Burton BeerFestival2024

The BSHG Beer Festival 2024

Friday the 24th to Sunday the 26th of May

Live Music from Fyrebird on Sunday

Following last year's success the Burton Stather Heritage Group’s Annual Beer Festival again will be early in the year, being held for the second time on the Spring Bank Holiday Weekend.

Established as an annual event since 2015, your diary dates for 2024 are Friday 24th to Sunday 26th of May. We hope the Springtime date will bring finer weather and lighter evenings to help you enjoy this event.

Live Entertainment

There will be live entertainment thoughout the weekend with Special Bru on Saturday and Fyrebird on Sunday. As usual you will be spoilt for choice with vast selection of beers and ciders on the menu.

Special Bru
Live Music from Special Bru on Saturday

The success of this festival has meant we can spread the goodwill a little further enabling us to support the running of our group and its events and causes within our local community along with support for other volunteer, community groups and organisations, both practically and with donations.

Benefitting since our Autumn 2021 Festival and during 2022 have been:-

  • DEC Ukrainian Humanitarian Appeal
  • The local community held a Tea Party in April 2022 at The Village Hall, completely free, and worked with Amvale Medical Transport for those with special needs, Winterton & District Lions and 119 Squadron Air Cadets
  • The children of Burton upon Stather Primary School with a school flag pole, prizes for their Platinum Jubilee Writing Competition and Jubilee Mugs for every child in June 2022
  • Working with the Village Platinum Jubilee Committee to provide free celebratory events in June 2022
  • BSHG Picnic & Fun Day, a free event in August 2022
  • Macmillan Coffee Morning with The Riverside Restaurant in September 2022
  • Contributions to a free community firework display in November 2022
  • BSHG Armistice Day with BUS Primary School in November 2022
  • BSHG Christmas Carols on The Glebe Paddock with free treats for all the children from our Santa in Dec 2022
  • Sweet Treats for the children of SGH Disney Ward at Christmas 2022
  • Volunteering within the Parish for The Royal British Legion Poppy Appeal in November 2022
  • BSHG Jingle Bell Ball at Normanby Hall, raising funds for The Royal British Legion in November 2022
  • Coffee Morning for The British Heart Foundation with The Riverside Restaurant in memory of Bernard Regan, February 2023
  • Our monthly Quiz & Raffle Night has raised funds for Humber Keel & Sloop Preservation Society, 119 Sqd. Air Cadets (Scunthorpe) and Winterton Scout Group among others

This all happens thanks to the generosity of our brilliant sponsors, Steven Smith of The Ferry House Inn, our wonderful group members, and volunteers, and not least, all of you who attend, drink, dance, raffle and make merry.

You can find updates on the Beer Festival on this page and our Facebook Page.

Our 2023 Sponsors

Here is a list of our sponsors who have generously donated to the Beer Festival.

Beer Sponsors

  • Steve Peace Joinery

  • Steve & Pauline

  • Crawford Tool Hire

Glass Sponsors

This year the Beer Festival glasses have been sponsored by Crawfords Shooting Supplies and Think Access.

Pre-Sales Beer Tokens

How it Works

Experience has shown us that newcomers to the festival often don't understand the system we use, coming straight to bar the with cash and no glass, expecting a pint, like you may in a normal pub. But because the festival can get very busy we employ a different system to maintain a fast turnover during busy times.

Challenge 25

Before The Bar

Before proceeding to the bar visit the desk at the marquee entrance where you can purchase half pint beer or cider tokens and collect your glass. You can also pick up a free Beer Guide at the same time.

The half pint tokens are priced at £2 each for beer and £2.50 for cider. The two types of token will be different colours to distinguish them. Previous year's tokens of another colour will not be accepted at the bar.

Please consider how many tokens you want to buy as unspent tokens cannot be reimbursed. This is particularly important to consider on the Sunday when stock is likely to be running low. Once you have your tokens and a glass, you can then proceed to the bar and choose a drink.

Choosing a Drink

Our Beer Guide lists the drinks we ordered for the festival, but be aware that the drinks listed in this guide were correct at the time of going to print, we cannot account for unforeseen changes such as a let-down in supply. Also it is not practical or financially viable to have an inexhaustible supply of every beer. Beer does eventually run out, some faster than others, so it's possible the one you are looking for isn't available. If in doubt, look at the pump badges on the bar, we usually remove the pump badge when a beer goes off. If you see it, we probably have it. If you don't see it, we probably don't have it!

To help you find your choice on the bar we will attempt to put the pumps in the same alphabetical order, left to right, as printed in the guide to make them easier to locate.

