The 12-day extravaganza, showcasing 30 festival ales, runs from Wednesday 11 October until Sunday 22 October (inclusive) at our pubs across the UK and the Republic of Ireland.
The ales have been produced by 30 award-winning breweries: 25 brewers from the UK, as well as five international brewers from Australia, USA, South Africa, Spain and Sweden.
The festival line-up includes new, seasonal and speciality beers – in addition to which many of the beers are available in the pubs for the first time, having been brewed exclusively for the event.
Among the ones to look out for are Liberation Ale (4.0% ABV), an award-winning golden ale from Liberation Brewery in the Channel Islands, and Bedfordshire-based Charles Wells Brewery’s amber-coloured Banana Bread Beer (4.5% ABV), with banoffee aromas and a generous flavour of banana, as well as the renowned strong ale from Adnams Brewery in Suffolk – Tally-Ho (7.2% ABV).
Festival-exclusive beers to watch out for are North Yorkshire-based Rooster’s Brewery’s offering Pistol River (4.0% ABV), County Durham’s Maxim Brewery’s Azacca (4.3% ABV), Norfolk-based Woodforde’s Brewery’s Tundra (4.6% ABV) and Daracha (5.2% ABV) from Inveralmond Brewery, in Perthshire.
Our now-traditional international brewers’ visits continue, as we welcome five overseas award-winning brewers to Britain, each brewing their festival beer at a host brewery right here in the UK.
An idea first started for the festival a decade ago, these collaborations support both the international brewers and the British brewing industry, offering our customers the very best on the world beer scene. Thanks, once again, to all of our friends at Adnams (Suffolk), Banks’s (West Midlands), Wychwood (Oxfordshire), Caledonian (Edinburgh) and Shepherd Neame (Kent) for hosting our visitors this time. Richard Adamson from Young Henrys Brewery (NSW, Australia) has brewed Newtowner (4.8% ABV), Tim Suprise from Arcadia Ales (USA) brings Autumn Wheat (6.0% ABV), Richard Chennells of Zululand Brewery (South Africa) offers his Pale Ale (4.2% ABV), Eduardo Martinez from Cervecería Fort Brewery (Spain) has brewed Fort Oatmeal Porter (5.5% ABV) and Jessica Heidrich from St Eriks Brewery (Sweden) is showcasing Midnight Sun (4.5% ABV).
Customers will be able to sample any three of the real ales in special third-of-a-pint glasses, for the price of a festival pint.
Tasting notes will also be available at pubs throughout the festival.