EMERGENCY beer supplies were shipped in to quench the thirsts of Hereford’s 6,000 riverside drinkers at last weekend’s Beer on the Wye festival.

Over three days festival-goers at Hereford Rowing Club managed to get through 18,000 pints of beer, cider and perry, and more than 600 bottles of foreign beer.

But in the warm weather it was the local tipple that stole the show.

Mark Haslam for Herefordshire CAMRA (Campaign for Real Ale) said: “The cider was so popular that one in three pints sold at the festival was cider – not bad for an event that doesn’t even have the word ‘cider’ in its title.”

When it came to the awards, Sussex-based Dark Star Brewery was named the champion for their hoppy brew, the confusingly-named American Pale Ale.

Meanwhile the Herefordshire Beer of the Festival was awarded to Jean Paul Citra – a serious six percent concoction from Whitney-On-Wye’s Jones the Brewer.

“Everyone seemed so enthusiastic to try all the beers, ciders and perries,” said Mr Haslam.

“The best thing of all was the atmosphere – no doubt helped by our great riverside location in the heart of Hereford.”

He also paid tribute to the 120 tireless volunteers who ensured the festival was a success.