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.

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Two Roman figures dancing with beer

Live Music

Swanvesta Social Club, Thursday 25th September 9.00pm – 10.30pm

Billington and Quinn Saturday 27th September 12.30pm – 2.00pm

Climax Blues Band Saturday 27th September 9.00pm – 10.30pm

All other times will be music free.

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.

Roman figure holding beer

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 from CAMRA HQ.

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.

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.

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!


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 and 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.


September 2014: Press Release: Magna Carta, Windsor & Eton

September 2014: Press Release: The 3 Brewers, St Albans

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

Future Festival Dates

30th September to 3rd October 2015

28th September to 1st October 2016

27th to 30th September 2017