Lincoln Beer Festival returns for 42nd year as local CAMRA branch celebrates 50th anniversary

The Lincoln Beer Festival has been running for 42 years
The Lincoln Beer Festival has been running for 42 years -Credit:Lincolnshire Live

The Lincoln Beer Festival is back for another year as the Lincoln branch of Campaign for Real Ale (CAMRA) celebrates its 50th anniversary. Thousands are expected to attend the event which will be held in The Drill from Thursday, May 23 to Saturday, May 25.

Now in its 42nd year, the beer festival has outlived the city's Christmas market which was cancelled in 2023. At the festival, there will be a choice of over 100 real ales from across the UK. Drinkers can also enjoy traditional, farm-produced cider and perry, as well as bottled beers from around the world.

The commemorative festival glass celebrates Lincoln CAMRA's special milestone together with the 150th anniversary of Batemans Brewery, one of the main sponsors. Ales from 16 Lincolnshire breweries will be showcased at the event, illustrating the resurgence in brewing in the county.

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More than 50 unpaid volunteers are involved in setting up the venue, running the festival, and finally returning the venue to its original state. Mark Richards, the festival organiser, said: "Our volunteers put in a huge amount of work to organise and run the event.

"What makes it worthwhile is to see so many people enjoying themselves. And it's still not too late to volunteer to help - the times when we are short-handed are on our website."

The event is open from 12pm to 11pm on Thursday and Friday, and from 12pm to 9pm on Saturday. The admission charge is £3 for CAMRA members and £6 for non-members.