The Great Exhibition of Prize Ales

Kirkstall Brewery
03/05/2024 12:00 - 05/05/2024 16:30


The beer festival like no other is back for 2024! Breweries of all sizes and ages will be pouring specially-brewed beers celebrating the incredible history of brewing, all taking place at Kirkstall Brewery.

Kirkstall has once again challenged breweries across the UK to dig deep into their local history, and exhibit one or more beers that provide a link to the past. Expect to be transported back in time, and taste beers recreated from recipes decades or even hundreds of years old.

Breweries exhibiting by invitation only will be pouring everything from classic Bitters and Export Pale Ales, to Milds, Porters, Brown Ales and Barleywines, and even oak aged Stock Ales and Imperial Stouts. Heritage styles of Lager, Saison and Brett Aged beers will also be on display, alongside some completely unique barrel aged projects and historic rarities.

Prize Medals will be awarded, judged from all exhibiting beers by a specially selected panel of judges.

There is a future in our past, and you can taste it at THE GREAT EXHIBITION OF PRIZE ALES!


Expect a range of breweries from across the country, pouring very special beers inspired by the past! This year we have 85+ different beers available from 25+ breweries! So far confirmed:

Allsopp's / Amity Brew Co / Anspach & Hobday / Anthology Brew Co / Black Lodge / Braybrooke Beer Co / Brew York / Craven / Fell Brewery / The Five Points Brewing Company / Horsforth Brewery / Kirkstall Brewery / Leeds Brewery / Little Earth Project / Marble Beers / Newbarns / North / Northern Monk / Round Corner / Samuel Smith's / Siren Craft Brew / Theakston / Thornbridge / Vocation / Wylam


Each ticket gets you entry to the festival for the designated session, as well as a commemorative glass, festival programme and a beer token to get you started!

Tokens for sale on the day are priced at £2.50, and can be exchanged for a 1/2 pint of beer under 7% ABV, or a 1/3 pint of beer 7% and above.

Tickets have been priced to help cover the costs of running the festival, including staffing, equipment, entertainment, facilities, glassware, programmes, decorations, security and ensuring that all beer is stored and served in imacculate condition!

Food and other drinks from:

The Aire Fryer

Ben Shaws

Manjit's Kitchen

Mr D's Magnificent Pie Machine

York Gin

Kirkstall Taproom & Kitchen

Most dietary requirements will be accommodated! Alternatives to beer will also be available.

Live Entertainment from:

Elsie Franklin
Old Time Rags
Alligator Gumbo
Hyde Park Swingers Party
Louis Louis Louis

... and more!

Important info:

- Over 18s only.

- The event is NOT dog-friendly. The festival will take place in warehouse and production areas that are not suitable for animals to be present. The Taproom will be open as normal and remains a dog-friendly space, but we expect it to be very busy.

- The festival will take place across the Brewery itself, the Warehouse, Taproom and Brewery Yard.

- Attendees must present their tickets on arrival and a Challenge 25 Policy will be in effect.

- A Code of Conduct will be in place to ensure the safety of attendees, staff and guests.


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