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St Albans Beer & Cider Festival 2019

25th - 28th September 2019, Alban Arena, St Albans, AL1 3LD

** YOU DON'T NEED ADVANCE TICKETS - ALL TICKETS ARE SOLD ON THE DOOR **

The premier event in the Hertfordshire drinkers' calendar will be back in town in from 25th - 28th September 2019.

An amazing celebration of real ale, real cider and perry including Hertfordshire's biggest selection of cooled British cask ales, cider and perry plus live cold Key Keg beer as well as a large selection of International bottled beers and draught beers from Germany. For a taster of the event check out the photo gallery below.

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Programme

Programme
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Poster

Festival poster
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New for 2019

18 Tap British Key Keg Bar showcasing "live" cold beer in Key Keg from across Britain.
Draught Key Keg Beers from St Albans Twin City - Worms. Not previously seen in the UK.
The Beer Innovation Zone - helping people understand more about beer including free tastings with four breweries.
"Cider Cooling" - at the cider bar in the main hall.

Opening Times & Admission Prices

Wednesday
11.00am - 11.00pm
FREE until 3pm, £3.00 thereafter (CAMRA members free)

Thursday
11.00am - 11.00pm
£3.00 (CAMRA members free)

Friday
11.00am - 11.00pm
£5.00 (CAMRA members £1)

Saturday
11.00am - 11.00pm
£5.00 (CAMRA members £1)

Please note no advance tickets for any session. It is Alban Arena policy to search bags on entry. Failure to allow a bag search will result in denial of entry. Entry into the festival will be acknowledged as consent to be included without any fee within any official photography, visual and audio recordings. 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. Dogs are not permitted. Guide dogs excepted.

This Year's Live Music

Thursday evening - Katie Plus Juan

Saturday lunchtime - Katie's Jumping Fleas

Saturday evening - Kyla Brox Band

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, selling beer tokens, maintaining the quality of the beer, 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!

Tokens

For the fourth year running we'll be using our Beer Tokens system to help you get served quicker at the bar. Last year was a great success and we received really positive feedback from both customers and staff. Naturally we'll be making a few changes to improve on last year's system such as introducing a £5 card and improving the efficiency of selling and refunding your cards.

The token cards will be available for purchase on entry at the glasses stand for £12 plus a refundable glass (£3). Additional £5 and £10 cards can be purchased at the token stand in the main hall. If you have partially-expended cards at the end of your session you can take them home and bring them to another session at the 2019 Festival. Alternatively, donate them to CAMRA, put them in the Charity box or obtain a refund.

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 North Western Railway services also run frequently 7 days a week between St Albans Abbey and Watford Junction.

Accommodation

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 allaboutstalbans.com/eat-drink-and-sleep/st-albans-hotels 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.

Media

All media enquires to John Bishop - realales@yahoo.com or 07720 295419‬.

Contact

For all other information requests please e-mail us.

Publicity Tours

If you fancy a few hours out in great company whilst enjoying a pint or two and at the same promoting and supporting the forthcoming St Albans Beer & Cider Festival then please join us on one or more of the tours below.

The plan is to meet up at the destinations below and pick up leaflets, beer mats, posters and business cards (please bring an empty rucksack or bag). We'll then go around together delivering to as many pubs as we can!

The dates and locations are:

1. Hatfield - 16th August - meet 7pm at the Horse & Groom
2. St Albans - 17th August - meet 2pm at the Robin Hood
3. Hemel Hempstead - 30th August - meet 7pm at the Monks Inn
4. Harpenden - 6th September - meet 7pm at the Cross Keys
5. Luton - 7th September - meeting 2pm at the Great Northern
6. St Albans - 14th September - meet 2pm at the Robin Hood

Everyone's welcome to join in!

Contact: Tom Blakemore

Future Festival Dates

23rd to 26th September 2020

29th September to 2nd October 2021

28th September to 1st October 2022