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27th February 2023

Rooster’s Announce First Invitational Beer Festival

Rooster’s Brewing Co. announce their inaugural invitational beer festival, Suds With Buds, taking place on July 1st.

Rooster’s Brewing Co. will play host to their first invitational beer festival at their brewery and on-site Taproom in Harrogate on Saturday July 1st. The event forms part of Rooster’s 30th Anniversary celebrations, with the brewery having been established in 1993.

Some of the UK’s most respected and talked about breweries, coupled with a handful travelling from further afield, will be descending upon Harrogate, to create a truly unique, combined line-up of over 100 beers. Rooster’s have started to release details of who will be pouring at Suds With Buds via their social media feeds, with Siren, Crooked Stave and Full Circle having been announced so far.

The festival will also play host to a variety of street food traders serving up some of the tastiest food the North has to offer, across an eclectic mix of styles and dietary requirements. The Taproom’s beer garden will offer festival goers a fantastic line-up of live musical talent from both near and far.

The event will run from 2pm – 8pm and will span the brewery and yard, Taproom, beer garden and The Sample Room (a private event bar) upstairs. It’ll be a ticket-only event, with the Taproom being closed to non-festival goers on the day. Early Bird tickets will be available from March 1st at a discounted price of £20 via and will be available until that allocation sells out. Pricing will then increase to £22.50 as part of a ‘Not So Early Bird’ offer. Once that allocation has sold through, the remaining tickets will be available at full price (£25). Tickets will include an exclusive, souvenir Suds With Buds glass, as well as an event programme that will include the full beer menu and where to find the various brewery bars on the day.

The event will be jointly staffed by Wellness Officers from The Coven, a group that exists to advocate for women’s safety at events, having launched their initiative at the Leeds International Beer Festival in September 2022. They will provide first aid and mental health care on the day, as well as assisting in safeguarding the festival.

Speaking ahead of the event, Rooster’s Commercial Director Tom Fozard said: “Suds With Buds is an event we’ve been wanting to put on for several years, but one thing or another has stopped initial ideas from becoming reality… until now! On the back of Rooster’s celebrating our 30th Anniversary in 2023, we’re biting the bullet and making it happen. We’ve invited some of our closest brewing pals, who also happen to be very good at what they do to join us in Harrogate to pour their beers, share their passion and the stories of who they are and what they brew. Suds With Buds promises to be a hugely unique event and one that’ll be the first of its kind to take place in Harrogate.”

To further commemorate its milestone year, Rooster’s will also be releasing a number of limited edition beers brewed with friends from other breweries in the UK, Sweden and the USA as part of a 30th Anniversary Collaboration Project. The first collaboration is with Elusive Brewing, which sees the two breweries’ flagship IPAs, Baby-Faced Assassin (Rooster’s) and Oregon Trail (Elusive) combine to create Assassin’s Trail. The 5.9% West Coast IPA will be released at the end of March.


For further information, please contact Tom Fozard on or 01423 222312.


Rooster’s Brewing Co.

Notes to Editors

About Rooster’s Brewing Company

Rooster’s Brewing Co. has always been an independent, family-run brewery, focussed on creating quality new world pale ales, with an emphasis on flavour and aroma.

It was established in 1993 by the pioneering brewer Sean Franklin, who developed a new style of beer that had, up to that point, never been tried in the UK before. At a time when most breweries were taking flavour out, Sean was trying to put more in, using imported flavourful hops from the west coast of America.

His pioneering and innovative approach began to turn heads, with Rooster’s flavour-packed beers standing out in a sea of brown beer – with its flagship pale ale, Yankee, leading the way. The awards began to pour in, with Rooster’s beers winning gold medals at the biggest and most renowned international and national beer awards.

Having won pretty much everything there was to win, in 2011 Sean decided to retire and chose to sell the brewery to Ian Fozard and his sons, Tom and Oliver, in a move that ensured Rooster’s would remain a family-owned brewery.

Ian has had an affinity with beer for over forty years, having been an active member of CAMRA since the 1970s and the founder of Market Town Taverns, which grew into a portfolio of 15 bars and pubs across Yorkshire.

Oliver, who has been brewing professionally since 2000, became the head brewer at Rooster’s, and Tom, also an active brewer, became the company’s commercial director. Oliver was awarded Brewer of the Year in December 2020 by the British Guild of Beer Writers.

In 2018, it became clear that Rooster’s was rapidly outgrowing its site in Knaresborough and in 2019 the decision was made to invest in a new state-of-the-art brewery and taproom. Finding the right location, that offered Rooster’s the opportunity to become part of the fabric of the local community wasn’t easy, but the team were delighted when the perfect space became available at Hornbeam Park in Harrogate. Over the course of 2019 and the early part of January 2020, the company created a bespoke, state-of-the-art facility that it now calls home, in a move that saw it return to the town where Rooster’s was first started some twenty-seven years earlier.

Press release from Rooster’s.

For further information, please contact Tom Fozard on or 01423 222312.