Our Beer Festival
Swindon CAMRA Beer Festival 2018
We've reached the end of another festival. Thanks to everyone who attended. Without you there would be no festival!
Winners at the 2018 beer festival
The Beer of the Festival competition results are:
1st Hop Kettle - Liquid Highway
2nd Ramsbury - Milk Stout
3rd Corinium Ales - Imperial Porter
The Cider winners are:
1st Snails Bank - Apple & Ginger
2nd = Celtic Marches - Lily the Pink
2nd = Kentish Pip - Vintage Pip
2nd = Lilley’s - Elderflower
Congratulations to all the winners.
For a short video of the stages of a festival see below:
Swindon CAMRA Beer Festival 2017
The 31st Swindon Beer Festival was held at the STEAM Museum from Thursday 26th to Saturday 28th October 2017.
We can celebrate another successful CAMRA beer festival with 2,000 visitors for this popular three day event.
Beers of the Festival in recent years
|Hop Kettle||Liquid Highway||2018|
|Shed Ales||Minal Tap||2017|
|St Austell||Bucket of Blood||2013|
|Ramsbury||Silver Pig Stout||2012|
|Ramsbury||25 Silver Pigs||2011|
|Three Castles||Tanked Up||2006|
|St Peter's||Spiced Lemon & Ginger||2003|
|-||No beer festival||2002|
Beer Festivals in Swindon
There have been CAMRA organised Beer Festivals in Swindon since 1976. Originally held at the Mechanics Institute in Emlyn Square, the last Beer Festival there was in 1983. The Mechanics Institute was offered to the local Council for £1 in 1984, but they declined to buy it because it was in a poor state, so it was closed and could not be used as a venue again.
Partially as a result of this there were no further Swindon Beer Festivals until 1994. The new venue was the New College, Walcot.
After 5 years at New College the Beer Festival moved to the Territorial Army Drill Hall in Church Place in 2000. Although the Drill Hall was slightly smaller its more central location proved very popular and it was our venue for 2000 and 2001. The Drill Hall was not available in 2002, consequently our Beerex could not take place.
In 2003 we moved to the Old Railway Museum in Faringdon Road, where we held successful Beer Festivals three years running.
In 2006 we took the opportunity to move to STEAM, the Museum of the Great Western Railway, close to the tracks of the mainline. That year was of course Brunel's bicentenary. We have now had several very successful Swindon Beer Festivals at this location.