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Thursday, 4 July 2013

Derby CAMRA City Charter Summer Beer and cider Festival, Wednesday 10th July to Sunday 14th July 2013.

The 2013 Derby Summer Beer Festival is here!
Wednesday 10th July to Sunday 14th July.
Follow my live tweets from this festival : AndySavage1969

Update : 10th July evening - The entrance to this festival is opposite the Quad. The right queue is for Camra members, Left for paying public. You will be given  a wristband to put on. Glass rental is £2.50.
There is free wi-fi but its hopeless, you have to create an account on DerbyLive to use it and its slower than dialup (see my tweets). The marquee is pretty warm even though it was cloudy so imagine if its sunny then its going to be unbearable in there! The stage is at one end and the bar along the side. The rest of the drinks are in the Darwin suite which means you have to walk outside and along to the entrance then up four flights of stairs.

This year we have gone all high-tech, for the first time ever you can now download a free Derby Beer Festival App, allowing you to rate and keep notes on your selected drinks. See my detailed review of this : Derby Beer Festival App.

Here is my complete guide to one of the biggest and best Beer festivals in Derby, If I have missed anything please let me know. I have included opening Dates and Times, Admission Prices, Maps, Photographs, Beer and Cider lists, App review, accommodation, Entertainment details including videos of all the acts you can see at this years beer festival.

Derby Summer Beer Festival leaflet.
Download a full program from here : Derby Summer Beer Festival 2013.

This years Derby Summer Beer Festival takes place from Wednesday 10th July to Sunday 14th July 2013 in a large marquee in front of the Assembly rooms  :
Derby Assembly Rooms, venue for the Derby CAMRA summer beer festival.

Derby Market Place is near the Quad. Normally the summer beer festival takes place in the Assembly Rooms but this is currently closed for renovation so this year the festival is taking place in a large marquee on the Market Place as well as the Darwin Suite.

Map Location for the Derby Summer Beer Festival :

View Derby CAMRA summer beer festival venue. in a larger map

Getting to the festival
Derby Beer and Cider festival is located on the Market Place, Follow signs for Derby Assembly rooms or The Quad or just look for the large marquee. There are normally yellow or green "beer festival this way" signs around the city, keep an eye out for those. Or use my smartphone map link to get walking route directions from your current location.

By Train
Derby Railway Station is about a 15 minute walk away from this beer festival. Use my smartphone link to get your walking route. Upon leaving the railway station you will need to turn right onto Railway Terrace, you will see the Waterfall pub in front of you (old Railway Institute building).
From outside The Waterfall you can catch one of many different bus services into Derby Bus Station such as 45, 40, 44, 73, 109, 702, Skylink, X52 These all stop at the bus station so plenty of choice.
When you are coming back from the beer festival these same buses can be caught from the bus station and will drop you off at the new frontage at Derby Railway Station. So perfect if you are planning on using the train to get here.

By Bus
Derby Bus Station is conveniently located right in the centre of Derby and is just a couple of minutes walk to the beer festival. You can pretty much get a bus from here to anywhere as it's a major bus hub. The 40,44,45 and Skylink buses pick up and drop off between the Railway Station and the Bus Station.
Just turn right out of the bus station front entrance and walk into the city centre towards the roundabout with three small fountains in it then over that one towards the next roundabout with the large fountain in the centre, you will now be next to the Quad building and should see the large beer festival Marquee on the market place, This is Derby Beer Festival 2013 !

If you plan to make the most of the five day beer festival then you may want to stay in a hotel in Derby. Derby has lots of choice for hotels. If you are arriving in Derby by Train then Midland Road has several hotels to choose from, all literally less than 2 minutes walk from Derby Railway Station such as Hallmark Hotel (formerly known as the Midland Hotel)
Also just around the corner (On London Road) is The Stuart Hotel.
Just down Railway terrace past The Brunswick Ale house is The Alexandra Hotel which is a B&B and real ale house too.

From Derby railway station, walk across the footbridge to the Pride Park side of the station and you will find the Ramada Encore Derby on Locomotive Way and Express by Holiday Inn on Pride Parkway both just a few minutes stroll away.

If you prefer a hotel that is conveniently located in the City Centre so you can easily walk to the beer festival then you have a choice of hotels such as The Holiday Inn or Hilton Derby which are both located within the Riverlights Bus Station complex. The beer festival is just a 3 minute walk from here, You can't get any closer than that!
There is the Cathedral Quarter Hotel on St Mary's Gate if you want something a bit posh. A Jurys Inn hotel at the very top of Iron Gate which is about 5 minute walk to the beer festival.

If you are arriving by car and are not familiar with the layout of Derby then you may prefer a hotel that is located off a main road that is easy to find.
For example hotels located on Pride Park such as Travelodge Derby on Derwent Parade, Express by Holiday Inn on Pride Parkway or Premier Inn Derby East on Stanier way at The Wyvern. These hotels are all easy to find from the A52 and the Jurys Inns Derby Hotel on King Street.

