ALE No. 310: 30th Cambridge Beer Festival Programme : Buying Your Beer
Buying Your Beer - A Short Guide
Whether this is your first beer festival or you're an old hand, here's a few tips to help you and our
volunteer staff have an enjoyable time.
First, you'll need a glass. So if you haven't brought your own, you'll need to get one from the
glasses stall. A souvenir glass, available as either a half pint or a pint, is returnable if you
don't want to keep it. Note that the glasses are oversized and lined at the half and pint measure.
This is to ensure that you get a 10 or 20 fluid ounces of liquid (a full half/pint),
rather than the 95% which the Government thinks is OK.
Beers are arranged on the bars in alphabetical order by brewery. Staff may only serve beers
from the bar at which they are working, so please check carefully before ordering.
The beers listed in this programme are those that have been ordered.
We cannot guarantee that they will all be available at any given time,
so please refer to the signs on the cask ends to see exactly what's on.
Note that ciders, perries and foreign beers
are separate from the main bars.
The festival is organised and run entirely by volunteers, real ale enthusiasts who are doing this
because it's fun. Do feel free to ask bar staff about the beer, because they are extremely
knowledgeable - especially as the week goes on! You can even ask for a taste if you're not sure.
Please note that buying drinks for staff is not compulsory, but is very much appreciated!
When you're at the bar, particularly when we're very busy, please note the following to ensure
that we can serve you - and everyone else - as efficiently as possible. First, try to make your
selection before ordering, and go as closely as you can to the right place on the right bar. When
you have been served, please have your money ready, and then move away from the bar as
quickly as possible to let other people have a go.
Please be patient: we're only human. Staff try to serve everybody in turn, but when we're very
busy it can be difficult to keep track. Note that drawing attention to yourself by banging glasses,
money etc. on the bar tends to be counterproductive.
And finally, please don't ask if we've got "anything like Stella". A funny look often offends.
Have a nice festival!
ALE No. 310: 30th Cambridge Beer Festival
Cambridge & District CAMRA
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