Craft beer events & festivals 2018: A calendar and guide

2017 was a top-notch year for craft beer events and festivals and 2018 looks set to be even better. Here’s a round-up of all the big and small things happening in the craft beer world this year.

Keeping up with everything going on in the craft beer world is extremely difficult, and I’m just talking events let alone new releases, Twitter spats and the fight to make sexism extinct in the industry.

So with that in mind, I’ve once again put together this chronological list of all the year’s top occasions – big festivals welcoming thousands of people and smaller more intimate tastings.

Like last year, there are far too many CAMRA festivals to include here so you can check them out here. I also haven’t included the numerous tap takeovers and similar things that will be going on, focusing on ticketed events.

If there’s something missing (I’m sure there are some) please do shout in the comments or on Twitter.

Jump to: February | March | April | May | June | July | August | September | October | November | December

February

17-18: Stokey Beer Fest, Abney Hall N16

  • Tickets £32
  • Includes glass, 1/3 pint from 14 producers and a can of the Festival Beer from Seven Sisters Brewery: Extra Stokey Bitter

22-24: Craft Beer Rising, The Old Truman Brewery, E1 6QL

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March

12-18: Sheffield Beer Week, various locations

12-18: London Beer Week: The Beer Edit, Oval Space, E2 9DT

  • Tickets £10
  • £5 flights & first look access to pop-ups and parties

12: Goose Island 312 Day

14-16: London Drinker Festival, Camden Centre Kings Cross, WC1H 9JE

  • Info and tickets
  • 200+ beers (cask and keg)
  • A CAMRA event but a special metion as it’s the last ever one
  • Includes craft breweries such as Brick, Wild Card, Hammerton, Fuller’s, Canopy, Five Point and more

23-24: Spring Beer Fest, Hawkshead Brewery, LA8 9LR

29-31: Hop City, Northern Monk, LS11 9YP

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April

13-14: Craft Theory, 21 South Street, Reading, RG1 4QU

  • Tickets £14 
  • Info
  • Breweries include Verdant, Unity, Siren, Arbor, Elusive and Turning Point

14: London Craft Beer Cruise, Westminster Pier, SW1A 2JH

  • Tickets £39
  • Includes Thames cruise and first 6 beers
  • 10 breweries inc Anspach & Hobday, Brew By Numbers, Gipsy Hill and The Kernel

27-28: Berries, Beans & Beer, Crewe Heritage Centre, CW1 2DB

  • Info
  • Tickets £3 on the door, £2 glass deposit
  • “Beers, ciders, wines, coffee, bottle beers, gins and new this year, rum”

27-29: Brighton Tap Takeover, various locations

  • Tickets from £10
  • Info
  • Includes 4 beers, plus £1 off each Tap Takeover pint (or 50p off a half)
  • 15 pubs, live music, tastings and talks

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May

2-6: Women on Tap Fest, The Little Ale House, Harrogate, HG1 1DH

  • Info
  • “A celebration of women and beer and Yorkshire’s own brewster beer festival”

12 May: Springfest, Tempest Brewing Co, TD1 3RS

  • Tickets £15 (VIP tickets also available)
  • Includes entry, live music, glass and first drink

19: Uppers & Downers, Mick’s Garage in Hackney Wick

  • Tickets £45
  • 4-hour session, a glass and small swag, plus as many shots of espresso and 100ml pours of coffee-beer as you’d like to enjoy
  • 11 breweries (more TBC)

25-27: Craft Beer Festival Edinburgh, The Biscuit Factory, EH6 5NP

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June

1-2: Ales Tales, Oval Space, E2 9TD

  • Tickets £42
  • Dedicated to Belgian beer
  • Unlimited tasters of 70+ beers from 20 Breweries

1-3: Fyne Fest, Achadunan PA26 8BJ

2: 3 Valleys Festival, various locations

  • Info
  • 3 breweries, 2 clubs and 12 pubs with free hop on hop off bus service

9: Sesh Fest, Magic Rock Tap, Huddersfield, HD1 5EB

9-16: Nottingham Craft Beer Week, various locations

23: London Brewers’ Alliance Festival, Fuller’s brewery, Chiswick Lane South, W4 2QB

28-30: Midsummer Beer Happening, Baird Park, Stonehaven, AB39 3BH

  • Tickets and info
  • 140 beers from local, UK and Belgian breweries
  • Proceeds to chartity

29-30: Festival of Brewers, New Craven Hall, Leeds, LS11 5NF

  • Tickets from £6
  • Includes entry and glass
  • 9 breweries focused on the small and independent

29-8: (into July), Manchester Beer week, various locations

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July

5-7: Woodfest 2018, The Exchange, North Shields, NE30 1SE

26-29: Liverpool Craft Beer Expo, Invisible Wind Factory

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London Craft Beer Festival 2017 venue 2

August

3-5: London Craft Beer Festival, Tobacco Dock, E1W 2SF

17-19: Thornbridge Peakender, Bakewell Showground, DE45 1AH

  • Tickets from £8.25
  • “A great event for families, friends and dogs too! With fantastic beers, food, music and activities for all ages.”

17-26: Leeds Beer Week, various locations

24-2 Sep: Brighton & Hove Beer Week, various locations

27-2 Sep: Norwich Craft Beer Week, various locations

31-1 Sep: ABV Fest, Carlisle Memorial Church Belfast, T15 2BE

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September

6-9: Leeds International Beer Festival, Leeds Town Hall, LS1 3AD

  • Tickets
  • 18 breweries, ‘100s of beers’

7-8: Beavertown Extravaganza, Printworks London, SE16 7PJ

14-16: Bristol Craft Beer Festival

21-22: Taps Festival, The Custard Factory, Birmingham, B9 4AA

  • Tickets from £8
  • In association with Craft Beer Rising
  • Includes entry and glass

29-30: Craft Beer Cares, London Fields Brewery, E8 3SB

  • Tickets £12.50
  • Includes entry, glass and 8 beer tokens
  • 20+ breweries
  • Proceeds to London-based anti violence charity Art Against Knives

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October

4-7: Independent Manchester Beer Convention (Indy Man), Victoria Baths, M13 0FE

12-14: Heist Bank Festival, Paddington, London W2 1LA

  • Tickets £15
  • Includes glass and two beers from headliner (Fri – Fourpure, Sat – Wild, Sun – Siren)
  • 80+ beers from UK,  Scandinavia and Australasia
  • Music, games, food and more

18-20: Craft Beer Calling, Wylam Brewery, NE2 4PZ

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November

16-17: Dark City, hosted by Northern Monk, Leeds, LS11

  • Tickets £45
  • Includes entry, glass and all beer (120ml pours)
  • Essentially the dark beer version of Hop City so expect Stouts, Porters, Black IPAs, and Dark Sours

30-1 Dec: Vessel Beer Festival, Guildhall Square, Plymouth PL1 2BJ

  • Tickets £10 + bf
  • Includes glass and guide
  • 20+ breweries including Verdant, Siren, Northern Monk and Loka Polly
  • ‘Biggest and best keg-led beer festival in Devon and Cornwall’
  • Info

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So bookmark this page as your craft beer calendar, get those tickets, and please do shout with more events that you would like to see added. Cheers.

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