IN PICTURES: Beer hour at the Ludlow Brewing Company as the festival continues

Flow the Dog at Ludlow’s Valentine’s Ale Massacre

Beer lovers of all shapes and sizes, some in fancy dress and others with pint-sized pooches, gathered in the hundreds at the Ludlow Brewing Company’s Station Drive base to celebrate the return of the event .

Last year’s beer massacre didn’t happen because of Covid and in 2020 a deluge ended the drunken hopes of drinkers.

“It’s absolutely great to see everyone back,” venue manager Julie Davis said Saturday night. “It’s nice to see people hanging out and having fun.”

Beer hour for Church Stretton’s Kaz Cozens and Ludlow’s Simon Atkins
The festival is at Ludlow Brewing Company

Some 20 different beers were available and avid drinkers were done with one more day.

“When they’re gone, they’re gone,” said Julie, who is already looking forward to next year’s event.

Jessica Richards and Callum Gill from Kidderminster
Martin Evans of Ludlow checks the menu

For Ludlow Brewery fan and former Town rugby player Tom Colton, 38, and Charlie, his slick-haired fox terrier, it was a chance to have a pint or two of his Ludlow Gold ale favourite.

“I think from the number of people you see here, everyone is keen to get out and meet other people,” said Tom, who lives in the city.

“It’s probably the busiest place in town right now, a lot of pubs are still suffering.

Ludlow’s Hayden Hodson kept the beers filled
Ludlow’s Kathryn McCluskey warms up by the fire

“And here you can guarantee to get a decent pint of bitters.”

There was also entertainment on Friday and Saturday, with a comedy event Ludlow Fringe on Friday and local band Don’t Feed the Goat on Saturday.

The beer festival also ran until Sunday, with whatever was left of the beers from the eventful first two days.

Robert Pryce and Julie Pryce of Broseley

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