Cambridge & District CAMRA 19th Cambridge Winter Ale Festival

Thursday 22nd—Saturday 24th January 2015
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Porter The Penguin Enjoys a Snowball Fight
Welcome, to the 19th Cambridge Winter Ale Festival, Cambridge & District CAMRA's winter Beer Festival.

We are very proud of our festival, we put a lot of time and effort into making it the best we can, we hope that you visit us and have an enjoyable time.

About our Festival

The Cambridge Winter Ale Festival had a brief outing in 1986, before starting it's current run in 1997.

The Winter Ale Festival is generally held in late January at the University Social Club, Mill Lane, Cambridge, we are again pleased to be working with the excellent team at the USC (University Social Club) to bring you the 18th Winter Ale Festival.

The 19th Cambridge Winter Ale Festival, sees Porter the Penguin, the new Winter Ale Festival mascot, enjoying? a snowball fight. This is the third in a series of 5 specially designed logos created exclusively for the festival. Apart from adoring the web site, he will also be featured on the festival glasses and the posters, so keep an eye out for him in your local pub.

Thank you to all of you - our visitors, that came to see us at the 18th Winter Ale Festival, we hope you enjoyed yourselves and found a beer or two or three to your liking and will come back to join us for a traditional drink from the wide range of beers.

Thanks go to you, our poor unpaid hard working volunteers without whom, there wouldn't have been a festival and for helping make the 18th Cambridge Winter Ale Festival a success. We look forward to seeing you again in 2015.

We have an exciting beer selection, with a delicious range of winter ales. The beers, are not all dark and heavy beers, so we hope that we have something for everyone on offer. With a wide range of beers from pale to dark colours and high to low ABV’s from national and of course all our local breweries. We will also have a brilliant arrangement of foreign beers and locally produced ciders, including our specially made in-house hot mulled cider.

We have around 80 real ales, plus local ciders and foreign beers.
Note this is provisional and are subject to change.

Phewwww ... we've managed to finish setting up the festival and have now opened, thanks to the very hard working dedicated set-up and cellar teams, many of whom, will now continue working throughout the remainder of the festival ! Hopefully, you will come and join us for a traditional drink from the wide range of beers, some of which, will are appearing at a Cambridge Beer Festival for the first time. Or pick a selection from the foreign beers from around the world or try a delicious local cider, including our specially made in-house mulled cider.

Our local producers


Our local breweries will of course be featured, with a wide range of beers from Moonshine Brewery in Fulbourn, Milton Brewery in Waterbeach, Lord Conrad's Brewery in Dry Drayton, Fellows Brewery in Cottenham, BlackBar Brewery in Harston, Cambridge Brewing Company from King Street.

We are very pleased to be welcoming for the first time to the Winter Ale Festival, Crafty Beers from Great Wilbraham, and Cambridge's newest brewery - Calverley's Brewery, from Hooper Street. Whilst from slightly further afield, we would like to welcome the Three Blind Mice Brewery in Little Downham, Ely. We hope that you will give them a warm welcome to the Winter Ale Festival by sampling and enjoying their beers.

The Cambridge Winter Ale Festival needs you!

The Cambridge Winter Ale Festival is run entirely by unpaid volunteers, without our volunteers the beer festival would not go on. We are in need of volunteers, even if you can only do one shift or even just a few hours to cover meal breaks, it would help us tremendously. You can get more details on the volunteering page.

Opening Times and Admission

Details of the opening times and admission are available here.
The festival supports and operates the Challenge21 scheme; if you are lucky enough to look young, then please don't be offended if and when you are asked for ID.
The only acceptable ID is a government issued photo ID (photo driving licence or passport) or a card showing the PASS Scheme hologram. We thank you for your co-operation and understanding.

Food at the festival

The University Social Club's hard working staff will be doing a range of wholesome, filling, home cooked, seasonal food, to complement the beers.
Please note food will be available during the following times :-

Day  Times
Thursday 5:00pm, with last food orders at 9:30pm.
Friday 12:00pm, with last food orders at 2pm.
  5:00pm, with last food orders at 9:30pm
Saturday 12pm, with last food orders at 9:30pm

Full details of the Winter Ale Festival Menu here.

The Cambridge Winter Ale Festival Poster

We would like it very much if you could display the festivals poster at your place of work, social club or village/community notice board, if you can, then you can download a PDF of the 19th Cambridge Winter Ale Festival Poster