St Albans Beer & Cider Festival 2017

27th - 30th September 2017, Alban Arena, St Albans, AL1 3LD

The premier event in the Hertfordshire drinkers calendar will be back in town in from 27th - 30th September 2017. Further details will follow in the next few months.

Information on the 2016 festival can be found by subscribing to our Facebook and Twitter feeds.

Read | Download last year's programme

This Year's Live Music

Thursday evening - The Slaves

Saturday lunchtime - TBC

Saturday evening - Dr Feelgood

Two Roman figures dancing with beer

Beer of the Festival 2016

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 2016 competition, with Fyne Ales Jarl 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. Fyne Ales Jarl 3.8%
2. Greene King XX Mild 3.0%
3. Oakham Ales Green Devil IPA 6.0%

Hertfordshire Beer of the Year 2016

A record number of breweries took part in this year's competition. The tasting panel judged 17 different beers ranging from hoppy pale ales through to rich porters.

The judging panel was made up of members of Hertfordshire branches who collectively awarded Pope's Yard Club Hammer Stout the overall winner, with beers from Tring, The 3 Brewers of St Albans and Red Squirrel coming close runners up.

1. Pope's Yard Club Hammer Stout 5.5%
2. Tring Pale Four 4.6%
3. The 3 Brewers of St Albans IPA 4.6%
4. Red Squirrel Mad Squirrel APA 4.7%

Cider & Perry of the Festival 2016

As voted by attendees of the festival, the 2016 cider of the festival goes to Williams Dry Cider and the 2016 perry of the festival goes to Oliver's Perry for the second consecutive year.

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.


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 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.


All press enquires to 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

26th to 29th September 2018

25th to 28th September 2019