This year’s Paisley Beer Festival is to have a Barrhead flavour.

Karen Moore, of Kelburn Brewery, is organising the event for the first time, although the festival surroundings are nothing new to her.

She has been attending the event since childhood – and is looking forward to making the 2018 version one to remember.

Karen, who runs the Barrhead-based brewery with her brother Ross, first went to the festival way back in 1986.

And she has become a familiar face to real ale fans in the years since as she serves up pints from behind the bar.

Mum-of-two Karen, who lives in Paisley, said: “I’m very excited to be helping organise the biggest beer festival in Scotland.

“I have been working at the festival every year since 1995 but this is my first as an organiser.

“It is always a fantastic event, with a great atmosphere, and this year will be no exception.”

Around 6,000 people attended last year’s festival and this year’s event will boast 250 beers from more than 100 different breweries from up and down the UK.

For the first time, a two-day food festival will run alongside the traditional beer offering.

Karen, 39, added: “We’ve very excited for our 31st beer festival which is now the largest in Scotland.

“With well over 100 cask ales to try, we will also have cider, mead, wine and a large variety of international beers.

“We will have beers from local breweries like Kelburn and Jaw, as well as many others from all over the UK.”

This year’s festival takes place in Paisley Town Hall from 5pm on Wednesday, April 25, until 10pm on Saturday, April 28.

Entry costs £6, which includes a souvenir festival glass. Members of the Campaign for Real Ale can get in for £4.

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