Peterborough Beer Festival 2014 – the Biggest, the Brightest and the Best!

2014 Peterborough beer festivalPeterborough CAMRA is gearing up to present the 37th annual beer festival which this year takes place between 19th – 23rd August.

Held in 3 huge marquees on the River Nene Embankment, the Peterborough Beer Festival proudly displays one of the largest selections of real ale anywhere in the country. Last year over 420 different cask beers were on sale from over 170 brewers. A huge range of foreign bottled beers, and UK produced wine, cider and perries are also available and as always the Escape Bar provides the soft drinks.

This organisers are currently in the process of selecting and sourcing all the beer for the festival and a provisional list will be posted on the Peterborough CAMRA website from July onwards. This will, once again, include a number of festival specials that are brewed specifically for the Peterborough festival. A collaboration with Huddersfield brewery Hand Drawn Monkey will feature in this year’s CAMRA festival special beer. Previous years have seen beers brewed in conjunction with Hopshackle of Market Deeping and Brewsters of Grantham.

The layout is set to remain the same as last year with a “horseshoe” style walk-around enabling access from either side of the marquees. Cask ales are laid out alphabetically by brewery from the main entrance side allowing easy cross-referencing against beer lists in the festival programme. The popular ‘Singles’ bar returns in 2014 – the bar where only one cask of a particular brew is available. Bottled beer, cider and wine each have their own separate bar and are staffed by volunteers who have specific knowledge of these products and can answer questions about styles and tastes.

Key Facts and Figures about the Peterborough Beer Festival: 

  • Up to 30,000 visitors every year
  • Open All Day
  • Real ales – over 90,000 pints sold; an average of 3 pints per visitor per session
  • Bottles sold – 10,500 bottles of world beers sourced from 10 different countries
  • Last year 21 festival special beers and 43 new breweries represented
  • Cider – over 13,000 pints sold
  • Over 15,000 glasses used
  • Staffed by over 300 CAMRA volunteers from across the UK
  • 1,500 metres of fencing around the site
  • Over £1/4M raised for the RNLI at the festival since 1989

Peterborough Beer Festival is staffed entirely by unpaid CAMRA volunteers many of whom travel from all over the country to take part. A core Festival Committee work months in advance to plan, organise and deliver the annual 5 day event.

For up to date information on all aspects of the Festival including beer lists, prices, advance programmes and much more please visit http://www.real-ale.org.uk. You can also follow the Festival on Twitter @BoroBeerFest and on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/PeterboroughBeerFestival where you can leave your comments and also receive information on the latest happenings.