Cambridge & District CAMRA 41st Cambridge Beer Festival

Monday 19th—Saturday 24th May 2014
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Well that is just about it for the 41st outing of the Cambridge Beer Festival ... we have now just got to start putting it all away and returning Jesus Green to its pristine state. Despite the rain showers and the variable temperatures during the week, there were several sunny periods, which helped encouraged a very respectable 38,500 of you to visit to the festival. Thank you for braving the weather.

We hope you had a good time and will be joining us again next year. In the mean time, we look forward to seeing you all, visitors and volunteers, again at our next event, the Cambridge & District CAMRA 8th Cambridge Octoberfest in October on Friday the 17th and Saturday the 18th October 2014 at the University Social Club.

We would just like to thank the local residents and the users of Jesus Green for their continuing support, consideration and understanding whilst the festival is on Jesus Green.

Finally, thanks also go to our loyal and hard working volunteers for their continuing to hard work to make the Cambridge Beer Festival a real success. We could not have done it without you, and hope we will see you again this year. THANK YOU one and all.

The beer and cider of the festival

This year, the visiting public voted Liverpool Organic Kitty Wilkinson as beer the festival. The volunteer staff chose Moor Old Freddy Walker as their beer of the festival.

We will be again offering the opportunity to purchase your beer and cider in 1/3rd of a pint measure and thus our festival glasses will be lined at 1/3rd of a pint, as well as half and pint lines.

The theme

The theme for the 41st Cambridge Beer Festival is le Tour de France, which is visiting Cambridge for the start of Stage 3 of this world renowned cycling event on Monday 7th July 2014. Cask Man has been busy blowing the cobwebs off his trusty Seventies 'Chopper' bicycle, to lead our version of the "Grand Départ", closely followed by Marianne and a chasing pack of French celebrities real and fictional ...

About the festival

The Cambridge Beer Festival was first held in 1974. This festival is the branch's largest and its main beer festival. During its long run, the festival has had several homes but since 2001 has been held on Jesus Green in late May. The festival is the United Kingdom's longest running CAMRA beer festival and currently is the largest regional beer festival in the UK. The festival features a wide range of local and national beers of all styles, as well as cider, perry, mead, wine and bottled & draft beers from around the world. The festival is also famous for its CAMRA Cheese Counter, where a very wide range of fine cheeses, together with locally produced bread, pork pies, ham and other savoury items are available.

Our local producers


Our local breweries will of course be featured, with a wide range of beers from Cambridge Moonshine Brewery in Fulbourn, who will be having their own brewery bar this year, Milton Brewery in Waterbeach, Lord Conrad's Brewery in Dry Drayton, Fellows Brewery in Cottenham, whilst BlackBar Brewery in Harston is again planning to deliver their beer by punt on Wednesday 14th May 2014. Returning for their second visit to the Cambridge Beer Festival, will be Cambridge Brewing Company from King Street and Crafty Beers from Great Wilbraham.

We are very pleased to be welcoming for the first time Cambridgeshire's newest brewery - Calverley's Brewery, from Hooper Street in Cambridge, just started brewing in April 2014. From slightly further afield, we would like to welcome the Three Blind Mice Brewery in Little Downham, Ely, who started brewing in January. We hope that you will give them a warm welcome to the Cambridge Beer Festival by sampling and enjoying their beers.

Cider Producers

For cider and perries, we have an extended range of products from the local Cambridgeshire producers, with a strong representation from the five other counties in East Anglia.

We are again welcoming our two local producers, Cam Valley in Meldreth and Cassels in Bourn, whilst we are pleased to be welcome three new local producers; Grantchester Cider in Grantchester, Willingham Free Press in Willingham and slightly further afield, Cambridge Cider Company in Bassingbourn.

Whilst from our neighbouring districts, Spinney Abbey Cider in Wicken, Hereward in Ely, Pickled Pig in Stretham, Cromwell in Hemingford Grey and Glebe Farm in Kings Ripton will be making a welcome return, with their range of ciders and perries.

This year's drinks selection

This year the dedicated beer selection team have spread their 'beer net' far and wide and we have been able to secure a range of beers from many of the Scottish island (Arran, Highland, Isle of Skye, Orkney) breweries as they could source, plus a good few others from the Highlands and rest of Scotland. We hope that you will enjoy these Scottish ales.

Also this year, we have quite a selection of gluten-free beers. From the St. Peter's brewery their 'G-free' and 'Dark G-free', Hop Back are sending 'Crop Circle', whilst Wold Top will have 'Against the Grain' and Poppyland will bring 'East Coast IPA' and 'Stewkey Gose'. To complement these gluten-free beers, we will also have some gluten-free bread to complement our wide range of cheeses and for dessert, why not try our gluten-free chocolate brownies.

Over in the world, of wine, we are pleased to be welcoming, Elysian Fields Vineyard from Little Thetford, Ely to the Cambridge Beer Festival for their first outing.

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 enough, 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

As well as the famous CAMRA Cheese Counter, offering a very wide range of fine cheeses, together with locally produced bread, pork pies, ham and other savoury items, there are several other food concessions providing a wide range of foods, hopefully, providing something for everyone.

New, for this year, we are going to be offering fresh soup and rolls. We will also have gluten free bread and chocolate brownies.

Home-made by our food manager, we will have the ever-popular pickled onions and Rosie's pickled eggs, both pickled in Cassels Vintage Cider Vinegar. To sweeten things up, there is Rosie's home made fudge, available in vanilla and chocolate chip.

We will again be offering premium pork scratchings and locally produced Corkers Crisps, (a truly out of this world crisp) from Pymoor, near Ely. Both will be available from the bars. We are also going to provide a small range of snacks (pies, scotch eggs, ...) in carry out bags from the cheese counter. These will be available after the main cheese counter closes, up until the end of the session.

The Cambridge Beer Festival needs you!

The Cambridge Beer Festival is run entirely by unpaid volunteers, without our volunteers the beer festival would not go on. We are always 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. We were again short of volunteers on several evenings of the 2013 festival, we would just like to thank all those that helped "pitch in" when we had to ask for extra help, we hoped you enjoyed yourself and will be back again this year.

In the past the Cambridge Beer Festival has welcomed volunteers from across the United Kingdom (Stockport, Wales, Reading, Croydon to name but a few), as well as volunteers from across the globe.

You can get more details on the volunteering page.

The Cambridge Beer Festival Poster

We would like it very much if you could display the festival poster at your place of work, social club or village/community notice board. You can download a PDF of the festival poster. Alternately, if you're in the Cambridge area we can get printed posters to you - please drop us an email on and we'll arrange to get some to you.