St Albans Beer & Cider Festival 2015

30th September – 3rd October, Alban Arena, AL1 3LD

The premier event in the Hertfordshire drinkers calendar will be back in town at the end of September so book your beer and cider holiday now and pay us a visit to enjoy the vast selection of drinks on offer. The number of real ale on offer runs into the hundreds and is complimented by a vast selection of real ciders and perries, bottle conditioned beers and a large selection from around the world.

There is plenty of festival fodder to soak up the beer plus tutored beer tastings, breweriana auctions and we'll have the Good Beer Guide 2016 hot off the press on sale too with the editor Roger Protz signing copies.

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Beer of the Festival 2015

A selection of local Hertfordshire beers and champion winning beers from around the country took part in this year's St Albans Beer of the Festival 2015 competition, with Oakham Ales Green Devil IPA coming out top!

Festival Organiser, Phil Defriez, said: "It's great to have what we call our 'champion of champion' beers competition where we judge award winning beers from around the country plus a selection of beers from local breweries."

1. Oakham Ales Green Devil IPA 6.0%
2. Tiny Rebel Cwtch 4.6%
3. Greene King XX Mild 3.0%

Hertfordshire Beer of the Year 2015

A record number of breweries took part in this year's competition. The tasting panel judged fifteen different beers ranging from hoppy pale ales through to rich porters.

The judging panel was made up of members of Hertfordshire branches, including Roger Protz, who collectively awarded Bishop's Stortford Stortford Citra the overall winner, with beers from Red Squirrel and Farr Brew coming close runners up.

1. Bishop's Stortford Stortford Citra 3.9%
2. Red Squirrel Mad Squirrel APA 4.7%
3. Farr Brew Most Potent Porter 4.4%

Opening Times & Admission Prices

Wednesday 30th September - Friday 2nd October 11.00am - 11.00pm
£3.00 (CAMRA members free)

Saturday 3rd October 11.00am - 11.30pm
£4.50 (CAMRA members free)

Entry to CAMRA members is free at all times

Please note no advance tickets for any session and that Alban Arena policy stipulates that no one under the age of 18 can be allowed in the bar areas at any time or anywhere on the premises after 5.00pm.

Roman figure holding beer

Beer Tasting with Roger Protz

7.30pm, Friday 2nd October 2015

Join Roger, one of the world's leading beer writers and editor of the Good Beer Guide, for a unique beer tasting on Friday evening at this year's Festival. Roger will be sample with you a range of beers ranging from mild through bitter, IPA, golden ale, porter and barley wine whilst also providing plenty of time for discussion. All the beer will contain Maris Otter - a popular malting grain for brewers marking the 50th anniversary of the barley being grown.

Tickets for the beer tasting, subject to availability can be obtained in person from CAMRA HQ Hatfield Road St Albans, the CAMRA Products Stand in the main foyer or from Steve Bury, 14 New Road, Shenley, Herts WD7 9EA.

Festival Fodder

Back by popular demand, Yuleys Bratwurst will be tempting you with their 20" Bratwurst served with onions and sauerkraut, as well as exotic burgers such as Springbok, Ostrich, Kangaroo or Wild Boar with Stilton and Spring Onion on the patio.

The Crusty Pie Company will be offering hot and cold pies to suit every taste.

India Gate will be offering a wide range of tasty and authentic Indian foods including curries, samosas and wraps with vegetarian options in the main auditorium.

In the festival foyer Merrie Berrie chocolates and Pipers Crisps will be offering a large range of enticing snacks to enjoy.

Live Music

On Thursday evening we welcome back Co-Jones, one of St Albans top local bands. Co-Jones are a six piece band appealing to all ages playing a variety of genres including soul, pop, R&B, latin and rock.

On Saturday lunchtime we welcome back for a solo appearance John Otway, the singer songwriter, who has a sizeable cult following and has enjoyed chart hits with "Really Free" with Wild Willy Barrett and on his own with "Bunsen Burner".

On Saturday evening following the screening of the World Cup Rugby we welcome One Step Behind - the UK's Premier and longest surviving MADNESS tribute band.

Two Roman figures dancing with beer
Roman figure sitting on a barrel holding beer

Location & Travel

The Festival is situated in the Alban Arena, just off St Peters Street in the heart of the City. Go here for a map to find the Alban Arena and travel information.

St Albans is easily reached on the Thameslink Railway and there are plenty of local buses for those travelling cross county or from the railway station to the Arena itself. London Midland services also run frequently 7 days a week between St Albans Abbey and Watford Junction.

Staffing Volunteers

The success of the St Albans Beer & Cider Festival is reliant on a committed team of volunteers.

There are a wide range of duties such as setting up, serving at the bars, maintaining the quality of the beer and stewarding, where your skills and talent could prove invaluable. In return for your commitment you will receive complementary beer and food and moreover become part of a great team!


28th September 2015: Press Release: Festival Opening

16th September 2015: Press Release: Roger Protz Beer Tasting

23rd August 2015: Press Release: Attention Forward Planner

Enquires: John Bishop 07720 295419


For all other information requests please e-mail us. Please note we may not be able to respond to requests for information during the week of the festival.

Future Festival Dates

28th September to 1st October 2016

27th to 30th September 2017