ale-lovers got the chance to vote for their favourite beer at the festival with Lake District based Tarn Hows brewery taking the top spot. The successful event kept patrons entertained with a host of food and entertainment on offer.

The festival, which was previously held at the Everyman Theatre, has been running for more than 37 years. Martin Powell, CAMRA volunteer admissions manager, spoke to Liverpool Life: “It just shows you how things have changed the first one had 12 beers which was seen as a phenomenal number in those days.

“In many ways the Crypt is the ideal venue because it’s a cellar. Of course now lots of people know it exists partly because of the beer festival and it’s become quite a well used venue.”