‘All hail the ale’ – beer festival raises a glass to toast the nation’s favourite tipple


Up to 10,000 pints are expected to be poured when beer-lovers descend on Northamptonshire to toast the nation’s favourite tipple.

The inaugural ‘Festival of Beer’ will take place at Blackpit Brewery near Silverstone on August 18, featuring breweries from around the world, award-winning street food and live music (on a lakeside stage) curated by BBC Radio 2 broadcaster ‘Whispering’ Bob Harris.

The event will showcase the very best in brewing, giving local artisan producers such as Towcester Mill Brewery the platform to share their beers alongside national and international producers including Erdinger, Bath Ales and Brooklyn Brewery.

Oliver Whiteley, from Blackpit Brewery, said the festival was a chance to ‘hail the hops’ and celebrate beer. “It’s a chance to come together and champion one of this country’s greatest loves, sampling some of the finest beers from around the world.”

He added: “There’s a strong family element in every event we put on, not only is there plenty of grass for little ones to run about on but there’s free face-painting, giant chalk-walls and even outdoor ping-pong tables too.”

Guests will be able to ‘meet the brewer’ and find out more about the ingredients that make up their favourite pint, while seminars and talks will be available for beer fans, whether they like craft beer, real ale or lager. A secret ‘pop-up’ bar will be hidden in the woodland surrounding the site and camping will be available.

Tasty treats from the likes of Frank’s Hamburgers and slider specialists Bandit Street Food will be on offer while customisable caps from Lucky 7, as worn by stars including Tom Hardy and Madonna, will also be available.

Blackpit Brewery is situated between Silverstone & Stowe, on Blackpit Farm, in a converted stable yard, overlooking a three acre lake with a beautiful backdrop of ancient woodland.

Mr Whiteley added: “Memories are made over a pint and we hope this festival will help thousands of people create magical new moments to last a lifetime.

“We’re thrilled to be hosting some of the biggest names in brewing and we can’t wait to see Erdinger’s traditional Bavarian lodge, complete with lederhosen-clad staff and steins to bring a flavour of Oktoberfest to these shores.”

The festival takes place on Saturday, August 18 from noon. Advance tickets cost £9.50 for adults, which includes a free drink, festival guide and takeaway festival pint glass, and are available online. Children are free. Tickets will also be available on the day, priced £15.

For more information visit https://blackpitbrewery.co.uk/festival-of-beer-and-brewing