Summer Beer Thing from Indie Man Beer Con returns to Kampus

Three days of IPAs in the sunshine (hopefully).

By Emma Davidson | 27 April 2023

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Image: Summer Beer Thing

There are plenty of things to get excited about as we edge closer to the start of summer. Longer evenings, ice lollies at lunch time and, of course, beer gardens.

Kampus festival Summer Beer Thing is an ode to our favourite alfresco pastime. Across three days it will take over Kampus’s hidden beer garden with a whole host of beverages from the UK’s best brewers. 

Featuring both regional and seasonal pours, drinkers will get the chance to try out lagers, sours, sessions, IPAs and more, alongside new ‘festival specials’ – unique drinks created specifically for the boozy event. 

No matter what tipple takes your fancy, you’ll find it at Summer Beer Thing. Image: Summer Beer Thing

Whether you’re after something refreshing or a chance to try a new favourite pint, beer taps will be nestled in various spaces throughout Kampus’ sprawling beer garden offering beers and soft drinks for all tastes. Local DJs will also provide a fitting soundtrack for an afternoon in the sun at one of the city’s most charming neighbourhoods. 

Louise Bruin at Summer Beer Thing, said: “Summer Beer Thing started as a showcase festival to get people together in the sunshine and celebrate all the seasonal ales from the UK’s best breweries. Year on year it’s grown and we now have thousands joining us over each weekend. 

“Recent years have been really challenging for independent breweries, so it’s vital we get behind them. What better way than a massive summer party? This year will be all about seasonal bevs in the city’s best beer garden at Kampus. We’re going to pack the space with taps and collaborate with all the Kampus independents to offer more food and drink choices than ever before.” 

Kampus’ beer garden serves as a sun trap for endless pint drinking. Image: Summer Beer Thing

The summer festival is the sister event to the Indy Man Beer Con, which takes over Victoria Baths each year. Since starting in 2017, the festival has gone on to become a huge calendar date for craft beer fanatics looking to try the latest brews. 

Summer Beer Thing takes place at Capital & Centric and HBD’s Kampus neighbourhood, a space enjoying a summer run of residencies, new openings and new menus from its roster of impressive traders. Summer Beer Thing will collaborate with the likes of Nell’s, Great North Pie, Seven Bro7hers, Red Light, Madre and Three Little Words with the hope of making 2023 its most impressive year yet. 

Adam Brady from HBD, said: “Summer Beer Thing brings with it an incredible and welcoming community of beer-lovers who are passionate about supporting the region’s best independent breweries. Plus they know how to party. It’s brilliant that the three-day celebration is returning to the Kampus garden, this time striking up one-off collaborations with the community of independent business based here.”

Tickets, priced between £6 and £10, are now on sale via the link below. Ticket holders receive a branded glass and can purchase tokens to spend across the festival’s bars. Tickets also include entry to any tastings and other events taking place across the weekend.

Summer Beer Thing 2023

Date: Friday 30 June – Sunday 2 July
Venue: Kampus
Time: Friday 4-10pm, Saturday 12-10pm, Sunday 1-6pm
Tickets: £6 – £10