The craft beer scene has exploded in the UK over the past decade, with more than 2,000 breweries now plying their trade everywhere from Plymouth to Aberdeen.
Alongside the explosion of people making beer, there’s also been a rise in demand for people attending beer festivals, to meet the makers and fellow enthusiasts of their favourite hop-based beverages.
Whether an expert or enthusiastic beginner, there’s probably a beer festival near you to get involved in.
Here’s our guide to some of the best beer festivals, happening all across the UK.
Northern Monk’s Dark & Wild City 2019
When is it? Friday 22 – Saturday 23 November 2019
Where is it? Northern Monk Brew Co. Leeds
What can you expect? 30+ breweries head to Northern Monk’s Leeds HQ for one big house party. One floor of their base will be dedicated to dark style beers, and the other will be dedicated to funky, wild and sour creations.
Vessel Beer Festival 2019
When is it? Friday 29 – Saturday 30 November 2019
Where is it? Plymouth Guildhall
What can you expect? Plymouth’s hugely popular Vessel Beer Shop bring some of the nation’s best breweries to the city’s stunning Grade II listed Guildhall. Some of the region’s best street food traders will also be in attendance.
Friends of Anarchy Beer Fest
When is it? Saturday 25 – Sunday 26 January 2020
Where is it? Anarchy Brew Co, Newcastle upon Tyne
What can you expect? After a hugely successful first event back in August 2019, much loved Anarchy Brew Co open the doors to their Newcastle gaff for their second Friends Of Anarchy festival – welcoming some of the best brewers from around the world to the north east.
Cloudwater: Friends & Family & Beer
When is it? Friday 21 – Saturday 22 February 2020
Where is it? Manchester Central
What can you expect? Manchester’s beloved Cloudwater hold their not-for-profit Friends & Family & Beer festival for the second time. Over 60 of the world’s finest craft brewers will be pouring their finest tipples over the weekend. Your ticket price includes entry, glass and all your beers.