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29th July 2020

Bristol Craft Beer Festival announces new 2020 dates

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Organisers of the Bristol Craft Beer Festival have today announced new dates for the 2020 edition, bringing the first event back to the city, and possibly the entire UK, after lock-down.

The festival will now take place from Friday 11 – Saturday 12 September 2020 at the Lloyds Amphitheatre. While safety is obviously priority number one, the event aims to be a really special celebration of Bristol’s good beer, and independent food scene – the producers and all those food and drink lovers that make Bristol great.

With a number of measures in place to ensure the safety of all those in attendance, the festival brings together a curation of the very best craft breweries, local food traders as well as other artisan producers for two days of delicious fun.

Greg Wells, founder of Bristol Craft Beer Festival, explains:

“We’re working with Bristol City Council and the licensing bodies to make sure we’re operating safely and within guidelines as they’re released by the Government. We wanted to do our best to host an awesome event this year as we think we all need a little something to look forward to!

“The last few months have been tough for us all, but as we’re starting to see green shoots of recovery, particularly in the hospitality industry, it’s really important to support those local businesses which need our help, and in some way get Bristol back doing what it does best.

“Bristol is a tremendous beer and food city and we have amazing producers right on our doorstep – the 2020 Bristol Craft Beer Festival will be in honour of them. While the festival obviously won’t be exactly the same as previous years, we want to safely raise a glass in support of this awesome city.

“The 2020 Bristol Craft Beer Festival will feature a number of enhanced safety procedures, which include increased PPE at service areas, updating queuing and directional signage for visitors, app-based registration to comply with track and trace, rigorous cleaning and sanitising throughout and in between sessions, increased entry and exit points, toilets as well as admittance by advance tickets only and no cash payments.”

A celebration of brewing culture in Bristol and beyond, the Bristol Craft Beer Festival 2020 will features a huge variety of the world’s finest beers from local breweries like Wiper & True and Arbor Ales, alongside national and international big hitters like Northern Monk from Leeds and To Øl from Denmark; local food outlets like Two Belly, Asado and Eatchu and live music from the finest local DJs (TBA), across two days.

The event is unique in the sense that one ticket price gets visitors access to all of these beers allowing people explore, discover and deepen their knowledge of quality beer, whereas other events of this nature operate additional cost token systems to sample what is on offer.

Greg, continues: “Bristol Craft Beer Festival has always been more than just a beer festival – and this year that is especially true. While travel and logistics might sadly restrict a few breweries attending in person, there will still be hundreds of amazing beers from the best breweries both local and international.”

If for any reason a second lockdown is implemented and the festival is cancelled until 2021, tickets will automatically roll onto the 2021 or 2022 edition.

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We Are Beer was founded by two friends, Greg and Daniel, in a pub. A new-found love of ‘craft beer’ led them to collaborate on something that was, back in 2013, greatly missing – a modern festival, celebrating modern beer. Wanting to play their part, We Are Beer’s first endeavour was the London Craft Beer Festival in 2013.  It broke the mould as the first tasting-led festival in the UK, combined with headline music acts and the best food producers out there.

That core mission of celebrating the creativity, diversity and dynamism of modern brewing culture, led them to establish the Bristol Craft Beer Festival in 2016, the Edinburgh Craft Beer Festival in 2017 and Beer Central in Birmingham in 2019. 2020 was set to see them launch their first three day, outdoor music festival, Bigfoot, until coronavirus forced them to delay until 2021.

That mission is still at the heart of everything they do today and everything they’re planning for the future. Their aim is to be a platform that promotes modern beer – bringing breweries, drinkers, musicians, chefs and brands together to help grow this fantastic category, be it through festivals, beer collaborations, partnerships or story-telling.