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.
Big Oxford Beer Bash
When is it? Saturday 16 May 2020
Where is it? Oxford Artisan Distillery, Oxford
What can you expect? This one day festival promises to celebrate the very best local craft beers. Fans can interact with the brewers and learn about their craft, and there will also be great local food traders and live music on offer. All tickets come with a free commemorative glass.
When is it? Saturday 13 June 2020. 11.30 – 16.30 and 18:00 – 23:00 sessions.
Where is it? Magic Rock Taproom, Huddersfield
What can you expect? Magic Rock’s annual Sesh Fest returns after a storming 2019, where over 1200 people descended on the Huddersfield brewers’ taproom. Over 40 brewers will showcase their low ABV creations, and your ticket includes a commemorative pint glass, programme and five tokens (5 x half-pints).
Summer Beer Thing
When is it? Friday 26 – Sunday 28 June 2020
Where is it? Sadler’s Yard, Manchester
What can you expect? The teams behind Indy Man Beer Con, Port Street Beer House, and The Pilcrow combine for the fourth Summer Beer Thing, pouring over 200+ beers across the weekend in the Manchester sunshine. Expect great street food and live music too.
Friends of Anarchy Beer Fest
When is it? Saturday 15 August 2020
Where is it? Anarchy Brew Co, Newcastle upon Tyne
What can you expect? After a hugely successful first event back in August 2019 and the Tryanuary edition in January 2020, much loved Anarchy Brew Co open the doors to their Newcastle gaff for their third Friends Of Anarchy festival – welcoming some of the best brewers from around the world to the North East.
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.