The 4th annual Middle Earth Beer Festival, located in Hurst Green, Lancashire UK looks to be a Hobbit’s dream, with an extensive range of beers and ciders (including Completely Legolas, a traditional English ale, and Ent Draught, a ruby red bitter), local food, and live music.

Professor Tolkien was a frequent visitor to Hurst Green, and the surrounding countryside is thought to be the inspiration for many locations in ‘The Lord of the Rings’, most notably the Shire.

The Middle Earth Beer Festival 2012 runs April 12th – 15th, at Hurst Green Memorial Hall. More information and tickets can be found on the festival website: