A St Helens rugby club’s efforts to tackle its previous lack of real ale have been rewarded with a top award from beer enthusiasts.
The town’s branch of the Campaign for Real Ale (Camra) gave its club of the year prize for 2016 to the Haresfinch Rugby and Community Club.
The club has embraced the idea of real ale over the past 12 months under the leadership of Chris Saxon and now regularly sells three cask ales and a real cider.
The award is all the more prestigious as St Helens Camra has not presented a club of the year award since Eccleston Social Club was closed and knocked down in 2012.
St Helens Camra branch chairman Alan Healey said: “Social clubs have probably had it harder than pubs in recent years with many closing down. It is great to see a club doing so well.
“The Haresfinch club has not just been recognised for selling real ale but it is the choice of real ale with local breweries featuring regularly.
“Well done to Chris Saxon the steward and all the committee for making this happen.”