Why Knutsford Beer Festival could become one of north west's biggest craft ale celebrations

Why Knutsford Beer Festival could become one of north west's biggest craft ale celebrations

by David Morgan  @DMorganguardian

Entertainment Reporter - Knutsford Guardian

A BREWERY owner reckons Knutsford could become a unique destination for craft ale as plans take shape for the town’s fourth beer festival.

In a first for the event, Mobberley Brewhouse is running a keg bar at Knutsford Beer Festival which will feature modern beer styles from some of the UK’s newest and most progressive breweries.

But the festival will also feature 28 cask ales that will champion the north west’s real ale scene.

With a selection from 27 breweries offering a full range from traditional full bodied ales all the way through to craft beer styles like tropical pale ales, James Roberts, owner and head brewer at Mobberley Brewhouse, thinks the event has the potential to become one of region’s best beer events.

The former Mobberley Primary School pupil said: “If Knutsford Beer Festival continues to expand its offerings in terms of beer diversity and embrace modern, progressive beer styles and breweries there is a strong chance of it becoming a unique, destination beer event.

“Other events in the north west, namely Indy Man, have had huge success by creating an annual gathering of extremely talented breweries and an unrivalled selection of craft beer. Offering the best beers from the best breweries will always pull in huge numbers of avid beer drinkers from the area and further afield.”

Serving beer from kegs is a method favoured by many craft brewers because it doesn’t need to be ‘conditioned’ in the barrel like a real ale.

A keg is like a big can and the external CO2 pressure keeps the beer fresh and sparkling.

This has helped the festival attract renowned breweries like Wiper and True, Buxton Brewery and Track as well as newcomers that have been causing a stir like Neon Raptor and Burning Soul, which won an award at Indy Man.

Mobberley Brewhouse will also be unveiling its New England-style beer Sofa Surfer, made in collaboration with Manchester's Shindigger.

James added: “Showcasing the best keg beers from the region’s breweries is also paramount.

“Without keg beers you are only targeting half of the potential audience and not catering for a lot of people who otherwise would attend.”

“The potential for a beer festival that is actually showcasing both cask and keg is huge – there is no other event like this one happening right now in Cheshire.

“When given the opportunity to help out and set up a keg bar at this years event it was an easy decision – we are very keen to help out and see this event become one of the best beer festivals in the north west.

“As a team we look forward to pouring and drinking great beer once again at Knutsford Beer Festival 2018.”

In another first, the festival will be serving gluten-free beers by Manchester’s First Chop and low/zero alcohol beers from Wild Beer Co and St Peter’s Brewery.

Knutsford Beer Festival is taking place at Egerton Youth Club on April 20 and 21. Visit knutsfordbeerfestival.org.uk

See the original article online at Knutsford Guardian



It’s not just beer! Knutsford Beer Festival entertainment announced
Whilst a plethora of craft ales remains the main reason to visit the 2018 Knutsford Beer Festival in April, its organisers have announced an exciting line up of entertainment to tempt you too.

Bella Design & Marketing announced as Main Sponsor for 2018

Bella Design & Marketing announced as Main Sponsor for 2018

Bella Design & Marketing is proud to announce their sponsorship of the Knutsford Beer Festival 2018. The Festival which takes place on the 20th and 21st April is in its fourth year and has raised over £12,000 for local charities. The 2018 festival is set to be the biggest one yet, with more beers, ciders, perries, wine, prosecco and a gin bar along with an amazing selection of craft foods.

Established in 2005 and based in Knutsford, Bella Design & Marketing has a wide range of experience spanning a variety of market sectors and industries. Having recently expanded into Central Manchester, they are keen to stay true to their Knutsford roots and welcome the opportunity to support local businesses and charities within the local community. The team of designers, developers, PR specialists and marketers have been tasked with creating the marketing collateral promoting the festival, including the guide, posters and advertisements.

The festival remains a not for profit event, with the money raised going to support local charities. Tessa Blakemore, Account Director at Bella Design comments: “We are delighted to be sponsoring such a high-profile event which supports so many causes within the Knutsford Community. We are proud to be associated with such a worthwhile cause, and all in the name of good fun!” This year we are also supporting the Knutsford Schools Ball,  Knutsford Rugby Club and The Knutsford Community First Responder Trust.”

