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Press Release


There’s a beer for everyone at the St Albans Beer Festival

The 24th St Albans Beer & Cider Festival is nearly upon us, and in just a few days the South Herts branch of the Campaign for Real Ale (CAMRA) will turn the Alban Arena for four days into a beer and cider drinkers’ delight.

Taking place from 25-28 September at the Alban Arena on St Peter’s St, St Albans, the festival will feature up to 533 different types of beer and cider will feature including:

  • 286 British cask real ales –served cool

  • 82 International bottled beers

  • 59 British bottle conditioned beers (real ale with secondary fermentation in a bottle)

  • 47 British Key Keg Beers – all served cold

  • 34 Ciders and 16 Perries

  • Nine international German draught beers, including four draught beers from St Albans twin City Worms, beers that have never been seen before in the UK.

Festival Organiser John Bishop (featured) said: “Herts’ biggest ever beer festival will feature beers of all styles from light, hoppy golden ales to robust stouts and porters from breweries from all over the UK as well as a huge selection from overseas. Over 60 of the beers on offer will be from breweries in Hertfordshire including several Festival Specials from Tring, Mad Squirrel and Farr Brew.  New for 2019 is the Key Keg bar in the main hall with beer served chilled at 5 degrees. There’s a beer for everyone!”

A sensational line up of live music will kick off on Thursday evening with local band Katie plus Juan and the K&J band, Katie’s Jumping Fleas play Saturday lunchtime from 1 pm and Saturday evening from 8.30 pm is the Kyla Brox Band with a blend of cool blues and soul.  Kyla is often described as the finest blues singer of her generation.

Great food will be on offer from The Crusty Pie Company and Punjab Food Co. (new for 2019 and dishing up tasty curries and accompaniments) plus snacks and chocolate from Pipers Crisps and Henley’s sweets.

Daily breweriana auctions on the main stage and a Pub Quiz Saturday afternoon where all entrants take home a prize whilst also competing for a top prize of a polypin of beer from McMullens of Hertford.

The Beer of the Festival and Herts Beer of the Year both of which be judged and announced on Wednesday and Thursday respectively and there will be judging for a champion beer of East Anglia style on Saturday and we’ll continue to highlight to drinkers the disparity of beer tax with our European neighbours and the devastating effects that high business rates are having on local pubs and other businesses at the Festival

For a complete roundup of activity see the Festival Programme and Beer, Cider & Perry List, both available to read/download from our website or pick up a copy at the Festival.

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Venue: Alban Arena, St Peters St, St Albans AL1 3LD.

Opening times: Wednesday 25th – Saturday 28th September – 11.00am – 11.00pm.

Admission: Wednesday, free to all before 3pm £3.00 thereafter, (CAMRA members free) Thursday, £3.00 (CAMRA free) Friday and Saturday £5.00 (CAMRA members £1.00).





John Bishop: 07720295419

Festival Organiser

Tom Blakemore: 07921332492

Festival Publicity & Sponsorship Organiser