Beer Tastings

Our beer experts will be running a fantastic schedule of beer tastings
throughout the week to help you learn more about the craft which goes into making Britain’s best beers.  

Introduction to Beer

  • Wednesday – 18:00 – 18:45
  • Thursday – 14:45 – 15:30
  • Friday – 18:00 – 18:45
  • Saturday – 14:30 – 15:15

£14 CAMRA Members
£16 non CAMRA members

New to beer, or just want to know more about the ingredients in beer and beer styles? Sample four different beers whilst discovering the four basic components of beer, how they affect flavour and create such different tasting brews and styles.

 

History of the Champion Beer of Britain Competition

  • Wednesday – 13:00 – 14:00
  • Friday – 13:00 – 14:00

£18 CAMRA Members
£20 non CAMRA Members

The Champion Beer of Britain is one of the most prestigious beer competitions in the world. It is the ultimate honour for UK brewers and has helped put many into the national spotlight. This tasting hosted by Roger Protz will take in the history of the award and focus on some of the fantastic previous winners. A celebration of the best of the best!

 

Beer & Cheese Tasting

  • Wednesday – 19:30 – 20:30
  • Thursday – 13:00 – 14:00

£20 CAMRA Members
£22 non CAMRA Members

What’s better than eating cheese? Eating it whilst drinking beer! Like beer, cheese comes in a wide range of intensities and styles, so join us for a guided tour through the world of dairy and enjoy some foolproof pairings.

IPAs

  • Thursday – 18:00 – 18:45

£18 CAMRA Members
£20 non CAMRA Members

If you went back to the 1800’s then it might be the case that people had a distinct idea as to what an IPA was. But in 2022, brewers are more experimental and only a few beers on today’s market would Victorians recognise as an IPA. This session will show through five beers how IPAs have changed over the years and why, covering both traditional and untraditional but all having the usual hallmark of an IPA, hops!

 

Small World: how the beers of others are shaping UK brewing and vice versa

  • Thursday – 19:30 – 20:30

£18 CAMRA Members
£20 non CAMRA Members

The last 30 years have witnessed an unprecedented shift in the global beerscape, beginning with traditional European brewing powers like the UK and Belgium influencing the New World, and now seen spreading to over 100 countries. Tim Webb and Stephen Beaumont write The World Atlas of Beer, now in its 3rd edition, and speaking together for only the second time in the UK, will demonstrate in liquid form how British brewing has changed the world, and vice versa.

 

A Tasting Tour of London

  • Friday – 14:45 – 15:45

£18 CAMRA Members
£20 non CAMRA Members

London, historically known as a brewing colossus and long renowned for its pubs, has in a matter of years reclaimed its status as a world class centre for making beer as well as drinking it. Your host, Des de Moor will take you on a tour of some of the best beers available in the Capital and will give you something to look out for in the many London pubs waiting for you once you leave the festival.

Full Beer Tasting Schedule

Date Beer Tasting Time CAMRA member price Non-member price
Wednesday 3 August History of the Champion Beer of Britain Competition 13:00 – 14:00 £18 £20
Wednesday 3 August Introduction to Beer 18:00 – 18:45 £14 £16
Wednesday 3 August Beer & Cheese 19:30 – 20:30 £20 £22
Thursday 4 August Beer & Cheese 13:00 – 14:00 £20 £22
Thursday 4 August Introduction to Beer 14:45 – 15:30 £14 £16
Thursday 4 August IPAs 18:00 – 18:45 £18 £20
Thursday 4 August Small World: how the beers of others are shaping UK brewing and vice versa 19:30 – 20:30 £18 £20
Friday 5 August History of the Champion Beer of Britain Competition 13:00 – 14:00 £18 £20
Friday 5 August A Tasting Tour of London 14:45 – 15:45 £18 £20
Friday 5 August Introduction to Beer 18:00 – 18:45 £14 £16
Saturday 6 August Introduction to Beer 14:30 – 15:30 £14 £16

Tasting tickets do not cover admission to the festival, you must also buy a festival admission ticket for the day of your tasting.