10 of the UK’s most scenic beer festivals | Journey

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Fyne Fest, Cairndow, Argyll & Bute

In Glen Fyne on the Achadunan Property within the Highlands, this Fyne Ales brewery occasion is one thing of a pilgrimage for nature-loving hopheads – many construct it right into a West Highland Approach itinerary. Now in its 10th 12 months and serving greater than 270 beers (from first-year flames, equivalent to Thornbridge and Oakham,to new-wave icons equivalent to Cloudwater and Verdant), Fyne is that uncommon beer competition the place you’ll be able to camp on-site, paddle within the river and do a three-mile stroll to a pop-up bar at a distant bothy – peaceable spot the place the telephone sign is at greatest patchy. Don’t miss Fyne’s personal citra hop-packed Jarl pale.
31 Could-Three June, grownup weekend tenting, £74.45, weekend cross with out tenting, £69.45, fynefest.com

Wincle Beer Competition, Cheshire

Bottle or Ramber ale on a walk signpost Wincle Beer Festival


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On Tolls Farm within the tiny village of Wincle, on the Cheshire-Staffordshire border, Wincle Beer Firm throws open its doorways and neighbouring fields every June to host this boutique beer competition by the River Dane. Count on a selection of round 25 beers from not simply Wincle however such native breweries as Beartown, Torrside, Peak Ales and early craft pioneer Purple Willow. The vibe is family-friendly fete, with dwell music (a brass band will open the Saturday), a tug-of-war, road meals and a separate gin and prosecco bar. Tenting out there (£10 an evening).
28-29 June, admission free, early chicken drink tokens and glass £24.58, on Fb

Cardigan Unbiased Beer Competition, Ceredigion

Food stall at Cardigan Independent Beer Festival


Run by the second era of the Tucker-Lynch clan (who as, Fforest, personal assorted top-end, eco-groovy tenting, vacation condo and food and drinks companies), Pizzatipi occupies a candy spot on the River Teifi. Its serves pizzas from a riverside kitchen in a courtyard fashioned by a number of historic maritime buildings, with sundown views over the water. Every June, Pizzatipi additionally hosts this showcase of Welsh craft beer. Count on round 50 beers – primarily keg, from, amongst others, Loka Polly, Heavy Trade, Cwrw Ial and Artful Satan, together with one-off exclusives. The weekend additionally contains foolish video games, challenges, music and the Glastonbury competition proven on a giant display screen.
28-29 June, tickets tbc, approx £10-£20, pizzatipi.co.uk

Cotswold Beer Competition, close to Winchcombe

Two young men, Cotswold Beer Festival


Now in its 43rd 12 months, Cotswold Beer Competition is produced by Camra Gloucestershire and Postlip, a co-housing neighborhood that owns six hectares (15 acres) of paradise between Cheltenham and Winchcombe. Beer is served in a medieval tithe barn and paddock that rolls right down to a stream on the Cotswold Approach. At Saturday lunchtime significantly, households picnic on its slopes whereas having fun with dwell music and Morris dancing. Greater than 80 cask beers will probably be served, a 3rd every from: Gloucestershire (Large River, Hal’s Ales, Inferno); this 12 months’s featured area, East Anglia; and the broader UK, together with beers from a giant hit finally 12 months’s occasion, West Yorkshire’s Elland Brewery. Tenting is on the market in fields lower than a mile from the positioning (£5 a pitch).
19-21 July, session beers from £4, Sunday free noon-3pm, postlip.camra.org.uk

Center Earth Beer and Music Competition, Clitheroe, Lancashire

theatre group at Middle Earth Beer Festival, Lancashire


JRR Tolkien took a lot topographical inspiration for The Lord of the Rings from Lancashire’s Ribble valley, a hyperlink celebrated at this family-friendly occasion now in its tenth 12 months. Held on the riverside, by Waddow Corridor, it should characteristic orcs and elves hiding within the wooded areas, an archery area, theatre group Ribcaged retelling Lord of the Rings in 30 minutes and hardcore followers wandering the positioning in full cosplay Frodo outfits. There’s additionally a dwell music invoice for all three days. Chosen by the individuals behind Clitheroe’s Ale Home bar, the beers was once solely cask however, this 12 months, will embrace craft-keg choices from northern stars together with Squawk, Blackjack, Marble, Northern Whisper and Beer Nouveau. Naturally, you pay with specifically minted paper “Tolkiens”.
19-21 July, grownup weekend tenting ticket £53.50, day tickets from £11, middleearthbeerfestival.co.uk

