The Beer Sessions.

Thu 15 – Sun 18 Oct

Travel gurus at Lonely Planet describe Derby as the "best place to drink real ale in the World" so why not find out at The Beer Sessions?

Offering a great selection of the best real ales from microbreweries in the local area guests will be able to sample some new flavours in this celebration of Derby beer.

There will also be cider, gin, wine and prosecco and customers will also be able to order in from their favourite Derby café or restaurant to enjoy a meal alongside their tipple of choice with Derby Market Place’s Alfresco dining.

Drinks tokens can be purchased in advance for £1.75 per half pint.  For 1 pint, a glass of wine, prosecco or gin & mixer, two tokens will be required. You can buy when you are buying your tickets, or buy drink tokens separately here. 

Book a table, raise a glass and order in for a session of fabulous food and drink.

View the Beer Menu and tasting notes (please note availability on the day is subject to change)

Breweries

Attending over the 4 days, all drinks are subject to availability

Entertainment

 

Times and prices

Thursday 15th October:

  • 12noon - 5pm - £10 per table
  • 6pm - 10pm - £15 per table

Friday 16th October:

  • 12noon - 5pm - £10 per table
  • 6pm - 10pm - £15 per table

Saturday 17th October:

  • 12noon - 5pm - £15 per table
  • 6pm - 10pm - £15 per table

Sunday 18th October:

  • 12noon - 5pm - £10 per table

18+ only. Challenge 25 will be in operation so ID will be needed for entry.

Maximum 6 people per table.

Tasting notes

DANCING DUCK

DCUK

4.3% - Pale Hoppy Ale

"A great aroma and powerful upfront hoppy bitterness give way to an explosion of citrus and pine flavours. A full on hop attack!"

Festival Ale

4.1 – Pale Session Ale

"A pale easy drinking hoppy session ale, with citrus notes. Very moreish!"

Dark Drake

4.5% - Oatmeal Stout

"Delicious malty, caramel and liquorice flavours combine wonderfully in a smooth drinking velvety, oatmeal stout with a freshly roasted coffee and toffee finish. Supreme Champion Beer of Britain 2015 overall Bronze medal."

DERBY BREWING COMPANY

Quintessential

5.8% - Golden

“A Moreish crisp golden ale, made using Simcoe hop delivering citrus and fruity hop flavours “

Dashingly Dark

4.8% - Dark

“A smooth dark brew with complex flavours and a chocolate roast finish”

Juice Bomb

5.5% - New England IPA

“Juicy – Hazy – Mango”

DERVENTIO

Lucretius

5.5% - Cherry stout

“A big and bold stout with cherries”

Cleopatra

5% - Pale with apricot

“A complex beer rounded off with First Gold hops and a hint of apricot”

Heir

5% - Pilsner

“Brewed with German malt and Liberty, Azzacca, Crystal, Hallertau and Wakatu hops giving a crisp clean beer”

FALSTAFF

Darkside

6% - Black Mild

"A Strong black mild with ruby tones. Dark chocolate and plum aromas, with fruity, bitter chocolate flavours, and hints of coffee in the finish"

Fistful of Hops

4.5% - Golden Amber

"Golden amber in colour, powerful hop aromas with citrus undertones. Complex mouth-filling hop flavours and a long hop-filled aftertaste."

Smiling Assassin

5.2% - Dark Amber

"Dark amber in colour, with a fruity malt nose. Fruity malt flavours with a fruity finish, with hops coming through at the end."

LITTLEOVER

Epiphany

4.1% - Pale Ale

"An addictive premium pale ale rammed with Citra, Mosaic and Simcoe hops giving a lovely refreshing beer with a smooth clean finish."

Loop

3.7% - Extra Pale Ale

"A brand new, stunning extra- pale ale.  Citra and Mosaic hops burst through giving a lovely aroma with a delicate bitterness."

BRUNSWICK

The Usual

4.2% - Traditional Best Bitter

“A traditional copper coloured Best Bitter, finely balanced with toffee flavours, imparted by use of crystal malt.”

Black Sabbath

6% - Strong Dark Old Ale

“This multi award winning strong ale is as dark as the name suggests! Dangerously quaffable, with smooth liquorice flavours”

Ubiquitous

6% - Citra

“A single hopped pale with Citra, big tropical and citrus flavours.”

BLACK HOLE

Milky Way

6% - Pale Wheat Beer

"Honey and banana nose advises the sweet taste but not the sweet, dry spicy finish from this wheat beer."

