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Cask beer, microbreweries, real ale tours: small independent producers are tempting travellers all over the globe.

From ale by rail in the UK to specialist beer festivals in the Pacific Northwest, there’s never been a better time to sink a pint By David Whitley.

THE popular Bent and Bongs Beer Bash will officially open its doors for the 24th time tonight.

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“It’s a lot of hard work but we’ve never stopped enjoying the festival.

It was almost impossible to find real ale in the region, and the Campaign for Real Ale feared traditional cask beer was becoming an endangered species.

But the festival has grown gradually year by year, and now the volunteers who run the event say the North-East has a vibrant real ale scene, with nationally and internationally acclaimed craft breweries.

And local pubs will be officially named among the top watering holes in the region by the South East Lancs branch of CAMRA — the Campaign for Real Ale — at tonight’s opening at Formby Hall. Branch chairman Sarah Bellis said: “This popular local pub has received the award for the quality of the their real ale, real cider, atmosphere and service.

“After being closed and close to being lost forever, it reopened in March, 2010.