Fancy a pint of Pigs Do Fly, Pressed Rats and Warthog or Idle Dog?

Landlord Steve Bell and Labrador Hugo pictured with one of the many brews that will feature at the forthcoming beer festival, a pint of'Idle Dog'.
Landlord Steve Bell and Labrador Hugo pictured with one of the many brews that will feature at the forthcoming beer festival, a pint of'Idle Dog'.

PUB punters are in for a treat today and the rest of the weekend as a popular ale-house gets set for its fifth beer festival.

Fifteen beers and ciders will be on offer at the Fisherman’s Arms, in Southgate, on the Headland, Hartlepool.

Landlord Steve Bell, 50, hailed his last beer festival as the best yet and is hoping the ales on offer this weekend, which have an animal theme, pull in the punters once again.

“If this weekend is half as good as the last one then it will be absolutely brilliant,” said Steve, who runs the pub with his partner, Mandy Jackson, 49, who is the mum of Emily Whitehead, 13.

“We use Facebook and Twitter quite a lot and have publicised it a fair bit so hopefully we will get another great response.”

The beer festival will get under way today when the pub opens at noon and will last until close of play on Monday.

This weekend’s animal theme event features beers including Pigs Do Fly, Pressed Rats and Warthog and Idle Dog. The theme is quite apt considering the pub’s famous dog, Hugo, will be enjoying a sip of ale with the punters.

Hugo the Labrador, previously featured in the Mail, loves nothing more than a sip of beer and a few pork scratchings when Steve allows it.

Steve admits he has been pleasantly surprised by the success of the pub’s beer festival.

The event was originally planned as a one-off but is now organised every bank holiday weekend due to popular demand.

“The beer festival has developed really well,” said Steve.

“After the first one people kept asking when the next one was and it has just gone from there.

“Our regulars are really looking forward to it and hopefully we will get a few newcomers in as well.”