Friday 15 June & Saturday 16 June 2018

The Ninth Annual Guildford Beer Festival took place at Guildford Cricket Club on Friday 15 and Saturday 16 June 2018. It was a great success!

Thank you to everyone who attended.  We hope you enjoyed it as much as we did!

This year’s winners of our Music Competition, Mountfield, were our headline act on Saturday evening performing in the Anderton’s Music Tent. Headliners Tom Worrall and The Ribs also kept the crowds entertained with fantastic live music during the other sessions on Friday & Saturday.

For the fourth year, the GBF had its own App providing tasting notes on the different beers and enabling visitors create their own personal list to try, and also to vote for the Beer of the Festival.

Local beer at the GBF

Next year’s Guildford Beer Festival

The date for the Tenth Annual Guildford Beer Festival will be announced in late November. To keep up-to-date with our latest news, including the date for the 2019 festival, join our mailing list here.

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James Faulkner
GBF Chairman
Tel. 07545 938431

Sunset at the GBF 2017


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Finding great events local to you is one of life’s little wonders. 10 minutes in the car? Perfect, I’m there! I came across the Guildford Beer Festival by chance a few days before it began and I’m so glad I did. Without hesitation, I convinced Ellen Recommends to drive and booked the tickets, all the while crossing my fingers for good weather!

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The Beer Festival features around 120 cask ales and chilled craft beers sourced from independent and micro-breweries in Surrey, Hampshire, Sussex and Berkshire. There will also be an attractive offering of ciders, wines and soft drinks, and a separate gin bar.

There is live musical entertainment and food available.

Silent Pool gin bar

This year will see the return of the very successful Silent Pool gin bar, serving locally produced gins and spirits.

Silent Pool Gin at the Guildford Beer Festival

The beer garden

The Ninth Annual Guildford Beer Festival will again be hosted by Guildford Cricket Club. The event is held in marquees at The Sports Ground in Woodbridge Road, very close to the town centre and with excellent transport links.

Guildford Beer festival is held at the grounds of The Guildford Cricket Club, The Sports Ground, Woodbridge Road, Guildford, Surrey GU1 4RP

Sunshine at the Guildford Beer Festival
Venue plan Guildford Beer Festival 2018

Plan of the venue

The venue is very attractive and there is ample seating in marquees and outdoors. There is free car parking.

Beer tent

This is adjacent to the entrance to the venue. The layout of the real ale and craft beers is by brewery. On the left (as you look at the bar) are breweries A-L. On the right are breweries M-Z. Therefore, all the different beers supplied by Andwell are on the far left, and those from Windsor & Eton are on the far right.

Cider tent

This is attached to the Music Tent and faces the Food Court area. All ciders are here, along with wine and soft drinks.

Silent Pool gin bar

This is between the Main Beer Tent and Andertons’ Music Tent. Locally distilled gin and vodka served with Fever Tree tonic.

Food court

There are three separate food stands. One offers a hog roast, burgers and sausages; the second a wood burning pizza oven and the third Mexican food (to include a dish for vegetarians and vegans).

Note that: you pay for food using cash not tokens.

Andertons’ music tent

There will be an attractive programme of live music performed on the stage in our marquee, where there is seating inside and outdoors.

The GBF is again working with Andertons Music to assemble a tremendous line up, with some of the best local bands and artists.

Andertons Music Tent at the GBF

Download the App – the GBF is digital!

The Guildford Beer Festival has its own App which can be downloaded (or upgraded from last year’s version) free to iOS and android smartphones or mobile devices – go to the Apple iStore or Android store.

Through the App, the 2018 Beer List may be viewed, with descriptions of the various beers on offer and with links to the micro-breweries that produce them. For the music lovers, the line-up of bands and timings are set out, with links to their websites. The App includes a “MyBeerfest” section, where you can create your personal list of beers you want to try and then mark them and make notes once they have been sampled. You can even post your comments to Twitter or Facebook. The App also has information about the event including the location, site layout and Frequently Asked Questions.

Ingelby GBF app

The App has been developed for the Guildford Beer Festival by digital design agency Ingelby, which is based in West Street, Farnham. Ingelby specialises in App development, mobile web design and back office software development. Its clients include British Gas, BMW, MINI, Telefonica, Parsons Brinckerhoff and the Post Office.

The GBF believes that it was the first Beer Festival in the UK to have its own bespoke App.

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A taster of last year’s very successful festival.

Winners of the 2017 Competition

In 2017, you voted for your favourite beers and brewers using the GBF’s very own bespoke App developed by digital design agency Ingelby of West Street, Farnham.

Here are your winners!

GBF 2017 competition winner Big Smoke Brew Co
Best Speciality Beer winners Big Smoke Brew Co for "Underwood Milk Stout", with Charlie Martin of the GBF Committee
GBF 2017 competition winner Elusive Brewery
Best Beer winner Elusive Brewery for "Overdrive"
GBF 2017 competition winner Tilford Brewery
Best Brewery winners Tilford Brewery, well done.

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GBF 2018 Sponsors & Partners

Hog's Back Brewery
ingleby, App Developers Godalming, Surrey
Silent Pool Gin, commercial partner with the GBF
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Itchen Valley Brewery, commercial partner with the GBF
Perfect Pitch Marquees - Sponsors of the Guildford Beer Festival
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