Monday, 11 April 2011

A Right Royal Knees Up?


At the end of the month, hundreds and thousands of people from all over the country will come together to celebrate the marriage of some of the most distinguished examples of ancestry, tradition and cultivation.

Some will have travelled hundreds of miles to witness and celebrate the happy event, while others will be taking the day off work to indulge and immerse themselves fully in the festivities.

I am, of course, talking about the 24th Paisley Beer Festival.

The four day festival, run by Renfrewshire Camra, is widely regarded as one of the biggest and best events in the Scottish Beer calendar and takes place this year from Wednesday 27th April through to Saturday 30th in Paisley Town Hall.

Over 170 Cask beers from all across the UK will be available over the course of the four days. Scottish beer will be well represented, especially Renfrewshire breweries, Kelburn and Houston and the English Bar will feature cracking beer from some of the finest breweries in North East England and Greater Manchester. There will also be a range of Ciders, Perries and Foreign Beers available.

And to soak up all that lovely beer, there will be some delicious German sausages available, which should keep the Windsor's and Wales' very happy.

Last year, a record 20,000 pints were poured for thirsty drinkers and it is expected that this figure will be broken as this year's festival falls on the day of the Royal Wedding and at the beginning of the first May Bank holiday.

I reckon that it will be incredibly busy on the Friday but if you are looking for a perfect antidote to, and an escape from, the sychophantic wall to wall saturation media coverage of the Royal Wedding then get yourself down to Paisley Town Hall on the Friday and have a right royal knees up that's fit for a King.

Update: You can view the complete beer list here



  1. Damn. I'm in Dumbarton the week before. Bad timing!

  2. I'll be there when it opens on the Wednesday and probably early on the Friday too...