Peakender, Bakewell, Derbyshire

Festivalgoers at Thornbridge Peakender


With its picturesque Peak District surroundings and on-site tenting, Thornbridge Brewery’s Peakender is a favorite with outdoorsy beer followers. Regulars take pleasure in strolling off the night time earlier than within the close by hills and, on Saturday morning, there’s a 5K run or a 45-minute yoga session that finishes with a tasting of Thornbridge’s low-alcohol Large Straightforward. The 17 featured breweries embrace Firestone Walker, Wander Past and Northern Monk, with varied meet-the-brewer and beer talks amongst three days of dwell music and road meals.
16-18 August, two adults tenting cross £79.50, weekend grownup cross (no tenting) £24.75, peakender.co.uk

Hilden Beer and Music Competition, close to Lisburn, County Antrim

Primarily based at Hilden Home, 19th-century dwelling of the Barbour linen magnates, Hilden Brewery is in a two-hectare inexperienced oasis. The previous stables is now a taproom and restaurant, whose courtyard and gardens (with a most important stage and several other momentary tepees), kind the hub of a competition that attracts 1,00zero individuals every day. The competition maintains an emphasis on native producers of not simply beer however ciders and spirits, with Northern Irish brewers equivalent to Farmageddon, Hillstown and Clear Sky outstanding alongside Hilden on three bars, which additionally absorb a collection of UK and Irish beers. Music-wise, Hilden is eclectic however Friday is rock night time and Sunday is extra folky, conscious that folks could also be feeling a wee bit fragile.
23-25 August, from £15, taproomhilden.com

Indy Man Beer Con, Manchester

Indy Man Beer Con, Manchester


Such is the clamour of pleasure on the bars it’s simple to miss that the situation, the Grade II-listed 1906 Victoria Baths, provides a wealthy layer of environment to Britain’s greatest craft beer occasion. The baths are an architectural riot of glazed tilework, etched glass and mahogany, and exploring their nooks and hidden bars is enjoyable in itself. That exploration will go deeper this 12 months as, throughout 4 days, Indy Man extends into the outdated filter rooms, laundry and cellars below the (drained) swimming pools, the place brewers equivalent to North, Wild Beer, Buxton, Burning Sky and transatlantic cult stars equivalent to New York’s Different Half, pour their creations. Simply don’t go to sleep within the poolside altering stalls. It occurs.
3-6 October, tickets on sale Four June, four-day ticket £65 + reserving price, day tickets from £10 + reserving price, indymanbeercon.co.uk

Craft Beer Calling, Newcastle upon Tyne

Craft Beer Calling, Wylam Brewery


Newcastle’s extraordinary, 400-hectare inexperienced lung, City Moor, begins simply north of the town centre and its south-east nook contains Exhibition Park, website of an enormous expo in 1929. The lone surviving constructing from that occasion, the lakeside Palace of Arts, is now dwelling to Wylam Brewery, which hosts Craft Beer Calling below the cupola of its Grand Corridor, an area lined with ageing barrels. At this “invitational” (as at Indy Man), 30 primarily UK breweries workers their very own bars, which is a boon for beer geeks who crave face time with Britain’s greatest (The Kernel and Burning Sky are two confirmed for this 12 months). Outside, road meals stalls will characteristic stars from Wylam’s sister enterprise, Gateshead’s By The River delivery container market.
24-26 October, weekend ticket £33, session tickets from £10, craftbeercalling.com

Vessel Beer Competition, Plymouth

Vessel Beer Festival, Plymouth


Fourteen stained glass home windows flank the Nice Corridor of Plymouth’s Grade II-listed Guildhall, depicting key moments from the town’s historical past, such because the launching of the Pilgrim Fathers’ Mayflower in 1620. However on this dramatic setting of giant chandeliers and tapestries, Vessel Beer Store is seeking to the long run by showcasing inventive British beers from south-west pace-setters (Verdant, Black Flag, New Lion, Stannary) and nationwide names equivalent to Cloudwater and Northern Monk. Right here, 23 breweries will provide three beers every, with regional road meals merchants available to stave off the results of these high-ABV double IPAs and imperial stouts.
29-30 November, classes £10 plus reserving price, vesselbeerfestival.co.uk

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