22nd Cambridge Winter Ale Festival
Wednesday 17 to Saturday 20 January 2018
University Social Club, Mill Lane, Cambridge, UK

Welcome to the 22nd Cambridge Winter Ale Festival. The festival aims to have an emphasis on the darker, richer beers associated with winter, but there’s a wide range of beers of all styles from the UK and around the world, as well as cider and perry.

Like all CAMRA festivals the Cambridge beer festival is organised and run by unpaid volunteers. We are always looking for volunteers, old and new. As a volunteer you get cheap beer and free food. If you’d like to help out, whether just for a few hours one evening or throughout the festival, you will be made most welcome. Don’t worry about needing experience, as training will be given and we have a wide range of jobs available. You can volunteer on line.


  • Half pint tankard from 3rd Cambridge Beer Festival The first twenty years of beer - We’ve added beer lists from our early festivals, right from the very first festival in 1974 up to 1996. The information is a bit sparse – if you have programmes from those early festivals we’d love to see them.
  • 44th Cambridge beer festival award winners - Every year the Cambridge beer festival holds a public vote for the best beer, cider, perry, wine and mead of the festival. The results are in.
  • That’s it for another festival - That’s it for the 44th Cambridge Beer Festival. The weather was amazing – not a drop of rain fell on the festival while we were open. Over 44,000 of you came to the festival over the week – soundly beating last year’s record of 41,000. You got through over 100,000 pints of beer, cider, mead …
  • Another record-breaking night - The warm, sunny weather has brought people to the festival in record numbers. Nearly 8,000 of you came to the festival yesterday, getting through nearly 14,000 pints of beer. The weather looks set to continue – more beer has been arriving this morning to fill gaps on the bars.
  • First night - The opening night of the festival saw over 4,000 people through the door – the second-highest figure ever. As has been the case for the last few years the first cask to go was Sauvignon Blonde from nearby Crafty Beers – but don’t worry, we’ve got 8 of them. Thanks to the volunteers behind the …
  • We’re open! - The 44th Cambridge Beer Festival is now open. The first beers and ciders are in glasses. If weather forecasts are to be believed it looks like being a lovely early summer week. We’ve got over 200 beers, 80 ciders and perries, 100 foreign beers, mead and wine from around the UK and around a ton …
  • Foreign beer list now online - The 44th Cambridge Beer Festival Foreign Beer list is now available. Come and enjoy exotic deliciousness from Belgium, Germany, Netherlands, France, Sweden, USA and Bulgaria! Prost!
  • The empty stillage, waiting for beer Another day of setup almost done - As time goes on it’s starting to look more like a beer festival today. Our site volunteers have been working on getting more of the infrastructure working. We now have electricity, which means we have working fridges. We also have somewhere to put the beer when it gets here.
  • We have tents - A few bits of infrastructure have appeared over the weekend, but today was the first full day of setup. The festival site volunteers had an early start, and our site suppliers have had a good day. The two main marquees are up, and more marquees are going up as I write. The site will be …
  • Beers being poured KeyKeg at the 44th Cambridge Beer Festival - For the second year the Cambridge Beer Festival has a selection of British beers served using the KeyKeg system.