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St Albans Beer & Cider Festival – 27th-30th September 2017

Written by Tom Blakemore

Reach Out and Sup Faith!
St Albans Beer & Cider Festival returns!

Open: Wednesday 26th – Saturday 30th September 2017, 11am – 11pm.
Admission: £3 Wed/Thurs, £5 Fri/Sat (CAMRA members free at all times).

The premier event in the Hertfordshire drinkers calendar is back!

Nine bars with up to 300 real ales, 50 ciders and perries, 50 bottle conditioned beers and 80 foreign beers from all over the world plus hot and cold food stands, breweriana auctions and a quiz on Saturday with superb prizes.

We pride ourselves of selling a diverse range of styles, including the more elusive styles such as Mild, Stout, Porter and Old Ale. There will also be plenty Festival Specials for those who like to try new beers. We’ll also be stocking gluten-free and alcohol-free beers at the Bottle-Conditioned Beer Bar in the Foyer.

The Young Members of the branch have been getting involved by nominating their favourite beers to have on at the Festival. Look out for the special stickers at the bars and try a taste of fresh and exciting!

You’ll also see a huge improvement to the Cider & Perry bar this year. A relocation to a prominent position in the main hall means greater space at the bar and more ciders and perries at point of sale than ever before.

Have you previously struggled for somewhere to sit? This year we’re offering more seating on Wednesday in the main hall itself – the perfect session to come to try the widest range of beers of offer. We’ll also be opening the upstairs balcony area from 5pm on Thursday and Friday and throughout the whole of Saturday.

The prestigious Champion Beer of Hertfordshire will be judged on Thursday evening and the winner announced soon afterwards. Look out for it at the Hertfordshire Bar on the stage.

The beer list when available will be on our website www.stalbansbeerfestival.org.uk and on our Facebook page, where you can sign up to receive up to the minute updates about what is going on. Also follow us on Twitter @stalbansbf for regular updates in the run up to and during the Festival.

The cashless system last year proved very popular with customers, so once again we’ll be selling tokens on arrival and throughout the Festival at the dedicated token stands. We hope you continue to experience speed and ease of service as you move around the Festival. Any unused tokens can be fully refunded or donated, or can be kept for another session if you plan to visit again.

The Good Beer Guide 2018 will be hot off the press at this Festival. Editor Roger Protz will be signing copies at the products stand every day – check times in the Festival programme and on our website www.stalbansbeerfestival.org.uk nearer the time.

We also have a sensational line up of live music to entertain you this year. Local band The Slaves are guaranteed to get everyone singing along with their classic covers on Thursday evening. Lilac Sheer will be making a first appearance at the Festival with feet tapping folk and country tunes on Saturday lunchtime. And finally, we have a real treat for you – headlining Saturday night is one of Britain’s top Rhythm & Blues bands Dr Feelgood. Their raw and uncompromising style of performance promises to close the Festival in style!

If you find yourself feeling peckish at the Festival then there’s no need to leave! Yuleys Bratwurst will be returning to the patio to tempt you with their authentic 20” Bratwurst sausage served with onions and sauerkraut, as well as exotic burgers such as Springbok, Ostrich and Kangaroo. Alongside will be the Crusty Pie Company offering pies to suit every taste, from hot meat and potato varieties to vegetarian options, and speciality pork pies and scratchings. New for 2017, Comida Brasil will be serving up a range of tasty and authentic Brazilian street food favourites with both meat and vegetarian options from the main hall kitchen.

And don’t forget Henleys Love Sweets and Pipers Crisps in the Foyer with their full ranges of enticing flavours to enjoy with your tipple of choice.

If that wasn’t enough there will also be daily breweriana auctions on the main stage and a fun quiz on Saturday afternoon. Everyone who enters gets to take home a gift and the overall winner will also receive the top prize from our quiz sponsor.

We look forward to seeing and welcoming you to the Festival!

Reach out and Sup Faith!

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