logo2014The 15th Ayrshire Real Ale Festival will be held from Thursday 2nd – Saturday 4th October 2014, as usual in Troon Concert Hall.

We’re in the early stages of planning this year’s festival and have some special ideas for this year’s event – celebrating 40 years of CAMRA in Scotland, as well as the 30th Anniversary of our CAMRA Branch. We’re also an official Homecoming Scotland 2014 event. Watch this space for updates!

Given the Chancellor’s recent 1p reduction in Beer Duty in the Budget, we are delighted to say that we will be keeping the price of beer the same as the past few years, namely £1.40 / £1.50 /£1.60 per 1/2 pint depending on the strength of the beer.

We will be running Tutored Tastings again this year – times still to be confirmed – but we need more support for these if they are to continue. They are good value and a great way to learn about the styles and flavourings of beers.

Last year we had a record attendance of over 2,600 ale drinkers and 125 ales – and we still had beer left at closing time on Saturday (just!) –  as you lot are thirsty drinkers, we’ll be increasing our beer and cider orders yet again!

You can view plenty of photos from our past festivals here on the website and on our Facebook page – please sign up for it for regular updates. We’ll have our twitter feed again this year – @troonbeerfest using the hashtag #troonbeer

Please let us know your thoughts on the festival – good and bad, and we’ll feed it back to the organising committee for 2014. Contact us at feedback@ayrshirebeerfestival.co.uk

The festival is manned by CAMRA volunteers- if you are CAMRA member then you’re eligible to help out – previous experience isn’t necessary and there’s a wide range of duties available to help with – staffing details will be provided in the summer.

Not a member? Then sign up to CAMRA by clicking here.

Our 2013 Beer of the Festival, as voted for by our drinkers, was Burnside Brewery’s Stealth, a 6% extra special dark ale. Congratulations to the Laurencekirk-based brewery.

Every effort is made to ensure that all information on this site is accurate. No responsibility for errors or omissions will be accepted. The views expressed on this site are not necessarily those of The Campaign For Real Ale Limited or the organisers of the Ayrshire Real Ale Festival.

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