Shrewsbury Beer Festival



Note: slight change of hours on Thursday

See here for the provisional Breweries List 

And here’s a link to the 2018 Festival Programme (which includes an updated beer list).

2018 Programme Shrewsbury Beer Festival V3

Shrewsbury CAMRA Beer Festival is back again for 2018, with even more real ales (we’re aiming for 111 beers, many new, unique or from new breweries), ciders, perries, apple and pear juices and country wines, and an expansion of last year’s popular Gin Bar (more spirits are being produced in the local area).

All the beers will be on gravity or handpull (up to 65 on handpull) and all will be available from as soon as they are ready until they run out.  Although we would have been happy to have live beer in keykeg (sometimes called keycask), it turns out that the cost of hiring the necessary additional equipment would have been prohibitive.  Once again, all beers, ciders and perries will be cooled in the cask or container to cellar temperature using professional cooling equipment.

Last year’s Indian snacks, specialist chocolate and Pipers Crisps stalls will return, and Shrewsbury Sixth Form College’s catering team will be offering hot meals and sandwiches in the college restaurant.  You are welcome to bring in your own food as an alternative.

There’s a bus (No1) which goes from the bus station past the venue door and runs until 9pm (ish). There’s parking nearby if you have a designated driver.  Soft drinks (except apple and pear juices) are free to designated drivers.  Shrewsbury has a number of taxi firms and fares are reasonable, with pick-up just around the corner from the venue.  We don’t do advance tickets as we haven’t had any problems with the capacity of the venue – if you are coming, feel sure you will get in (there might be a small queue to get your wristband and glass at busy periods).

As a result of our focus on new beers and breweries, our beer list isn’t ready until shortly before the festival.  It will be posted here, in the Scoopgen group and on our social media accounts as soon as it’s ready.  In the meantime, updates, ideas and gossip will be posted on our Festival Facebook Page. Like all CAMRA festivals, we depend on volunteers for staffing. If you are a CAMRA member who would like to volunteer to work at the festival for a few hours, please email

Our facebook Festival Page is here.                        Our  Festival Twitter feed is here.

In the meantime, for news of other beer festivals in Shrewsbury, Shropshire & surrounding counties during the rest of the year,

See our local Beer Festivals page 


Shrewsbury Beer Festival 2017 summary




22 thoughts on “Shrewsbury Beer Festival

  1. Looking forward immensely to a Friday visit. Travelling from Manchester, great to see lots of interesting ales on offer. Hope all goes well on opening, first visit to your festival though I’ve enjoyed Shrewsbury’s pubs a number of times. See you then!


  2. Hi,
    I attended the Shrewsbury Beer Festival on 22nd July and was signed up as a member of CAMRA by a charmi8ng lady in the foyer. However, I have heard nothing since confirming my membership and was wondering if you would please chase up my application to see what is happening.
    Regards Daniel Worsley


    • Apologies for the delay, but this is normal I’m afraid. New applications are grouped together and have to be sent to our HQ in St Albans. Added to that, this is one of their busiest times of year, with the Great British Beer Festival being next week. So, bear with us, you should have your temporary Membership card anyway, and you can follow our activities on this website or Facebook (ShrewsburyWestShropshireCamra) to see what is happening locally.


  3. I am bringing a big group to the town on the 22nd and need a 6 Pub crawl .
    I intend to start at the old shrews fan base pub , the one with a bowling green by a former mailings. I then need five more to get (leisurely ) back to the station for 6pm. The festival is unlikely as not everyone is a member, so pubs will do..
    Any suggestions good folk of Shrewsbury, but 6 only.
    Thanks Steve Heighton Rugby


    • It’s the sort of question that everyone will have a different answer to, but I’ll have a go. Your starting pub is the Prince of Wales, a fairly simple route after that would be Cross Foxes – Nags Head – Three Fishes – Coach & Horses – Salopian Bar. But other pubs such as the Admiral Benbow and Montgomerys Tower (Wetherspoons) could be easily be slotted in as replacements for the above.


    • You don’t need to be a member to go to the festival….in fact now’s your chance to get your mates to join the campaign!


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