Wednesday, October 15, 2014

New site for Sheffield CAMRA festival seems somewhat familiar

I know where I'm going
Sheffield CAMRA's 40th anniversay beer festival may be moving to a new site but ale aficionados won't need a map to find it.
The festival is relocating from Ponds Forge to the spiritual home of real ale in the city, Kelham Island
To be precise it's being held in the Kelham Island Museum, which is behind the Fat Cat pub.
It kicks off on on Wednesday, October 29 and runs until Saturday, November 1.
Everything you need to know is on the festival website including some of the 150-strong beer list.
However, the Bloke from Hull has sent us this handy crib sheet, which looks like it's from festival organiser Andy Cullen. Here it is in full:

Sheffield CAMRA's 40th (Ruby Anniversary) Steel City Beer Festival
Wednesday 29th and Thursday 30th October 2014, open 5pm-11pm
Friday 31st October and Saturday 1st November 2014, open 12pm-11pm
NEW VENUE: Kelham Island Industrial Museum, Alma Street, S3 8RY (down a driveway next to Fat Cat pub)

PUBLIC TRANSPORT: buses 57/79/79A/81/82/84 to Shakespeare's pub on Gibraltar Street or buses 47/48/53/87 to Harlequin pub on Nursery Street. Alternatively Shalesmoor tram stop is about 5 mins walk away.

ENTRY FEES - vary by session, see website

GLASS - choice of pint glass or half pint glass, cost £2, unwanted glasses can be returned and cashed in on exit.

PROGRAMME - £1. This is the first time we have charged for the programme, this was a condition of budget approval. However much of the content including the beer list will be available on the website so you can avoid paying the £1 by printing your own!

BEER TOKENS - all bars only accept beer tokens. These are sold in £1 and 10p denominations and are spent like cash. Unused tokens can be either refunded or donated to charity.

FESTIVAL LAYOUT - There will be four areas to the festival and the beer list indicates which area each beer can be found. The Upper Hall contains bars and the main music stage, Millowners Pub is a traditional pub scene created in the museum and we will be using it's bar, Marquee contains further bars and stalls and outside area includes hot food outlets.

BEER LIST - the work in progress is now accessible at It’s our ruby anniversary! | CAMRA Sheffield & District . These are the beers ordered by myself (Andy Cullen) although you will spot some blank lines against certain breweries where I am awaiting confirmation of the beers - in most cases these are local breweries that are sponsoring a brewery bar, in Clarke's case Smoggy Dave off of the KIT has arranged for two beers to be brewed to the same recipe but with different yeasts. A further 20 beers are still to be added to the list which are being ordered relatively last minute by Dave Unpronounceable - these are all likely to be new/rare/interesting beers.

BEER AVAILABILITY POLICY - Our aim is all beers will go on sale at opening time on Wednesday evening and remain on sale until the cask is empty. If the beer is not ready to serve it will not go on sale until our cellar manager is confident there are no quality control issues. The only beer that will be 'held back' is where we have duplicate casks (cask 1 will go on sale from the start, there MAY be a break between cask 1 running out and cask 2 going on sale)

ENTERTAINMENT - bands on each evening except Wednesday in the Upper Hall. Some acoustic acts in the marquee to be confirmed. Pub quiz Saturday afternoon. Pub games running all sessions.

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