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The St. George’s Hall Winter Ales Festival returns for 2020


The Liverpool Winter Ales Festival is now in its 7th year.

Whether you’re participating in ‘Dry January’ or just waiting for the first payday of 2020, we’ve got the perfect end to January and an even better start to February.

Returning to Liverpool’s much-loved St George’s Hall, the venue will host up to 200 real ales and ciders.

Real Ale Events are the organisers behind the festival, and it will be the 7th year they have hosted it seeing over 4000 beer aficionados and real ale newbies walking through the door, with the same expected this time around, and ticket sales are already flying in. 

The Winter Ales Festival sources beers from breweries not commonly seen in Merseyside. Their dedicated Beer Coordinator scourers the country for high quality ales from the very best producers, offering a range of stouts, porters, IPA’s and wheat beers. Alongside the traditional beers, there are exciting brews from up and coming experimental breweries, such as chocolate and habanero chilli stout, mango fever IPA and activated charcoal porter!


There will be tasty hot and cold food provided by Liverpool Cheese Company, Peninsula Pies and Crackpot Catering (serving up their special Scouse!) throughout the festival. There will also be a return of the ‘Beer of the Festival Award’, voted for by all attendees.

If you fancy mixing it up a little, there is a diverse cider offering keeping up with the surge in demand for fruity and unusual ciders (Whisky cask and rhubarb flavours are always a fave!). There remains a love for the traditional cloudy apple ciders and crisp perries that will also make an appearance in the festival line up.

You can upgrade your ticket to the VIP experience, which includes unlimited real ales and ciders, a reserved table on the stage in the Great Hall overseeing all the action. Treat yourself!

Events Director, Katie Jones, says, “At Real Ale Events we pride ourselves on creating memorable events for couples, groups or the lone aficionado. All our customers have excellent taste and so this pushes us to find the very best drinks around for them to enjoy in this unique location. It’s not your average night out that’s for sure!”

The event will run over 5 sessions from Thursday 30th January to Saturday 1st February. Tickets start from £7, including a souvenir half pint glass and programme to take away.

Session times are below:

Thursday 30th January 6pm – 10.30pm – £7 *CAMRA discount available at this session, £2 off a full card of tokens when presenting a valid CAMRA card*

Friday 31st January 12pm – 4.30pm – £7 *CAMRA discount available at this session, £2 off a full card of tokens when presenting a valid CAMRA card*

Friday 31st January 6pm – 10.30pm – £10

Saturday 1st February 12pm – 4.30pm – £8.50

Saturday 1st February 6pm – 10.30pm – £8

For more information and tickets visit the website here.

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