There's nothing the British beer lover looks forward to more than festival season: that time of the year when you can get hold of some of the world's best breweries under a single roof (or in one large field), sampling pales, porters and pecan-fudge-pie-coldbrew-soft-serve stouts to your heart's content.
For that reason, we've scoured the UK's shores for a few of the finest beer festivals for lovers of craft brews, real ale and everything in between, with no part of the UK left unturned. Whether you're after a ton of tasters, a pint or four in the sun or an afternoon out with family and friends, read on.
London Craft Beer Festival
9-11 August; Tobacco Dock, Wapping Lane, E1W 2SF
Simply put, London Craft Beer Festival is the king of all-inclusive beer festivals in London. Your ticket price includes unlimited taster pours of every beer in the venue, plus access to live music, DJs and pop-up kitchens from some of London's finest restaurants. Beer-wise, this year's line-up includes the likes of Verdant, Wild Beer Co, Left Handed Giant and The Kernel from the UK, plus legends like Mikkeller, Dugges, Stillwater Artisanal, Finback and Evil Twin from Europe and the US. We're in.
From £49.95; londoncraftbeerfestival.co.uk
The Great British Beer Festival
6-10 August; Olympia London, Hammersmith Road, W14 8UX
Set under the iconic roof of Olympia, GBBF is a must-visit for anyone who even remotely likes sampling the delights of British cask ale. Organised by CAMRA, the event sees hundreds of taps from breweries all over the UK, plus a stellar selection of international beers separated by country. It also sees the crowning of the Champion Beers of Britain, which you can try in tutored tastings on the Tuesday and Wednesday.
From £7; gbbf.org.uk
31 May-3 June, Cairndow, Argyll, Scotland, PA26 8BJ
Each year, esteemed Scottish brewery Fyne Ales invites some of the, er, finest breweries in all the land up to its estate at the tip of Loch Fyne to pour brews for a gaggle of excited beer geeks – all while camped out by the water in a scenic glen. This year's line-up includes Verdant, Pilot, Deya, Buxton, Duration, Mills and many, many more, plus epic Scottish produce like Loch Fyne oysters and local venison to keep you fed, obvs.
From £49.50. fynefest.com
Brighton Craft Beer Festival
20-22 June, Clarendon Centre, New England Street, BN1 4GQ
New for 2019, Brighton Craft Beer Festival brings a serious line-up of UK and European breweries to the shores of (hopefully) sunny Brighton: at the event will be Sussex smashers like UnBarred and Burning Sky, plus the likes of Wylam, Cloudwater, North Brewing Co, To Øl and Beavertown Tempus Project. And the tickets are all-beers-included. Oh, we do like a beer beside the seaside...
From £49.50; brightoncraftbeerfestival.co.uk
16-18 August; Bakewell Showground, Bakewell, DE45 1AW
In our eyes, great beer and tasty food are as important to a festival as the music: and that's why we love Peakender, a weekend camping festival in the Peak District which gives centre stage to Thornbridge's esteemed range of beers, as well as showcasing some of the brewery's friends from around the UK. This year's line-up includes Magic Rock, Northern Monk, Siren and Lost and Grounded. Keep an eye out for festival-only collabs, meet the brewer events and more.
From £79.50; peakender.co.uk
Indy Man Beer Con
3-6 October; Victoria Baths, Manchester, M13 0FE
If you fancy exploring the crumbling network of Grade II-listed Turkish Baths in Manchester, and want to drink some of the world's best beer while you're at it, you'll probably quite fancy a trip to October's Indy Man Beer Con. A celebration of the finest independently brewed beer in the UK and beyond, it sees a rolling roster of more than 50 breweries pouring each session, with tap lists updated live on the festival app so you only end up queuing for the beers you want the most.
Tickets on sale early summer; indymanbeercon.co.uk