The 14th Derby Winter Ale Festival will take place from the 21st to the 24th February 2018 at the Roundhouse in Derby.
The festival will showcase a selection of the best real ales from Derby's very own micro-breweries and from around the UK and also serve cider and perries, meads and a variety of continental beers, while a range of fantastic live bands will provide the entertainment.
Opening Times and Admission Prices
Wed 21st - 17:00 to 23:00 £3.00
Thur 22nd - 12:00 to 23:00 £2.00 to 17:30, £5.00 after 17:30
Fri 23rd - 12:00 to 23:00 £3.00 to 17:30, £6.00 after 17:30
Sat 24th - 11:00 to 23:00 £3.00 to 17:30, £6.00 after 17:30
Card carrying CAMRA members are free at all times. The festival allows access to under 18 year olds during the day, but please, they must vacate before 19:00 (7pm). OAPs are free at lunch times. Under 26s are half-price to all sessions. Further information can be found by downloading the poster (1Mb). Just click the link below.
The Roundhouse venue is part of the Derby College complex situated on the Eastern side of Derby Railway Station. If arriving by train use the Pride Park exit from the over-bridge. Click here to open Google Maps Roundhouse.
Free buses will be provided leaving Derby Exeter Bridge at 11:00 and then every half an hour until 21:30, calling at the bus station (bay 28) a few minutes later. The first bus on Wednesday will be 17:00. Buses return from the festival at xx:15 and xx:45, the last bus being 23:30.
Arriva also operate Route 4/4A between the bus station the back of the Roundhouse. Alight at the Roundhouse Way stop. There is a short cut opposite the stop which takes you to the front of the Roundhouse.
We hope to have the usual array of snacks and food to complement the tipples you are tasting.
Beer, Cider, Perry and Mead
We have a dedicated App with loads of information about the beers, ciders, perries and World Beer. There are two versions available. Click on the appropriate link below to download it onto you phone.
We expect to have a final list of over 360 different beer with be a strong emphasis on Derbyshire beers.
Brewery Bars; Four breweries will be featured at the festival. Peak Ales and Brunswick will have dedicated bars in the main Roundhouse. Shiny will be featured in the Carriage Room and Dancing Duck will have their own bar in the Music Marquee.
Cider and Perry
The cider and perry bars will be featuring real cider and perry.
We will have a range of meads from Derbyshire's own Mercian Mead plus some others. All will be available by the glass or bottle.
Once again there will be a dedicated bar showcasing bottled beers from around the world to tempt your taste buds. We will also have a keykeg bar featuring artisan breweries, hopefully from the USA, Italy and Belgium.
Entertainment will be provided in a separate marquee, which will have it's own Dancing Duck brewery bar. Click on the band name to see more information from their webpages/facebook.
Wednesday - Local band showcase; featuring up to 3 bands on the night.
Thursday - Damage Report; Derby based band covering indie, punk, mod and rock classics.
Saturday - Muse Inc; A Muse tribute.