A REAL ale festival has kicked off at pubs in Halesowen, Cradley Heath and Rowley Regis.

The William Shenstone on Queensway, Halesowen, The Moon Under Water in High Street, Cradley Heath and The Britannia in Halesowen Street, Rowley Regis, are all hosting the festival.

It runs from today (Wednesday March 6) until next Sunday (March 17).

A range of up to 30 real ales, including five from overseas brewers, will be available at the three Wetherspoon pubs, during the 12-day beer festival, for just £2.49 a pint.

Halesowen News: Pub Manager Nichola Holloway & Shift Leader Sydnee Humphries at The Moon Underwater, Cradley HeathPub Manager Nichola Holloway & Shift Leader Sydnee Humphries at The Moon Underwater, Cradley Heath (Image: Martin Humby)

The Moon Under Water manager Nichola Holloway said: "The festival is a great celebration of real ale.

"It will allow us to showcase a selection of superb beers, including those from overseas, over a 12-day period, at great value-for-money prices.

"It will also give our customers the opportunity to enjoy a number of beers which have not previously been available in the pub, as well as those brewed specially for the festival."

The overseas brewers are from Taiwan, Germany, USA, Belgium and Italy.

The pubs will serve a number of beers brewed specially for the festival.

Among the festival collection are vegan beers.

As well as featuring a range of different malt and hop varieties from around the world, there are also beers that include chocolate and vanilla in their ingredients.

The festival line-up includes Spring Frenzy (Daleside Brewery), Grizzly Bear IPA (Shepherd Neame), Disco Macaw (Redpoint Brewing, Taiwan), Crafty Fox (Hook Norton Brewery), Bite the Bullet! (Oakham Ales), Bingo Lady (The Lost Abbey Brewing Company, USA), Chocolate Ale (Leikeim Brewery, Germany), Parts and Labour (Rooster's Brewery), Germain (Brouwerij De Bock, Belgium), Roasted Nuts (Rebellion Brewery) and Falstaff (Birrificio Gregorio, Italy).