Ealing Beer Festival

25th Ealing Beer Festival

Venue

Walpole Park, Mattock Lane, W5 5BG.

Dates and Times:

The Festival is open from Wednesday 2nd to Saturday 5th July 2014, from noon to 10.30pm each day (last orders 10.10pm) except Saturday when we close around 6pm or when we run out of beer!

Admission Prices:

Public Admission is £4. Current CAMRA members get a £2 discount at all times.

The incomes helps us cover a small part of the operational costs of the festival and in addition £1 per admission is levied on us by Ealing Council as a park hire fee.

Volunteering at the 25th Ealing Beer Festival

If you wish to volunteer at the festival please complete a Staffing form.

TRADE ENQUIRIES:

Stalls:

Please contact Graham Harrison if you wish to have a stall at our festival.

Brewers:

Our beer list is being put together for 2014. Any brewer wishing to register an interest for inclusion in our festival is welcome to get in touch with us. However you must understand that we cannot guarantee you an order.

Please contact Jim Herdman.

Bands:

We have booked our bands for 2014

Sponsorship:

If you want to sponsor our staff t-shirts, our music tent, the festival banners, Tombola, etc., please contact Chris Bruton

Corporate Hospitality:

Bring your staff for an afternoon/evening to remember. Contact Chris Bruton for rates.

GENERAL ENQUIRIES:

Any general enquiries about the festival should be sent to info@ealingbeerfestival.org.uk.

Tickets:

There are no advance tickets on sale - please pay at the door.

Paying:

We operate cash bars. Payment by debit and credit card is only possible for books and clothing etc.
Sorry but we do not have the facilities to operate credit/debit card ‘tabs’ for drinks.
If you have change, please use it whenever you can.
We take £50 notes on the door and will change them at the CAMRA products stand but please do not use them at the bars.

Door policy:

Our staff have the same legal rights and obligations as pub licensees and can refuse admittance. For security reasons a bag check may be required. We also require proof of age for those under 25. Anyone who is behaving in a way which is likely to cause a danger to others will be removed from the site.

Children:

Children are allowed in free until 8pm. For safety reasons we request that all children leave the site by this time. Baby changing facilities in the disabled toilet.

Dogs:

We do allow dogs but not in the marquees. If they become aggresive you will be asked to take them from the festival site.

Smoking:

This is prohibited by law anywhere inside the marquees. When smoking in the park please use the ashtrays provided.

Queuing and safety precautions:

We have to operate to a strict limit on numbers in the festival.

If we have had to introduce a ‘one out, one in’ routine and you have had to queue for any time, we hope that you will accordingly appreciate why that was.

Although they are unpaid volunteers, a number of our stewards are fully SIA trained and accredited so please take notice of any announcements or requests from our stewards. Their only aim is to keep you safe.

Soft drinks:

Free tap water will be available behind the bars. Other soft drinks can be purchased from the soft drinks bar.

Seating:

We attempt to provide sufficient seating but there will never be enough for everybody. If dry you may wish to sit on the grass, otherwise feel free to bring a blanket.

Please do offer seats to those less able to stand and please do not reserve seats for those who have not arrived.

Music:

In the Aeronaut marquee:-

Wednesday - The Undercovers
Thursday - Junkyard Dogs
Friday - Midnight Rambler

Charity:

St John Ambulance logo

We are continuing our support for St John Ambulance who will again be in attendance this year.

Beers & Ciders

The Beer and Cider order has not been completed.

We will again increase the order for beer and cider attempting to cram in as much as our stillage will hold.

We will order around 300 different cask beers this year.

We do not hold back beer; once it is ready to go on sale - and it has to be ready because we will not compromise on quality - it goes on sale until it is sold.

To reiterate, we simply cannot guarantee that a particular beer will be on whilst you are at the festival.

Selection policy and LocAle:

CAMRA’s LocAle campaign is very important to us but both the Pig’s Ear Festival last December and the recently held London Drinker Festival heavily feature London beers. We will feature several local West London breweries but we tend to spread our net more widely to bring you what we hope is the best in British real ale.

Beer prices:

All our beer is purchased from the breweries or beer distribution companies on normal commercial terms.

Ealing Beer Festival follows CAMRA guidelines in charging what is reasonable for the area without seriously undercutting local pubs or excessive overcharging.

Cider and perry:

We will have a range of ciders and perries which have been carefully selected from small and medium producers.

Measures:

In line with CAMRA policy, our beers are served in oversized, lined glasses - both pint and half pint glasses are available. We also hope to have some commerative jugs as well as wine glasses. All beer glasses have a 1/3 pint line.

Beer and cider/perry of the Festival:

With your programme you will find a voting form for ‘Beer of the Festival’.

Please let us know not just your favourite real ale but cider, perry and foreign beer as well.

Breweries really value these awards.

Please put your form in the box on the Glasses Stand before you leave or fill in the survey/comments form which will appear on this website once we are open.

Foreign beers:

As ever, we have a good range of imported beers selected by Bar Manager Adam Miller from his wide personal knowledge.

Wines:

One again we will have English wines made from grapes and other fruits.

Real Ale in a Bottle:

A range of bottle-conditioned beers can be found on the foreign and bottled beer bar.

See the beer list for details when it is published.

Food:

We will have a number of food traders providing a wide variety. More details will be available closer to the festival.

Snacks are also available behind the bars and from the various food concessions.

*** Please note that the seating in the food tent is reserved for diners ***

Other London Area Festivals:

If you enjoy Ealing Beer Festival, how about visiting CAMRA’s other beer festivals in and around London:

  • May: Kidbrooke; Reading; Bexley; Kingston;
  • June: Thurrock
  • July: Ealing
  • August: Great British Beer Festival at Olympia
  • September: Ascot
  • October: Wallington; Twickenham
  • November: Watford
  • December: Pig’s Ear (East London)
  • February: Battersea
  • March: London Drinker Beer Festival
CAMRA Membership:

Pubs are disappearing at an alarming rate. Whilst London has been lucky in recent years with the growth of small (and not so small) breweries, with over fifty now producing all types of beer, there are now fewer places to drink them in!

If you have an interest in real ale and the pubs that serve it, why not join CAMRA and be one of over 158,000 members.

CAMRA is a not-for-profit body that is run locally and nationally by elected, unpaid volunteers and is completely independent of any commercial interest.

While we need activists, our strength is also in our numbers and, if you drink real ale in a pub, that in itself is positive campaigning.

For more information please come and see us at the Membership Stand.

Credits:

This event is organised and staffed entirely by volunteers, not just from West Middlesex Branch but also most other London branches of CAMRA and throughout the country.
No volunteer gets paid and all funds generated are passed to CAMRA centrally to be used for campaigning.
Thanks are due to all of those who have put in a lot of hard work and have given up many hours of their free time.

Acknowledgements:

The West Middlesex Branch of CAMRA would like to thank our sponsors, advertisers & Ealing Council for their support for the Ealing Beer Festival. We would also like to thank Mike Flynn and CAMRA South West London for the design of this website.