The 15th Ayrshire Real Ale Festival will be held from Thursday 2nd – Saturday 4th October 2014, as usual in Troon Concert Hall.
This year we are celebrating 40 years of CAMRA in Scotland, as well as the 30th Anniversary of our CAMRA Branch. To mark this occasion we are setting up a special Champion’s Bar in the adjacent Walker Hall on Thursday from 5pm* and all day Friday and Saturday featuring 30 former Champion Beers of Britain and Scotland, in addition to the main bar in the concert hall featuring our usual varied range of over 120 quality ales from around the UK.
(* Initial advertising only showed Friday and Saturday, but we have now managed to get earlier access to the Walker Hall on Thursday allowing us to open the Champion’s Bar sooner.)
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 on Thursday and Friday at 6pm. The cost is just £5 but we need more support for these if they are to continue. They last about an hour and are great value and a good way to learn about the many styles and flavourings of beers. Anyone interested can either email email@example.com with your name and time, or go to the Products Stall at the festival and add your name to the list. Payment will be taken at the Product Stall.
Our live entertainment is always popular – Friday night sees the return of festival favourites “Wildcard” performing their varied mix of pop and rock. On Saturday afternoon we have a slight change to the advertised entertainment in that Irvine & District Pipe Band will now be playing for us (instead of Troon Black Rock). On Saturday evening, we’re looking forward to welcoming “Chitterybite” to the festival for the first time. They are an increasingly popular Scottish folk / ceilidh band based in the Glasgow area.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org
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