BEER enthusiasts will be able to enjoy ales from as far afield as Japan and the USA during a 19-day festival at two pubs in Ellesmere Port.
The cask-conditioned beers on offer at The Wheatsheaf in Overpool Road and The Thomas Telford in Whitby Road will include five from overseas.
There will also be award-winning ales, fruit and wheat beers and those brewed exclusively for the festival.
The event starts tomorrow (Thursday, March 27) and runs until Monday, April 14, with all beers priced at £1.39-a-pint.
Among the more unusual ones available for tasting will be Stone California Double IPA from the USA and Yo-Ho Tokyo Black from Japan.
Both beers are being brewed exclusively in England for the festival and have not previously been sold in UK pubs.
In addition, Namyslow Original Plum Beer from Poland, Ecaussinnes Cookie Beer from Belgium and St Georgenbrau Keller Bier from Germany, will be available during the festival.
The other beers on sale include Caledonian Chocolate Drop, Batemans Spring Goddess, Wychwood Mad Hatter, Highgate Highland Whisky Ale, Harviestoun Old Engine Oil, Roosters Boneshaker IPA, Weltons Old Cocky and Mauldons Black Adder.
Ian Mervyn, manager of The Wheatsheaf said: “The beer festival will have an international flavour and will give people the opportunity to enjoy a superb selection of beers, which are not normally available in the area.
“It promises to be a lot of fun and I am looking forward to welcoming customers during the festival.”
Customers will be able to sample any three of the real ales in special third-of-a-pint glasses for the price of a pint during the festival. Tasting notes on all of the beers will be available in the pub.