St Albans Beer & Cider Festival 2013
25-28 September, Alban Arena, AL1 3LD
The premier event in the Hertfordshire drinkers calendar is now on! The number of real ales on offer runs into the hundreds and is complimented by a vast selection of ciders, perries, bottle conditioned beers and a 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 2014 hot off the press on sale too!
St Albans Beer of the Festival 2013
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 2013 competition, with Oakham Ales Green Devil 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 6.0%
2. Fyne Ales Jarl 3.8%
3. 3Brewers Classic English Ale 4.1%
Hertfordshire Beer of the Year 2013
A record number of breweries took part in this year's competition. The tasting panel judged nineteen different beers ranging from light and hoppy pale ales through to rich and malty stouts.
The judging panel was made up of members of Hertfordshire branches who collectively awarded Tring Tea Kettle Stout the overall winner, with beers from Verulam and Buntingford coming close runners up.
1. Tring Tea Kettle Stout 4.7%
2. Verulam Citra Hit! 4.6%
3. Buntingford Polar Star 4.4%
Opening Times & Admission Prices
Wednesday 25th September - Friday 27th September 11.00am - 11.00pm £3.00 (CAMRA members free)
Saturday 28th 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 6.00pm.
Beer Tasting with Roger Protz
7.30pm Friday 27th September 2013
Join Roger, one of the world's leading beer writers, editor of the Good Beer Guide and Herts Advertiser columnist, for a unique beer tastings 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 and from CAMRA HQ in Hatfield Road.
Tickets are selling fast so buy yours today if you'd like to take part!
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.
Visit the staffing sign-up area to find the staffing form available to download or the facility to register online. 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 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.
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 email@example.com.
Future Festival Dates
24th to 27th September 2014
30th September to 3rd October 2015
28th September to 1st October 2016
27th to 30th September 2017