Helensburgh Beer & Gin Festival

17th and 18th May 2019

The Helensburgh Beer and Gin Festival is in its’ 13th year. Last year we had our biggest event yet, with 2,500 people over 2 days, some amazing weather and largest selection of beer, cider and gin we’d ever put together.
This year we have even more on offer. The festival will take place at a fantastic new venue, the beautiful new Helensburgh Civic Centre looking onto the river Clyde. As well as the historic restored indoor space that used to be the old Clyde Street School there is plenty of outdoor space and marquees for the bands and more bars. We have even more drink options on offer this year, with rum cocktails joining some craft gin creators and even more craft lagers this year. Of course, we will also have the usual incredible selection of real ales and ciders.
We have several craft gin producers running pop-up bars as well as the main bars.
Friday night session runs from 6pm till 11pm. We have live music and the best selection of drinks is always on the Friday!
Saturday session runs from 12 noon till 11pm at the latest. The festival closes when it all runs out, this is typically around 10-11pm. Our latest possible finish is 11pm. We will have live music, with low-key tunes in the afternoon and an amazing party vibe in the evening with Bruce Springsteen tribute act The Rising.
We will sell entry tickets for each session, and will have some advance deals available online only.
Basic entry is £7 per session. Drinks are purchased via tokens inside the festival venue. a 1/2 pint of beer or cider will typically be 1 token. A gin cocktail or similar will be 3 tokens. Other drinks may be available. Tokens cost £1.60 each to purchase.

Remember - it's all for local good causes so come along enjoy yourself and feel good about supporting your community!

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The best wee fest in the West!

Beer and Cider

We will have our largest ever selection of beers and ciders


There will be amazing Gin and Rum cocktails this year


We’ll have live music on both nights to guarantee that great festival atmosphere.


All proceeds from the Ale Festival are distributed to local good causes.

Glass Sponsors – 2019

Beer Mat Sponsors – 2019

Barrel Sponsors – 2019

A variety of sponsorship deals are available – contact us for more details.



Gins & Rums


2019 venue The Civic Centre, East Clyde Street, Helensburgh


Friday 17th May - 1800 to 2300

Saturday 18th May - 1200 to 2300*

*Or when the beer and gin run out. But don't worry we've got loads!

Photos courtesy of Gavin Butler Photography