St Albans Beer & Cider Festival 2014
24-27 September, Alban Arena, AL1 3LD
The premier event in the Hertfordshire drinkers calendar will be back in town in September so book your beer 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 2015 hot off the press on sale too with the editor Roger Protz signing copies.
Opening Times & Admission Prices
Wednesday 24th September - Friday 26th September 11.00am - 11.00pm
£3.00 (CAMRA members free)
Saturday 27th September 11.00am - 11.00pm
£4.50 (CAMRA members free)
Entry to CAMRA members is free at all times so why not join now you'll also receive £20.00 worth of 50p Wetherspoons vouchers giving you 50p off a pint of real ale.
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.
Beer Tasting with Roger Protz
7.30pm, Friday 26th September 2014
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.
Tickets for the tasting can be obtained at the products stand at the festival or ordered in advance.
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.
London Midland services run frequently 7 days a week between St Albans Abbey and Watford Junction. St Albans is easily reached on the First Capital Connect Thameslink railway line and there are plenty of local buses for those travelling cross county or from the railway station.
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!
Official St Albans Beer & Cider Festival men's polo shirts and ladies vest tops – as modelled here by Issy at the Six Bells, St Albans - will be available at the Festival in both men's and women's sizes in a selection of colours; price £15.00 for CAMRA members (£17.00 for non-CAMRA members). Women's vest top colours are: Black, Turquoise and Fuchsia, sizes 10/12/14/16. Men's polo colours are: Black, Royal Blue and Magenta, sizes M/L/XL/XXL.
(Roll over vest top logo image to zoom stitched design).
A selection of photos from previous festivals.
You're bound to want to stay more than a few of hours at the Beer Festival so why not chose to stay a few days instead? There are many different types of accommodation available to suit all pockets.
A list of the type of accommodation available can be found at St Albans Tourism website or All About St Albans or whatsonstalbans.co.uk and stalbansblog.co.uk and of course it's always worth checking out the CAMRA Good Beer Guide for pubs in and around the city that provide bed and breakfast.
July 2014: 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.
Currently there are no trade stands available for this year. If you would like to be considered for a stand at a future St Albans Beer Festival, please can you send your details to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Future Festival Dates
30th September to 3rd October 2015
28th September to 1st October 2016
27th to 30th September 2017