This year’s Bo’ness Real Ale Festival has been another resounding success, according to organisers and customers alike.
The festival, which started back in 2001 as a one-off event, has now grown to include 18 breweries, many West Loth-ian based, and, a total of 34 ales and three ciders.
The event which runs over a weekend in Bo’ness Town Hall now takes six months with a committee of eight to organise.
While not officially operating as fund raisers, the event is now so successful that it generates a cash surplus.
In 2012 the organisation donated £5800 to several local charities associated with children and youth groups in the Bo’ness and Linlithgow area.
Such is the success that the local Kinneil Breweries ‘Corbieha’ Pale Ale’ sold out at 3.50pm on the Saturday.
Luckily, for the organisers and the tasters, the supplies lasted with the last beer running out within 15 minutes of last orders.
The organisers estimate that the number of patrons visiting over the weekend was in the region of 800, and a total of 2500 pints were sold.
In order to ensure that drinkers didn’t risk the wrath of Police Scotland, a new service sprang up this year and a subsidised shuttle bus operated between Bo’ness and Linlithgow on a half- hourly schedule.
The festival has always had a theme. In 2001 it celebrated the 400th anniversary of Bo’ness being officially designated a Forth port in 1601.
This year’s theme had a more poignant note as it commemorated the closure of the Kinneil pit in 1983.