If you love a proper pint and want to see more of our excellent nation, get down to some of these high quality celebrations of all things boozy.
Birmingham Beer Bash
The Bond Company, 180-182 Fazeley Street, Birmingham B5 5SE
This popular, new age beer fest owes a lot to Indy Man Beer Con 9see below). Where the rebellious North Western festival led, this modern gig followed and improved, using social media to organise a beer festival that sated the wide-ranging appetites of today’s beer drinkers. Cask ales, keg beers and all sorts of weird and wonderful brews can be found in this large and thoroughly modern celebration of all things foamy.
The Great British Beer Festival
Olympia, Hammersmith Road, Kensington, London W14
With over 50,000 visitors and 900 brews, this is the big daddy of all British beer festivals and it’s growing every year. In 2016 it will take place over four days, with independent brewers joining monsters of the brewing world in the great hall. Despite the very British name, American and European beers can also be found among the UK residents, with areas dedicated to more exotic brews.
The Hilden Beer and Music Festival
Hilden Brewery, Grand Street, Hilden, Lisburn, Northern Ireland, BT27 4TY
Northern Ireland has its fair share of tasty beers and its fair share of beer festivals, including the Hilden Festival. After celebrating its 30th birthday last year, it’s one of NI’s longest-running beer festivals, with few to rival it for sheer joy and merriment.
Craft Beer Rising
Craft beer is on the rise, and so is Craft Beer Rising, the Scotland craft beer community’s headline event with dozens of breweries exhibiting their wares new and old, as well as fine food and good music to add even more flavour.
Indy Man Beer Con
Victoria Baths, Hathersage Road, Chorlton-on-Medlock, Manchester, M13 0FE
A ground-breaking festival originating back in the days when many self-titled beer ‘connoisseurs’ and cask brewers refused to endorse any festival that didn’t exclusively focus on cask ale. The Independent Manchester Beer Convention rebelled by being the first to serve any beer, irrespective of brewing or distribution technique. It’s well worth a visit if you’re a craft beer lover who wants to revisit a turning point in your favourite drink’s history, or just a beer fan looking for a good pint.
Pocklington RUFC, Percy Road, Pocklington, YO42 2QB
This tribute to Munich’s internationally renowned Oktoberfest has been making a name for itself over the last twelve years. It returns again in 2016 to offer beer to the people of North Yorkshire and beyond while bringing much-needed funds to a range of local charities. The legendary rolling hills of Yorkshire provide a beautiful setting for music and merriment, with revellers raising a glass as well as money for good causes.