Beer and Cider Lists Updated

Beer Festival KnightBeer and Cider lists are now avaliable on the beer and cider pages. We are pleased to announce that we have  over 30 ciders this year all locally sourced.

We have 66 real ales and all will be available from the start of the beer festival. Pricing for beers at the festival is based not on ABV but on the price at which we  are able to source it from the brewery.

See you on Friday.

Kitchener Ale

Kitchener Pump ClipThe official Baldock Beer Festival beer, Baldock Kitchener has been brewed and you will find it at the festival and in good pubs around the area. With the help of Buntingford Brewery we set about brewing a beer with malts and hops from Belgium, France, England and Germany.

Shunning the national press and Hello Magazine exclusives, we have released our story of the brew process to the Baldock Mail. Pick yourself up a copy and read all about it there!


First World War Theme for 2014 and Other News

We had our second planning meeting last night. This years theme will be World War 1 in recognition of the 100 year anniversary and we are currently talking to the British Legion about how we do this sensibly.

As usual we are currently working hard to sort out and plan all the beer, entertainment and music. We expect to bring you a wide range of beers from different breweries plus some of the old favourites.  The bands are currently being lined up and we expect to have music on all three days.

Keep checking the site for news and as always if you want to volunteer, then get in touch.

See you soon!

Donations Update

Beer Festival KnightThanks for all the requests for donations. We have had a meeting and are in the process of handing out the donations so watch this space. As soon as we have completed this we will let you know which good causes we have chosen to sponsor. The 2014 Beer Festival is as always set for the first bank holiday weekend in May (Friday May 2nd – Sunday May 4th). We are hoping to make it better and bigger and look forward to seeing there! As always we need volunteers to help with the set up and also the clear up so if you are interested then get in touch.

Apply For Donations

Beer Festival KnightAre you a local good cause looking to raise funds for a particular event or purchase?

The Independent Baldock Beer Festival is a not-for-profit organisation run by a unpaid committee. We put on a family friendly, community focused festival each May Day Bank Holiday weekend at Brandles School, Baldock, because we are passionate about real ale, real cider and in raising a bit of money for local good causes. We are not affiliated to any organisations or businesses in Baldock and any surplus money we make each year goes to both ensuring that we can continue to run a better beer festival each year and in donations to ‘local’ good causes. In the last year we have helped the following organisations:

Baldock Senior Citizens (minibus upkeep)
Cancer Research UK (contribution matching public donations at this year’s festival)
Baldock Town Youth Football Club
Brandles School
Baldock Town Partnership (“Baldock Beast” half marathon and ‘Baldock Day’ children’s entertainment)
Baldock Scouts
Baldock Guides
Magic Moments pre-school
Brandles School PTA
Hartsfield School PTA
Baldock Town Hall Partnership restoration fund (a community based project to preserve and develop the Town Hall for the use of the people of Baldock).

Our event has grown in popularity and size over the last 6 years with 2013 being another successful year. Since inception we have received and considered, requests from local good causes and have donated sums in varying amounts. We now have a further £5,000 to donate.

We would like to invite tenders from local groups, sports clubs, schools and un-funded charities who both consider themselves a worthy cause and who are looking for additional assistance in relation to specific projects (as opposed to general funding). Please contact us by email ( or contact us providing sufficient information for us to consider matters in full i.e. a bit about your organisation, what your specific fund raising activity/project is, its financial parameters, progress to-date, what amount would make a difference and why etc. We will consider the request and see what we can do to help.

Please submit all requests by November 15th 2013

We look forward to doing it all again and seeing you all again at the 7th Independent Baldock Beer Festival in May 2014!

Cancer Research Donation £460

We are pleased to announce that we raised £460 from the cuddly toy raffle. Brent  was able to hand over a cheque to the Cancer Research shop in Tring last week. A big thank you to all who dug deep to purchase a ticket.

We are closed today

CommitteeTrainPlease note that we are closed today, but if you would still like to volunteer to help us clear up today then you are more than welcome to come down (meet us at 10 am at the school). We would like to thank everyone who came and supported us this year and made it the biggest and the best festival ever. As always a special thanks must go out to all the volunteers. We could not put on this event without them. If you have any comments or would like to get involved next year then feel free to contact us and let us know!

More beer available

Dave the bikeWe’ve managed to order in 16 more barrels of ale for today to replenish stocks so we still have 30 ish to choose from. A big thank you to Buntingford brewery for helping us with the restock.

There’s plenty of ciders still available and Apple Cottage have re-supplied and we still have some continental beers in the house. The weather looks good so see you at 12!  Remember we close early tonight at 8pm.

Beer List Updated!

Pour them beersWe’ve got the beer list updated. Remember we will have beer lists available when you get here so no need to print anything out. We will be selling beer glasses as per usual and for the first time we will be selling a limited number of festival t shirts. Weather is going to be mostly sunny so bring your sun screen for the day and a coat for the evening. We will add the ciders on as soon as there up!