It was a pleasure to visit the 21st annual White Cliffs Festival of Real Ales, organised by the Campaign for Real Ale. The Festival has been hosted by the Dover, Deal and Sandwich branch of the organisation for the past 21 years at Dover Town Hall.
There were a magnificent range of local and national winter and strong ales on display. It was great to see so many small and micro-businesses displaying their wares. 900 people attended and the event was again a real success.
It is a good step that Labour's beer duty escalator has now been abolished and 1p was taken off the price of a pint at the last Budget. We must do everything we can to help our brewing industry to thrive. It was great to see so much of their success at the Festival. I look forward to returning next year!
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