Leeds Beer Festival

Since 1987


The Venue

Leeds Beer Festival, from 2018, has found a new home at Leeds Beckett University. After several years away we have finally returned to central Leeds.

Beckett University Student Union is ideal for hosting our beer festival with their downstairs concert room being transformed into a beer hall with some seating. Their upstairs bar being turned into, well, an even bigger bar with even more seating! Real Ale will mostly be downstairs with Global Beer and Cider upstairs but we'll throw a few surprises in, so it pays to wander around and discover for yourself what is where.

We're lucky to be able to do a three day giant tap takeover at the venue this summer, whilst the vast majority of the students are off on their holidays, so why not take this opportunity to see the bar as it's never been seen before?

Leeds CAMRA is grateful for the opportunity to showcase all this Beer, Cider and Perry and hope to be here for several years to come.

Tickets and Entry

Some Entry Tickets are available to buy in advance, using the button below, or you can pay on the door. Ticketholders are guaranteed entry for the first 2 hours of the session, then priority entry after that. CAMRA members and ID-carrying students will receive a discount of £3 on all fee-paying sessions.

Buy Tickets

Are under 18s allowed in?

Sorry, no under 18s are allowed in, including babies. If you look young, please bring ID!

At the Festival

How do I pay for beer?

You pay using beer tickets, which you buy on the way in. These are like bingo cards, and we cross off the value of your beer at the bar. They are fully refundable, or you could donate your ‘loose change’ to our charity in the boxes provided.

What about the glasses?

CAMRA’s about choice, and we have a lot of it! Two styles of glass this year:

  • one pint glass, marked at a pint and a half
  • one two thirds stemmed glass, marked at one third

Choose your favourite – they’re both the same price. And it’s a hire price, so you can get your money back at the end! Or keep it, of course...it’s up to you.

What do all those coloured labels mean?

The labels on the ends of the casks are there to help you find the beer you want. We’ve colour coded them so that you have an at-a-glance guide to the beer style:

Blue = Mild

Cream = Bitter

Gold = Golden Ale/IPA

Green = Stout/Porter

Red = Barley Wine / Strong Ale

Orange = Speciality

... just look for the colour keys on the beer racking.

We’ve used the CAMRA definitions of beer styles, as you might see in the Good Beer Guide, but simplified them so you only have six to choose from. It makes, stout-spotting and finding your favourite fabulous hoppy ale so much easier. If space allows, there will be an article in the programme telling you a bit more about beer styles.

Will there be any music at the festval?

As this is out first year at the venue, we are still working out the best use of space. Beer quality is our top priority, and we need beer coolers which take up a fair amount of space, so music will be taking a back seat this year. There may be some low-key acoustic music to accompany you and your nice cool ale!

What about food?

There will be food! What better food pairing with beer then pies? We are happy to welcome Pie Eyed to the festival - Yorkshire artisan pie-makers, who use locally-sourced ingredients and have a pie menu that'll knock your socks off, including veggie options.

Also, our Famous Snack Emporium, more commonly known as Mr. Scratchings. Not just scratchings, but also sweeties and savoury snacks and other weird stuff that appears from time to time. Visit Roger for free entertainment.

Are you supporting a charity this year?

Yes we are! This year there will be collection boxes around and about to raise money for Cancer Support Yorkshire. Please feel free to donate any of your unused beer tokens.

How can I join CAMRA?

Why not join at the Festival? We have a special deal where you get two free pints along all the usual membership benefits. Alternatively, you could join CAMRA at their website.

Helping us out

Can I work at the Festival?

You are welcome to work at the Festival, if you are a CAMRA member, but please be aware that some sessions may be oversubscribed. The Staffing Officer will contact you if this is the case. For insurance reasons, we’re afraid non-members are not able to work.

You can access the online Staffing Form by clicking on the button below. Questions? More info? Problems filling in the form? Feel free to email Warren at beerfestivalstaffing@gmail.com

Thanks for your help!

Staffing Form

Are there any sponsorship opportunities?

Yes indeed, there are many. Sponsorship opportunities include glasses, bars, stalls, entertainment, the programme plus straightforward advertising. Please do get in touch for more details.

Can I help publicise the Festival?

You certainly can! When they become available, you can download the banner/header, the poster and the flyer below.

Poster/Flyer front
Flyer back