Bella Design & Marketing is based at Booths Park, Chelford Road and offers a comprehensive range of digital, graphic design, print, social media, PR and marketing services. Earlier this year as part of their involvement with the Knutsford community, they ran a free workshop for local businesses in partnership with Knutsford Town Council, sharing their expertise on social media marketing.

We would encourage all Knutsford businesses and residents, to join in this fabulous community event, at Egerton Youth Club on Mereheath Lane. Tickets are available now at www.knutsfordbeerfestival.org.uk/tickets

We're Back - and we'll see you at the bar!

We're Back - and we'll see you at the bar!

Tickets are on sale NOW! 
This  year’s festival will be taking place from Friday 20th April to Saturday 2st April 2017 at Egerton Youth Club, Mereheath Lane, Knutsford. Tickets are on sale elusively, here on on website.  Book early to avoid disappointment as this ever popular event is sure to sell out, tickets have been flying out already.     
The 2018 beer festival promises to include an electric array of craft ale, local ciders, prosecco, a gin and the usual great food.  A variety of talented bands will be providing entertainment throughout the afternoon and evening sessions.
Knutsford Beer Festival Committee Chair Andrew Malloy commented,
"I am thrilled we are back again for our fourth year, it’s so much fun putting this event on, and people really seem to enjoy it, we’ve missed it during our extended break from October 2016.  We’re keen to keep the festival fresh, so this year we’ve been speaking to Dexter & Jones about a new Gin Bar, and look forward to inviting Corks Out with their Prosecco bar, so we should truly appeal to all tastes."
Knutsford Beer Festival is a not for profit, community run event with the sole purpose of benefiting Knutsford. The 2016 beer festival raised a fabulous £3000, which was been split between the two nominated charities, Egerton Youth Club and Knutsford District Scouts who are again our charities for 2018.
Of course, the beer festival and all the money raised would not be possible without the continual support of our great sponsors who include Bella Design & Marketing, Tatton Brewery, APC Overnight. There are a variety of sponsorship packages available from cask sponsor to bar sponsor. A dedicated sponsors pre-launch will take place on Thursday April 19th from 6pm-10pm. Please contact Nicola by email at sponsor@knutsfordbeerfestival.org.uk if you are interested in sponsoring this year’s festival.
To buy tickets, become a sponsor  or get in touch for more information


Knutsford Beer Festival Committee



Door to Door service...

Door to Door service...

The Knutsford Beer Festival have teamed up again with the Knutsford & District Scouts to provide a mini-bus service to this year’s event, with volunteers from Scout Leaders driving Beer Festival goers from the town centre to the event.

The bus will operate between Knutsford Bus Station and Egerton Youth Club, ferrying patrons to and from the event throughout each session.  A small voluntary donation of £1 will be requested from users of this service, but profits from this will go to the Scouts.

This means that ticket holders travelling from out of town to Knutsford by train or bus, or those from within Knutsford, will not have to walk out to Egerton, and will have easy access to town centre businesses before and after the event.

Chairman Andrew Malloy said "We're delighted to be able to offer this additional service again to our guests, to make their journey to our event that little bit easier, this also means people can visit the many businesses in town before and after our event".

£3000 raised for our nominated charities

£3000 raised for our nominated charities

We are delighted to announce, that this years' beer festival raised a fabulous £3000, which has been split between our two nominated charities, Egerton Youth Club and Knutsford & District Scouts.  Cheques were handed over last weekend at Egerton for £1500 each.
As you know, Knutsford Beer Festival is a wholly voluntary organisation, with all our surplus funds going to our local nominated charities.  Our key aims continue to be to raise the profile of good quality craft beer, promote Knutsford to a wide audience, and raise money for good causes.

Gaynor Clifton, secretary of Egerton Youth Club said "I just wanted to say a massive thank you on behalf of the Youth Club and Football Club for the funds raised from the Beer Festival on our behalf – it really is greatly appreciated."

Martin Relton of the Scouts said "I’m delighted that the event was a success for you and the money raised for Knutsford Scouts is very much appreciated."

