Cask Ale Week 2016 has been in full swing this week, as pubs and brewers across the country have gone all out for this year's celebration of Britain's national drink.

In among the beer festivals and meet the brewer nights, there were some truly original events such as the "beer off" at The Lighthouse, Battersea, London, which pitted ales from Sambrooks Brewery against those from fellow London brewers Twickenham Ales last night (September 29).
 
The Sambrooks brewers were also aiming for glory at The Bull & The Hide in London's Liverpool Street area at a "beat the brewer" darts competition.
 
Pies were playing a large part in celebrations, it seems. The London Bridge Inn, Warrington, was offering a pint of JW Lees' Jumbo Star Ale gratis for customers ordering one of their "artisan pies" and The Cellar House, Norwich, put beer into its food, offering such delights as beef, ale & oyster pie and chocolate ale cake.
 
Free pints made up a huge part of the event and were on offer at 900 Punch Pubs, and Everards pubs were offering free pints for "you and a friend".

Similarly, The Head of Steam, Newcastle, gave CAMRA members a discount for the week and The Totnes brewing Company also got in on the act, organising a free beer tasting, offering three beers and a chat with the brewers on a "first come first served basis."
 
Beer festivals were as popular as ever this year. Thwaites Pubs held a "mini beer festival" across its estate, offering brews from a number of different brewers. For others, like the Lodge On The Park, Bristol, it was an opportunity to introduce cask ale for the very first time.
 
Last – but definitely not least – we at Inapub got involved, joining forces with Cask marque to launch a revamped CaskFinder app, featuring pumpclip recognition among a host of other new features.