Beer & Cider Fest in Beautiful St Mary's Church
26 Sep 2023

Shrewsbury CAMRA Beer and Cider Festival returns to the stunning medieval church of St Mary's in Shrewsbury town centre this September 27th-30th, 2023. Pictured above: a previous beer festival in St Mary's. 

Beer and cider fans will be delighted to hear that Shrewsbury and West Shropshire CAMRA’s Beer and Cider Festival has returned to beautiful St. Mary’s Church in Shrewsbury this week (Sept 27th - 30th). 

Organisers expect the festival to attract around 2,500 visitors - including many from out of town, keen to try out some new beers. It's a great chance to sample something new, with 100 beers, 16 ciders and perries, 12 craft gins and 3 rums on offer, and the unusual setting makes for a wonderfully convivial atmosphere. Many of the beers will be new to Shrewsbury and several are from new breweries not seen before in the county. 

The main Festival sponsors are Salopian Brewing Company from Hadnall, and two of their new beers will be launched at the festival, with the first pour of a new seasonal golden bitter 'As One Door Closes', and the launch of 'Autofiction', the return leg of the hugely successful collaboration with Thornbridge Brewery.

A bloke serving at CAMRA beerfest in Shrewsbury

Be sure to try the festival's charity beer 'Loved & Lost' in aid of The Team Cleo Fund/The Brain Tumour Charity

Shrewsbury CAMRA Beer and Cider Festival is open to the public from 11am to 11pm, from Wednesday, September 27th to Friday September 29th, and from 11am to 9.30pm on Saturday, September 30th.  The Church will remain open to non-drinking visitors from 10am to 4pm each day. 

Each year CAMRA publishes its list of members’ favourite ale pubs, the Good Beer Guide.  The 2024 edition will be launched in the West Midlands at Shrewsbury Beer Festival, at 2pm on Thursday, September 28th. 

Entry is free for CAMRA members, with an entry package £9 including £6.30 worth of drinks vouchers and a refundable deposit of £3 on a souvenir glass.  Non-Members pay an additional £2.70 for entry (£12 total), but that is refundable if you join on the night, and new members get free vouchers for two pints of beer or cider. 

The beer festival in full swing

CAMRA beer festival in full swing at St Mary's Church in Shrewsbury. Credit Russell Davies Photography

Norrie Porter, Convener of the Festival Working Party, said, “Our core aim is to introduce drinkers to new, artisan makers and their drinks.  St Mary’s, in the town centre, is a superb spot as it’s easily accessible” 

Dave Ricketts, Festival Organiser, added, "We have an amazing list of beers and ciders this year and we’re really looking forward to welcoming one and all to try them out.” 

Drinks at the Festival may be purchased using tokens which can be bought by card or cash in the Festival.