Artisan and Round Table set to open tap on this year’s Denbigh Beer Festival

Denbigh Beer Festival is set to open tap next weekend, raising the profile of some of the UK’s finest real ales and thousands of pounds St Kentigern Hospice.

Sponsored by Denbigh-based Artisan Windows and organised by the town’s Round Table, the September 17th event is expected to attract around 300 people.

Chairman of Denbigh Round Table David Jones said: “We have had fantastic support from the public each year so far, and with St Kentigern as the sole charity for 2011, we’re hoping to be able to top last year’s takings.”

Held in Denbigh’s historic town hall, this is the seventh year the event has taken place.

There will be 35 beers on offer at Denbigh Town Hall on the day, including ales from Facers, in Flintshire, Coach House from Warrington, alongside a single cider, Happy Daze from South Wales, which proved to be a hit at last year’s event.

Sponsor Ian Gibson of Artisan Windows said: “The Round Table works incredibly hard to make each beer festival better than the last. It’s always a great day and has become a firm date in the town’s social calendar.

“As fans of real ales, we are always proud to be able to support this event and St Kentigern Hospice is a very deserving cause. I hope the day sees a record turnout.”

Last year’s event saw around 300 real ale lovers turn up on the day, raising £3,500 for the Welsh Air Ambulance.

This year’s chosen charity, St Kentigern Hospice, has cared for more than 5,000 patients and their families over the last 15 years. It costs £1.4m a year to run the hospice, with just 18 per cent of that funding coming from the Local Health Board and Welsh Assembly.

The Round Table will open doors on the marathon real ale session at noon on September 17, bands will play throughout the day and the beer taps will close at 10.30pm.

A £5 entry fee is payable on the door, which includes a commemorative glass. Beer tokens for the real ales are also purchased on the day.