The Great Exhibition of Prize Ales 2024

  • 9 reviews
  • Kirkstall Brewery


  • Food & Drink
  • Tickets from £18.00
  • Live Music
  • Over 18
  • Fri, 3rd May 2024 @ multiple start times (see ticket info)
  • Multiple start times (see ticket info)

The beer festival like no other is back for 2024! Breweries of all sizes and ages will be pouring specially-brewed beers celebrating the incredible history of brewing, all taking place at Kirkstall Brewery.

Kirkstall has once again challenged breweries across the UK to dig deep into their local history, and exhibit one or more beers that provide a link to the past. Expect to be transported back in time, and taste beers recreated from recipes decades or even hundreds of years old.

Breweries exhibiting by invitation only will be pouring everything from classic Bitters and Export Pale Ales, to Milds, Porters, Brown Ales and Barleywines, and even oak aged Stock Ales and Imperial Stouts. Heritage styles of Lager, Saison and Brett Aged beers will also be on display, alongside some completely unique barrel aged projects and historic rarities.

Prize Medals will be awarded, judged from all exhibiting beers by a specially selected panel of judges.

There is a future in our past, and you can taste it at THE GREAT EXHIBITION OF PRIZE ALES!


Expect a range of breweries from across the country, pouring very special beers inspired by the past! This year we have 85+ different beers available from 25+ breweries! So far confirmed:

Allsopp's / Amity Brew Co / Anspach & Hobday / Anthology Brew Co / Black Lodge / Braybrooke Beer Co / Brew York / Craven / Fell Brewery / The Five Points Brewing Company / Horsforth Brewery / Kirkstall Brewery / Leeds Brewery / Little Earth Project / Marble Beers / Newbarns / North / Northern Monk / Round Corner / Samuel Smith's / Siren Craft Brew / Theakston / Thornbridge / Vocation / Wylam


Each ticket gets you entry to the festival for the designated session, as well as a commemorative glass, festival programme and a beer token to get you started!

Tokens for sale on the day are priced at £2.50, and can be exchanged for a 1/2 pint of beer under 7% ABV, or a 1/3 pint of beer 7% and above.

Tickets have been priced to help cover the costs of running the festival, including staffing, equipment, entertainment, facilities, glassware, programmes, decorations, security and ensuring that all beer is stored and served in imacculate condition!

Food and other drinks from:

The Aire Fryer

Ben Shaws

Manjit's Kitchen

Mr D's Magnificent Pie Machine

York Gin

Kirkstall Taproom & Kitchen

Most dietary requirements will be accommodated! Alternatives to beer will also be available.

Live Entertainment from:

Elsie Franklin
Old Time Rags
Alligator Gumbo
Hyde Park Swingers Party
Louis Louis Louis

... and more!

Important info:

- Over 18s only.

- The event is NOT dog-friendly. The festival will take place in warehouse and production areas that are not suitable for animals to be present. The Taproom will be open as normal and remains a dog-friendly space, but we expect it to be very busy.

- The festival will take place across the Brewery itself, the Warehouse, Taproom and Brewery Yard.

- Attendees must present their tickets on arrival and a Challenge 25 Policy will be in effect.

- A Code of Conduct will be in place to ensure the safety of attendees, staff and guests.




Ticket Event time Cost
Friday Evening

Includes entry, programme, glass and a beer token.

18:00 - 22:30 £18.00
Saturday Afternoon

Includes entry, programme, glass and a beer token.

12:00 - 16:30 £18.00
Saturday Evening

Includes entry, programme, glass and a beer token.

18:00 - 22:30 £18.00
Sunday Afternoon

Includes entry, programme, glass and a beer token.

12:00 - 16:30 £18.00



Kirkstall Brewery, 100, Kirkstall Road, Leeds, LS3 1HJ


Kirkstall Brewery
At Kirkstall we continue a legacy of brewing left by the Cistercian monks of Kirkstall Abbey and the Kirkstall Brewery Company of 1833-1983. Our own beginnings as Vertical Drinks, importing the likes of Sierra Nevada, Odell and Stone as early as 2003, allowed us to learn from the masters before starting our own brewery in 2011. Whilst we have grown a great deal since then, we remain dedicated to brewing and serving truly great beer in all its beautiful variety, complexity and simplicity. We are also as proud of our pubs as we are of our beers. In both the beers themselves and where we serve them, you can see first-hand our commitment to connecting the traditions of the past and the innovations of the present.


1. The ticket holder voluntarily assumes all risks and danger incidental to the event for which the ticket is issued, whether occurring prior, during or after the event. The ticket holder voluntarily agrees that the management, venue, event participants, DesignMyNight WFL Media Ltd and all of their respective agents, officers, directors, owners and employers are expressly released by the ticket holder from any claims arising from such causes.
2. Tickets are issued subject to the rules and regulations of the venue.
3. Please check your tickets, as mistakes cannot always be rectified.
4. Occasionally, events are cancelled or postponed by the promoter, team, performer or venue for a variety of reasons. If the event is cancelled, please contact us for information on receiving a refund from the responsible party. If the event was moved or rescheduled, the venue or promoter may set refund limitations. It is your responsibility to ascertain the date and time of any rearranged event.
5. The venue reserves the right to refuse admission and may on occasion have to conduct security searches to ensure the safety of the patrons.
6. Every effort to admit latecomers will be made at a suitable break in the event, but admission cannot always be guaranteed.
7. We regret that tickets cannot be exchanged or refunded after purchase.
8. Tickets are sold subject to the venue or promoter's right to alter or vary the programme due to events or circumstances beyond its control without being obliged to refund monies or exchange tickets.
9. If this ticket is re-sold or transferred for profit or commercial gain by anyone other than the promoter, venue management, DesignMyNight or one of their authorised sub-agents, it will become voidable and the holder may be
refused entry to or ejected from the venue.
10. The venue may operate a No Smoking Policy.
11. The promoter, venue management and DesignMyNight accept no responsibility for any personal property.
12. The event listed on the purchased ticket is strictly for ticket holders who are over 18 years of age. Identification may be required.

Customer Reviews (9)