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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St Albans Beer of the Festival 2014

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 2014 competition, with Elland 1872 Porter 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. Elland 1872 Porter 5.9%
2. Alecraft High Five 5.9%
3. Red Squirrel Redwood Colorado American IPA 5.4%

Hertfordshire Beer of the Year 2014

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 Alecraft High Five the overall winner, with beers from Red Squirrel and Buntingford coming close runners up.

1. Alecraft High Five 5.9%
2. Red Squirrel Jack Black 4.8%
3. Buntingford Oatmeal Stout 4.4%

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.


17th September 2014: Press Release: XT Brewery, Alpha Acid

16th September 2014: Press Release: Magna Carta, Windsor & Eton

15th September 2014: Press Release: The 3 Brewers, St Albans

July 2014: Press Release: Attention Forward Planner

Enquires: John Bishop 07720 295419


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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