Beer Festival Archive

History of Stratford-upon-Avon Beer & Cider Festival

2018:

Was our 12th festival at the Stratford-on-Avon Racecourse. Approx. 1,100 visitors. 75 real ales (plus 36 ciders and perries) The 'official' opening of the festival took place on the friday afternoon by the Bard himself (Paul Workman) and a cheque was presented to The Shakespeare Hospice was received from the 2017 event The Shakespeare Hospice stall activities raised over £1,500 during the 2016 festival

2017:

Was our 11th festival at the Stratford-on-Avon Racecourse. Approx. 1250 visitors. The 'official' opening of the 2017 festival took place on the friday afternoon by the Mayor of Stratford-upon-Avon and a cheque for £527 was presented to The Shakespeare Hospice was received from the 2016 event The Shakespeare Hospice stall activities raised over £1,000 during the 2016 festival

2016:

Was our 10th festival at the Stratford-on-Avon Racecourse. Approx. 1,450 visitors. 73 real ales (plus 36 ciders and perries) Theme: Wales, The West & the Best The 'official' opening of the 2016 festival took place on the friday afternoon by the Mayor of Stratford-upon-Avon and a cheque was presented to The Shakespeare Hospice for £510 which was received from the 2015 event The Shakespeare Hospice stall activities raised over £1,000 during the 2016 festival Visitors voted 'Beer of the Festival' as Gower Power Visitors voted 'Cider of the Festival' as Wilson's Cuckoo Spit

2015:

Stratford-on-Avon Racecourse. Approx. 1,400 visitors. 75 real ales (plus 38 ciders and perries) Theme: War of the Roses The 'official' opening of the 2015 festival took place on the Friday afternoon by the Mayor of Stratford-upon-Avon and a cheque was presented to The Shakespeare Hospice for £574 which was received from the 2014 event The Shakespeare Hospice stall activities raised just over £1,291 during the 2015 festival Visitors voted 'Beer of the Festival' as Marble Earl Grey IPA Visitors voted 'Cider of the Festival' as Wilson's Cuckoo Spit

2014:

Stratford-on-Avon Racecourse. Approx. 1,500 visitors. 72 real ales (plus 37 ciders and perries) Theme: Shakespeare's Favourites The 'official' opening of the 2014 festival took place on the Friday afternoon by the Mayor of Stratford-upon-Avon and a cheque was presented to The Shakespeare Hospice for £600 which was received from the 2013 event The Shakespeare Hospice tombola stall raised £375 during the 2014 festival Visitors voted 'Beer of the Festival' as Exmoor Beast Visitors voted 'Cider of the Festival' as Lily The Pink

2013:

Stratford-on-Avon Racecourse. Approx. 1,400 visitors. 58 real ales (plus 25 ciders and perries) Theme: Four Corners & Local The 'official' opening of the 2013 festival took place on the Friday afternoon by the Mayor of Stratford-upon-Avon and a cheque was presented to The Shakespeare Hospice for £500 which was received from the 2012 event Visitors voted 'Beer of the Festival' as Milk Stout from the Bristol Beer Factory

2012:

Stratford-on-Avon Racecourse. Approx. 1,016 visitors 59 real ales (plus 20 ciders and perries) Theme: Local and Coastal Visitors voted 'Beer of the Festival' as Tally Ho! from Palmers brewery

2011:

Stratford-on-Avon Racecourse. Approx 1,000 visitors 55 real ales (plus 16 ciders and perries) Theme: Middle England and the Celts A cheque was presented to The Shakespeare Hospice for £600 Visitors voted 'Beer of the Festival' as Ian's Pale Ale from the Purple Moose brewery

2010:

Stratford-on-Avon Racecourse. Approx. 1,200 visitors 52 real ales (plus 19 ciders and perries) Theme: East meets West Midlands Visitors voted 'Beer of the Festival' as Kipling from the Thornbridge brewery

2009:

Stratford-on-Avon Racecourse. Approx 1,100 visitors 51 real ales (plus 14 ciders and perries) Visitors voted 'Beer of the Festival' as Dr Morton's Mule Cooler from the Abbeydale brewery

2008: Stratford-on-Avon Racecourse. Approx. 1,000 visitors 55 real ales (plus 13 ciders and perries) A cheque was presented to The Shakespeare Hospice for £200 Visitors voted 'Beer of the Festival' as Williams Bros Roisin 2007: Stratford-on-Avon Racecourse. 1st Beer & Cider Festival. John Ross, Festival Organiser, said: "We are delighted to be able to create an excellent opportunity for local people to sample the best of brewing and cider making in the area. We expect this to be well attended and to be the first of many festivals." 40 real ales (plus ciders and perries)