Festival of Brewers

Later this month, the second annual Festival of Brewers will take place in Leeds. The festival is takes place on Saturday 23rd November, at New Craven Hall, within walking distance of Leeds City Train Station.

Whereas many other Brewer’s Market style festivals feature the same, bigger names in the UK beer industry, Festival of Brewers aims to give other smaller, independent breweries their share of the limelight. Festival Founder and Organiser, Mike Hampshire, explains more.

“I regularly visit beer festivals across the UK. A couple of years ago it occurred to me, though, that many of these festivals feature the same names in the UK brewing scene.”

“It was like wherever I went, the same breweries were being chosen from a small pool and I began to get frustrated. As great as these breweries are, I travel to enjoy beers from breweries I haven’t seen before, not to drink from the same few breweries in different places.”

“I feel there is under representation for other small, independent breweries, so the concept of Festival of Brewers was born; to celebrate and showcase those breweries that are often overlooked.”

Frisky Bear Brewing Co. (Morley, Leeds), Half Moon Brewery (York), Horsforth Brewery (Horsforth, Leeds), Mill Valley Brewery (Cleckheaton), Nomadic Beers (Sheepscar, Leeds), Penistone Brewers (Penistone), The Cider Cask (Hebden Bridge) and Truth Hurts Brew Co (Morley, Leeds), will be pouring the drinks. Gerhard’s Pretzels (Leeds) and The Pizza Trail (Doncaster) will be offering food.

The festival will take place over two sessions on Saturday 23rd November. Session one is from 11am until 4:30pm, then session two from 5pm until 10:30pm. Tickets for each session are priced at £7 plus booking fee online or £8 on the door. Ticket fees include entry to the event and a souvenir festival glass.

“I got some amazing feedback after last year’s festival and I’m hoping to build on that this year” Mike continues. “This is a great chance for beer fans to try something new whilst supporting some terrific small, independent producers.”

“There will be a chance for people to do a bit of Christmas shopping too! Expect to see gift packs and merchandise available from the traders.”