Our Beer Festival

Swindon CAMRA Beer Festival 2019

We've reached the end of another festival. Thanks to everyone who attended and all the volunteers who worked there for making it possible.

This was the Beer List and this was the Cider List



As you can see you drank us dry!!

Winners at the 2019 beer festival

The Beer of the Festival competition results are:
1st Exmoor - Beast
2nd= Hop Kettle - Old Town Pale Ale
2nd= Hop Kettle - Space Cowboy Milk Stout

The Cider winner is:
Thistly Cross - Whisky Cask

Congratulations to all the winners.

The dates for the 2020 Swindon Beer Festival are Thursday 22nd to Saturday 24th October, once again at the STEAM Museum SN2 2EY

Pictures from the 2018 beer festival



For a short video of the stages of a festival see below:

Beers of the Festival in recent years

BreweryBeerYear
Exmoor Beast2019
Hop Kettle Liquid Highway2018
Shed AlesMinal Tap2017
Flying MonkBirdman2016
RebellionOld Seadog2015
RamsburyBelapur IPA2014
St AustellBucket of Blood2013
RamsburySilver Pig Stout2012
Ramsbury25 Silver Pigs2011
Box SteamDerailed2010
Fyne AlesAvalanche2009
OakhamBishop's Farewell2008
South HamsEddystone2007
Three CastlesTanked Up2006
LoddonRussett2005
Skinner'sPennycomequick2004
St Peter'sSpiced Lemon & Ginger2003
-No beer festival2002

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.