Smartphone Map Location
Click here for a Smartphone Drop Pin <-- Tap this link on your iPhone.
When you tap the link above, it will launch your mapping application and place a "push pin" onto the map with the exact location of the entrance to Derby summer beer festival. You can then use this marker to get driving, walking or bus directions from your current location.
For example on an iPhone you tap the Directions button at the bottom and this will pre-fill in the start and end locations so just tap the Route button at the bottom and it will show you either the driving route or the walking route.

Its best to arrive by foot, there is plenty of parking outside for your Beer Scooter :)

Here are the opening times for the 2013 Deby beer festival.
  • Wed 10th July 6:30pm to 11pm
  • Thurs 11th July 11am to 11pm
  • Fri 12th July - 11am to 11pm
  • Sat 13th July - 11am to 11pm
  • Sun 14th July - 12pm to 2pm

Admission Prices for non-camra members :
  • Wed 6:30pm -11pm £3
  • Thur 11am - 5:30pm £1, 5.30pm onwards £5
  • Fri 11am - 5:30pm £2, 5.30pm onwards £6
  • Sat 11am - 5:30pm £3, 5.30pm onwards £6
  • Sun Free entry to all
Admission is completely free to CAMRA Members.

Beer and Cider list for 2013 (use the free app for an up to date list):

Ashover 6.0% - Medium from Ashover, Derbyshire.
Biddenden Bushels 6.0% - Med Sweet from Ashford, Kent.
Bottle Kicking 7.0% - Med Sweet from Hallaton, Leicestershire.
Carey Organic 7.0% - Med Dry from Carey, Herefordshire.
Charnwood 6.0% - Med Dry from Charnwood, Leicestershire.
Dunkertons 7.0% - Med Sweet from Pembridge, Herefordshire.
Double Vision 7.4% - Med Sweet from Maidstone, Kent.
Greenwood 6.0% - Medium from Carleton Rode, Norfolk.
Gwatkins Stoke Red 7.5% - Sweet from Abbeydore, Herefordshire.
Gwynt y Ddraig Black Dragon 7.2% - Medium from Pontypridd, Glamorgan.
Gwynt y Ddraig Celtic Warrior 5.5% - Med Sweet from Pontypridd, Glamorgan.
Hecks Bramley & Honey 6.5% - Medium from Street, Somerset.
Hecks Port Wine of Glastonbury 6.5% - Med Sweet from Street, Somerset.
Naish 6.0% - Dry from West Pennard, Somerset.
Parson's Choice 6.0% - Sweet from West Lyng, Somerset.
Pickled Pig Porkers Snout 6.5% - Medium from Streatham, Cambridgeshire.
Rich 6.0% - Sweet from Watchfield, Somerset.
Rockingham 6.5% - Medium Dry from Rockingham, Leicestershire.
Ross-on Wye 6.5% - Medium from Peterstow, Herefordshire.
Sheppys 6.0% - Med Sweet from Bradford-on-Tone, Somerset.
Spencer & Haspel 8.4% - Dry from Ockbrook, Derbyshire.
Springfield Red Dragon 7.1% - Medium from Llangovan, Monmouthshire.
Swallowfields 5.6% - Medium from Hope Mansell, Herefordshire.
Thatchers Cheddar Valley 6.0% - Med Sweet from Sandford, Somerset.
Three Cats 6.7% - Sweet from Morley, Derbyshire.
Westcroft Janets Jungle Juice 6.5% - Medium from Brent Knoll, Somerset.
Whin Hill Dabinett 7.0% - Med Dry from Wells-next-the-Sea, Norfolk.
Wilkins 6.0% - Med Sweet from Wedmore, Somerset.
Winkleigh Autumn Scrumpy 7.5% - Med Sweet from Winkleigh, Devon.
Woodys 6.0% - Medium from Burton-on-Trent, Staffordshire.

Broadoak 7.5% - Sweet from Clutton Hill, Somerset.
Butford Organics 6.5% - Med Dry from Bodenham, Herefordshire.
Double Vision Impaired Vision 7.4% - Med Sweet from Maidstone, Kent.
Dunkertons 6.0% - Med Sweet from Pembridge, Herefordshire.
Gwynt y Ddraig Two Trees 4.5% - Med Sweet from Pontypridd, Glamorgan.
Hecks Blakeney Red 6.5% - Medium from Street, Somerset.
Newton Court 6.0% - Sweet from Leominster, Herefordshire.
Pickled Pig 6.5% - Medium from Streatham, Cambridgeshire.
Rathays 7.0% - Medium from Sutton St. Nicholas, Hereford.
Ross Cider & Perry Co. 6.0% - Med Dry from Peterstow, Herefordshire.
Swallowfields Painted Lady 5.5% - Med Sweet from Hope Mansell, Herefordshire.
Whin Hill 6.0% - Medium from Wells-next-the-Sea, Norfolk.

