THE tenth annual Ilkley Beer Festival is underway at the King's Hall.

Over three public sessions today and tomorrow guests are expected to consume 20,000 pints of 100 different real ales, beers and ciders, as well as prosecco and wine. Food has again been provided by Lishman’s of Ilkley, with their famous pork pies, sausage rolls and pasties available at all three sessions.

To mark the occasion, Ilkley Brewery and Wharfedale Brewery have joined forces to produce a special ale. Adrian Long of Wharfedale Brewery said: “The eXtra special ale, XPA combines good solid Yorkshire backbone with plenty of hoppy goodness, perfect for all the thirsty drinkers at this year’s festival.”

Guy Weston, the festival organiser added: “The beer will also be available at selected pubs in town over the festival weekend, including The Wheatley, Bar T’at, The Crescent, Flying Duck and Friends of Ham, with money from each pint sold going towards the charity fund at Ilkley and District Round Table.

"Over the ten years of the festival, we have raised over £300,000 for local good causes. We are hoping that this year’s will be the best yet.”

More details on the Beer Festival which is organised by Ilkley and District Round Table, can be found at