Clitheroe Beer Festival
The next Clitheroe Beer Festival will run at St Michael & St John’s Assembly Room in Clitheroe from May 12-14, 2022. Try over 60 real ales, ciders and perries and enjoy live music and food on site…
Clitheroe Beer Festival 2022
We are delighted to announce that Clitheroe Beer Festival will return in its customary mid May slot for 2022. We are looking forward to seeing everyone after what will be a three year hiatus. In the meantime we will continue to support our local pubs, bars, brewers and distributors as their doors reopen. We would like to thank all our sponsors, supporters and brewers for sticking with us, it’s going to be a festival to remember!
STOP PRESS! Check out our 2022 Beer List below!
Over 60 Cask & Craft Ales
We’ll have over 60 cask and craft ales for you – PLUS a great selection of ciders and perries. If you’re into beer but your friends aren’t, we’ll have a Gin & Rum bar in 2022 too! Entry to Clitheroe Beer Festival 2022 is FREE for card carrying CAMRA members on Thursday (and £1 at all other times). It’s £3 entry per day for non members (£4 after 6pm).
We’re VERY excited to announce our Final 2022 Beer List, you can view the beers and tasting notes by Clicking Here! You can download it too if you like. All beers will be listed in our Festival Programme of course, for optimum tickage. As we all know all too well, literally anything can happen these days, so we can’t absolutely guarantee we’ll have every single one of them, but that’s the plan.
We’ll have Exclusive Festival Ales from Avid, Bowland, Crankshaft, Folly, Hop Doctor, Peregrine, Q, The Beershack and Unbound. Beer tickers, you’ll find them here first don’t miss out! Find all details below… Thwaites will be previewing their Jubilee ale, and Four Mice are bringing their festival favourite, Goldie.
Special Festival Ales
Each year we ask a select number of local breweries to brew a special new beer just for our festival. This year we are really pleased to have the following available:
Avid Brewing Co – a staple of our festival, Avid are returning with another fabulous stout, Catherine The Greater – a Russian Imperial Stout 10% ABV, again brewed in memory of Catherine Snelling, dark beer lover and former Clitheroe Beer Festival Organiser
Bowland Brewery – not one but two beers from the Bowland team especially for the festival. Once again they’ve brewed our Festival Ale – this year called The Wild One a 4% blonde fruit beer, and also Taiheke, a 3.9% New England IPA
Crankshaft Brewery – a first visit to the festival for these talented Leyland brewers. They’re brewing a blueberry wheat beer 4.5%. Perfect for the warm weather.
Folly Brewery – a small nanobrewery based out at Clayton-le-dale, who are brewing Pure Folly, a 4.8% Golden Ale.
Hop Doctor Brewing – a small nanobrewery in Clitheroe which launched earlier this year. They will feature Mallowdale, a 4.2% hibiscus and grapefruit blonde ale.
Peregrine Brewery – a relatively new brewery based in Rishton, continually getting good reviews for their beers and hopefully starting to get a foothold in and around East Lancashire at last. They’re brewing a 4.5% Brut IPA
Q Brewery – a small brewery from Carnforth, who also own the legendary Snug Bar on Carnforth Station. They brew a large range of real ales for their own pub Taps on the green, and are brewing Maximum Fury – a 6% IPA for us
The Beer Shack – a small nano-brewery in this fabulous Clitheroe craft beer bar will be brewing a 6.3% West Coast IPA for us
Thwaites – as well as their excellent core IPA and Mild beers they will also be previewing a new beer at our festival, brewed especially for the Queens Jubilee, Majestic, a 6% Pale Ale. Not technically brewed just for us but you can get it here first!
Unbound Brewery – this new Colne based brewery have already won a SIBA award for their excellent stout and will be brewing a new 3.4% session hazy Pale Ale called Supernova for us
The Wild Side
Our festival theme for CBF2022 is ‘The Wild Side’. So take a walk on it with us …choose a third, half or pint at CBF2022 and get ticking them off!
Many sponsorship opportunities are available … including festival glasses, polo shirts, marquee, beer, cider and gin bars, stage, entertainment, barrels and more. As a thank you, all sponsors get their logos on this site, see below.
Sponsor a barrel at CBF2022 for just £75 and get your logo in front of hundreds of local beer lovers plus two FREE pints, FREE entry and access to an exclusive Sponsors, Trade & CAMRA only evening on Thursday 12 May!
NEW FOR 2022! – Corporate Table, reserve a table for 6 or 8 guests on Thurs 12 May. Each gets free entry, free festival glass, two free pints (or two glasses of wine, or gin) plus nibbles and cheese and a hot sausage bap each.
Advertising at Clitheroe Beer Festival
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We’ll have live music from local bands on Friday and Saturday evenings. We will be entertained Friday evening by The Peter Riley (of Swing Commanders fame) Trio. Saturday evening Entertainment will be provided by Strung Up, a five piece rock band from Clitheroe/Colne.
Clitheroe Beer Festival 2022 runs from Thurs 12 – Sat 14 May 2022* times at base of site
Our venue is The Assembly Hall of St Michaels & St Johns – aka ‘The Old Schoolrooms’
It’s FREE to enter for card carrying CAMRA members on Thursday (and £1 at all other times). It’s £3 entry per day for non-members (£4 after 6pm).
Buy a ‘starter card’ for £10 on entry.
Starter card includes half or pint glass hire of £3 and £7 worth of drinks tokens.
Further top-up cards of £10 tokens are then available.
No money is taken at our festival bars.
All unused tokens can be refunded on exit.
If you don’t want to keep your glass you can get your £3 hire fee back.
