The UK’s Best Beer Festivals To Attend In 2018

If you enjoy a beer on a night out – or whenever for that matter – then beer festivals will be a real treat. Normally accompanied by live music, food stalls, and lots of camaraderie, beer festivals are a great chance to enjoy a cold beverage and have a lot of fun. Check out these events if you want to see the best and biggest across the UK in 2018.

Great British Beer Festival, London

7th – 11th August 2018

The Great British Beer Festival is also known as GBBF, or, according to the organisers, the biggest pub in the world. It’s organised by CAMRA with nearly 1,000 brands of ale expected – including some limited editions and one-offs. Pub quizzes, live music, food, and games are all part of the fun too.

Find out more here.

Craft Beer Rising, London

22nd – 24th February 2018

Craft Beer Rising is the UK’s biggest craft beer festival, and the organiser’s say 2018 will be even bigger and better than before! You can expect to see exciting new and innovative beers, with a huge 175 breweries exhibiting. There will be delicious, comforting food that will go perfectly with any beverage – nobody will be going hungry at this event.

Find out more here.

Indy Man Beer Con, Manchester

4th October – 7th October 2018

Held at the Victoria Baths, the Independent Manchester Beer Convention is, as the name suggests, dedicated to indie breweries, especially those in the local area. The event includes live music and other entertainment, as well as talks, pop-up shops, and special tasting sessions. Breweries in the area will be holding their own mini events during the festival as well.

Find out more here.

Craft Beer Calling, Newcastle

18th – 20th October 2018

Held at the Wylam Brewery, this international beer festival is all about the crafts. If you want to chat with brewers while you sample their beers, this is the place to do it. The great thing about this event is your sure to find many beers you’ve never tried before to sample.

Find out more here.

Whittingham Beer and Sausage Festival, Preston

4th – 6th May 2018

Whittingham Beer and Sausage Festival

The Whittingham Beer and Sausage Festival will have 100 different real ales and ciders, with incredible gourmet sausages to snack on throughout the day – they’re all about the quality drink and food! There is a selection of other drinks, so you can bring all your family and friends along to enjoy the day.

Find out more here.

Gateshead Beer Festival, Gateshead

4th – 6th May 2018

Gateshead Beer Festival

Gateshead Beer Festival is organised by the rugby club, and they always make it clear that they want it to be about bringing together local communities, but people further afield are welcome too. They like to get local charities and businesses involved, and it’s their 8th festival running – they must be doing something right!

Find out more here.

London Craft Beer Festival, London

3rd – 5th August 2018

London Craft Beer Festival

You can expect to find many passionate brewers at this event, and the organiser’s claim 2018 to be the biggest, boldest, and brightest yet. There will be over 65+ of the world’s leading craft beer, so this festival is the perfect opportunity to satisfy your beer-craving taste buds!

Find out more here.

FyneFest, Argyll

1st – 3rd June 2018

Over 150 beers and 20 ciders from 39 breweries. Food stalls and live music. Fantastic views. A strict limit of 2000 tickets to camp out or attend the festival in the fields outside the Fyne Brewery. What more could you want from a beer festival?

Find out more here.

Liverpool Craft Beer Expo, Liverpool

26th – 29th July 2018

One of the largest food and drink events in Liverpool is definitely a lot of fun for beer lovers. 300 beers will be on display from breweries in the UK and Europe, and local breweries will be hosting their own bars. The venue is Constellations, an arts, music, and culture space which is certainly fit for purpose.

Find out more here.

Want to discover more beer festivals? Of course you do! Then head to our beer festivals page which lists all the beer festival coming up.

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