Below are some photos taken by Sam Benskin
Photographs include;
Knutsford & District Scouts - Roger Turner, Martin Relton
Egerton Youth Club - Tom O'Donnell
Knutsford Beer Festival - Andrew Malloy, Mike Braun, Colin Kemshed

Tickets still available...

Tickets still available...

We still have a reasonable number of tickets available for all sessions.  You can still buy online via our website, but we will also now take on door sales for all sessions.  Evening sessions cost £10, and the afternoon session costs £6.  For this you get a collectable commemorative beer tankard, festival guide, with details on our entertainment programme, some beer history, our voluntary organisation and of course a list of the beers and ciders on offer.  We also offer you some outstanding local musical entertainment throughout all sessions.

We will be running a mini-bus from the bus station (which is within very easy walking distance of the train station and town centre, and well signposted) to Egerton Youth Club throughout the sessions, for a small £1 donation.  Drivers can tell you if there is still availability before you travel.

We are raising money for Egerton Youth Club and Knutsford & District Scouts, so by supporting us, you are supporting them.  Tell your friends, this is a great weekend, so get them to come along, enjoy good local and regional beer, artisan food and local entertainment.

Challenge a Table Football Champ...

Challenge a Table Football Champ...

Challenge a champ at Knutsford Beer Festival

A Great Britain team star is staging a table football challenge at Knutsford Beer


People attending the Festival will have the chance to test their skills against

international tournament regular Stephen Edwards. Best known locally as the owner

of the King Street, Knutsford lighting and electrical contracting business, he has a

parallel career as a professional in the national squad.

The table football World Cup attracts teams from 90 countries. Known in the

game as ‘Fast Eddie’ for his lightning wrist action, he has done much to help revive

table football’s popularity in Britain.

Stephen Edwards says:

“Like any game, it’s not as easy as it looks. To continue playing at international

level requires dedication and commitment. It would completely take over my life if I

let it.”

As well as challenging Knutsford’s own table football pro, friends will have the

opportunity to compete against each other. There’s a prize for anyone who can beat

‘Fast Eddie’. Matches are the best of three. Entry proceeds are being donated to the

good causes the Beer Festival is supporting and the Knutsford Heritage Centre


Your ticket could be a winner...

Your ticket could be a winner...

We're delighted to have been gifted some wonderful raffle prizes by two very generous benefactors, The Mere Golf Resort & Spa, Sarah Jane King Photography and Knutty Dog Walks.

At each session a ticket shall be drawn at random from all those purchased prior to the event, and a lucky winner could win one of the following fabulous prizes;

The Mere Golf Resort & Spa www.themereresort.co.uk
1 x A 4 Ball on our Championship Course.  Valid 6 October 2016 to 5th October 2017

1 x Use of the Spa for 2 . Valid 6 October 2016 to 5th October 2017

Sarah Jane King Photography www.sarahjanekingphotography.com

1 x Outdoor Family Photo Shoot

Knutty Dogs www.facebook.com/knuttydogs/

3 x Free professional dog walks - one to be raffled each session.

There will be a first and second prize drawn during each ticketed session.

These are amazing prizes, and worth a considerable amount of money to a lucky winner.
So buy your tickets, enjoy your some great food, drink and entertainment, and potentially win yourself a prize.

Announcing our Entertainment for 2016

Announcing our Entertainment for 2016

We’re delighted to announce our entertainment line-up for 2016.

Friday evening - Venus Rising

Up and coming local folk rockers Venus Rising are delighted to be invited back to Knutsford Beer Festival to play a semi-acoustic set!

They thoroughly enjoyed playing at last year's event, having been selected in a competition by Mark Radcliffe and Paul Langley.

 Their debut 2015 single 'Lazy Daze' (Global Path Records) was aired by Tom Robinson on the BBC 6 Music Introducing Mixtape, and on the BBC 6 Music Tom Robinson show, Kim Wilde tweeted that she loves the track, and Mr Radcliffe said after last year's festie, 'If you like your folk music, have a good listen to Venus Rising.'

