Amber Valley CAMRA Beer & Cider Festival 2017
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The 8th Amber Valley CAMRA festival will be held at Strutts on Derby Road, Belper from Thursday 28th September to Sunday 1st October 2017.
The former Herbert Strutt Grammar School is situated on the A6 just outside the town centre and has its own car park, with the railway and bus stations only a short walk away and buses stopping right outside the venue. The festival is held in the main hall and various “classrooms” of this unique, atmospheric venue, with the bars being set up in a marquee in an adjoining playground. Several areas will be kept free for those who prefer to drink quietly, have a chat or to sample the great selection of hot and cold food that will be on offer from local caterer, Farmhouse Kitchen, during all sessions from Thursday to Saturday. Snacks and soft drinks will also be available with free soft drinks for designated drivers.
The festival will launch on Thursday with a special preview session from 4-6pm with free entry to all including non-members. This gives customers the opportunity to access the full range of beers, ciders and perries without the weekend crowds. This will be followed at 7.30pm by our popular, free-to- enter quiz with prizes, where table-service will be provided for participants.
There will be live music in the main hall on Friday and Saturday nights - for full details of all entertainment, opening times and prices, please check this site closer to the event.
2017 sees the bicentenary of the Pentrich Revolution. Pentrich and South Wingfield Revolution Group will be displaying artwork and historical pieces throughout the festival. The Group will be giving a talk on Saturday afternoon at 3pm with the opportunity to sample the revolution-themed beers brewed for the festival to commemorate the event. There will be a £3 entry fee for this talk and tasting session and spaces are limited so please pre-book at firstname.lastname@example.org or visit the membership desk on arrival.
Advance tickets are not required at any sessions but be sure to arrive early to ensure admission. Over 18’s only after 6pm. There is free wi-fi at the venue. Dogs are welcome but only allowed in certain areas.
There will be over 70 ales from around the country, showcasing a good mix of traditional styles along with some unusual and contemporary beers. The Cider Bar will be serving a varied selection of ciders and perries and also country wines and soft drinks. The beer and cider list will be available to view on our website closer to the event.
2017 Festival commemorative glasses in various styles will be on sale for £3 and hire glasses will be available on sale or return.
The Sunday session 12-2pm is free entry with any remaining beers at £2 a pint.
Amber Valley CAMRA look forward to welcoming visitors old and new and hope you have a great time with us at Strutts.
Amber Valley CAMRA Beer & Cider Festival 2016
Our 7th beer festival took place September 29th to Oct. 2nd at Strutt Community Centre in Belper. Opening on Thursday at 4pm with free entry until 6pm, the marquee contained 74 real ales plus 12 ciders, 3 perries, country and a variety of wines. Later that evening we held our first ever, prepared and presented by Pauline Finnie. Eleven teams competed to earn prizes of free beer or cider and the eventual winners were a trio from Arkwright Arms including landlady Emily. To allow contestants uninterrupted concentration, waiter service provided them with drinks from the marquee outside.
We are delighted to report that it was another very successful and enjoyable festival with record attendance on Saturday afternoon (516) breaking the 500 barrier for the 1st time in our 7 year history!!
We received very positive feedback about the venue, ambience, the beer list and our wonderful volunteers – people travelled from Rugby, Northampton, London, and even Scotland (Al, we salute you).
Saturday’s Meet The Brewer session featuring Landlocked’s Mike James was attended by 14 people who enjoying the story of a start-up micro-brewery and tasting the amazing results.
Friday night’s entertainment came from Wayward Brotherhood and The Cartoon Beatles – with much twisting and shouting by an enthusiastic crowd. Saturday’s popular acts were Midnight Pumpkin Trucks supported by Kick and Rush with attendees unperturbed by the torrential evening rain.
Hardly any ale or cider remained after Sunday lunchtime’s final drink-up session. The 1st beer to sell out (Friday) was Wild Beer’s Millionaire (chocolate in a barrel…) brewed in Somerset and the 2nd was Bridgehouse Tequila Blonde 3.8% pale brewed in West Yorkshire.
Many thanks to everyone who came along and supported the festival and especially to all the volunteers who gave their time and commitment to ensure the festival ran smoothly. We hope to see you all again next year – in 2017 the dates will be Thursday 28th September to Sunday 1st October. – put it in your diary.
If you would like to get involved in planning the 2017 event we welcome you to join us at our next meeting in January 2017. See the diary page for more information.
The 2015 event was covered by Belper News. Here's a link to their article http://www.belpernews.co.uk/news/local/beer-and-cider-lovers-enjoy-a-tipple-or-two-1-7484368
The 2014 event was an overwhelming success and Belper News also covered it. Here's a link to their article http://www.belpernews.co.uk/news/local/beer-lovers-pour-in-to-toast-camra-festival-1-6868599