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Real ale and real train Festival

A popular real ale festival where  drinkers can hop on a train between  pubs returned to the Welsh Highlands in May 2014 and celebrated its 10th Anniversary.

Organisers of the rail ale Festival said visitors showcased over 100 different real  ales and ciders at the Welsh Highland  Railway station at Dinas, near Caernarfon. A special festival ale was  brewed by Porthmadog-based Purple Moose Brewery.

The old goods shed at the station was transformed into a bar and music  venue especially for the festival and the three-day event was officially opened by Secretary of State for  Wales David Jones.

Festival spokesman Elwyn Jones  said: “Festival-goers were  able to stay at Dinas or hop  on shuttle trains to other  real-ale venues such as the  Black Boy Inn or Castle in Caernarfon;  Snowdonia Parc, Waunfawr; Tyn Llan  at Llandwrog; Newborough Arms,  Bontnewydd and the Royal Goat Hotel,  Beddgelert.”

Entrance to the event was by way of a  1/2 pint festival glass and fee of £7  covering the whole weekend – provided  revellers carry the glass with them.

A new innovation this year was the  Bangers and Beer event on Sunday. Local butchers and other food retailers were invited to supply bangers and provide cooked samples of their produce to participants.