Big Willie

4.3% - Golden Ale

"Thirst quenching golden ale, packed with English hops, giving a light bitter finish"

SHINY

MOA

3.9% - New Zealand Hopped Pale

"New Zealand hopped session pale ale"

Affinity

4.6% - Golden Pale

"Strong Golden Bitter with lots and lots of fruity Citra hops"

Shiny Lager

4.5%  - Gluten Free & Vegan Friendly Lager

"6 Week cold fermented Unfiltered and unpasteurised small batch pilsner style lager"

THREE CATS CIDER

Broadoak Moonshine

7.5% - Clutton Hill, Somerset – Medium Sweet  

“A clear, very pale cider with a long aftertaste. Deceptively strong.”

Snailsbank Black Forest

4.0% - Bromyard, Herefordshire - Sweet                              

“A reddish-brown cider, full flavoured with cherries and a hint of blackcurrant.”

Snailsbank Rhubarb

4.0% - Bromyard, Herefordshire - Sweet                               

“A pinkish cider, with an intense rhubarb flavour. Despite this it is sweet.”

Three Cats

6.7% - Morley, Derbyshire - Medium Sweet       

“A straw coloured cider made completely from local fruit. Very moreish.”

Westcroft Janet’s Jungle Juice

6.0% - Brent Knoll, Somerset - Medium

“A mid-brown, traditional Somerset cider. 3 times CAMRA’s Cider of the Year.”

DARLEY ABBEY CIDER

Rabble Rouser

5% - Picked and Pressed in Derbyshire

“A refreshingly crisp, dry, flat cider”

Funky Fruit

5% - Picked and Pressed in Derbyshire

“A still, tangy sweet cider, infused with pressed summer fruits”

Sweet Cider

5% - Picked and Pressed in Derbyshire

“A subtly sweet and refreshingly clear cider”

Frequently Asked Questions

About The Beer Sessions FAQs

How it works

  1. Book a table
  2. Pre-order some drinks tokens with your booking. These can be exchanged for drinks from the bar once on site.
  3. On arrival you will be allocated a table 
  4. Order your food from your favourite local café, restaurant or pub and quote your table number
  5. Sit back, relax and wait for your meal. Additional drinks tokens will be available to contactless purchase on site.
  6. Join the conversation through by using #derbymarketplace

Can I bring my own glass or tankard with me?

Please do not bring your own beer glass or tankard with you as unfortunately, we cannot undertake additional handling of these. No glass will be permitted on site; all drinks on the bar and in the area will be decanted to plastic that we will provide.

How do I order drinks on the day?

There will be a table service and drink vouchers can be redeemed with servers or you can buy your drinks online ... more details on this will follow. 

How will the drink tokens work?

Two tokens can be exchanged for a Pint, 185ml glass of wine or prosecco, or a 250ml pre-mixed Gin & Tonic. 

One token for a half pint.

We can’t attend anymore, can a cancel my booking?

If you have made a booking and are unable to attend please contact our Derby Sales and Information team on 01332 255800 option 1 or email boxoffice@derby.gov.uk. Bookings are non-refundable without 24 hours’ advance notice by telephone.

Ordering food FAQs

How do I order my food?

Details of suggested outlets are listed on the website where you can get in touch with your chosen café, restaurant or pub directly. They will let you know if they will offer a table delivery service or if you need to collect your order.

Will cutlery be supplied?

Cutlery will be supplied by the outlet, or alternatively you can bring your own disposable cutlery.

Where can I order food from?

You can order your take-out food from any food outlet in the city that is offering a take-out service.  A list of a selection of suggested eateries is available on the website. 

Can we collect and bring our food on site ourselves?

You can, but we ask that you pre-book a table first. This is to stop your food getting cold while you queue and stop frustrations when you have to log your details.

Is there a bar?

Alcohol can be purchased on site after displaying proof of your food order (excluding The Beer Sessions). We would encourage as many people to make contactless payments wherever possible.

Alcohol can only be purchased with food consumed on the premises and the bar will be operating a “Challenge 25” policy. If you are fortunate enough to look 25 or under then proof of age may be requested. Our approved forms of ID are: valid Driving Licence, valid Passport, Military ID, Any other form of ID with the PASS hologram on it.  

We reserve the right to refuse alcohol to those we feel are too far under the influence.

The bar will close 15 minutes before the end of the session.

Can we bring drinks in containers?

Non-alcohol drinks in plastic bottles are allowed but please do not bring any glass or alcohol onto the site.

About the Market Place FAQs

Where is Derby Market Place?

Derby Market Place ( DE1 3AH ) is located in the heart of Derby's Cathedral Quarter, with great transport links from all areas of the City and just a few minutes walk from the Bus Station. It is surrounded by two of Derby's entertainment venues - Guildhall Theatre and QUAD, along with a selection of shops, bars and restaurants.

Get Directions

Where’s the best place to park if I’m driving?

Parking is available at either Bold Lane Car Park or the Assembly Rooms Car Park.

Both Bold Lane and the Assembly Rooms car parks are offering a 20% discount for all patrons of Derby Market Place. Validate your parking card at the Market Place entrance and enjoy a 20% discount when you go to pay! Hurrah!

