Temperatures are warming up and the sun is coming out, which means summer is finally approaching!
It also brings lazy afternoons in beer gardens and picnics with pints in the sun – and beer festivals are back for 2022.
This summer they’ve upped the ante with a slew of shiny locations including a historic warship, bike show, ancient churches and even Ascot Racecourse.
Live music, craft gin bars and even camping are on the menu if you’re looking for something fun to do this summer with your friends.
To give you a hand, we’ve picked out some of the best beer festivals you shouldn’t miss…
A beer festival on a historic warship doesn’t necessarily sound like the smartest idea, but WarriorFest, run by Portsmouth brewery Staggeringly Good, works on every level.
And it is on every level of the 40-gun warship built between 1859 and 1861 and now a museum ship and place.
WarriorFest lets you explore every corner of the historic ship with bars set up serving Staggeringly Good’s own dinosaur-themed beers and a host of special guests on multiple decks and various points around the ship.
It’s a unique experience with bands sitting around the ship and proper live music playing in the background. The event is expected to return in 2022.
Bombed Out Church Beer Festival – Liverpool
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We just missed this one in 2021, but the Bombed Out Beer Festival takes place in the aforementioned church (St Luke’s) – one of Liverpool’s most famous landmarks – which suffered catastrophic damage in the 1941 blitz .
The church is now a cultural venue and hosted a beer festival in November which featured over 100 beers, ciders as well as a craft gin bar.
It’s been going on for a few years, so we expect to see another event in 2022.
No bull, just beer and bikes – Builth Wells, Powys
Bikes – check, beer – check, camping – check, twice a year – check!
A bike show and beer festival, plus you can stop by for the five-day event which takes place in May and August 2022.
If we’re talking niche, in addition to being a large indoor venue with a bar, catering, and restrooms – all pretty standard – the events website has a 100ft waterslide.
The 2022 edition will take place from May 26 to 30 and from August 25 to 29.
See also: The Real Ale Wobble set in the house of bog snorkeling – Llanwrtyd Wells
Ascot Beer Festival – Ascot Racecourse
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By royal appointment this one. Well almost. We’re not entirely sure His Royal Highness has ever been to his favorite racetrack for the annual South East Berks CAMRA beer festival, but this is absolutely one of a kind.
Set in the sprawling Main Stand at Ascot Racecourse during a race weekend, the 2021 event showcased 160 real ales, ciders and perries from some of Berkshire’s top breweries in early October.
It’s a huge event that’s backed up by a good day at the races. He will be back in 2022.
Gloucester Beer Festival – Gloucester Blackfriars
In the heart of Gloucester city centre, a beer festival emerges in a former priory originally founded in 1239.
Blackfriars Priory is now a restored event space, but was originally one of six that were laid out as a small monastery. Blackfriars is one of the oldest buildings in the city and hosts the Gloucester Beer Festival, but drinker beware of the uneven floors that come with a building of its age!
Please drink responsibly, 18+ only.