The Mayor of Lincoln, Cllr Keith Weaver officially opens the 2018 Lincoln Beer Festival by pulling a pint of the festival beer, watched by festival organiser Lauraine Compton and deputy organiser John Watkinson.
Planning is well underway for this years Lincoln Beer Festival. It’s shaping up to be another great event, but as usual we can not run it without your help!
Jobs include; getting people admitted into the festival, dispensing glasses to thirsty attendees, serving on one of our three bars, assisting the volunteering team, selling products at our CAMRA shop & signing up new members to the campaign on our membership stand. No experience? Don’t worry! Our core team of volunteers are happy to show you the ropes.
Benefits of working include;
- Free Refreshments
- Free Beer
- Food Subsidy
(Terms & conditions apply)
Any time you can spare is much appreciated be it one shift, one day or more!
Please visit Lincoln Beer Festival Volunteering for the volunteering form.
Volunteers needed on the following days on the following areas, these are the times of the day we need people, you do not have to do a full 12 hours, any time you can offer in any of the following areas is much appreciated, be it 3/4 hours or more!
Festival Set up;
Wednesday 23rd May 3-5 volunteers (Lunch provided)
- Thursday 24th May
- Ale Bar 18:00-Close 5 volunteers
- Door (Admissions) 15:00-17.00
- Products/membership 17:00-24:00 1 volunteer
- Friday 25th May
- Ale Bar 18:00-19:00 5 volunteers 19:00-24:00 6/7 volunteers
- Imported Bar 17:00-24:00 1 volunteer
- Door (Admissions) 16:00-19:00 2 volunteers
- Gate 17:00-18:00 1 volunteer
- Glasses 16:00-17:00 1 volunteer
- Products/Membership 16:00-19:00 1 volunteer
- Saturday 26th May
- Ale Bar 17:00-19:00 5 volunteers, 19:00-21:00 6, 21:00-close 7 volunteers
- Imported Bar 12:00-15:00 2 volunteers
- Gate 17:00-20:00 1 volunteer
- Door 11:15-13:00 1 volunteers, 16:00-18:00 2 volunteers, 18:00-21:00 3 volunteers
- Products/Membership 17:00-19:00 1 volunteer
- Glasses Counter 18:00-24:00 2 volunteers
- Take Down
- Sunday 27th 8 volunteers that can move scaffolding
- Tuesday 29th 5 volunteers to load scaffolding (Breakfast roll and soft drink/coffee provided)
The Mayor of Lincoln, Cllr Chris Burke, opens the 2017 Lincoln Beer Festival.
Cathedral Heights brewer, Steve Marston and Lincoln CAMRA committee member, Ashley Sewell, mashing the Festival ale Tritton Tank, brewed to mark 100 years since the first operational use of the tank, during the First World War. The Tank Mark 1 was based on “Little Willie” (The Lincoln Machine) which was built at William Foster and Company of Lincoln.
The tank-themed beers at the festival are:
- Tritton Tank (the Festival ale) from Cathedral Heights Brewery at Bracebridge Heath.
- Challenger II from Newby Wyke Brewery at Grantham.
- Tank Ale from Pheasantry Brewery at East Markham.
From humble beginnings in the late 1970s, the Lincoln Beer Festival has grown to become a major event in the city’s social calendar. Last year, over 3,500 customers enjoyed the traditional ales and great atmosphere. Visitors are attracted to the event from across the country.
The first Lincoln Beer Festival was held in the upstairs room of the Stag’s Head on Newport in 1977. Since then, it has been held in the Assembly Rooms and the old Drill Hall, and under canvas on the Brayford and The Lawns. The festival returned to the Drill Hall in 2005, and this year’s is the tenth to be held at the venue since it was refurbished.
Steve Renshaw, the festival organiser, said, “I’ve been to lots of beer festivals but I’ve not been in a better venue than the Drill Hall. The main bar area has plenty of room for drinkers to chat about the beers. We have live music in the café area, so it doesn’t impact on the conversations. And, if the weather is good, the courtyard is a great place to chill out. We’ve developed a really good relationship with the Drill Hall staff – putting on the event is a real team effort.”
The festival has two main aims. For those who are regular drinkers of real ale, cider and perry, a wide range of drinks is provided, many of which would not normally be found in this part of the country. Ales from many local breweries are also showcased. And for those who are not yet devotees, the huge variety of styles and flavours to be discovered in our traditional British drinks is demonstrated.
At the first festival, back in 1977, there were just ten beers. This year’s real ale list has more than 100 entries from all over the UK. Also featured are traditional, farm-produced cider and perry, plus bottled beers from around the world.
The festival is organised and staffed by unpaid volunteers from the Lincoln branch of the Campaign for Real Ale (CAMRA).