Clitheroe Beer Festival

Clitheroe Beer Festival 2020 will run from 14-16 May 2020 at St Michael & St John’s Assembly Room in Clitheroe. Try over 60 real ales, ciders and perries and enjoy live music and food on site…

Over 60 Cask Ales

We’ll have over 60 cask ales for you plus a Key Keg bar – PLUS a great selection of ciders and perries! Entry to Clitheroe Beer Festival 2020 is FREE for CAMRA members or £3 per day for non members (£4 after 6pm).

Just as in 2019 we’ll be sourcing some VERY special Festival Ales, some of which will be brewed just for us, scroll down for more info about our 2019 brews.

We’re hoping to source tipples from the excellent breweries above as well as many more. We’ll update this space with a link to our provisional beer list in early 2020 so do check back!

Special Festival Ales

To give you an idea of what’s in store for 2020, the wonderful breweries below brewed special festival ales for Clitheroe Beer Festival 2019 – our festival goers were thrilled to be among the first to taste them: 

Avid Brewing Co – Catherine The Great  Russian Imperial Stout 10% ABV Avid has brewed this fabulous stout in memory of Catherine Snelling, dark beer lover and former Clitheroe Beer Festival Organiser 

Bowland BreweryHoney Porter Festival Ale 6% – Especially brewed for this festival using chocolate, four different malts, East Kent goldings and locally sourced honey from
@thebeecentre. Remember to be kind to Bees, we need them!

Chain House Brew Co  and Avid Brewery – Gimbal – a hazy Pale Ale at 4.5% – collaboratively brewed as a on a one-off special brew just for CBF

Farm Yard Ales – Mild Peat – 3.7% – Steve Dilworth from the Swan with Two Necks at Pendleton has been up to  Farm Yard Ales to help brew their popular 3.7% Mild Peat to a new recipe.

Neptune Brewery – Hear The Sirens – a Russian Imperial Stout 10% – Especially created for this festival by Clitheroe’s own beer writer and blogger Katie Taylor and the @ladiesthatbeer. A luscious imperial stout with rich dark chocolate and caramel flavours, giving way to roasted coffee. 


The Wild Side

Our festival theme for CBF2020 is ‘The Wild Side’.  So take a walk on it with us …choose a third, half or pint at CBF2020 and get ticking them off!

Sponsorship Opportunities

Sponsor a barrel at CBF2020 for just £75 and get your logo in front of hundreds of local beer lovers plus FREE pints, FREE entry and access to an exclusive Sponsors, Trade & CAMRA only evening on Thursday 14 May! Many other sponsorship opportunities available too…


Live Music

We’ll have live music from local bands on Friday and Saturday evenings. The Ranting Lads and The Vogon Brothers entertained us in 2019, our bands for 2020 will be announced shortly.

Visitor Information

Clitheroe Beer Festival 2020 runs from Thurs 14 – Sat 16 May 2020* times given below.
It’s FREE to enter for CAMRA members or £3 entry per day for non-members (£4 after 6pm).
Buy a ‘starter card’ for £10 on entry.
Starter card includes half or pint glass hire of £3 and £7 worth of drinks tokens.
Further top-up cards of £10 tokens are then available.
No money is taken at our festival bars.
All unused tokens can be refunded on exit.
If you don’t want to keep your glass you can get your £3 hire fee back.

NB! We don’t take plastic so please do bring cash, there are plenty of cashpoints nearby


The Assembly Hall of St Michael & St John’s, Lowergate, Clitheroe BB7 1AG


14 May 4.30pm-9.30pm*
15 May 12pm-11pm
16 May 12pm-11pm

*Sponsors, trade & CAMRA only