The barrels were full ready for drinkers to enjoy a range of beer and cider at the fourth Henley Beer Festival at Henley Rugby Club on Saturday.
30 beers and ciders were available to sample from both the Thames Valley and Bristol areas to match the line up on the pitch as the Hawks were taking on Bristol’s Clifton Rugby Club which they won in the last minute of the game with a penalty kick (28-27). Local beers include Loddon’s Colour Outside the Lines and Citra Hop and Lovibonds’ Loud American and Lucky Lager.
There was a bouncy castle and zorbs to keep the kids amused supplied by local firm Spolj. Music entertainment kicked off with young sibling performers, Felix and Didi Richardson, with Sam Evans and Adam Isaac with Bloc off the Wall later into the evening.
Before the game the players, match officials and crowd gave a one minute applause in memory of Hawks player, David Hyde who lost his life after the game on 4 September.
Alistair Beynon, Marketing Manager at Henley Rugby Club said, “Saturday was an incredible day for the club, the Beer Festival was really well received and a huge thanks must go to Mike Crook and his team for putting together such a great event at a time when the whole club really needed it.”
Tony White enjoyed the Beer Festival with his family. He said, “Our kids enjoyed the bouncy castle which lefts us grown-ups to have a chinwag. We caught up with the rugby on the final kick of the game. The reaction from the crowd was rapturous. The hot air balloon launch was a welcome surprise accompanied by a tasty beverage.”