The 4th Lunesdale Dark and Winter Ales Festival got off to a flying start on 28 January with a launch in the White Cross pub in Lancaster. Crowds of drinkers and brewers enjoyed a selection of no fewer than ten porters, stouts and old ales laid on by the White Cross. Demand was so high that two of them sold out on the night.
Representatives of five local breweries were present: Cross Bay, Hawkshead, Kirkby Lonsdale, Lancaster and Old School. Hawkshead Brewery offered a tasting of some rare oak-aged strong ales, while Kirkby Lonsdale had samples of the variety of hops they use in their brewing.
Festival organiser Tim Tomlinson said: “This festival has two main purposes: to celebrate the wide variety of less-usual ales that can be found around here; and to encourage drinkers to try styles of beer they don’t usually think of drinking."