Getting Served

Once you know what you want, ask one of our bar staff and hand them your glass. Note that we only server half pints at our festival. The reason for this is efficiency, some cask ales can be very lively and can take some time to pull and settle. When busy it simply isn't practical to spend that much time pulling one drink, while pulling a half into a pint glass leaves ample space without having to wait. This also reduces wastage, so the beer stock lasts longer.

Please don't ask our staff to pull you a full pint, it holds everyone up and you will get less value in the long run, you can always come back for more.

Pay for a half with a token. Again the reason for using tokens is for efficiency. The volunteer bar staff don't have to worry about dealing with cash, tills and change, so they can focus their attention on pulling your ale to perfection!

Fancy Another One?

When returning to the bar for another drink, we kindly ask that you hold onto the same glass you were given at the start for as long as possible. The festival can get extremely busy with hundreds of drinks sold, there simply aren't enough beer glasses on the Stather for everyone to have a new glass for every drink and glass collectors/washers are not able to keep up with demand.

Price List

Two Tokens£4£5
Four Tokens£8£10
Six Tokens£12£15
Eight Tokens£16£20
Ten Tokens£20£25

The Beers

Here is this year's selection of Ales.

Name Colour / Style Tasting Notes % ABV Brewery
49 Squadron Amber Our 49 Squadron Best Bitter is a pale amber bitter. It is a bittersweet well balanced tasting beer of malt, fruit and citrus hop flavours. 3.8 Ferry Ales
AM:PM Pale AM:PM is a truly sessionable Gluten Free beer that allows you to enjoy all the flavours and body of an IPA. Bags of tropical fruit aromas, pineapple, guava tangerine and passion fruit are balanced with a chewy, honeyed malt character. 4.5 Thornbridge
Blonde Bombshell Blonde A pale barley malt, wheat and bohemian hops makes this a delicate and refreshing fruity beer with a sweet finish. 4.0 Old Mill
Brother Rabbit Golden Pours lemon zest in colour with a clean, hoppy aroma. A dry palate, resinous finish and some bitterness. 4.0 Thornbridge
Brown Sugar Tiramisu Mahogany Pours dark brown, coffee and chocolate aromas with a creamy sweet smooth finish. 6.0 Don Valley
Citra Gold The original & classic blonde with hints of mango, grapefruit and lime to zest you back to life. 4.0 Old Mill
Crackendale Pale Explodes with a fantastic tropical fruit aroma, giving way to guava and ripe citrus which burst through on the palate with a beautiful sweet and bitter balance. 5.2 Thornbridge
Dragon Slayer Amber A golden well-balanced bitter with a smooth sweet hoppy finish. 4.1 ShadowBridge
Barton upon Humber
Dwarven Steel Dark A mild with roasty malts from the off, chocolate notes then quite fruity, plummy in character. 3.6 ShadowBridge
Barton upon Humber
Elvish Fury Red A smooth red bitter with a malty caramel finish. 4.3 ShadowBridge
Barton upon Humber
Forged in Fire Black Roasted malts, caramel and cinder toffee. Expect a deep and layered porter with notes of espresso, and dark chocolate. 5.0 Docks Beers
Free Radicals Pale A Gluten Free pale ale, brewed with extra pale and oat malts, dry-hopped with Australian hops Eclipse and Enigma for mandarin and citrus peel aromas, complemented by fresh pine needles and tropical fruit undertones. 4.4 Atom Beers
Gangsta's Paradise Golden A strong, bitter pale ale heavily hopped with five different US hops to give piney and stone fruit aromas and flavours. 5.2 Don Valley
Gremlins in the System Pale Dock's signature haze meets the tropical powerhouse combo of Mosaic and Galaxy. A juicy banger of a beer with a soft pillowy mouthfeel and waves of mango, passionfruit, lime and lychee flavours and aromas. 4.4 Docks Beers
Jaipur Pale A citrus dominated India Pale Ale, its immediate impression is soft and smooth yet builds to a crescendo of massive hoppiness accentuated by honey. An enduring, bitter finish. 5.9 Thornbridge
Lincoln Red Red Irish Red Ale, lightly hopped beer with a malty flavour, clean finish. 4.1 Ferry Ales
Lord Marples Chestnut The first ever Thornbridge beer. It pours an attractive mahogany, bringing forth flavours of honey and caramel, with just a light bitterness in the finish to keep it balanced. 4.0 Thornbridge
Paradigm Pale An easy-drinking Gluten Free pale packed with Simcoe hops. Loaded with grapefruit, citrus and passionfruit punch. 3.5 Atom Beers
Smokey Joe Porter Black A classic Porter with a hint of smokiness, the F.A.B Smokey Joe Porter is a mouth-watering drinkable dark beer. 4.9 Ferry Ales
Tanker Pale Tanker is a refreshing and well-balanced APA that showcases the flavors and aromas of Cascade and Comet hops with a touch pine and spice adding complexity. 5.0 Docks Beers

The Ciders

Here is this year's selection of Ciders.

