Information for the Summer Moon festival in 2019 will be on this page in Spring 2019. 

This is the information we published for our 2018 festival.

2018 FESTIVAL INFORMATION BEGINS (subject to change for the 2019 festival)


Welcome to the Real Ale pages for the 2018 Summer Moon Festival.

In my first year as the Bar Manager, I would like to thank Philip Stevens who has carried out the role for 10 years and helped develop the festival into one of South Devon’s premier events.

This year’s selection of 75 real ales from the South West promises to be one of the most exciting ever, with something for everyone including several brand new brews from top local breweries.

I would like to thank one of our main sponsors, Bays Brewery, for their continued support as well as the numerous other local breweries, businesses and supporters who have provided an unprecedented level of sponsorship for this year’s event.  This includes JD Wetherspoon, whose six local venues have kindly supplied a cask each.  Please support these breweries and businesses whenever you can.

Bays Brewery include their recently crowned CAMRA South West Champion Strong Ale, Devon Dumpling and a blended Special Moon Ale made for the festival.

One of the highlights is the appearance of Sprey Point Brewery from Teignmouth at their first ever festival. Their innovative new brews have been well received locally and the 6.4 ABV Tempest Milk Stout is sure to go down a storm.

We are mindful of the needs of some of our visitors to the festival and for the first time this year we have selected several unfined beers that are vegan friendly.

There are unfined vegan friendly offerings from Atlantic, Beat, Isca, New Lion and Sprey Point breweries to name a few.

We have also been asked about gluten free beers.  The beers at the festival are all cask real ales and by their very nature brewed using barley, wheat or other similar base product.  Unfortunately all of these ingredients are unsuitable for people with a gluten intolerance or allergy.

We are aware that there are numerous keg beers that are gluten free but we do not cater for keg products at the festival.  The website contains lots of information which may be of interest.

For the lager drinkers amongst you, there’s a large selection of golden hoppy ales, look for the yellow flashes on the cask labels.

For the “tickers”, there are brand new small batch brews from Bays, Black Tor, Isca, New Lion, Powderkeg, St Austell and Sprey Point breweries amongst others, also the return on cask of Royal Hunt from Hunters.

For the Dark Ale lovers out there I’ve selected a range of very special offerings from across the region including Dorset’s Jurassic Dark, voted overall Champion Cask Ale at this year’s Tuckers Maltings Festival, the highly popular Inspector Remorse from Electric Bear as well as local favourites including Bridgetown’s Shark Island Stout, Hanlons Port Stout, Exeter Darkness, New Lion’s Totnes Stout, Roam’s Tavy Porter, the Sprey Point Tempest Milk Stout and the ever popular Lost In The Woods from Devon Earth.

Please drink sensibly and enjoy the whole day.

On the subject of festival etiquette, everyone will be served quicker if you PLEASE come to the bar opposite the beer you require.  The beers are in alphabetical order by Brewery to assist you.

I hope you enjoy the festival. If you have any questions or comments, good or bad, please ask for me at the bar.


Clive Mackriell

Bar Manager

Summer Moon Festival 2018