Countdown to the Great Derbyshire Beer Festival begins.

The Chocolate Factory is hosting the Great Derbyshire Beer Festival, showcasing the very best cask and keg beers from around Derbyshire.

Published on 23/03/2022

With over 15 breweries, more than 150 beers and delicious street food from Bustler Market, the Great British Derbyshire Beer Festival will offer a range of food and drink from the region, as well as further afield.   

A collaboration with Bustler Market and the people behind the very popular Derby Beercon, it is the only beer festival being held in Derby this year. It will offer cask favourites from local brewers including Derby Brewing Company, Dancing Duck Brewery, Buxton Brewery, Toorside, Pentrich and Ashover. There will also be ciders from Darley Abbey Cider, alternatives from independent Derbyshire distilleries such as White Peak and a craft beer, bottle bar from Suds & Soda.  

Olivia Pritchard, founder of Bustler Market @ The Chocolate Factory said: “We are really excited to host the Great Derbyshire Beer Festival at The Chocolate Factory for the first time.   

“Showcasing local brewers and heritage beers, it will be the only chance in Derby this year where people can come along, meet the brewers and sample all the latest brews, with some classic favourites and a few surprises. As well as a one-off chance to taste local ales, there will be a bottle bar, ciders and of course, street food from Bustler Market.” 

Derby Brewing is one of the many local brewers taking part. Its team will be a serving up a combination of its award-winning range of core beers, plus the newest brews including session pale Spring it on and Citra pale Who gives a Citra on cask and a couple of craft keg beers, That Sexy Snare and a brand-new Unfiltered Vienna Lager. 

Paul Harris, Managing Director of Derby Brewing, added: “We are delighted to be part of the first Great Derbyshire Beer Festival at Bustler Market. It’s been great to see Bustler go from strength to strength and we think the Chocolate Factory lends itself perfectly to a festival. As soon as Liv and the guys approached us we were all in! It’s great timing for us too as we are fresh from launching our new branding so it will be a great showcase.” 

The Great Derbyshire Beer Festival is taking place on Friday 1st and Saturday 2nd April, with various sessions times available:  

  • Friday 12-5pm 
  • Friday 6-11pm 
  • Saturday 12-5pm 
  • Saturday 6-11pm 

Tickets are £11, which include your very own #GDBF collectable glass, are available online in or on the door – advance booking is recommended to avoid disappointment:

Brewers taking part include:  

  • Derby Brewing 
  • Dancing Duck 
  • Buxton Brewery 
  • Thornbridge 
  • Pentrich 
  • Torrside 
  • Beer Metropolis 
  • Ashover Brewery 
  • Alter Ego Brewing 
  • Littleover Brewery 
  • Bad Bunny Brewery 
  • Bang the Elephant Brewing 
  • Darley Abbey Cider 

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