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More than 85 different beers will be on offer at the Bexley Beer Festival next week

PUBLISHED: 15:56 26 April 2017 | UPDATED: 10:12 27 April 2017

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Last year nearly 1,500 people turned out

Organisers behind the increasingly popular Bexley Beer Festival are hoping for a repeat of last year when the taps ran dry.

Serving up 85 different types of beer plus cider, the Campaign for Real Ale-organised event kicks off next Thursday, May 4.

Andy Wheeler, who is organising the festival for the first time since it started 12-years-ago, is hopeful crowds will turn out to Old Dartfordians Sports Club following last year’s success when nearly 1,500 visitors got through 810 gallons of beer and cider.

“Obviously the weather has a huge impact, but we’re expecting a large crowd to come, the festival has gained a reputation as quite a friendly, not only the volunteers but the visitors too.”

As volunteers prepare for the three day festival, which runs until Saturday, Mr Wheeler encouraged any first-timers, young or old to come along.

“It’s all about drinking new beers which maybe people might not have seen before unless they have travelled to the north or West Midlands.

“What I’m hoping for is a repeat of last year, when the taps ran dry on Saturday night, that way nothing goes to waste and everyone’s happy.”

Among the specialist brews being served up will be produce from Erith-based Bexley Brewery, which has previously been sold in the Houses of Parliament, as well as vegetarian and vegan beers from Swanley brewery, Brew Buddies.

Blackfen brewers Tankleys will also have some of their ales on offer, alongside other names such as Off Shore Howler, Choc Cherry Mild and Holy Smoke.

On the Saturday, punters will also be able to enjoy a cricket match as Dartfordians 2nd XI take on Sidcup 3rd XI.

The festival from May 4 to May 6 is £2.50 to enter, with the cricket ground based on Bourne Road.

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