Preston Beer Festival returns at St Walburge’s Church for four days

Posted on - 26th February, 2016 - 12:00pm | Author - | Posted in - Ashton-on-Ribble, Food & Drink, University campus, What's On in Preston
The Preston Beer Festival in 2015

The Preston Beer Festival in 2015

More than 80 beers and ciders are to be on offer at the Preston Beer Festival.


Returning for a 24th year the beer festival takes place for four days in St Walburge’s Church.

65 real ales will be on tap alongside 20 ciders and perries.

Live music is also planned for most of the beer festival.

Chris Cooke, 36, one of the team behind the festival, said up to 300 people a time could be in the church.

He said: “We’re really pleased to be able to offer some real local ales this year. Craft beer in particular is enjoying a renaissance and we’ve got Beer Brothers from Preston and Bishops Crook sending us two barrels.

“My friend and I joined the organising committee last year and we’re really enjoying it. We’re a registered charity and so any money raised goes towards the upkeep of the hall and also the church’s historic spire.

“I’d encourage everyone to come down and have a try of some ales, it’s a great atmosphere. There’s 65 or so barrels of beer to drink so we don’t want to be pouring any away on Sunday afternoon!”

The systems engineer from BAE, who lives in Lea, joined the committee along with his ‘beer fanatic’ friend last year.

He said: “We’d been going for a while and they were always asking for volunteers, so we thought we’d give it a try.

“Now we’re taking more and more on and I think a lot of the guys who have done it for years are enjoying taking more of a back seat. Hopefully we can ensure it has a long-term future.”

When is it on?
Thursday 3 March from 7pm to 11pm
Friday 4 March from 7pm to 11pm
Saturday 5 March from 12noon to 11pm
Sunday 6 March from 1pm to 3pm

How much does it cost?
£3 on Thursday, £4 on Friday, £3 on Saturday and free on Sunday with festival glass or donation

What’s on the beer list?
You can see the range on the festival’s Facebook page.

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