The popularity of real ale in Northamptonshire continues to grow so one county bar has launched a competition to discover the perfect pint.
In recent years a number of small micro-breweries have set up to produce artisan ales as drinkers move away from mass-produced lagers in favour of locally brewed beers.
One bar is now celebrating the growth in popularity of Northamptonshire beers by launching a competition to discover drinkers’ favourite locally brewed ale.
Behind The Bus Stop has sold out of two local ales within days of stocking them, with drinkers quick to raise a glass to two of the Great Oakley Brewery’s favourite tipples, ‘Wot’s Occurring’ and ‘Walter Tull’.
Manager of the bar in Wellingborough Road, Northampton, Paul Tyrrell, said: “We thought we’d try a couple of local ales to go alongside our other beers and the regulars seem to love them.
“They’re proving really popular and it just goes to show the quality of the beer brewed locally.
“We’re fortunate to have some fantastic little breweries here in Northamptonshire and there is definitely a shift in people’s attitudes when it comes to having a pint.
“It’s not about having whatever’s cheapest, it’s about enjoying what you’re drinking, savouring the taste and if it’s been made just a few miles from home then so much the better.
“We want to celebrate what we have locally and champion the great breweries that are producing high quality ales on our doorstep.
“We’re running a competition on our Facebook page to find out drinkers’ favourite Northamptonshire ale.
“We’ll get a nice big barrel of whatever wins to give the brewery a platform to showcase their great work.”
To take part in the poll, cast your vote at www.facebook.com/behindthebusstop.