NB! We will be welcoming contactless card payment this year as well as cash! And we’re a COVID Secure festival.
Special Festival Events
We’ve got some very special events running as part of the Beer Festival, detailed below, and some fabulous Fringe Events & Tap Take-overs running around the town too, see the next section for those.
Festival Beer Tasting session – Friday 13 May, 1pm in the Marquee: Well known drinks writer Katie Mather, who along with her husband Tom, run the fantastic Corto (craft beer, cider and wine bar) in Clitheroe, will be showcasing 5 of the festival beers and chatting about them. You can sample a third of each beer and maybe learn a little about beer along the way! Places are limited and it’s first come first served and will cost £5 of your beer tokens.
Festival Meet the Brewer session – Friday 13 May, 3pm in the Marquee: An opportunity to meet two of the brewers from Thwaites who will be coming along to talk about the history of this famous brewery and its modernisation into a state of the art facility here in the Ribble Valley. They’ll talk about the development of their core range and their future plans for a series of special ales. They’ll lead you through tasting 3 beers, including an advanced taste of their special beer Majestic, brewed for the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee celebrations. Places are limited and it’s first come first served and will cost £4 of your beer tokens. Do look out for Thwaites’ famous dray and shire horses at the festival, they’ll be with us the same afternoon!
Festival Beer Tasting session – Saturday 14 May, 1pm in the Marquee: Well known drinks writer Katie Mather, who along with her husband Tom, run the fantastic Corto (craft beer, cider and wine bar) in Clitheroe, will be showcasing 5 of the festival beers and chatting about them. You can sample a third of each beer and maybe learn a little about beer along the way! Places are limited and it’s first come first served and will cost £5 of your beer tokens.
Festival Fringe Events
New for 2022 are our Festival Fringe events, which will not only provide even more beers to choose from for our festival goers, but also an opportunity to discover some fantastic town centre venues. We’re delighted to be working closely with these venues and to spread the festival fever throughout the town. We highly recommend a visit to these venues both during the festival, and whenever you visit Clitheroe. Enjoy!
The Ale House – 12-14, Market Place, Clitheroe – Pentrich Tap Takeover: The Ale House is a superb micro pub in the centre of Clitheroe. Here you’ll find a tap takeover from Pentrich brewery with a range of cask and keg beers from this Derbyshire based brewery. They’ve been brewing for six years and have a passion for hazy cask pale ales.
The Beer Shack – 22-24, King Street, Clitheroe – Rivington Brewery Tap Takeover: Don’t miss a visit to this craft beer bar, serving exceptional beers from across the UK. It now also houses Clitheroe’s latest nano brewery. For the festival you’ll find a tap takeover from Rivington brewery with a range of cask and keg choices.
Corto – 36, King Street, Clitheroe – Tastings & Talks: Corto is a fantastic venue with a great vibe, close to the railway station. Katie & Tom offer an eclectic range of superb craft beers, wines and ciders with an interesting range of sours and super snacks too. Look out for special events throughout the year. For the festival they’ll also be offering a beer from Wishbone brewery on cask.
Corto, Friday 13 May – Crossover Blendery Tastings & Talks: Join the brewers from Crossover Blendery and the Corto team for an afternoon of beer tastings and talks. Learn about Crossover’ss innovative takes on farmhouse and spontaneously fermented beers aged in oak, and taste some of their rarest new beers. All afternoon, 1pm-6pm. Informal talks: 2pm, 3.30pm, 5pm. Beer will continue to be poured until late!! FREE ENTRY, pay as you go tasting – just drop by!
Corto, Saturday 14 May – Natural Cider tasting with CAMRA’s Dick Withecombe and Cath Potter: Dick and Cath will share some of their favourite ciders and perries and chat about the makers and the apples behind them. It’s their passion to show that there’s way more to cider than Old Rosie! All afternoon, 1pm-6pm. Cider will continue to be poured until late!! FREE ENTRY, pay as you go tasting – just drop by!
Dispensary – 35, Moor Lane, Clitheroe – Pentrich Tap Takeover
A recently opened brilliant bar with a modern laid back take on a cosy old pub. It serves a range of keg beers from an interesting and varied range of breweries, as well as an excellent range of gins and cocktails. For the festival they’ll also be featuring a range of keg beers from Pentrich brewery.
Holmes Mill Beer Hall – Greenacre Street, Clitheroe – Marble & Bowland Beers: The famous and fabulous Holmes Mill, home to Bowland Brewery, as well as one of the longest bars in Britain, offers an amazing range of beers every day of the year. For the festival, as well as a full range of Bowland beers, they’ll also be featuring a wonderful selection of beers from the iconic Marble brewery in Manchester.
Frequently Asked Questions
I love beer / cider / perry but my preferred drinking companion doesn’t, do you serve other drinks?
Yes sirree! We’ll have wine, fizz and gin available too from our festival bars
Are soft drinks available?
They are indeed, if you’re a designated driver let our bar-staff know and you can have free soft drinks – we normally have lemonade, cola and water
Is there an outside space at the festival to smoke / dance / sunbathe / howl at the moon?
There’s a fabulous space at the back and we’ll have a marquee out there too, so if it’s sunny you can get a tan while having a beer, if it’s rainy you can howl at the moon from the marquee
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The Assembly Hall of St Michael & St John’s, Lowergate, Clitheroe BB7 1AG
Thu 12 May, 4.30pm-9.30pm*
Fri 13 May, 11.30am-11pm
Sat 14 May, 11.30am-11pm
*Sponsors, trade & CAMRA only
Click below to email our Festival Organiser, Chris Nicol