Pulling in the punters with best Yorkshire ale

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SHE certainly knows the way to a Yorkshireman’s heart...

For Louise Emery, the landlady of Three Horseshoes pub in Bentley Town End, is to launch Doncaster’s first beer festival dedicated strictly to Yorkshire ale.

The event will take place at the pub over the August Bank Holiday weekend.

“I want to do it because I want to celebrate being in Yorkshire and all the great beer that comes from the county,” Louise said.

“As an area we produce one of the largest amounts of cask ales anywhere in the country so obviously Yorkshire is full of beer lovers.”

Louise, who is hoping for fine weather to allow the festivities to take place al fresco, added: “The festival will run from the Saturday to the Monday and I’d like to feature completely different beers on each day. There are so many local breweries and ideally we’d like to celebrate them all.

“We’d like to do it outside in a marquee if we can and we’d also like local bands and solo acts to get in touch as we’d love to have as much live music as possible.

“Any styles are welcome - we’d like there to be something for everyone. I think live music and beer go hand in hand.”

Preparations for the event are going well, although she still has the big task of deciding which beers to order in for the festival.

Among the brews already decided on is her own personal favourite beer - Acorn Brewery’s Barnsley Bitter - as well as creations from the Doncaster-based Toad Brewery.

Bands who appear at the event won’t get paid - although Louise promises there will be free beer and plenty of punters to promote their music to.

Ultimately, she hopes to make the festival an annual event.

But Louise admitted she has a guilty secret as a beer festival organiser.

“I’m afraid I prefer drinking red wine than beer!” she said

“I’m partial to a half of Barnsley Bitter, but I would really love a red wine festival one of these days!”

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