Thousands to visit Paisley for festival

Paisley’s beer festival, which organisers claim is the biggest in Scotland, is expected to attract thousands of ale lovers to the town this April.

Paisley Pirates team members with Moore, Hall and McDonagh in Paisley.
Paisley Pirates team members with Moore, Hall and McDonagh in Paisley.

The festival will kick off on Wednesday April 20 in Paisley Town Hall and run until Saturday April 23.
Now in its 29th year, the event is organised by members of the Renfrewshire branch of CAMRA (the Campaign for Real Ale) and will this year feature more than 300 real ales, beers, ciders and wines from Scotland, the UK and abroad.
Derek Moore of Kelburn Brewery in Barrhead, who founded the Renfrewshire branch of CAMRA and is manager of the beer festival, said the branch is “working hard to ensure another great event takes place”.
This year’s festival coincides with the 70th anniversary of the Paisley Pirates ice hockey team, and the local club will feature on the pint glasses issued to all visitors when they pay their entrance fee.
Paul McDonagh, owner of Glasgow pub the Bon Accord, which sponsors the team, joined Moore and Renfrewshire provost Anne Hall at the launch of the festival. Hall gave credit to CAMRA for the continued success of the event.
“The Paisley Beer Festival is a wonderful success story for Paisley and Renfrewshire, and is now just one year shy of its 30th year,” she said.
“This year they are helping to shine the spotlight on another great local institution with a long history in the town – as the Paisley Pirates reach their 70th year.”
This year’s event will share the spotlight with a one-day Paisley Food Festival, which is returning after attracting 5000 people last year.