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Event organiser Phillip Gill raises a glass

Event organiser Phillip Gill

Beer festival bonanza!

He loves the smell of hops in the morning - BBC Radio Berkshire's Henry Kelly headed down to the Reading Beer and Cider Festival on Friday 2 May 2008 to see the 450 plus beers for himself.

This year's Reading Beer Festival is sadly now over. Despite the rain, ale lovers from Berkshire and beyond made their way to King's Meadow in Reading. With almost 450 beers to try there won't be an empty glass in sight.

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Pouring (and tasting) the beer

Pouring (and tasting) the beer

Though the British weather was at its worst, both tents were packed with people sampling some the country’s finest beers, ciders and wines.

BBC Berkshire's Henry Kelly, not averse to a tipple, went down to the event and sampled some of the beverages. He also caught up with the event organiser, Phillip Gill who told Henry punters can take home more than just a hangover:

"You pay a two pound deposit for the glass. When you go home you can either choose to take the glass home as a souvenir or give it back and get your two pounds back".

Henry Kelly

Henry Kelly

Listen to the full interview here:

Henry also spoke to festival volunteer Chris Bingham, who also works for Hogs Back Brewery. He reveals how long he's been in the beer trade:

"I've been brewing at home since I was about 18," he says, "so at the heady heights of 34 I've got a few years under my belt."

Listen to the full interview here:

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