Sunshine and rising temperatures call for fresh and new beer. Personally, we cannot imagine anything better than going to a beer festival to discover new beers in a great atmosphere. To help you out, we’ve collected the best craft beer festivals starting this spring.
11 - 14 April | 42nd Newcastle Beer and Cider Festival
The Newcastle Beer and Cider Festival takes place for the 42nd time already. It takes place at the Students Union at Northumbria university and features real alea and ciders.
12 - 14 April | Farnham Beerex 2018
This event is 100% volunteer-run with all proceeds going to charity. Each day brings different live bands and 60 to 70 beers and ales along with 50 barrels of cider and perry - all at extremely reasonable prices.
4 – 6 May | Fem Ale Festival Brighton
This festival is a very special one and celebrates women in the brewing industry. It showcases beer exclusively brewed by women. On top of that there’s female led music as well as panels and discussions. Cheers to Brewster beers!
5 – 13 May | Oxford Beer Week
A series of events taking over Oxford for the week. Head to the festival's participating bars, clubs and shops to explore Oxford's diverse local brewers and their exciting new offerings.
17 – 19 May | Kidderminster Beer and Cider Festival 2018
Last year's festival boasted a total of 54 beers and 16 ciders and perries, soft drinks, plus an array of locally produced wines and fruit wines. This year's event is not to be missed, and it all takes place just 10 minutes' walk from Kidderminster railway station
18 – 19 May | Cottingham Craft Beer and Cider Festival
In the Lawns Centre, the finest local real ales and ciders will be presented. Noteworthy is also the delicious food and live entertainment.
25 – 27 May | Edinburgh Craft Beer Festival
Over the last May Bank Holiday weekend, you can explore hundreds of special beers from not only Scotland’s finest brewers but from all around the world. Some of the many noteworthy brewers are Brewdog, Thornbridge, Buxton, Fierce, Siren, Wild Beer and Gipsy Hill.
1 – 2 June | Belfast Craft Beer Festival
The best Irish craft beer, live music and exclusive brewers talks: this festival really has something for everyone.
1 – 2 June | Ales Tales London
This is a must go for every Belgian beer lover! It's the only beer festival entirely dedicated to Belgian craft beer with more than 70 different beers from 20 Belgian craft brewers. Since their debut last year, 10 new breweries have been added as well as live music and food pairing experiences.
9 – 16 June | Nottingham Craft Beer Week
The Nottingham Craft Beer Week is all about local beers from around the area. The craft beer scene is Nottingham is growing and more than 30 bars and breweries are part of the experience!
Set up by Magic Rock Brewing, this festival is the place for breweries to get together and inspire each other. Another thing that sets this festival apart is that only session beers under 4.5% abv will be served. Perfect to taste many beers on this early summer day. Buxton, Siren, Kees and Wild Beer are amongst the participating breweries.
15 – 16 June | Guilford Beer Festival
The Guilford Beer Festival will take place for the 9th time already. Around 120 ales and craft beers from local independent and micro-breweries will be showcased. Being hosted by the Guildford Cricket Club, this is the perfect event for summer.
10 – 14 July | Chelmsford Summer Beer & Cider Festival
Don't miss out on more than 300 real ales and live music during the Chelmsford Summer Beer & Cider Festival.
28 – 29 July | Craft Drink Festival Birmingham
This festival is brand new, featuring the finest craft beer and ciders. The food trucks will serve up hand-crafted food and on top of that you will have comedy, workshops and live music for your entertainment.
3 – 5 August | London Craft Beer Festival
For three days the very best of the craft beer culture is gathering in London. Don’t miss out on all the delicious beers from the many breweries, live music and mouthwatering food. The list of brewers is endless but here is a little teaser for you: Oedipus, Gipsy Hill, Brewdog, Wild Beer, Magic Rock, Buxton, Põhjala, Weird Beard, Siren, Fierce.
3 – 5 August | Chester Beer and Wine Festival
Join over 1000 people enjoying extraordinary craft beers, speciality wines and spirits in this 150 year-old Hoole Community Centre building.
7 – 11 August | Great British Beer Festival London
The great British Beer Festival can be compared to a world trip around all very best pubs. It showcases real ale and other craft beers as well as Cider. While tasting the very best of the best, you can enjoy London street food and live music.
7 – 8 September | Beavertown Extravaganza
Initiated by Beavertown, this event brings 90 of the top brewers together in London. There will be more beer than ever, fresher than ever!
6 – 9 September | Leeds International Beer Festival
Get ready for a four-day celebration of British and international craft beer. More than 100 beers and ciders are awaiting you. A food market and live music add to the ultimate festival feeling. Stay tuned for beers from De Molen, Galway Bay, Het Uiltje and more.
14 - 16 September | Bristol Craft Beer Festival
During three days, the modern beer culture of craft beer is celebrated at the Bristol Harbourside. Besides amazing craft beers from independent breweries, you can also expect delicious food and headline music talent. The brewery-line up will be made available in April and our expectations are high!
4 – 7 October | Indy Man Beer Con Manchester
The Independent Manchester Beer Convention is taking place for the 7th time already. You can find the most progressive and forward thinking breweries breweries from the UK and beyond. Expect multisensory, headlong, hop- forward beer!
18 – 20 October | Craft Beer Calling Newcastle
World leading craft breweries will all come together in Newcastle. Magic Rock and Siren are among the first breweries announced for this festival and we’re excited for further announcements. The nice thing is that you will be able to interact with them and really get to know them.
Countdown to Christmas with 24 surprise beers from 24 breweries!
Let the countdown begin!
24 beers, 24 craft breweries: with each day comes a new door to open and a special new craft beer bottle or can waiting to be enjoyed with friends and family.
This gift is sure to put a smile on any beer drinker’s face this year. Cheers!