Darwin Suite
8 Sail Damson Porter 5.0% - from Lincolnshire.
8 Sail Mill Stone 4.5% - from Lincolnshire.
Castle Rock Else Mo 4.5% - Best Bitter from Nottingham, Notts.
Castle Rock Screech Owl 5.5% - Strong Bitter from Nottingham, Notts.
Castle Rock Trailing Snapdragon 4.2% - Wheat Beer from Nottingham, Notts.
Castle Rock Tway Blade 6.0% - Strong Bitter from Nottingham, Notts.
Everards Tiger 4.2% - Best Bitter from Leicestershire.

Adnams Fatsprat 3.8% - from Suffolk.
Acorn Kazbek IPA5.0% - from West Yorkshire.
Acorn Yorkshire pride 3.7% - from West Yorkshire.
All Saints St Adbon 4.3%
All Saints St Arnold 4.6%
All Saints St Pirans Bitter 4.0%
Appleford Brightwell Gold 4.0% - from Oxfordshire.
Ashover Palule 3.8% - Golden Ale from Ashover, Derbys.
Ashover Sundial 6.3% - Golden Ale from Ashover, Derbys.
Barlow Bettys Blonde 4.0% - Golden Ale from Derbys.
Barlow Three Valleys 5.0% - Best Bitter from Derbys.
Bateman Orange Barley - from Lincolnshire.
Black Iris Abseil IPA - from Derby.
Bottle Brook Mellow 5.7% - from Derbyshire.
Bottle Brook Rapture 5.9% - from Derbyshire.
Brampton Best 4.2% - Best bitter from Derbyshire.
Brampton Wasp nest 5.0% - from Derbyshire.
Brunswick Rocket 4.7% - from Derby.
Buxton Axe Edge 6.8% - from Buxton, Derbys.
Buxton Gold 5.2% - from Buxton, Derbys.
Castle Rock Black Gold 3.7% - Mild from Nottingham, Notts.
Castle Rock Harvest Pale 3.8% - Golden Ale from Nottingham, Notts.
Coastal Errosion 7.5% - from Cornwall.
Coastal Hop Monster 3.7% - from Cornwall.
Coastal Merry Maidens Mild 4.0% - Mild from Cornwall.
Coppice Side Derby Blonde - from Heanor, Derbyshire.
Coppice Side Old Minor - from Heanor, Derbyshire.
Dark Star American Pale Ale 4.7% - from West Sussex.
Dark Star Espresso 4.2% - from West Sussex.
Dark Star Hophead 3.8% - from West Sussex.
Dark Star Revelation 5.7% - from West Sussex.
Dark Star Summer Meltdown 4.8% - from West Sussex.
Derventio Abbey Bitter 4.5% - from Derby, Derbyshire.
Derventio Cleopatra 5.0% - from Derby, Derbyshire.
Marlpool Blind Borris 3.5% - Mild from Marlpool, Derbyshire.
Marlpool Owd Sowj 5.0% - Strong Bitter from Marlpool, Derbyshire.
Muirhouse Bar
Muirhouse Tick Tock 4.0% - Festival Special from Ilkeston, Derbys.
Muirhouse Shopping for Hops 3.9% - from Ilkeston, Derbys.
Muirhouse Summit Hoppy 4.0% - from Ilkeston, Derbys.
Muirhouse Magnum Mild 4.5% - Mild from Ilkeston, Derbys.
Muirhouse Hat Trick IPA 5.2% - from Ilkeston, Derbys.
Muirhouse Stumbling About 5.2% - from Ilkeston, Derbys.
Fullers Bar
Fullers London Pride - from Chiswick, London.

Here is a video of the opening night of the 2012 Derby Summer Beer Festival :

Live Entertainment at Derby Beer Festival 2013  :

Liquid Brass

In addition, Ripley Morris Men will be strutting their stuff in the musical breaks.
Ripley Morris Men video on Youtube.


Martin Atterbury
Video of Martin playing at Burton Beer Festival this year.


A welcome return from Radio Mary. As well as playing all the usual venues, the band has also delighted race-goers at the Cheltenham Festival and Aintree's Grand National !
Video of Radio Mary.


Bill Bailey's Jazz Band are back for a session of New Orleans Blues and foot-tapping trad jazz.
Video of Bill Baileys Jazz Band.


Shamus O'Blivion
Video of Shamus O'Blivion.

The Herron Brothers
Video of the Herron Brothers.


3 Eyed Fox
Video of 3 Eyed Fox.

Rip it up


Joint Honours
Video of Joint Honours.

The Legendary Steaming Isaacs

Backline Blues
Video of Backline Blues.


Blues Town will give visitors the best of R and B with the help of a few guests.


By the way if you  are a cider lover and don't get a chance to goto Derby Beer and cider Festival then goto the JD Wetherspoons Cider Festival that starts on the same day but runs to the end of July.

Enjoy !


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