Beer festival runs out of ale

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A LOCAL beer festival had to be stopped a day early after it ran out of beer, organisers said.

The Beer on the Wye festival in Herefordshire bucked tales of economic doom and gloom after it saw a 30 per cent increase in attendance of thirsty punters who literally drank it dry.

The three-day event, organised by the Herefordshire branch of the Campaign for Real Ale (Camra), was due to run until yesterday evening but organisers had to bring it to a close after they completely ran out of beer.

A message on the website said: "Beer on the Wye has been drunk completely dry."