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Good, Better, Best....?
Three years since moving to The Roundhouse, Pride Park DE24 8JE and Derby CAMRA's Winter Beer Festival's team of roughly 200 Volunteers have lots to smile about.
The Winter Festival in February 2013 saw 8,700 customers enjoy 36,000 pints of real ale, cider, perry and continental beers. Clever initial beer ordering and a small reorder meant 120 real ales from all over the country, in a variety of styles were available right up to "time at the bars" on Saturday night.
Some high points worth noting include welcoming 135 new members who joined the Campaign during the Festival. The judging of the East Midlands 4 winter style categories and the phenomenal success of Grainstore Brewery in scooping Gold for 3 out of 4 categories. Support of 8 Derby City pubs which created an innovative blue Festival t-shirt proclaiming Derby the real ale capital of the world. Brewery Bars where Derventio and Shiny showcased what Derby does so well makes wonderful beers!! Plus that limited edition purple Volunteers only t-shirt sponsored by Dancing Duck Brewery which had a certain WOW factor.
Some changes were made this year and while moving the music into a separate marquee proved popular the entrance marquee will needs a bit more fine tuning to be ready for 2014.
Thank you to:
· all our customers I received lots of comments about happy helpful volunteers and about the great beer range & beer quality;
· the brewers thanks for your passion, skill & support;
· Derby generally the sympathetic Railway Station staff, Radio Derby for 2 live interviews and Derby Telegraph for their unique coverage. Winter Festival has become an unmissable event in Derby's calendar and one we can all be proud of;
· the Volunteers and Roundhouse staff thank you all.
Already thoughts are turning towards 2014 and the long heralded arrival of CAMRA National Winter Ales Festival (NWAF) which will replace Derby Winter Festival for at least 3 years. In truth the formula we put together for 2013 might not alter too much but we will need more Volunteers so please pop the provisional dates into your diary and book leave from work as it's going to be amazing!!
2014 NWAF dates are provisionally from Wednesday 19th February until Saturday 22nd February keep an eye here and on our Facebook pages for confirmation and more details.
Winter Festival Chair