Dark beers go beyond the pale

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A HIGHLY successful event has shown that there is more to beer than just lager and pale ale.

The two-week Lunesdale Dark & Winter Ales Festival, jointly organised by the Campaign for Real Ae (CAMRA) and the local trade, saw pubs offering almost 70 stouts, milds, porters and winter warmers.

A feast of unusual and exotic brews with names like Wobbly Bob, Bishop’s Finger and 99 Red Baboons drew eager and inquisitive drinkers into the 13 participating venues, many of them sampling dark ales for the first time.

At a time of the year when trade is slack, many pubs reported a boost in sales.

See the Lancaster Guardian (11-02-11) for full story.