SIBA launches renewal of MaltingsFest

By Gary Lloyd

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Cheers: plenty of beers, ciders and spirits will be available at MaltingsFest
Cheers: plenty of beers, ciders and spirits will be available at MaltingsFest

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The south-west of England will be home to a giant beer festival featuring 300 cask ales, craft beers, lagers and ciders from Thursday 20 April until Saturday 22 April.

MaltingsFest, now in its 29th year, is organised by the Society of Independent Brewers (SIBA) and will open its doors opposite Tucker’s Maltings in Newton Abbot, Devon, on Thursday evening at 5pm.

MaltingsFest is the south-west’s longest-running real ale festival but has recently expanded it’s offering to include a range of craft keg beers and lagers from independent brewers in the area, as well as some locally made ciders and spirits.

The SIBA event at Osborne Park features an awards judging of independent craft beers in cask and keg – all of which will be available to festival-goers once the doors open on Thursday and will host live music too.

Something for everyone

SIBA south-west director Paul Arrowsmith said: “Beer-wise, we should have something for everyone’s palate, with 300 brews available ranging from traditional bitters to stouts, lagers, amber beers, strong beers and New World IPAs with every style of beer in-between.”

The beer body said the event is going from strength to strength with a modern beer offering featuring delicious cask beers, lagers, hoppy IPAs and international style keg beers, all brewed by independent craft breweries in the south-west of England.

There is also a dedicated bar serving artisan gins, rums and other locally produced spirits.

Brewery numbers stable

MaltingFest is open to the public from 5pm to 11pm on Thursday (20 April), between 11am and 11pm on Friday (21 April) and 11am to 10pm on Saturday (22 April).

Tickets are available on the door from £5, with more info available via​.

Earlier this month, SIBA released statistics showing the number of breweries in the UK​ had remained stable during the first three months of 2023.

Meanwhile, this week Wiltshire welcomed a new brewery in the form of Rude Giant Brew Co​, which plans to make beers for all palates rather than being a ‘craft’ brewery.

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