In a little under three weeks the 23rd iteration of beery awesomeness that is the Reading Beer Festival will get under way at Christchurch Meadows. This year the festival runs Thursday 27th through Sunday 30th April. Full details can be found at the festival website. To keep an eye on updates, follow the festival’s tweets…
A few words about advance ticket packages. For all visitors, but particularly those who are coming from out of town, and are able to commit to a specific date, advance tickets are worth considering. Besides including two pints-worth of beer or cider tokens (3 pints for CAMRA members) and a souvenir festival glass, advance tickets also include priority entry. And, during the first three hours of each session, this means guaranteed ‘fast-track’ entry—admission with no wait. This is especially valuable during the festival’s busiest periods because, due to the site’s maximum capacity constraint, queues can form while punters wait to be admitted on a one-out, one-in basis. And in this scenario, any advance ticket holders who did not arrive during the first three hours of opening will be admitted first.
Trust me when I say that anyone who shows up without a ticket during the afternoon or evening of the Friday session, or for either of the Saturday sessions; then they should be prepared to wait to get in. Don’t say you haven’t been warned.
Mr Fueled by Beer has volunteered again this year; albeit for fewer shifts than previous years. He’ll be pouring ale during the Thursday and Friday sessions only. If you see me, do come and say hi. 🙂