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 in 2020.
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.
Hop City 2020
When is it? Thursday 9 – Saturday 11 April 2020
Where is it? Northern Monk Brew Co. Leeds
What can you expect? The UK’s first hop-led beer festival is back!
Hop City 2020 will take place over the Easter Weekend and will showcase some of the best IPAs, DIPAs, pales ales and more from breweries around the world.
Craft Beer Calling
When is it? Thursday 22 – Saturday 24 October 2020
Where is it? Wylam Brewery, Newcastle
What can you expect? For one weekend only, Newcastle’s Wylam Brewery invites some of the world’s best breweries to showcase their creations. There’s also a gin palace, wine cellar, live music and a street food market on site.