The 2017 BeerFest will take place on 8th/9th September. We’re still finalising the details, but we envisage that tickets (over 18’s only) will again be sold via the Bristol Ticket Shop. Prior to that we will be selling tickets from behind the bar.
For those intending to use the ferry boats from town you will generally have to have a ticket to get on board when the BeerFest is under way and you may even have to convince the boat company that you have a ticket just to book! If you’re thinking of arriving by our own Beeses Ferry we would let you know on the day if there were still any tickets available before you cross.
Since the 2010 festival, entry to Beese’s has only been possible on BeerFest Saturday with a beer festival ticket. This is the only closed event of the season because the numbers we attract means it is essential we have some controls.
Ales an’ that
Regulars at our BeerFest know we like to celebrate the South West’s deserved reputation as a centre of real ale excellence, and once again this year’s range of ales included the local and the nearly-local, with a sprinkling of the not-very-local-at-all-really.
Around half the breweries featured at the BeerFest over the years have won CAMRA awards at regional and national beer festivals, or else their uncle’s mate once chatted to someone who lived next door to someone who knew someone who drunk some once. An impeccable pedigree, as I’m sure you’ll agree.
All the ciders will be from local producers, some of which are still run from working farms, and they all host tasting sessions, so if you end up liking any of the ciders look them up and go visit them. Just make sure you have a designated driver!
In 2016 we had 5 excellent bands and for 2017 so far we have 6 fabulous ones lined up: Lionel, Richie and the Wardrobe, Fromage en Feu, JJ Gatsby, The Dukes of Mumbai, Just 3 Vocal Harmony and Mr Tea and the Minions. We’re not yet sure who will be playing when, but we can guarantee we will keep it swinging until the end of Saturday evening.