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Real Ale and Cider Festival

Spectacular showcase of ale features 25 British brewers and five from overseas.

Our 12-day spring 2019 real-ale and cider festival is another spectacular showcase of beers from UK and international brewers.

The event will take place at all Wetherspoon pubs, across the UK and the Republic of Ireland, from Wednesday 27 March until Sunday 7 April, inclusive.

Wetherspoon’s beer gurus have sourced some fantastic ales, from UK brewers, as well as from around the world, with international beers coming from Australia, Brazil, China, South Africa and the USA.

The five festival overseas brews will line up alongside an unrivalled range of 25 great British ales, sourced from award-winning breweries here in the UK, as well as three UK ciders, in a combined ale and cider festival.


The international beers have been brewed right here in the UK, at five host breweries, as we once again welcomed award-winning international brewers to our shores.

Réné du Toit (Darling Brew, South Africa), Rudy Favero (Sunset Brew, Brazil), Craig Basford and Jason Harris (Big Shed Brewing, Australia), Michael Jordan (Boxing Cat Brewery, China) and Jeff Bagby (Bagby Beer Company, USA) have all been brewing for your enjoyment.

Rudy Favero (Sunset Brew, Brazil)

Thank you to all of our friends at Shepherd Neame (Kent), Adnams (Suffolk), Hook Norton Oxfordshire), Banks’s (West Midlands) and Wadworth (Wiltshire) for hosting our visitors again.

Now in its 12th year, the international brewers’ project first began for our spring 2008 festival. The overseas collaboration supports both the international brewers and the British brewing industry, giving you the opportunity to enjoy world beers at your local.


Look out for the five festival brews: Darling Gypsy Mask (4.0% ABV); Sunset Aggro Bear (5.8% ABV); Big Shed Kol Schisel – Australian pale ale (4.2% ABV); Boxing Cat Contender EPA (4.9% ABV); Bagby Asphalt Jungle (4.5% ABV).

The festival will feature new, seasonal and speciality beers, as well as three UK ciders.

In addition, many of the beers are available in the pubs for the very first time, having been brewed exclusively for the event.

Michael Jordan (Boxing Cat Brewery, China)

Among the festival highlights, are: Elgood’s Hen in Black (4.5% ABV), a vegan-friendly stout; Maxim Raspberry Porter (5.0% ABV), an award-winning speciality beer; Hook Norton’s black IPA Crafty Fox (4.4% ABV); JW Lees classic strong ale Moonraker (6.5% ABV).


Make sure that you also look out for a new, exclusive beer, produced especially for the festival, Bitter and Even More Twisted (5.0% ABV) from Scottish brewery Harviestoun.

Our special third-of-a-pint glasses are available again, helping you to sample many of the fabulous festival brews – with three for the price of a festival pint.

All of the festival ales and ciders are also available to order via the Wetherspoon app.

The real-ale and cider festival’s organiser, Rob Davies, said:

“We have, once again, scoured the globe and sourced another unrivalled selection of 25 beers from the UK, as well as five from overseas, together with three great ciders, which we believe will prove to be another big hit with customers.”

Don’t miss the ‘world’s biggest real-ale and cider festival’ and enjoy a world of taste at Wetherspoon.

Festival Tasting Notes