Cambridge & District CAMRA 21st Cambridge Winter Ale Festival

Thursday 19th—Saturday 21st January 2017

Porter the Penguin and his friend stout
Welcome, to the 21st 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 its current run in 1997.

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

For the 21st Cambridge Winter Ale Festival, our mascot, Porter the Penguin and his friend Stout are having a bit of a party and enjoying a beer or two. This is the fifth and last in the series of specially designed logos created exclusively for the festival. Apart from adoring the website, 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 20th 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 20th Cambridge Winter Ale Festival a success. We look forward to seeing you again in 2017.

The time has now come put all the planning in to action as we move in to the set-up phase for the festival.
A very dedicated hard working team of volunteers, are busy protecting the building, building the stillage and setting up the beers.

We have an exciting range of around 80 winter ales. The beers, will not be all dark and heavy beers, as we are planning to 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 our local breweries.
These will be complimented by a brilliant arrangement of foreign beers and locally produced ciders, including our specially made in-house mulled cider.
Note the drinks lists above are provisional and are subject to change.

Set up has continued apace, thanks to a superb team of very dedicated and extremely hard working volunteers, who have done a really fantastic job in preparing the building and stillage. The beers are now settling in to their new home and are being cared for by the equally hard working dedicated cellar team.

However, there is still plenty to do, before opening can take place on Thursday afternoon.

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.

Card payments

We are sorry, but we are unable to accept payment at the entrance or at the bars by debit/credit cards, sorry, but it is cash only. There is a have a pass-out scheme, should you need to visit a cash machine, our volunteers will be able to help locate one if needed.

Age Verification

Under 18s are allowed on site, but must be with a responsible adult - a 17 year old with an 18 or 19 year old friend is not sufficient. As at any licensed premises, it is illegal to buy alcohol if you are under 18, or to buy alcohol for anyone under 18.

At the bars, 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 to check you are over 18. 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.

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 21st Cambridge Winter Ale Festival poster