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24th March 2023

We Are Beer launch 2023 festivals – announcing dates, first festival line-ups and ticket details

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This summer, We Are Beer will host 30,000 beer drinkers and industry folk – their biggest audiences to date – at the London, Manchester and Bristol Craft Beer Festivals. The festivals have become the biggest and boldest showcases of the very best of the British beer industry; coupling a ‘who-is-who’ of exhibiting breweries with their pioneering, sampling-led format that puts discovery at the heart of the experience.

Having built a reputation over the last decade for curated brewery lists, this year will build on that, showcasing brilliant breweries from all corners of the good beer category. Across the festivals there will be beer pouring from leading craft independents such as Verdant Brewing,

Siren Craft, Thornbridge and Gipsy Hill, legendary breweries such as Budvar and Duvel

Moortgat, and international titans like Mikkeller and Stone.

Other highlights include a big feature on the new London brewing quarter of Walthamstow with Signature Brew, Exale and Pretty Decent Brewing Companies, the world’s first “pasta beer” brewery called Beyond Belief, and an all new tasting and tutorials in collaboration with youtube’s The Craft Beer Channel.

This year the team will be re-launching The Cask Yard, giving over a significant portion of the events to cask conditioned beer and profiling the very best producers in the country. Festival goers will be able to enjoy beers from Timothy Taylor’s and the recent revival of craft pioneer, Kelham Island.

Always with an eye on the future, the festivals will continue to shine a light on the very best new breweries through their national new brewers competition, Raise The Bar. As well as profile the best examples of the latest trends and innovations within the major beer styles – from homegrown lagers to Cold IPAs, and non-alcoholic beers to fruited sours.

Over the years’ the festival arrival in each city has spawned a vibrant cast of fringe events in the lead up to the festival, as well as packed bars, taprooms and bottle shops and beer becomes the order of the day. This year this is being elevated and promoted with the launch of WeAreBeer Week – city based fringe festival, running for one week in each city. A special schedule of tastings, tours, and tap takeovers will aim to bolster and boost each city’s beer trade and provide fans with even more opportunity to discover and enjoy the best of beer.

Festival co-founder, Greg Wells, says, “Despite the challenges of the cost of living crisis and post-pandemic turbulence, craft beer and good beer in general is in a strong place and bouncing back. We’re still seeing so many new drinkers being turned on to good beer and becoming passionate advocates of all kinds of styles and a really brilliant, dynamic set of breweries delivering styles and brands to meet those tastes. That dynamism and passion for good beer is

what we’ll continue to focus on at our events.”

London Craft Beer Festival, We Are Beer’s flagship event is taking place at Tobacco Dock, across four sessions on 11-12th August. Now an unmissable part of the UK and European beer calendar, it will bring together over 100 world class breweries, showcasing over 800 beers. Food at LCBF this year will be brought to you by some of the city’s finest – including Bone Daddies, ACME Fire Cult, Chick’n’Sours and 10 Greek Street amongst others.

Manchester Craft Beer Festival, launched in 2021 at the city’s impressive Depot Mayfield, and held on 21-22nd July has quickly become a key event for beer in the North. Featuring over 65 exhibitors and over 500 beers. While Bristol Craft Beer Festival is back for its 7th year, at the Bristol Amphitheatre on Harbourside 9- 10 June, featuring a fantastic selection of both national breweries and from across the West. This year will feature an exciting cider selection from The Newt, Sheppy’s and Sandford Orchards.


London Craft Beer Festival will take place on 11th-12th August 2023. Tickets are available via

Tobacco Dock

Wapping Ln,

St Katharine’s & Wapping,



Trade Session Times:

Friday 11th August

11:30 – 16:30

Public Session Times:

Friday 11th August

18:00 – 23:00

Saturday 12th August

11:30 – 16:30 & 18:00-23:00

Manchester Craft Beer Festival will be held on 21st and 22nd July. Complimentary and discounted trade tickets for public sessions are available via accreditation at

Depot Mayfield

11 Baring Street


M1 2PY

Friday 21 July

18:00 – 23:00

Saturday 22 July

11:30 – 16:30 & 18:00-23:00

Bristol Craft Beer Festival will be held on 9th and 10th of June. Complimentary and discounted trade tickets for public sessions are available via accreditation at

Bristol Amphitheatre

Explore Lane



Friday 9th June

18:00 – 23:00

Saturday 10th June

11:30 – 16:30 & 18:00-23:00

Press release from We Are Beer.

For more information please contact Greg Wells  on: