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The Great Exhibition of Prize Ales 2024

May 3 May 5

The beer festival like no other is back for 2024! Breweries of all sizes and ages will be pouring specially-brewed beers celebrating the incredible history of brewing, all taking place at Kirkstall Brewery.

Kirkstall has once again challenged breweries across the UK to dig deep into their local history, and exhibit one or more beers that provide a link to the past. Expect to be transported back in time, and taste beers recreated from recipes decades or even hundreds of years old.

Breweries exhibiting by invitation only will be pouring everything from classic Bitters and Export Pale Ales, to Milds, Porters, Brown Ales and Barleywines, and even oak aged Stock Ales and Imperial Stouts. Heritage styles of Lager, Saison and Brett Aged beers will also be on display, alongside some completely unique barrel aged projects and historic rarities.

Prize Medals will be awarded, judged from all exhibiting beers by a specially selected panel of judges.

There is a future in our past, and you can taste it at THE GREAT EXHIBITION OF PRIZE ALES!


Each ticket gets you entry to the festival for the designated session, as well as a commemorative glass, festival programme and a beer token to get you started!

Tokens for sale on the day are priced at £2.50, and can be exchanged for a 1/2 pint of beer under 7% ABV, or a 1/3 pint of beer 7% and above.

Tickets have been priced to help cover the costs of running the festival, including staffing, equipment, entertainment, facilities, glassware, programmes, decorations, security and ensuring that all beer is stored and served in imacculate condition!


Expect a range of breweries from across the country, pouring very special beers inspired by the past! Last year we had 85+ different beers pouring from 37 breweries! So far confirmed:

Amity Brew Co / Anspach & Hobday / Black Lodge / Braybrooke Beer Co / The Five Points Brewing Company / Little Earth Project / Marble Beers / Northern Monk / Siren Craft Brew / Wishbone Brewery … and MANY more to be announced!

Food and other drinks

  • The Aire Fryer
  • Manjit’s Kitchen
  • Mr D’s Magnificent Pie Machine
  • York Gin

More TBA – most dietary requirements will be accommodated! Alternatives to beer will also be available.

Live Entertainment

TBA – last year we had music from Professor Longlegs, The Meanwood Valley Stompers and Louis Louis Louis!

Important info

  • Over 18s only.
  • The event is NOT dog-friendly. The festival will take place in warehouse and production areas that are not suitable for animals to be present. The Taproom will be open as normal and remains a dog-friendly space, but we expect it to be very busy.
  • The festival will take place across the Brewery itself, the Warehouse, Taproom and Brewery Yard.
  • Attendees must present their tickets on arrival and a Challenge 25 Policy will be in effect.
  • A Code of Conduct will be in place to ensure the safety of attendees, staff and guests.
£15 – £18 Includes programme and festival glass

Kirkstall Brewery

0113 898 0280

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Kirkstall Brewery

100 Kirkstall Road
Leeds, LS3 1HJ
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0113 898 0280
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