Name Colour / Style Tasting Notes % ABV Brewery
Appley Dapply Gold A sweet, lively cider that blends traditional Bittersweet apples with a more contemporary Russet apple to make a light, refreshing and quaffable cider. 5.2 Snails Bank
Bee Sting Sparkling Perry Sweet but incredibly refreshing with a glorious fresh tasting pear flavour and a wonderful pear aroma. 7.5 Lilleys Cider
Fruit Bat Red Crisp apple cider blended with Strawberry, Raspberry and Blackcurrant. Perfect over ice on a freshly mowed lawn. 4.0 Snails Bank
Happy Daze Medium Cider Who can resist a light, bright, fruity glass of Happy Daze? It's got a smooth, and fresh tasting finish. It's light and a very easy to drink medium cider. 4.5 Gwynt Y Ddraig
Malvern Gold Gold Bittersweet apples grown in the shadow of the Hereford & Worcestershire hills create this golden amber, medium dry fruity cider. 6.0 Aston Manor
Pig Squeal Medium/Dry Cider Named after the delightful sound of pigs when they come across some windfall apples! Like those pigs this is full of character. A rich bronze cider that is smooth as it is tasty. Beautifully balanced with a satisfyingly rounded finish. 7.0 Snails Bank
Pineapple Cloudy Light In this fruity fusion pineapple juice is paired with our crisp Somerset cider creating this exciting fresh flavour. 3.4 Lilleys Cider
Stawberry & Lime Pale Copper Sweet juicy strawberries with a dash of tangy lime. 4.0 Snails Bank
Tutti Fruitti Gold The tropical twist of pineapple and cherry give this Herefordshire craft cider its deliciously moreish exotic flavour. The balance of the sweet and tartness of the pineapple partners perfectly with the richness of cherry. 3.4 Celtic Marches
Bishops Frome
Very Perry Medium Perry A fruity medium Perry with a complex yet balanced flavor. This little number is made from Stinking Bishop Perry pears and has all the hall marks of a top quality Perry. Very Perry was recently awarded Bronze in the CAMRA National Perry Awards. 5.1 Snails Bank


Festival Opens at 6pm.
The bar closes strictly at 11pm.
The bar will open at 12 noon.
Live Music from Special Bru from 6:30pm.
The bar closes strictly at 11pm.
The bar will open at 12 noon.
Live Music from Fyre Bird from 2pm.
The bar closes around 6pm or when the beer runs dry!

Festival Transport

New - Shuttle Bus Service

To help ease traffic and parking conjeston on the Stather, this year for the first time we will be providing a Shuttle Bus service to the Beer Festival, picking up and dropping off around Burton upon Stather. The bus will make regular runs up and down the Stather Hill through Friday evening, Saturday and Sunday daytimes. It will utilise the existing service bus stops around the village.

We highly recommend that you take advantage of this service, the benefits are many. Reduce conjestion on the narrow Stather Road, which would normally be especially busy on Festival days. No need to search for parking spaces which are requied by many of the residents. No arduous trek up the steep Stather Hill on foot. No drink driving, there really isn't any excuse.

Park & Ride

Visitors from outside of Burton can also take advantage of the Shuttle Bus using it as a Park & Ride Service. We encourage you to park at the Playing Field, off Wiltshire Avenue, then take the Bus down to the Festival.

Route map for Shuttle Bus Route on plotaroute.com

Festival Parking

If you must visit the festival by car, be sure to have a designated driver and please park responsibly. The pub has limited parking spaces for an event of this size which on the weekend will be restricted to staff access and disabled parking.

Street parking is also very limited with many Stather residents not having off-road parking. Brookside Caravan Park have kindly allowed us to use their nearby land for festival parking, but again spaces are limited. Please show consideration for local residents and use the Shuttle Bus if possible.

Festival Food

If you are getting hungry, have no fear. The Riverside Resaurant will be open as usual. They will also provide hot food to festival goers from the Summer House in the Beer Garden. But if you want a table we recommend booking in advance.

The Pub Bar will be supplying all the usual bar snack, plus there will be Blyton Ice Cream available outside.

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© Background Photograph by Sam Ablott.