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Beer Festival Season

Matt | 09 Apr 2015

The internet is amazing for bringing beer lovers together. The pub is even better.

But there is something magical about beer festivals. Especially the ones that take a bit of effort to get to.

Here are the events we’re aiming to be at this year.

 

ABV Fest, Belfast, 22–23 May, 2015

Four people from different parts of Northern Ireland had the same idea at the same time. A growing local beer scene needs an innovative beer festival, and so ABV15 came about.

 

FyneFest, Loch Fyne, 12 - 14th June

A beer, food and musical festival run by Fyne Ales on the banks of Loch Fyne since 2010, this is worth the pilgrimage.

 

Liverpool Craft Beer Expo, 18th - 21st June

Now in its third year, it’s the Liverpudlians that make this a special event. Art is another one of the magic ingredients on top of the standard (albeit brilliant) music, food and beer festival staples.

 

Charlbury, 27th June

Some good beers to be found here, a 2 minute walk from Charlbury station on the London to Worcester trainline. The real highlight however is that anyone can rock up and compete to become a World Champion in the “sport” of Aunt Sally. Funny.

 

Peakender, Bakewell, 3rd July

The brilliant Thornbridge Brewery’s Festival of Beer. Need we say more?

 

Birmingham Beer Bash, 23rd - 25th July

Britain’s “second city” is lagging behind the rest of the country in beer producers and venues but this event is putting Brum, as a beer destination, on the map.

 

Worcester CAMRA Beer Festival , 6th - 8th August

This is our local CAMRA event. We try to avoid the national one, but this has been run by a bunch of passionate volunteers since before Craft was a twinkle in Real Ale’s eye. There are lots of sandals and if we’re honest a fair bit of average beer, but if you look hard enough at your local CAMRA festival there’ll be a few amazing cask beers too.

 

London Beer City, 7th - 15th August

A week-long, city-wide festival celebrating London's beer renaissance. Mini-festivals, tap takeovers, dinners and tours at the best pubs, bars and breweries across the capital.

 

Kent Green Hop Fortnight, 26th September - 12th October

Boy, we love green hops. This is the place to try them at their finest.

 

IMBC, Manchester, 8th - 11th October

Manchester’s Victoria Baths make a spectacular venue for this event, regarded as one of the very best by the UK’s craft beer elite. Great people. Awesome beer. If there is one event you don’t miss this year, we suggest it’s this one.




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