Who to Look For at This Summer’s Beer Festivals

Summer is here (supposedly) and that can mean only one thing, beer festivals. Lots and lots of beer festivals.

Now these can be confusing. There’s dozens of stands, each with a handful of beers on, how do you choose?

Well as always, we’re here to help. Here are some breweries to look out for when you’re wandering around your nearest beer festival this summer.

Donzoko Brewing Company

Hartlepool based Donzoko Brewing Company have made quite a splash over the course of the past 12 months. Could this be a new entrant to the “Northern Powerhouse”?

Donzoko’s selling point is that they take german tradition and give it a bit of a craft kick. On the back of the success of their Northern Helles (a must-try if you can get hold of some) head brewer Reece has been a busy bee collaborating with the likes of Northern Monk and Wylam.

DEYA Brewing Company

Another brewery which has broken through this year is Cheltenham’s DEYA. Founded on the idea of making fresh, soft and tasty beers they’re another one whose beers can be hard to find outside of their immediate locale.

Clarity of flavour is a big thing with DEYA and their beers are really well rounded. Definitely one to keep an eye out for.

Verdant Brewing Co.

These guys need little to no introducton. From Falmouth, Cornwall, Verdant are one of, if not THE most sought after breweries in the UK for hopheads.

Started in 2014 by homebrewers Adam and James they want to make the hoppiest, juiciest and haziest pales, IPAs and DIPAs on the market. That’s it.

They know what they want to do and they do it really really well. If you see anywhere that has some fresh Pulp on tap, grab it before it’s gone.

North Brewing Co.

From the team behind Leeds’ North Bar comes North Brewing Co. They’ve won an armful of awards for everything from beer to branding.

On the beer front any chance to try Transmission, their flagship IPA, on keg is a treat. But North isn’t all about the Transmission.

As is common in the industry now specials, collabs and seasonals are a huge part of North’s output and if you’re hitting up the festivals, there’ll doubtlessly be loads to wrap your gums around.

Burning Sky Brewery

A brewer’s brewery, Burning Sky’s portfolio leans heavily towards pales and IPAs as well as traditional Belgian beers. Based out of converted farm buildings in the South Downs they are putting more focus on their barrel ageing facilities.

They came onto the scene with a bang, winning Brewer of the Year and being named 4th best new brewery in the world in 2014. They’re a patient lot and their ageing programme is slowly but surely coming together as the beers get older and can be blended appropriately.

Track Brewing Co.

Based out of Manchester we have Track Brewing Co. Established in 2014 they’re someone you might have missed if you spend more time in bottle-shops than taprooms.

Keg dominant, Track specialise in hoppy pale beers with a bit of a twist. We were really impressed with them last year when we bumped into them at Craft Beer Calling.

Full Circle Brew Co

We couldn’t write this blog without including our sister brewery now could we? They had their first event in Lanchester in May and the beer went down an absolute storm.

Those of you in the North East will be able to check them out around the area at local events. Check them out on Facebook for updates on their comings and goings.

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