Beer Festivals

In our Branch Diary page, you will find details of CAMRA-run Beer Festivals taking place inside or sometimes outside our Branch area. We organise occasional trips to festivals if there are reasonable public transport links.

We also list a selection of local Pub or Club beer festivals taking place in and around our Branch area on the Diary page, but we don't list every beer festival in the county. Preference is given to festivals run by cask ale pubs and clubs within the branch area together with advertisers in the Out In Cheshire magazine. None of these events is an official CAMRA-run festival.

CHESHIRE BEER FESTIVAL

The North Cheshire CAMRA branch, along with other Cheshire branches, is firmly involved with organizing and running the main CAMRA Beer Festival in the County of Cheshire - the Cheshire Beer Festival, held annually in Chester in November. The 2017 event is again to be held at Chester Racecourse on 10th and 11th November.

Volunteers to help at the Cheshire Beer Festival are always welcome. If you are interested in helping at the festival and, more importantly, interested in beer, then see http://www.cheshirebeerfestival.org.uk/volunteer/staffing/

For more information on the festival see http://www.cheshirebeerfestival.org.uk/

Last Year's Cheshire Beer Festival

The 2016 festival, the third annual one, was staged at Chester Racecourse as several months of planning by CAMRA groups in the county finally came to fruition. The first floor of the County Stand was opened up to create additional seating and this year there was added interest with a number of vendors selling products as diverse as mead and antiques.

Over 2,000 discerning drinkers from all over the country attended the festival during the weekend and special mention must go to the party of 19 from Chelmsford who were visiting Chester as part of a beery weekend. Also in attendance were a group of seven from the Telemark region of Norway carrying out a trial run for beer themed holidays based in Chester which were planned for 2017.

Drinkers were rewarded with an eclectic choice of 110 Real Ales and 20 ciders and perries. The cider again proved very popular and the organisers had to send out for emergency supplies during the Saturday evening session.

The Champion Beer of Cheshire was hosted at the festival. This competition saw around 30 of the County’s best ales vying for the award. After a marathon judging session starting around 10:30 in the morning, Beartown Brewery from Congleton emerged triumphant winning both the gold award for their Black Bear and silver for Ginger Bear. Merlin Brewery from Arclid near Sandbach were recipients of the bronze award with Spellbound.

With the event falling on 11th November the festival charity was the Royal British Legion and generous drinkers contributed over £1,000 to their funds. We were also grateful to members of the Chester Bagatelle League and staff of the Olde Cottage for their sterling work on the pub games which proved very popular and resulted a substantial sum being raised for Dee Banks School.

The feedback from those attending has again been very positive. It is also very pleasing to report that 25 new members were signed up for the Campaign during the course of the weekend. Welcome to campaigning for pubs and beer!

Thanks are due to all the sponsors, the pubs who sold tickets, the entertainers, to Chester Racecourse for use of the excellent facilities and co-operation of the staff and especially to all those CAMRA volunteers whose efforts made the third Cheshire Beer Festival such a success.

BEER FESTIVAL CHECKLIST

Are you thinking of organizing a Beer Festival? If so, CAMRA North Cheshire may be able to help you.

Our members have produced a BEER FESTIVAL CHECKLIST. This won't tell you all the steps from A to Z in how to set up and run a Beer Festival, but it may well help you remember to consider the many important prerequisites, legalities and responsibilities when you are in the planning phase. If you are interested in obtaining a copy, please contact the Branch Secretary eMail Secretary initially to establish whether we can help.