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Leeds Beer Festival

Beer Festival Stats

This year we had a Rugby theme as the city is to host the Rugby World Cup later in the year, and conveniently Leeds Rhinos were top of the table with a 100% record going into the festival. Numerous beers / breweries were linked to Rugby, and Ronnie The Rhino performed the opening ceremony.

Sponsors included Bad Co. Brewery, Bridgehouse Brewery, Ilkley Brewery, Kirkstall Brewery, Leeds Brewery and Pudsey Legal.


Award winners

From votes received by the festival-goers

Beer of the Festival

1st North Riding Equinox

2nd Kirkstall 666 Imperial Porter (Bourbon)

3rd Tring Death or Glory

Mild of the Festival (Joint winners)

1st Great Heck Voodoo Mild

1st Sunbeam Chocolate Mild

Cider of the Festival

King Brain Medium



Thursday AM   290 (152 members)

Thursday PM   461 (193 members)

Friday AM        457 (196 members)

Friday PM        703 (181 members)

Saturday       903 (322 members)

Total     2,814 (1,044 37.10% members)


The attendance this year was below the average, the total number of customers over the years is 71,893.

Over 70 new members were signed up and over 360 members took advantage of the 15 minutes advance opening.

Nearly 70 students took up the offer of free entry on Thursday evening.


Other facts

Over 190 different cask conditioned beers were on offer from the United Kingdom approximately one third were LocAle beers.

A choice of over 100 beers was on offer during Saturday evening.

The mild trail was proved popular again with 18 different ones available.

Golden Ales were the most popular beer style, over 80 were ordered and they were the fastest selling style.

Tasting panels sat to decide the Yorkshire and North East representatives in the Champion Beer of Britain in the Golden Ales and Strong Bitter categories.

The popularity of cider continues with only an increased order preventing it running out before closing time.

The global beer bar’s range of beers included beers from the ‘6 nations’.


Pudsey Civic Hall has been booked for 2016, opening dates are probably going to be 17th to 19th March 2016.


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