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Tuckers Maltings is one of only four malt houses in the country which still produces malt in the traditional manner, supply over 30 breweries in the south west and annually throw what is probably the best selection of beers at any beer festival in the country.
One of my favourite festivals, mainly because it really is all about the beer, the selection is crazy and even the hard core drinkers would struggle to try one of each of the almost 300 available. It’s also the cheapest beer festival around at only a fiver entry, which includes a proper glass half pint tankard, not a plastic glass like most festivals. Though with a half pint, you can’t get the added bonus of receiving that little bit extra in your glass. Always ask to try a little bit first and don’t be afraid to try 3 or 4 before you settle on one.
I do have a few favourite beers, St Austell Big Job and Devonshire 10’der, which you do have to be careful with as its really easy to drink, almost like a session beer, but at 10% you’ll be hammered very soon. Stonehenge’s Sign of Spring always goes down well and there is no mistaking what your drinking as it comes bright green!
I have been on both Friday & Saturday for a few years now and I would say Friday is probably the better day. However it is split into two, everyone is kicked out come 5pm and if you want to re enter you have to pay the more expensive £7 re entry fee, this is to help pay for the evening’s entertainment, but I have to admit I haven’t bothered to re enter and usually just head into town. Saturday they do tend to run out of many of the beers especially the winners from Thursdays competition, but they do offer more entertainment with numerous bands to keep you entertained and its £5 entry all day with free re entry with wristbands until 10pm.
Tuckers Maltings was founded by Parnell Tucker and work began on its construction in January 1900 and it officially opened for business on Monday the 5th November 1900.
The festival runs over 4 days starting on the Thursday competition day. This is when all the beers fight for the best beer of the year awards and is also broken down into categories, so you have amber, gold, brown, dark and even speciality beers. The beers come from breweries all over the south west of England from Bristol, Channel Isles, Cornwall, Devon, Dorset, Somerset, Wiltshire.
Tucker’s Maltings was the venue for the very first regional beer festival and competition. There were 67 beers at the first festival back in 1993 and this increased year by year until there were more than 300. However it became clear that the more beers there were, the less space there was for customers so the number was limited to around 280.
The festival has always been run on a voluntary basis by the brewers, with great help from CAMRA, and provided there are always enough volunteers the future looks good for the festival to continue for many years to come.
- All weather family marque.
- T-shirts available, including ladies sizes.
|Overall Champion of the Cask Beer Awards|
|2018||Dorset Brewing Company||Jurassic Dark
|2016||St Austell Brewery
|2015||Plain Ales Brewery Ltd||Inncognito||4.8|
|2014||Quantock Brewery||Wills Neck||4.3|
|2013||Hunters Brewery||Royal Hunt||5.5|
|2009||RCH||East Street Cream||5.0|
|2008||Skinner’s Brewing Co Ltd||Cornish Knocker Ale||4.5|
|2007||St Austell Brewery||Tribute||4.2|
There are 2 Friday sessions with separate ticket & wrist bands per session. The festival area will be vacated between sessions.
- Thursday 5pm-11pm, £5 per ticket.
- Friday 11am-5pm, £5 per ticket.
- Friday 6pm-11pm, £7 per ticket.
- Saturday 11am-10pm, £5 per ticket.
All tickets to be purchased on the door. Small discounts apply for CAMRA members.
There are around 280 beers to choose from that have been brewed throughout the South West of the UK.
- All the beers are colour coded into beer types.
- Don’t worry if you’re not keen on beer, you can always head to the bottle shop where they have ciders and wines.
There are a few choices at the festival, but I have been known to head into town as its not far to grab a bite.
- Hot dogs
- Handmade Chocolate
- Handmade Ice Cream
- Train: This is the way I usually come, the station is only a 2 minute walk around the corner. It cost me £3.30 for off-peak return with group save discount from Paignton.
- Car: Parking is very limited, Osborne car park is right next to the festival, but this is 3 hours max during daytime hours. I would suggest parking around Brunel estate Collet Way, TQ12 4PH. This is free leaving with a short 10 minute walk.
- Bus: Depending on your direction, you’ll want to get off at the bus stop nearest the train station or Avenue Church, just a 2 minute walk from there. Both stops are on the No. 12 route.
- Always ask to try a little bit first and don’t be afraid to try 3 or 4 before you settle on one.
- No Dogs allowed (except guide dogs).
- Take a chair with you as there are limiting seats available.
- Some people take their own food and enjoy picnic on the grass.
- If your not keen on the beer, you can go into the bottle shop and buy ciders, wines etc.
- If your not keen on the food, then you can head into town for a pub lunch or KFC etc. As long as you have your wristband you can get back in.
- There are 2 Friday sessions with separate ticket & wrist bands per session. The festival area will be vacated between sessions.
- For more info go to tuckersmaltings.co.uk