The twenty fourth
CAMRA Bristol Beer Festival is now on Thursday 16th to
Sunday 19th November 2023 at City Hall, College Green,
Bristol. There will be a carefully chosen selection of
around 80 different real ales on sale over the course of
the festival as well as a range of around 30 ciders and
Tickets are on
sale now and can be purchased by clicking HERE
taken 15 November 2023!
This year there is
a new Friday lunchtime session which has already sold out.
Ticket prices for the other sessions are unchanged from
last year with Thursday, Friday and Saturday costing £14
and tickets for the session on Sunday afternoon costing
£11. Tickets for all sessions include £5 worth of beer
festival tokens, which customers will receive on entry
enabling them to go straight to the bar. Also included are
a festival programme and commemorative glass. Please note
that as the branch still has a large stock of unused
glasses that we had made for the 2020 beer festival (which
was cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic) these will be
used for this festival. On presentation of a current
membership card when entering the festival, CAMRA members
will also receive a voucher on entry for a half pint of
beer up to 5% ABV.
In light of
customer feedback that at the peak of some sessions of the
2022 festival it felt a bit too crowded, the overall
number of tickets on sale per session has been reduced.
The festival organisers are aware that some people prefer
Brunelís Old Station at Temple Meads as a venue, however
it is not currently available for hire.
tickets please double check that you have selected the
correct session(s) that you want to attend and that you
enter your email address correctly.
We strongly advise keeping an eye on this website for further beer festival information including updates about ticket availability and the beer and cider lists as they become available.
Tickets for the Friday lunchtime, Friday evening and Saturday lunchtime sessions are SOLD OUT.
Code of Conduct
CAMRA has produced a Code of Conduct that applies to everyone attending a CAMRA beer festival, including ours. You can read it HERE
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Some judging sessions were organised by the branch tasting panel and the cider team and the results of their deliberations were as follows:
1st Elland 1872 Porter
2nd Orkney Dark Island
3rd Long Man Rising Giant
4th Cumbrian Ales Loweswater Gold
Cider of the festival: Dorset Nectar Sweet Maiden
In addition to the
public sessions there will be a 'Trade session' on
Thursday 16th November which will start at 1pm and end at
4pm. The session is intended for brewers and the allied
trades but we would also like to hear from publicans with
an interest in real ale who may wish to attend. For more
information or to register interest to attend please
The 2022 CAMRA Bristol Beer Festival took place from Thursday 17th November to Sunday 20th November at City Hall, College Green, Bristol. This is where the festival was held for the first few years before moving to the larger venue of Brunelís Old Station at Temple Meads. This was our first branch beer festival since 2019 (the 2020 event was cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic) and it was great to be back!
to moving to a smaller venue (Brunel's Old Station at Temple
Meads was not available for hire) some compromises were
necessary, such as the number of food vendors and not having
a separate LocAle bar. But overall the festival went well
and was a great team effort, with lots of unpaid CAMRA
volunteers pitching in at fairly short notice to make it
happen. Very well done everyone!
Sponsorship deals help to balance the festival budget and keep prices down for customers, so a big thank you to the main sponsors Arbor Ales and Exeter Brewery and all the other pubs and breweries that took out adverts in the programme or sponsored sections of the stillage.
A branch member kindly managed to arrange a presentation of the third place certificate at Fyne Ales brewery in rural Argyll (Scotland):