Raise the Bar

Raise the Bar

The platform for untapped talent.

We are Beer

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Our festivals began as a showcase for some of the world’s most exciting breweries, all brought together in one place for beer lovers to enjoy. Since the first event in London in 2013, the family has grown to include Edinburgh Craft Beer Festival and Bristol Craft Beer Festival, each bringing their own unique line-up of beers, music and food to thousands of people over one weekend.

Since the very beginning, we’ve worked with emerging breweries to spread the word about their amazing beers. From Beavertown to Verdant, we’ve worked hard to be a platform for talented brewers all over the world, and today, many established craft breweries approach us to help them launch their products into new markets through our festivals.

And now we want you.


Raise the Bar is a national competition looking for the best new breweries in the UK. Send us your beer samples, our panel of expert judges will choose four winners to pour alongside the industry’s best at London, Edinburgh and Bristol Craft Beer Festivals.

The Judges

How to Enter

First things first, your brewery must have no more than two years of experience in commercial brewing.

Fill out the entry form, by clicking the button below, and we’ll give you an address to send samples of your beers to.

A tasting panel will decide the final four, and those breweries will attend all three of our Craft Beer Festivals and be a press and social media feature for each event.

The closing date for entries is Monday 12th March 2018.

Entries are now closed

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Raise the Bar

Raise the Bar

The platform for untapped talent.

We are Beer


We’re looking for new breweries with something extraordinary to offer. There are a lot of new breweries and new beers launched every week, but we want this to be a platform and shine a light on those who are beginning to do something incredible.

If you’re making beer in the UK and have less than two years of commercial brewing under your belt, we want to hear from you. Tell us a bit about yourself and your vision, send us 3 or 4 beers that really represent what you’re all about and you could be pouring your craft creations at the London, Edinburgh and Bristol Craft Beer Festivals this year.

In 2017 we sold a total of 12 thousand tickets across all three festivals. That’s 12 thousand people all itching to discover some great new beers. This year, we’re expecting to exceed 17 thousand people. Imagine all those people, alongside your brewing peers and trade, enjoying your beer and telling their friends about it!

Jenn Merrick

Former head brewer at Beavertown and founder of new community brewery project, Earth Station, Jenn brings a wealth of expertise and industry experience to the table.



Creator of YouTube’s Craft Beer Channel and author of Beer School, this guy knows a thing or two about great beer.



We Are Beer founder and all-round craft beer expert.


Ben Freeman

Ben is co-founder of Pressure Drop Brewing. Ben and the Pressure Drop crew got voted one of Ratebeer’s Best New Breweries in the world in 2013, and make some of London’s favourite brews - Pale Fire, Street Porter and Wu Gang Chops the Trees.