Pubs are serving up some US brews

A drinker enjoying a pint

A drinker enjoying a pint

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WIGAN’S ale drinkers will be able to take a journey across the pond without leaving their local at a new beer festival.

National pub chain JD Wetherspoon is bringing a host of American real ales and craft beers as the centrepiece of an October celebration to prove there is much more to brewing Stateside than Budweiser or Coors.

The company’s October festival, which will take place at The Moon Under Water and the Brocket Arms in Wigan, the Thomas Gerard in Ashton and the Thomas Burke in Leigh, will see the transatlantic selection joined by 35 beers from UK breweries for 16 days.

Keen tipplers will also be able to sample several novelty and speciality pints including beers tasting of pumpkin and peppercorn and enjoy a range of drinks prepared exclusively for the festival.

The beers will also enable cash-strapped drinkers to enjoy the festival in austerity times without burning a large hole in their pockets, with brews starting at less than £2 a pint and customers able to sample three real ales in a special third of a pint glass. The ales making their way over to the UK from America.

Among the more arresting names which will be on offer including Sgt Pepper, made by the Cambridge brewery, and Stone Brewing Company’s Extremely Self-Conscious Ale, while the British festival beers include memorable names such as Wild Cat, World’s Biggest Liar and the Poltergeist Porter.

The Wetherspoon beer festival runs from Wednesday October 16 until Thursday October 31.