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.
Silloth Music and Beer Festival
When is it? Thursday 5 – Sunday 8 September 2019
Where it is? Silloth Green, Silloth
What can you expect? The not for profit festival brings over 60 ales to the Cumbrian seaside alongside a full music programme. There’s also plenty of cider, soft drinks and over beverages on other for the non-beer drinkers.
Dunfermline Charity Beer Festival
When is it? Friday 27 – Saturday 28 September 2019
Where is it? Glen Pavilion, Pittencrieff Park, Dunfermline
What can you expect? Come sample 50+ real ales in Dunfermline’s Glen Pavillion. There will be live music and all proceeds go to support local charities.
Oktoberfest South London
When is it? Saturday 28 September and Saturday 19 October 2019
Where is it? Electric Brixton, London
What can you expect? Electric Brixton will be transformed into an all-singing, all-dancing Bavarian beer hall! Spaten, Löwenbräu & Becks will be providing the beer, and the much-loved Herman ze German will be providing the sausages. There will also be live music from London Brass All Stars
Indy Man Beer Con
When is it? Thursday 3 – Sunday 6 October
Where it is? Victoria Baths, Manchester
What can you expect? The hugely popular festival will see thousands of punters walk through the doors of Manchester’s historic Victoria Baths to sample some of the worlds’ finest craft beers. Hurry though. There are only tickets left for Thursday and Sunday.
Craft Beer Calling
When is it? Thursday 24 – Saturday 26 October 2019
Where it is? Wylam Brewery, Newcastle-Upon-Tyne
What can you expect? Newcastle’s picturesque Wylam Brewery opens its doors for the weekend, inviting over 30 breweries from all across the world into toon. There’s also street food from Gateshead’s By The River Co shipping container markets.
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.
Cloudwater: Friends & Family & Beer
When is it? 21-22 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.