Ale festival a hit at historic city pub
A REAL-ALE festival at a city pub looks set to become an annual event after going down a treat with drinkers.
The Minerva in Looe Street on the Barbican normally sells just four real ales, but extended its offering to 28 plus six varieties of scrumpy cider for the four-day event, which ended yesterday.
Licensee Shelley Brandon said she and fiance Martin Jones had converted an old shed behind the pub to accommodate the extra barrels.
"It went well; we've had a lot of people from the Campaign For Real Ale and different people who don't normally come in," she said.
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The Minerva was offering an engraved festival glass, five tokens for half a pint of beer each and a filled roll for £10.
Ale connoisseurs also had the mouth-watering opportunity to try a unique brew.
Western Apprentice marks 50 years since the British Rail apprentice school in Swindon opened.
Shelley said: "Martin trained there in 1984, pulled a few strings and managed to get a barrel.
"It's five per cent, quite dark and will never be available again." Shelley and Martin produced a programme with tasting notes to accompany the festival.
Donations were invited to the Plymouth and Devon Special Olympics.
The Minerva is also holding a charity day to raise funds in aid of the same cause next Sunday.