The 4th Isle of Man Beer and Cider Festival has 132 different beers, over twice as many casks of ale as we had at our first festival in 2012. Moving to a larger venue, having enjoyed the hospitality of the Freemasons’ Hall in Douglas for three years enables us not only to have a wider choice of beers and ciders but also triple capacity in terms of people.
The beers have been sourced from all over the UK as well as from all four of the Island’s breweries. We have all styles represented – blondes (beers that is), golden ones, dark beers, mild’s, stouts and porters alongside bitters, best bitters and session beers. Wheat beers and strong beers also make their presence known. The lowest strength beer, at 2.8%, is a brand new beer and is made with lemongrass amongst its ingredients – real summery session ale and we are amongst the first people to try it. The strongest is a 9.4% beer from our friends at Hooded Ram Brewery in Douglas.
We will of course be spoiling everyone’s fun by serving the stronger beers in half pint or third of a pint measures.
Look out for the more unusual beers – we have wheat beers, strong beers, session beers, made with spices, fruit, vanilla pods, coffee beans, honey and even oysters. We even have beers made with organic oats or suitable for vegans and breweries that grow their own barley – from plough to pint, as they say.
Something for everyone.
Real Ale? It’s not always a lot of brown frothy liquid in a large glass!
It is less than 3 weeks to go to the festival, and we are delighted to announce this years cider list is now available on the website.
From award winning ciders produced in the Isle of Man to cider matured in Whisky barrels, you will find it all at the Isle of Man Beer Festival.
The finishing touches have been put together for the entertainment list for this years festival, featuring some new acts, and others back by popular demand.
Entertainment is on all day Friday and Saturday in the Royal Hall. there will be plenty of seating, tables and a dance floor – so there will be no excuse not to get up and dance!
There will be several beer breaks throughout the day so that you won’t miss the opportunity of pairing up your favourite band with your favourite beer!
Beat the queues and buy your tickets in advance for this years beer festival!
The Villa Marina are offering the chance to by tickets in advance for this years beer festival. Visit the Villa Marina website or call in to purchase your tickets.
Not only that – remember we are not closing this year in between sessions, giving you even more chance to sample the vast range of beers, ciders and fruit wines.
Keep checking back for some more exciting news in the run-up to the festival. We should be able to publish our confirmed list of bands, a beer list and announcing our special guest who is opening the festival for us this year!
Get in quick – for a limited time only, you have the chance to get your name (or your companies name) on some beer!
Download and complete the Sponsor a Cask Form for full details.
For a small sponsorship of £20, you will get your name on the end of the cask, plus a small message in the programme – from a corporate message to a thank you to your family, the choice is yours!
If you are interested in any other forms of sponsorship, such as advertising in the programme, please get in touch and we will see how we can accommodate your request.