Cheers to real ale fans who drank Hull beer festival dry
THE organisers of a beer festival held in a Hull church admit they have been the "victims of their own success" after running out of ale.
Campaign for Real Ale's (Camra) Hull Real Ale and Cider Festival was held in the unusual setting of Holy Trinity Church in the city centre.
Despite some eyebrows being raised, the event has proved such a success that all the beer had run out by 2pm on Saturday, despite bringing in 15 extra casks.
The event was due to go on until 10pm that day.
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Holy Trinity's Pioneer Minister Matt Woodcock believes the event has been hugely beneficial for the church.
He said: "The festival has been a roaring success and a wonderful experience.
"It was disappointing to run out of beer at 2pm and I guess we have been the victims of our own success.
"This has put Holy Trinity on the map and we can't believe the level of success."
The church has benefited financially as well as raising its profile.
Reverend Woodcock said: "We have also been blown away by the number of donations.
"We had collection buckets and raised more than £500, which will be for the work of the church.
"We even had more people at church on Sunday morning.
"I feel we have connected with people in a new way and it has helped take down the barriers.
"One guy told me it's the first time he has said his prayers with a beer in his hand.
"We are all set to host the event next year. There have been teething problems but it has been brilliant."
Camra's chair Angela Cawte is delighted with the festival's success.
She said: "It was an amazing event. We can't believe what a phenomenal success it has been.
"We would like to apologise to people for running out.
"We had brought in a further 15 casks of beer – the equivalent to 1,000 pints but that still wasn't enough.
"Lessons have been learnt and we hope to take that on board for next year.
"But the feedback from customers has been very positive.
"We would very much like the festival to come back to Holy Trinity next year as the atmosphere was amazing."
Mark Bateman, of west Hull, just managed to make the festival in time before the beer ran out.
He said: "I have just signed up with Camra.
"I saw on Twitter there was a limited supply of beer left so we got down at noon.
"The atmosphere was very good and I think the venue was the real winner.
"There was a nice mix of real ale and culture and that's what it's all about.
"There was a varied mix of ales even though much of it had run out but it was certainly worthwhile going."