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...all the latest news on Rail Ale 2018

Rail Ale 2018 Beer of the Festival - Category Winners and Champion of the Festival, click here for the full list.

Thank you to all those breweries who took part in this year's Beer of the Festival competition. There were some fantastic beers to choose from and all the Category Winners must be congratulated on the quality of beers they put into the competition. And a huge well done to Oakham Ales for their beer Green Devil IPA which was unanimously judged as Beer of the Festival 2018.

All the beers were judged anonymously by several panels of independent judges and thanks must also go to everyone who offered to undertake this very demanding task - it's such hard work drinking beer!

Well done everyone.
The Rail Ale 2018 team

The beer list...

Click here to view the 2018 Beer List in a PDF brochure.

Please note that this is a work in progress and there may be alterations to the list between its publication and the event. The organisers cannot guarantee that all the beers stated will be available during the Festival.

The bus timetables for 2018 are now available

Click here for Thursday 17th May Timetable

Click here for Friday 18th May and Saturday 19th May Timetable

Rail Ale 2018 presents a new event for 2018...
The Grand Thursday Evening Concert

Taking place on Thursday 17th May 2018

Starring Floyd in the Flesh, a 7-piece Pink Floyd tribute band,
all passionate Floyd fans who have worked hard to perfect the unique sound of Pink Floyd.

Playing songs from albums including Dark Side of the Moon, Wish You Were Here, Animals, Meddle, Division Bell, The Wall and more. A real treat for all Rail Ale and Pink Floyd fans. Enjoy the delights of the most atmospheric beer and music festival of the year with over 350 real ales and prosecco and gin bars, and one of the very best tribute bands in the UK.

Ticket are now on sale through priced at £12.00 plus a booking fee.
Tickets will be available on the day priced at £15.00. Doors and bars open at 6.00pm. Floyd in the Flesh will be on stage at 7.45pm.

Click here to get a preview of the treat that’s in store for Rail Ale and Pink Floyd fans on Thursday 17th May

Please note this is a separately ticketed event to Rail Ale 2018.

Floyd in the Flesh


The headline music acts for Rail Ale 2018 have now been confirmed.

We are delighted to welcome back the Dukes of Pork and Rogue Embers who made their hugely successful debuts as supporting acts at Rail Ale 2017. Such was their popularity that we really had to invite them back as headliners this year!

Also returning for the second year are the incredibly talented Highway Child who will once again bring Rail Ale to a soul funking close on the Saturday night.

And it's a hearty Rail Ale welcome to Vanity Box and Selective Hearing who will be making their Rail Ale debuts on Saturday evening.



We are now taking bookings for our very popular VIP lunch event which takes place on Thursday 17th May.

Click here to email us for more information and to book your table at this very special lunch with fine dining and a choice of the best beers at Rail Ale 2018. Also featuring a guest speaker or two!

Rail Ale Festival VIP Experience

Tickets are selling fast for Rail Ale 2018.

Several pubs are organising special trips for their customers - here's one from the The Smithfield Alehouse in Derby - many thanks to Emily Bowler and her team for their support.

Rail Ale Beer Bus from The Smithfield Alehouse in Derby

Rail Ale Festival at Barrow Hill Roundhouse, Chesterfield, DerbyshireEvents at Barrow Hill Roundhouse, Chesterfield, derbyshire