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Real-ale festival

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Wetherspoon’s pubs have been hosting beer festivals for more than 30 years.

Our pubs showcase real ales during two major beer festivals each year (spring and autumn), as well as numerous local and regional events, pub by pub, across the UK and the Republic of Ireland.

Because of the pandemic, our forthcoming autumn 2021 real-ale festival will be the first in 12 months – and we are looking forward to your sampling the great range of beers selected for your enjoyment.

The event is taking place at all Wetherspoon pubs from Wednesday 20 October until Sunday 31 October, inclusive.

The 12-day real-ale event will feature vegan and vegetarian ales, among the 20 festival ales produced by award-winning brewers from the across the UK and Ireland.

There are 16 beers which have never previously featured nationally in our pubs (17 not featured in a Wetherspoon festival before), two gluten-free beers, three vegan-friendly brews and three speciality ales.

Rooster’s Long Shadow (3.6% ABV) is a vegan-friendly seasonal beer and Purity APA (3.9% ABV) is also vegan friendly and gluten free, while Elgood’s Blackberry Porter (4.5% ABV) is a gluten-free, vegan-friendly speciality beer, made with blackberries.

The other two speciality beers among the line-up are Exmoor Wicked Wolf (4.2% ABV), made with juniper berries, and Wolf Brewery’s coffee-infused ale Lazy Dog (4.7% ABV).

Other festival ales to look out for are the award-winning Hop Twister (4.5% ABV) from Salopian Brewery and Thornbridge Brewery’s Shelby (5.0% ABV), the official beer of the Peaky Blinders television series.

All of the festival ales will be available to order via the Wetherspoon app, as well as at the bar.

Our special third-of-a-pint glasses will be available once again, too, meaning that you can sample many of the festival ales – with three for the price of a festival pint.

Don’t miss this long-overdue spectacular showcase of great British and Irish beers at the world’s biggest real-ale festival – at Wetherspoon.

Download the festival tasting notes here