What about the Government guidelines?

We have everything covered, so you can relax in a safe environment, here are the measures we are putting in place:

  • There will be hand sanitisers available at the entrances and exit and on each table.
  • Social distancing measures are in place for queuing and the tables are laid out in accordance to the latest guidelines.
  • Regular cleaning of all communal spaces.
  • Hourly clean of toilets and they will also be deep cleaned daily.
  • Our staff will sanitise and deep clean each table between bookings.
  • Every day there will be a deep clean of all areas.
  • Signage will be available to help with social distancing.

Do I need to provide the names of all people on our table?

No, only the person who makes the booking. Please let your group know you are leaving your details for track and trace purposes on their behalf.

What if we turn up at different times?

No problem. Simply pass the confirmation of your booking and the table number on to the group and they can turn up separately.

Are children allowed on site?

Children are more than welcome on site (except for The Beer Sessions which is for 18+) but must be accompanied by an adult.  

We have a limited number of highchairs available, they are pre-bookable, or please ask our team on the day if you wish to use one.

Is smoking permitted?

Smoking is not permitted on site. This includes the use of e-cigarettes in all forms.

Are dogs allowed on site?

Assistance dogs only are welcome on site.

Are there toilets on site?

Yes, the venue has its own. Derby Market Place offers accessible toilets to its patrons.  Users of Changing Places toilets can use the Council House Changing Places room between 9am and 5pm, Monday to Friday.

Can I eat my lunch from sandwich take-away shops at Derby Market Place?

Yes, subject to availability. Derby Market Place is a space to sit and enjoy food at the heart of the city centre.

Terms and Conditions

  • If you or any member of your group are feeling unwell or are displaying any symptoms that relate to Covid-19, please don’t attend. 
  • For your safety, bag checks will be in operation on entry to the site. 
  • Alcohol cannot be brought onto the site. 
  • Abusive or offensive behaviour in any form will not be tolerated.
  • Smoking is not permitted on site. This includes the use of e-cigarettes in all forms.
  • Dogs are not allowed, with the exception of Assistance Dogs.
  • Under 18s are welcome (excluding The Beer Sessions) but must be accompanied by an adult.
  • We reserve the right to refuse entry to our customers at any time.
  • There is a maximum of 6 people to a table and current social distancing guidelines must be adhered to. Please ensure you maintain adherence to the Government guidelines when inviting other people to join you. Whilst 6 is the capacity for each table, we do ask that all groups follow social distancing guidance to influence the number of guests in the party and be transparent around ‘social bubbles’ to ensure the enjoyment and safety of all customers. Our policies and procedures are in line with national guidance on test and trace, and this will continue to be the case across all aspects of Derby Market Place.
  • The table is yours for the entirety of the booking. The site will need to be clear at the end of the time slot to clean down. Please bear this in mind if ordering food for delivery, giving you enough time to enjoy your meal.
  • The person who makes the booking will be asked to provide full contact details in line with national guidance on test and trace. We ask that if anyone contracts Covid-19 to contact our Sales and Information Centre so we can follow the test and trace guidelines.
  • If you have made a booking and are unable to attend please contact our Sales and Information Centre on 01332 255800 option 1 or email boxoffice@derby.gov.uk. Bookings are non-refundable without 24 hours’ advance notice by telephone.
  • Table numbers must be given to food outlets when ordering for delivery. Responsibility for all aspects of any food ordered, from quality to timeliness of delivery, is with the outlet you use. Unfortunately, we cannot accept responsibility for any food orders that do not meet your satisfaction.
  • There is a bar on site, drinks can be purchased after displaying your food order. It is a condition of the licence that alcohol can only be purchased with food consumed on the premises. The bar will close 15 minutes before the end of the session.
  • As with any bar will be operating a “Challenge 25” policy on all purchases. If you are fortunate enough to look 25 or under then proof of age maybe requested.
  • Acceptable forms of ID are: valid Driving Licence, valid Passport, Military ID or any other form of ID with the PASS hologram on it. We reserve the right to refuse serving alcohol.
  • No glass will be permitted on site; all drinks from the bar will be decanted to plastic that we will provide.
  • You must stay in your plot unless using facilities to comply with social distancing policy. You will be able to see the stage but sight lines are restricted in the chalets.
  • Bookings of more than 6 people across multiple tables will not be accepted. Please contact our Sales and Information Centre if your household group or support bubble is larger than this. Proof may be required and is subject to availability.
  • Cutlery will be supplied by the outlet, or alternatively you can bring your own disposable cutlery. 
  • We have access-friendly chalets and tables available. Should you wish to book one, please confirm your requirements in advance with Sales and Information team and we will do what we can to accommodate your request.
  • Beer Session tokens will be available to purchase in advance and during the session to exchange at the bar for drinks. There will be no cash or card bar sales.

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