Real Beer in Haslemere

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The 10th HBF will be on Friday 9th to Saturday 10th September 2016


Haslemere Beer Festival returns to Haslemere Hall on Friday 9th & Saturday 10th September 2016.

Haslemere Beer Festival returns for its tenth year with more than 50 Real Ales, Ciders & Perries to enjoy!

Friday and Saturday evenings are from 7pm to 11pm and feature a selection of great local bands. Saturday lunchtime between midday and 4pm has a laid back atmosphere to while away the afternoon. Hot food featuring local produce will be available at each session.

From humble beginnings the Festival is now well and truly on the real ale map with visitors from across South East England and beyond! We expect around 1000 people to attend this year.

The festival is a not for profit event with three main objectives:

  • To promote local and regional businesses
  • To create a really enjoyable event for the community
  • To raise money for charity

We are always on the look out for sponsors and volunteers:

  • Sponsorship starts from just £50 and includes some free tickets for the event.
  • Volunteers can help with preparation before the event, perhaps setting up, marketing, accounts, administration or any other good idea they come up with. At the event we need help with collecting tickets, issuing tasting notes and glasses, serving, selling beer token, helping the bands and clearing up. The emphasis is on fun and you are paid in beer! You can select which session you want to help at, or help at all three!

So if you are available to sponsor us or help during any of the sessions, please contact Simon

This year we are more determined than ever to raise as much money as possible for charity despite rising costs.

The very popular men’s crèche returns to the Saturday lunchtime session. Wives and girlfriends just deliver their other halves and then go and enjoy some peace. The men enjoy a selection of the best real ales, an opportunity not to be missed!

The beer festival is run by volunteers with any surplus funds going to charity. Charities that have been supported in previous years include Action for A-T, Haslemere Hall, SERV, Round Table Children’s Wish and Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation, JDRF.

The festival is again very fortunate to have the support of many local businesses with principal sponsors this year including  Met Therm Windows. More sponsors are welcome with packages available to suit every budget.

Simon Labrow, one of the organisers said “specialising in beers from Surrey, Sussex and Hampshire the festival looks to support local brewers, create a great atmosphere which brings the local community together and to raise money for charity. Join us and drink for charity!”

More information can be found via Facebook or Twitter @HaslemereBeer.

Limited numbers of tickets are available and some sessions sell out in advance so buy them now from Haslemere Hall Box Office in Bridge Road, by phone on 01428 642161 or via the website .

Last year’s beer festival went fantastically well. Thank you all who attended and helped us raise even more money for charity this year.

As usual we were sold out on the Friday night – and our Saturday lunchtime session saw double the amount of drinkers seen on previous years. Saturday night was also very close to capacity (worth booking your tickets in advance for next year, to avoid disappointment!) A big thank you to Simon Labrow for organising the event, sponsors & advertising, Richard Oldham for all the logistics at Haslemere Hall and Guy Davenport & Chris Oldham who ‘kept calm & carried on’ in the kitchen – cooking up some delicious burgers & sausages even though we sold over double the amount of previous years! Once again, Patrick Gates came up trumps with the logo design & his typesetting skills for the tasting notes. Finally a big thank you to Jay Seldon, our Cellarman who came up with an incredibly varied ale list.  He and his team worked the whole week prior to the event building the stillages, racking the casks, venting & conditioning the ales – and of course the final quality control taste test!! Jay comments “….it’s a hard job sampling 42 ales in one go – but someone has to ensure the ales are ready for public consumption!!”.

Keep your eyes open for another offering from cellar man Jay. Last year he brewed us a brown bitter with a Madagascan Bourbon Vanilla twist called Flummadiddle. It was very well received, and people have been asking him to brew it again. Sadly he has other ideas for this year. Rumours are that it may contain Sweet Woodruff!!

If you are a local brewery and want us to showcase some of your ales, please contact Jay

We now have an app that lists all our ales. It is currently being trialled, and may be a little buggy at the moment.

Get the app from  (or for iOS

or for other smart phones:

Once you have downloaded the app, select ‘Settings’ and choose the relevant festival. You will then be able to view tasting notes, rate the beer and post to twitter & Facebook etc


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Langham Brewery accepting the Ale of the Festival 2014 award

(L-R) Guy Davenport (HBF chef extraordiaire), Saulo Parreira (Langham chief brewery assistant), Lesley Foulkes (Langham partner & sales), James Berrow (Langham head brewer & partner), Jason Seldon (HBF cellarman), Simon Labrow (HBF chairman)

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Cellarmen Jay & Phil hard at work

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