All the beer, cider and Foreign lagers lists are now on the website. Note there may be late changes as we don’t know what will arrive until a few days before the festival.
We have 92 real ales this year with a mix of local and national. There are 36 ciders and perrys and a choice of 17 foreign / keg beers. We have tried to mix up the keg beers a bit more this year so there are more countries represented including Denmark, Austria and even a Belgian style trappist from the UK.
If any of the above the don’t float your boat then we will also be selling wine, Prosecco and Gin (for the hipsters 🙂 )
It’s a week to go until the festival starts so see you there. Remember all profits go to local good causes (think of it as a beer tax).
We are trying this year to minimise waste this year and so for the first time we will be selling re-usable glasses. You will be pay a £1 non refundable charge for this but it is yours to keep. If you do not wish to keep the glass then you can leave it with us and we will re-use it plus give a £1 donation to The Knights Templar School Earth Day fund.
Please help us also by using the correct recycling bins. If we get it right this should reduce the amount we throw away that ultimately ends up in landfill or in the seas.
The music line up for this year’s beer festival is now available. Please check the music page for more details. We have 28 acts performing this year ranging from folk through to heavy rock. Looking good…….
Dates for the 12th Baldock Beer Festival are:
Friday 3rd May
Sat 4th May
Sunday 5th May
Keep checking back for more info and news as we get closer to the event.
Last day of the beer festival today and we are open from 12 noon until 7.30 pm. We still have a selection of 38 beers plus foreign beer and we are replenishing cider stocks today. If you are keen to sample the real ales get here early as we cannot guarantee when they will run out but we will always have real cider and some foreign beer available.
Bouncy castles and Train rides for the kids will be on again all day, all funds of which go directly to charity.
Music today opens with the Baldock Community Orchestra and the we follow with the fabulous folk sounds of Said the Maiden. Joan ov Arc will be here in a special collaboration with G and Nick Plews at 3.30 then one of Cambridge’s best bands 4th Labyrinth will be playing songs from their new album. Last but not least, the Doc and The Fifth Wheel will be closing the festival in a way only they know how.
Sun 6th May
6.30 The Fifth Wheel
5.00 4th Labyrinth
3.30 G, Plews and the Joans
2.00 Said the Maiden
12.30 Baldock Community Orchestra
See you at 12.00
Final preparations are being made. All the beer is ready, cider is ready and we apparently have 2,500 pints of foreign lager as well! Directions are on here if you have never been before (we are set up behind Brandles School).
We open at 5pm tonight and music starts at 7pm. We open with folk rock band St Clair and Priceless play their first gig since they reformed. We finish off with the sound of the 80’s and the full electronic experience of Our Friends Electric.
10.00 Our Friends Electric
7.00 St Clair
See you here at 5!
Hi folks! We have just uploaded the foreign beer list to the website. A great selection of Belgian, Dutch and German beers this year. Some well known and some less familiar. All very tasty though.
The real ale list for this year’s beer festival is now on the website. Note that it is still provisional and until the beers are racked we could make the odd change. Less than a week to the start of the festival (gates open Friday 4th at 5 pm. Foreign beer lists and real ciders are still being confirmed and will be released as and when we have them.
With this year’s beer festival approaching fast it is time to remind you why we do all this. Thanks to your hard effort (partying and drinking beer) we managed to donate over £17,800 to good causes and local charities this year alone. Recipients of donations this year included:
- Brandles Close School
- Baldock Hockey Club
- Merry Go Round U5’s Nursery
- 1st Baldock Scouts
- 2nd Baldock Scouts
- Lister Macmillan
- Heathlands Sanctuary
- Garden House Hospice
- Letchworth Bravehearts Rugby Group
- Letchworth Garden City Rugby (prizes)
- Baldock Town Youth Football (prizes and hardship fund support)
- Ashwell Primary School (books)
- St Mary’s School (books)
- Hartsfield School (books)
- St John’s School (books)
- Baldock Town Fireworks Display
- Prostrate Cancer UK
- Baldock Community Orchestra
- Letchworth Food bank
- Baldock Girl Guides
- St Mary’s School (Hardship Fund)
We couldn’t have done this without the support of the general public attending the event, the volunteers who give up their time for free, and the many individuals, organisations and local business that help support us to put on this event. We couldn’t put on this event without your help so thank you.
We made a slight error in band name for Sunday. Members of JOANovARC will be appearing in a one-off collaboration with G and Nick Plews of Krysthla called G, Plews and the Joans. Should be good! Don’t miss this one.
We have now finalised all the music for this years beer festival and you can find a list of bands on the music page.
Please remember we don’t charge entry to see these bands and they continue to support the beer festival each year with many bands volunteering to play for free.
We are excited to welcome bands playing here for the first time this year ( St Claire, Priceless, NOVA, Viana Bay, Dodobones, The streamline 55’s, Said the Maiden) as well as some regulars and old favourites.
Friday sees the return of Our Friends Electric. On Saturday the SG’s will return to play songs from their latest album Rise Up and on Sunday we have JOANovARC back again in a special line up with Krysthla’s drummer Mick Plews.
On Sunday, we have the award-winning folk band, Said the Maiden playing early afternoon and we welcome back the spectacular Cambridge act, 4th Labyrinth and we bring the festival to a close with The Fifth Wheel and their unique set of rock n roll and banter.
We were overwhelmed again by the number of bands asking to play at this year’s festival and offer apologies to any bands that we couldn’t squeeze in this year. It is always humbling to have so many requests.
See you on the 4th May.