They've shared lineups with the likes of Ed Sheeran, Paul Carrack, Midge Ure, Paul Young, Galleon Blast and more, and supported Glen Tilbrook. With a chilled second single 'Woodlight' out soon, their debut album almost ready, rave

reviews of their music and live gigs, and a fan base from over 45 countries on Facebook, things are certainly looking good for the band!

Named in support of The Venus Project's global solutions for peace, sustainability, abundance etc, they like to share a message of fun and positive change! www.facebook.com/venusrisinginfo


Friday evening - Dave Boardman & Friends

Fine Lines vocalists David Boardman and Zoe Naylor bring their extra curricular acoustic covers act to Knutsford Beer Festival on Friday 7th October. Mixing contemporary pop with classic soul, their arresting harmonies are bound to entertain the festival crowd.

Saturday Afternoon – Two Nut on a Bridge

Two Nuts on a bridge came together in recent times following a lifetime of live performance from the early days of Mersey Beat to current rhythm covers like Maroon 5 and Clean Bandit.

They sit well with 70's classics like the Classic Rock of Supertramp and the West Coast Magic of America and Steely Dan. From tasty ballads to upbeat funk, there's something for everybody from young to (not so) old.

Two Nuts On A Bridge play the kNUTSford Beer Festival Saturday afternoon 8th October 1pm"

"Played last year and was a great success! Knutsford Beer Festival."

Saturday Afternoon – 6864AD

6864 A.D. have been entertaining the bars, venues and festivals around Cheshire for many years.

Much in demand with the strongest of repertoire, Howard and guitarist Zye put a twist on the classics and add in some of their own great tracks. From Soft Cell to Duran Duran they perform these acoustically as if they wrote them!

Not too be missed catch them at 2.30pm Saturday 8th October.

Saturday Evening – Big Jam

Hailing from the sunny side of Cheshire, Bollington to be precise, we guarantee a great night of classic tunes from 60's, 70's, 80's and bang up to date!

We have headlined the Macclesfield Beer Festival and brought the house down, expect the unexpected and get ready to rock and roll to BIG JAM.




This is no doubt the news you've been waiting for;

We are delighted to be able to announce our beer list for 2016.

We're sure you'll find something in the list to suit your taste buds, but if you're not sure, you can always ask our volunteer bar staff who'll be only too pleased to point you towards some particularly good examples.

Don't forget, we'll also have chilled Prosecco plus wine available too, courtesy of friends at Corks Out, Knutsford.

Keep an eye on notice boards at the event to check on any late changes and availability.



We’re delighted to announce our catering team for 2016.

We’re pleased to welcome back Pizza Maker with their fabulous selection of Pizzas made to order before your very eyes, Backdeli with their delicious pie based meals and Hot Stuffed with bite sized stuffed bread based dishes, they are yummy!

Joining our regulars this year we will also have In The Dog House with his Bratwurst and other sausage dishes, and Spicy Jack Deli providing high quality Indian, TexMex and Mexican streetfood.

Good beer and good food go hand in hand, so we’re always keen to ensure we have the best selection of both available from local/regional providers.




The Knutsford Beer Festival have organised a mini-bus service to this year’s event.

The bus will operate between Knutsford Bus Station and Egerton Youth Club, ferrying patrons to and from the event throughout each session.  A small voluntary donation of £1 will be requested from users of this service, but profits from this will go to the our charities.

This means that ticket holders travelling from out of town to Knutsford by train or bus, or those from within Knutsford, will not have to walk out to Egerton, and will have easy access to town centre businesses before and after the event.

Chairman Andrew Malloy said "We're delighted to be able to offer this additional service to our guests, to make their journey to our new larger venue that little bit easier".



Corks Out have partnered up with the Knutsford Beer Festival, and will be providing chilled Prosecco and a selection of wines at the event.

The partnership began after the Festival Committee started holding their meetings in the Knutsford retailer’s Wine Terrace.

“Corks Out are very excited and honoured to be working with the Knutsford Beer festival,” said Ashley Whittingham-Orford, Manager of Knutsford Corks Out.  “It’s a great event for the town to enjoy and be proud of whilst supporting worthy causes. We’re looking forward to welcoming customers, new and old, to come and taste what we have to offer.”

