The best beer festivals to head to this year


If you’re planning on arranging your summer around the amber beverage then these beer festivals present some cracking choices, from Birmingham’s Beer Bash to the legendary Oktoberfest. Here are the best ways to make the most of the rest of 2013, and the perfect excuse to take Monday off work.

1. The Great British Beer Festival (London)

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This year will mark the 36th Great British Beer Festival, and over 55,000 people are expected to show up. There’s a Champion Beer of Britain competition as well as over 800 real ales, ciders, perries and foreign beers to try out, plus a great range of food options. This year it takes place from the 13th-17th August. Find out more.

2. Birmingham Beer & Cider Festival

This central beer festival has over 250 Real Ales and over 80 Real Ciders & Perries available for your drinking pleasure, and there’s hot and cold food available at all times as well as live music on the upper floor of the venue. Advanced ticket prices also start at a mere £2.50 so there’s really no excuse. Visit this festival between 30th October- 2nd November this year.

3. The Yarnbury Beer Festival, Leeds

Celebrate Yorkshire with a day of traditional ales and ciders – over 60 types of the beverages in fact and all from Yorkshire. There’ll be live entertainment all weekend and proceeds support The Yorkshire Air Ambulance charity – pay a visit between 1st-4th August this year.

4. Secret Cellar Club Pop-up Beer Festival, Cardiff

For one day only join the beer-loving folks at the Secret Cellar Club in Cardiff for a beer festival! There are local and unique cask ales headlining, as well as wine, soft drinks and underground entertainment. You can also buy your own cases of beer to take your favourites home. Check it out on August 3rd. Find out more. 

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5. Oktoberfest (Munich, Germany)

The world’s most popular beer festival takes place in Munch at the end of September and promises millions of attendees and litres of beer. In fact, last year over 6 million people attended, over 7 million litres of beer was consumed as well as 90,000 litres of wine! It’s free admission, but beer can be a little pricey, at around 9 euros for a 1 litre stein. This year it runs from September 21st until October 6th. Find out more.

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