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Nottingham’s craft beer festival expected to bring 3,000 fans to city centre

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Nottingham is set to host a two-day craft beer festival in the Snienton Avenues from Friday, June 17 until Saturday, June 18. The popular annual beer festival started in 2018 and showcases some of the best in local craft brewing.

The organisers, Al Gilby, Adam Bloomfield, Gareth Jones and Jared Wilson are expecting more than 3,000 people to visit Sneinton for the craft beer festival. It is set to take place over three sessions in two days with the Saturday daytime sessions already sold out. Luckily, there are still tickets available for beer fans to attend the evening sessions on both nights.

Several of the city’s best independent breweries are taking part in this year’s festival including Bang the Elephant, Black Iris and Liquid Light Brewery. One of Nottingham’s largest breweries, Castle Rock will also be taking part alongside non-beer businesses such as The Oxton Liqueur Company and gin producers Redsmith Distillery.

Al Gibley, organiser of Nottingham Craft Beer Week said: “It’s grown year on year, when it started out, we didn’t know what appetite was going to be for something like this as it would have been the first craft beer festival on that scale in Nottingham. We had a really decent turnout and then every year we have increased it.”

He added: “There are about 28 breweries taking part and all of the bars will have a representative at them who has worked at the breweries. They will be able to give you advice on what you might like and more information. I would be excited to see Bang the Elephant who came last year and did incredibly well. They are an up-and-coming brewery to watch out for but all of the local breweries are going to be brilliant.”



Nottingham Craft Beer Festival
Nottingham Craft Beer Festival

No beer festival is complete without snacks for soakage and this year is no exception. Drinkers will be able to pick up food from several local businesses including Porco, Falafel Baffle and Doughnotts. When it comes to the perfect food to soak up the beer, Canadian street food favourites, Squeaky Beaver Poutine will be bringing their finest cheese curds to the event and Tied up in Notts will provide their large salted pretzels.

There is also an arty edge to the festival as it hosts the popular Beermat Doodles which sees various local artists popping up at bars across the city to draw portraits on beermats. This year’s artists include Talia and Laura Decorum in bars such as Cock and Hoop and Neon Raptor.

During lockdown in 2021, the festival launched a series of postcards that craft beer fans could collect by visiting different bars across the city centre. The postcards aimed to get people back into the bars to support independents once restrictions ended. This year will see a new limited edition set including creative renditions of Nottingham pubs such as Embankment, The Old Angel Brewery and The Barrel Drop.

The cards will be available until June 18 and each pub has just 300 to distribute to anyone who buys a drink and asks for a free postcard. Although it can be really hard to collect every card in just one week.

“It’s really hard to get all the pubs in but a really fun way of doing it and it’s part of the week n the run-up to the festival. It’s a really nice way to celebrate with local pubs. We had a great response to that last year and it’s already going well again this year,” said Al.

Drinkers will also be offered the chance to be crowned this year’s overall champion of Nottingham Craft Beer Week 2022. The beer card game costs just £5 to take part in and will take place at Bunker’s Hill pub by the Ice Arena. Four people compete against each other in a knockout format through rounds until a champion is declared.



Nottingham Craft Beer Festival
Nottingham Craft Beer Festival

Although there is a lot planned for the festival, the organisers have given the breweries free reign to come up with their own ideas for the weekend. The event is also sponsored by local organisations and businesses such as It’s In Nottingham, NFU Mutual, Gigantic and LeftLion.

“Hopefully there will be some pop-up tastings taking place but the interesting part for us is that we don’t know what’s going to happen. The breweries are left to their own devices so they get their area and work out what they are going to do with it. It’s a surprise to us as well. There is entertainment such as live music for each session and DJs which will bring a feel-good eclectic sort of vibe,” Al said.

“Some of the things we are introducing this year that we have wanted to do before is a decent non-alcoholic section or low alcohol area for those who aren’t drinking or driving. There will be cocktails from a liquor company that will be doing champagne liquor cocktails,” he added.

“We really enjoy doing it and so it’s not work for us. We wanted to showcase the best Nottingham can do by mixing our local breweries in with some national ones.”

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