Oktoberfest goes down well in September

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Tempest Brewery’s first Oktoberfest was warmly received on Saturday as the Tweedbank company put its vast range of beers to the test. Festival-goers were able to taste the beers – from the refreshing 1.9%ABV Raspberry Radler to the mealy 11% Mexicake.

Tickets, limited to 500, had sold out quickly for the event – which merged superb local food, music from bands such as The Violet Kind from Edinburgh and Galashiels DJ Neil Rankin, and, of course, those beers – but those who lost out this time around will be delighted to hear another is planned early next year.

Tempest director, Annika Meiklejohn, told us: “This has been a very successful event, and I’m sure we can safely raise the number of available tickets for our next festival, which we hope to host in March or April 2017. Our beers and brewery tours have been very well received.”