Beer is best at Knaresborough House when the Knaresborough Lions Club stages its annual beer festival over the first weekend of feva from the evening of Friday 11 August, all day on Saturday the 12th and a pot-luck to see what’s left from noon on the afternoon of Sunday 13 August. Many of the beers are getting one of their first outings at the festival.

There will be 20 different beers plus three traditional ciders and four fruit ciders, as well as wine and soft drinks. Again this year, the Lions will have a separate Pimm’s and Prosecco bar. Indian snacks will be provided by the ever-popular DeeSpice. Entry is free and there is music throughout from Paul Watson, with a special outdoor concert on Saturday afternoon from the award-winning Knaresborough Silver Band.

The Knaresborough Lions’ beer festival is organised with feva, with advice on beers provided by Knaresborough’s own Roosters Brewery. This year’s event will feature a feast of mostly new real ale and craft beers from top local independent breweries including the new Harrogate Brewing Company, Revolutions Brewing from Castleford, Hop Studio from Elvington near York, Brass Castle Brewery from Malton near York, and the North Riding Brewery from Scarborough.

“Yorkshire is particularly well supplied with breweries and the ones chosen to showcase their beers at this year’s Beer Festival offer some of the varied and most unusual produce in the country,” said Mike Pyle, Knaresborough Lions’ organising chairman.

“Roosters are producing a special beer to mark the 300th anniversary of the birth in 1717 of Blind Jack Metcalf, one of Knaresborough’s great characters from the past,” Mike added.” He was known to like a drop  and we fully expect this to be one of the successful beers at the event.”

Knaresborough Lions have run the beer festival at feva since 2001 and donate proceeds to the Picnic in the Park free outdoor music event for families held on the last Saturday of feva, which this year is 19 August. More details are available online at

Beer’s Best at Knaresborough’s feva Festival