Carlisle Beer Festival


Update 2.11.17. The beer festival had a very successful first day. Come along today and sample a wide range of cask ales and ciders. On the first day a number of awards were made. These included the West Pennines Pub of the Year award 2017 to the Drovers Rest Monkhill. Congratulations to Sandy and his staff.

The Solway Branch Beer of the Year award 2017 went to Yates Brewery Golden Ale

Finally the Carlisle City Pub of the Year award went to the Kings Head

Other pictures from the first day including the judging panels for the Cumbrian Beer Challenge can be found below. The winner was VANILLA OATMEAL STOUT from CUMBRIA LEGENDARY ALES BREWERY. Come early if you want to sample it before it all goes.

Update 31.10.17 The beer festival takes shape. A range of pictures as we put it together can be found below. The most uptodate beer list can be found here Beer Festival List 2017.

Update 30.10.17 It is hoped that a final list of beers will be available after all the casks have arrived and are checked. Here is the current list Beer List 2017 . Try the Carlisle Beer Festival page on facebook for daily updates.

Update 27.10.17 The list of ciders to be found at this years Beer Festival can be found here.Carlisle Beer Festival 2017 Cider List.

Update 19.10.17 Exactly TWO WEEKS until the bars open at the CARLISLE BEER FESTIVAL @ The Venue! We are still waiting for confirmation of quite a number of beers and ciders. As usual, you can expect a VERY special list of different styles. Thursday evening we will be presenting our annual City Pub of the Year and Beer of the Year Awards. We have also invited Cumbrian breweries to supply a new beer to enter our 'Cumbria Beer Challenge'. This will be judged by our panel including award winning publicans and brewers, The winning beer will be announced on Thursday evening. See if you agree with our experts.

CARLISLE BEER FESTIVAL @ THE VENUE, Portland Place Opening times:Thu 2 Nov 5pm - 11pm Fri 3 Nov 12noon - 11pm Sat 4 Nov 12noon - 11pm

The Venue

Checking the beer in

Stillage takes shape

Stamping Sue

Casks in Place

First spike

Cider in place

Cumbrian beer bar

Simon pulls through

Stage Bar

Cumbrian bar

Cumbrian Clips

Pump Clips

Almost ready

Quality control

Cumbrian bar first customers

First Customers

Judging Panel 1

Judging Panel 2

Judging Panel 3


Contact Julie Smithson at ku.gro.armac.yawlos@slaicos

Without the generosity of our members and local businesses the Carlisle Beer & Cider festival could not run.

Cask sponsorship and programme advertising is a great way to support the festival. Cask sponsors get their name next to the spnsored ale in the programme. For each cask sponsored or advert we will give 2 free transferrable entry tickets to the entire festival and 2 free pints.

If you or anyone you know would be interested please contact Julie at ku.gro.aremac.yawlos@slaicos

Cask Sponsorship rates £30 per cask Cask sponsorship is always a great support to the Festival as there are many casks to sponsor, but only limited space in the programme for adverts. Sponsors get their name next to the sponsored ale in the Festival programme.

Programme advertising rates ¼ page £35; ½ page £55; Full page £100; Inside cover £110

Banner advertising rates This year we will have space for a limited number of advertising banners on the stage behind the main beer festival bar. The will be lit up by stage lighting and highly visible at all times to all customers. You will need to supply your own banner to The Venue for display. Banner £160


The list of beers available is to be found here Beer List 2016 or with tasting notes here Beer list with tasting notes. List of ciders is here 2016 Cider List.