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.