With the summer already seeming like a distant memory, it’s time to welcome in the Autumn months with a ‘cheers’ and take a look at the upcoming beer festivals and events across the UK in the next few months.
Many places up and down the country will be clinking glasses and celebrating fine-drinking with a number of events organised in the next couple of months. If you’re looking to do something different with your Autumn weekends, then get yourself along to one of the 12 ale-inspired events listed below.
Craft 100 Beer Festival
The Craft 100 event looks to offer a free entry, easy access and 100 of the best beers from across the UK and the rest of the world. The event will include one-off specially brewed beers made especially for the Craft 100 event. The event is the largest beer festival in the London area and is not to be missed.
18-21 Sep: London, SW4 6ED, more info
Craft Beer Rising
This event in Glasgow’s city centre is a modern take on the traditional beer festival, featuring various craft beer producers setting up their stalls and plying their wares at the super trendy new Drygate Brewing company site. The event will feature 35 leading craft breweries from the UK and around the world, as well as local favourites like WEST, Williams Bros. and Fyne Ales. As well as all the hoppy goodness, there will also be a host of musical acts playing across the weekend and street food vendors helping to keep you well fed as well as watered.
19-21 Sep: Glasgow, Drygate Brewery G4 0UT, more info
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Zwanze Day 2014
This is a pretty great idea from an independent brewery in Brussels. The Belgian company create a beer for their annual event, which sees them distribute their specially-made brew to a select number of bars around the world. The UK pubs getting involved in the Zwanze festivities include two in London, The Dove and The Kernel, as well as Six Degrees North in Aberdeen. If you’re in these areas and fancy yourself as a budding beer aficionado, then it would be worth heading down to sample this one-off concoction.
20 Sep, London, The Dove E8 4QJ
20 Sep, London, The Kernel SE16 3SF
20 Sep, Aberdeen, Six Degrees North AB10 1FF, more info
The Bricklayer’s Arms Welsh Beer Festival
A five-day festival from Putney’s oldest public house, The Bricklayer’s arms will be dedicating a week in late September to a selection of ales from the Welsh valleys. The pub will be looking to offer a hundred types of beer from the land of ‘castles, dragons and song’ as they put it themselves. The festival is free to attend so worth checking out for a good atmosphere.
24-28 Sept: London, The Bricklayer’s Arms, SW15 IDD, more info
St. George’s Hall Beer Festival
This swanky location in the heart of Liverpool will see the people behind the Liverpool Organic Brewery win over the Merseyside public with over 300 ales, live music and a selection of locally sourced food. The events offers both day and evening sessions across the September and tickets are selling like hot cakes (unsure if they’re available) so if you’re looking to share in some great beer within grand surroundings then snap them up quickly.
25-28 Sept, Liverpool, St. George’s Hall L1 1JJ, more info
Getting your fill of Bavarian festivities does not require making your way to Munich this October. Just one of many spin-offs to the world famous beer celebration will be in Edinburgh’s Princes Street Gardens – in all its oom-pah glory. The two weekend events promise to be a busy and lively atmosphere offering a fun slice of one of Germany’s biggest festivals right here.
1-5 8-12 Oct: Edinburgh, Princes Street Gardens, EH2 2HG, more info
Sheffield Brew Fest
The Steel City has a vibrant craft beer and ale culture, which will be celebrated at the Sheffield Brew Fest this October at the Bath Hotel. The event will include specially selected cask ales as well as a wide selection of bottled beers from over the world. This Brew Fest is apparently a taster for bigger things to come in 2015, so support in these early stages could lead to something larger next year.
2-5 Oct: Sheffield, Bath Hotel, S3 7QL, more info
Norwich Sound + Vision Craft Beer Festival
The Norwich Sound + Vision team, who aim to inspire creatives with music events and open debates and discussions, are extending their fifth annual festival to include Norwich’s first ever craft beer festival. The event will include beers and ciders from a cross-section of local and national producers to accompany a music playlist including Bad Grammar and Chase & Status.
9-11 Oct, Norwich, St. Margaret’s Church for Art NR2, more info
Indy Man Beer Con
The Independent Manchester Beer Convention has a hip abbreviated name, which we’re definitely taking as a sign that’s it offering a modern take on beer festivals that in the past have been stuffy affairs. Indy Man Beer Con is now into its third year and is set in the beautiful surroundings of the Victoria Baths. The convention takes place from Thursday to Sunday and looks to showcase some of the most ‘progressive and forward thinking’ breweries from Europe and North America, as well as beers made specially for the weekend itself. Not to be missed, northerners.
9-12 Oct: Manchester, Victoria Baths M13 0FE, more info
Craft Beer Calling
Possibly one of the coolest events on Tyneside, Craft Beer Calling looks to provide more than two hundred local and specialist beers, alongside fantastic street food stalls and DJ sets from the likes of Mr. Scruff. The event is run by a team who are passionate about their beers and the venue is an ultra-cool refurbished warehouse space.
24-26 Oct: Newcastle, Boiler Shop NE1 3PE, more info
The Independent Salford Beer Festival
The Greater Manchester area is offering some of the finest selection of beer-based weekends during October, and this event in Salford is focused on providing a selection of beers from the surrounding areas such as Manchester, Wigan and Merseyside. The event is being held to raise funds for Saint Sebastian’s Community Centre and, in their own words, will be offering food of ‘home-cooked, suitably filling variety’. A fine event in celebration of a good cause.
24-25 Oct, Salford, Saint Sebastian’s Community Centre M6 6ES, more info
Birmingham Beer and Cider Festival
The annual event affectionately known as the ‘Brum Beer Fest’ has been running since 2010 and attracts thousands from the West Midlands area to join the Campaign For Real Ale in a celebration of find local ales accompanied by lots of local music. The festival has gone from strength to strength in the past four years and 2013 saw them reach full capacity. This year the CAMRA team will be hoping for another strong turnout and are offering a host of live local music acts to get people along.
30 Oct- 1 Nov, Birmingham, New Bingley Hall B18 5PP more info