FAQ

Where can I buy tickets?

You can buy tickets online via Eventbrite. You can link to this from the festival website. You can also buy them from us in person at Vessel Beer Shop. Visit vesselbeer.co.uk or check facebook, twitter or Instagram @vesselplymouth for the shop address and opening times.

Can I buy tickets to the festival on the door?

We will not be reserving any tickets to be sold on the door, so if you want to guarantee your entry to the festival, we would advise buying your ticket in advance. If we have unsold tickets on the day of the festival, we will make these available on the door.

What do I get for my ticket?

  • Your advance purchase ticket gets you:
  • Entry to the session for which you bought a ticket
  • An exclusive festival glass which you can keep
  • A booklet with all the festival details including brewery information and beer list
  • Your first drink

Can I use my ticket for any session?

No, you need to buy a ticket for the specific session(s) you want to attend. We have a maximum capacity for each session, so need to be able to control the number of people attending.

How do I purchase beer at the festival?

All festival beer and cider must be purchased using tokens, which will be available to buy at the festival. All beer will be served in half pints, and every beer will cost one token.

How much will tokens cost?

You can buy an individual token for £3 or a bundle of seven tokens for £20 (meaning each token costs £2.86). So all beers and ciders will cost a maximum of £3 a half, regardless of strength or style.

Why do I have to pay for entry, and then pay to buy beer?

The ticket price covers our costs in producing the festival, e.g. venue hire, insurance, security, equipment hire, etc.
The money spent on tokens covers the cost of the beer and cider.

I don’t like hoppy beers, will there be other styles at the festival?

Yes, we have carefully chosen the beers from each brewery to showcase the best of what they do, while ensuring a variety of styles are available, from pales, IPAs and DIPAs, to stouts, porters, barley wines and sours.

And if beer isn’t your thing we’ll have some lovely ciders as well.

I don’t like beer or cider, can I still come?

Yes of course. We strongly believe that there is a beer for everyone, and if you don’t like beer you just haven’t tried enough styles yet. This is the perfect opportunity to sample some of the best beers around, and maybe find your new favourite drink.

If you want something different, the Guildhall’s own bar will be open, selling wine, spirits, soft drinks, tea and coffee. This is not part of the festival, and we have no control over what they serve, but it is there for people who want something else.

Will there be food at the festival?

Yes. We will have two fantastic food vendors.

No Whey! Tacos! will be serving up delicious vegan, gluten free Mexican food – we promise you don’t have to be vegan or gluten free to enjoy it though – we love it!

Hangry will be bringing mac & cheese with a twist, catering for everyone who wants a bit of meat and gluten in their lives. Perfect to soak up those all those beers!

Will there be entertainment at the festival?

Call us old fashioned, but we like to be able to have a chat at a beer festival, so we have decided not to have any live music. Plymouth institution Really Good Records are sponsoring the music for the festival, and our friend PKRP will be curating the playlist on their behalf for the whole weekend.

There will also be talks and tastings with some of our brewers and cider producers:

  • Martin from Pilton Cider will be giving a talk on the ancient art of keeving, and sharing some super special (and expensive!) bottles of cider.
  • Stuart from Woodman’s Wild Ale and Stuart from Yonder Brewing & Blending will be talking about the use of foraged ingredients in beer, and opening some lovely bottles to share.
  • Wild Beer Co. will be holding a beer and cheese tasting, featuring three cheeses from their neighbours at Westcombe Dairy, paired with three beers.

Each of these talks will take place once per session and last about 25 minutes. Numbers will be very limited, and each talk will cost two tokens.

Will there be merch available to buy at the festival?

Yes. We will have stylish Vessel Beer Festival T-shirts and tote bags available to buy.

Can I use credit/debit card to pay for tokens, food and merch?

We are aiming to accept both cash and card at the festival, but if there are any technical problems with accepting card payments, we will revert to a cash only policy. The nearest cashpoints are on Royal Parade, just over the road from the Guildhall.