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Kick back with a zesty pint of cider or a hearty bitter at a fest celebrating the best British booze

There couldn’t be a better way to spend a warm weekend (they’re coming!) than heading to one of the UK’s best beer festivals to spend a couple of days tasting and note-taking or chatting and chugging (depending on what kind of beer drinker you are).

So check the weather forecast and get out there to see a new corner of the country, listen to some great live music and sample some seriously tasty brews. 


Great Welsh Beer and Cider Festival

When: June 6-8

This is an absolute behemoth of a beer fest, taking over the whole of Cardiff’s Motorpoint Arena and including both Welsh and foreign beers, plus ciders and perries. Live music comes from rock and R’n’B covers band Jumpin’ Jimmy and The Nice Guys and Here Be Dragons, a wild Celtic band.

Tipples: You’ll be spoilt for choice with Welsh ales from Brecon Brewing, the Celt Experience and quirky South Wales microbrewery Tiny Rebel, plus plenty more.

Stomach liners: Martin’s Jerked Meats, which sells hand-made jerky made with ales from Otley, Kingstone and Brecon. Feeling adventurous? Taste Merry Berry Truffles, which they say are perfect for pairing with beers and ciders.

More info: gwbcf.org.uk


FyneFest

When: June 14-16

This one could get messy, as it’s a three-day camping festival by Loch Fyne, about an hour’s drive from Glasgow. Along with the beer drinking, there’s locally sourced food to get stuck into and lots of live music. Bombskare, an Edinburgh-based ska band are playing and so are Shooglenifty, who will be letting rip with their techno-meets-Scottish-folk tunes.  

Tipples: The beer list is yet to be confirmed, but since the festival is run by Fyne Ales, we’d recommend you keep your eyes peeled for their Piper Gold. This bitter pale ale won a Camra’s Champion Beer of Britain bronze award, and is described as “well bittered but balanced with a long dry finish”. They’re also doubling their cider selection.

Stomach liners: Seafood from Loch Fyne Oyster’s, venison burgers, sausage rolls and a hog roast will be among the fodder on offer. 

More info:  fynefest.com


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