Local Beer Festivals
Watch this space for news of beer festivals in our area...or just outside
If you are planning a beer festival then please contact us to discuss how we might help publicise it.
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- Wetherspoons "tap takeover" (27-29 April)
Friday 27 – Sunday 29 April 2018
The Ivy House in Alton is again is organising a "tap takeover" on the weekend of 27th April, starting Friday and ending Sunday.
The usual perks (nibbles, 50p off etc.) would apply for a tasting session for CAMRA members on the THURSDAY 26 April before the takeover starts on the FRIDAY 27 April - we hope you'll support this.
Beers we have suggested / he plans to put on are:
Purple Moose Madog's Ale
Nottingham Rock Mild
Daleside Old Legover
Rugate Ruby Mild
Nethergate Mary's Ruby Mild
Sambrook's Powerhouse Porter
Springhead Roaring Meg.
- Alton summer beer festival (2/3 June 2018)
Friday 1 – Saturday 2 June 2018
Alton summer beer festival will run on 1/2 June 2018, at Alton College.
Tickets not yet available, but normally obtainable either online via http://www.altonbeerfestival.co.uk/ or in the following pubs:-
The George, Alton
The King's Head, Alton
The Railway Arms, Alton
The Queen's Head Holybourne
Triple fff Brewery, Four Marks
Jolly Sailor, Farnham
Below to be confirmed.... Book yourself on the Friday evening session bus from either the Redcat, Winchester or Longdog, Basingstoke brewerys.
Follow us on Twitter for the latest updates. On Friday evening every beer will be available and please remember we are limited on numbers and when a cask is empty, it is empty.
- Red Cat Brewery open day (Sat 2 June 2018)
Saturday 2 June 2018 11:00
Red Cat brewery, Winchester
The Red Cat brewery, Winchester is holding an open day on Saturday 2 June 2018.
Red Cat is Winchester's newest brewery, and there's a chance to meet the brewers and drink some beer from 11:00 to 17:00.
(This is not a traditional beer festival but an open day at a brewery.)
Brewery address: Unit 10 Sun Valley Business Park, Winnall Close, Winchester, SO23 0LB
Their website: http://www.redcatbrewing.co.uk/
(Page down to see the Open Day announcement.)
To get there from Alton, you can...
EITHER get the 64 to Winchester bus station and then get the no 1 bus to Tesco's at Winnal - get off at "Winnal Close" (near to the PO Sorting Office) and walk right down to the end of Winnal Close road/industrial area - 'Red Cat' are over in the far corner.
OR get off the 64 at the Golden Lion (top of the hill at Winnal Manor Road), and walk - only 15mins.
** NOTE ** I have been caught out by no 1 buses not running back from Tesco's, and have found out that the last bus on any day from Tesco's is at 1516!
So after then, I suggest you walk back either to Imber Road/Shephard's Road and get the bus from there, or right back to the Golden Lion and catch the 64 back from there..
No 1 bus timetable here:
- Southampton Beer Festival (8/9 June 2018)
Friday 8 – Saturday 9 June 2018
Southampton Football Club
The annual Southampton Beer Festival (run by CAMRA) will be held on 8-9 June 2018 at their NEW VENUE - the Southampton Football Club.
Tickets were on sale from Wednesday 21 March, and can be purchased in person from St Mary’s Stadium ticket office, Belgium and Blues, Caskaway, Bitter Virtue, The Guide Dog, and online at Eventbrite.co.uk
Only four sessions...
Fri 11:30 – 16:00 & 18:30 – 23:00
Sat 11:30 – 16:00 & 18:30 – 23:00
Tickets: Fri lunch £5, Fri eve £10; Sat lun £7, Sat eve £7.
See website: http://www.southamptonbeerfestival.org.uk/
- Guildford Beer Festival (15/16 June 2018)
Friday 15 – Saturday 16 June 2018
Guildford Cricket Club
The Seventh Annual Guildford Beer Festival will take place at the Guildford Cricket Club on Friday/Saturday 15/16 June 2018.
Tickets cost £10.00 per person for Session One (Friday evening) and also for Session Two (Saturday afternoon) and Session Three (Saturday evening).
For full details, see: https://guildfordbeerfestival.co.uk/
- Bristol RE bus running day (Saturday 14 July 2018)
Saturday 14 July 2018
Alton Railway Station
The Bristol RE vintage bus running day is an annual event radiating out to local villages from Alton.
It is "free", but you need to buy a programme (£6.00 on the day / £7.00 in advance) from the RE group which contains the bus routes and timetables.
** There are also beer tokens included in the price **
Information can be found here...
The buses visit local pubs - mainly those in the Good beer guide - and they run from early morning until mid-evening - select "2018 running Day" from the left-hand menu for details.