Knutsford Beer Festival has changed venue for the 2016 event, and will be taking place in Egerton Youth Club.

“The new venue means we have a lot more space, and can expand the range of drinks on offer to our guests,” said Andrew Malloy, Chairman of the Festival Committee. “We’re thrilled to be working with Corks Out, who are providing a brilliant selection of wines and Prosecco.”

Knutsford Beer Festival is taking place on the evening of Friday 7th October, with an afternoon and evening session on the following day, Saturday 8th October. A total of 500 tickets per session are on sale, more than any other year.

Tickets cost £10 for an evening session, and £6 for the afternoon session, and can be purchased online.

Tickets now on sale

Tickets now on sale


Tickets are on sale NOW!

This is it, what you've been waiting for!

Knutsford Beer Festival takes place on Friday & Saturday 7th & 8th at Egerton Youth Club Knutsford.

Same as last year, there are 3 sessions:

  • FRIDAY EVENING (7th October) : 7pm - 11:30pm
  • SATURDAY AFTERNOON (8th October) : 12pm - 4pm
  • SATURDAY EVENING (8th October) : 6pm - 11:30pm

Each ticket gets you:

  • Entry to the festival
  • A souvenir glass
  • A Festival Guide
  • Fantastic entertainment
  • There will be around 100 Beers on offer including a selection of Ciders and a Prosecco bar!
  • Beer costs just £1.50 per half pint (token system as last year).
  • Please note: All sessions, including the Saturday Afternoon session are Over 18s only.


Sponsors Session - Thursday Evening

If you are interested in becoming a sponsor please check out our sponsor opportunities by clicking here.

This year, in a change to last year, there will be an exclusive session for sponsors on Thursday Evening (6th October). That means that if, as a sponsor, you want to go to one of the other public sessions you will need to purchase tickets for that session directly.

Cask sponsors get 2 tickets to the sponsors session, 2 Festival Glasses, 2 Festival Guides and 2 Beer Tokens. Plus you will have the opportunity to meet brewers and members of the organising committee.


Knutsford Beer Festival Committee


Supporting local charities

Supporting local charities

We are delighted to be supporting two excellent local causes this year, Egerton Youth Club who will also be our hosts this year, and Knutsford & District Scouts, who are raising funds to build a new HQ at the Moor.

Our profits will be split between these two amazing causes, so please support us to support them.

New Home & Dates for Knutsford Beer Festival 2016!

New Home & Dates for Knutsford Beer Festival 2016!

Back for it’s third year, organisers of the Knutsford Beer Festival have this week proudly announced their plans for the 2016 event and it’s set to be bigger & better than ever.

After the success of the past two years festivals, both of which were sold out within days of tickets being released, organisers were keen to further accommodate the demand and so this year it will be held at the bigger venue of Egerton Youth Club.

With a bigger venue & even bigger ambitions for 2016 comes greater opportunities for those sponsoring the event and so the decision has been made to stage the event later in the year 6th, 7th & 8th of October, allowing more time to secure those additional sponsors. As previous years the first evening will be exclusive to the sponsors with Friday the first evening session, followed by an afternoon & evening session on the Saturday.

Speaking about sponsorship opportunities, Andrew Malloy who once again spearheads the festival committee, had this to say ‘With all our committee members volunteering their time, the festival will remain a not for profit event with the money raised going to local charities. Egerton Youth Club will be one of the chosen charities for 2016 but the others are still to be decided upon. It’s vitally important we secure lots of support from local businesses. We’ve revamped our sponsor packages to tailor for the individual needs of any businesses wishing to support this exciting event and ensure its commercially beneficial for those getting behind it.’

A new date & venue aren’t the only changes. Although still firmly focussed on beer lovers, Cork’s Out will this year be providing a prosecco bar, further broadening the festival’s appeal.

Whilst sights are set on making this the biggest, most exciting event to date, the organisers assured us that they remain focused on the same 3 core aims of showcasing good quality craft beers, promoting Knutsford to a wider audience, and raising money for local good causes.

Anyone interested in supporting the event can request a sponsorship pack by emailing sponsorship@knutsfordbeerfestival.org.uk