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Report on Stevenage Beer Festival 2017

We hope you enjoyed the 2017 Stevenage Beer Festival earlier this month.

The feedback we got from visitors was that they enjoyed the festival and the overall range of drinks. Having finally sifted through all your festival feedback forms and other data, here is a summary of the key statistics and points that we have identified from your feedback and our own.

If there are other points that you think would help us make the 2018 festival even better, please let us know.

Key Stats:

  • Beers Drunk (Pints): 6,050 (20% more)
  • Cider Drunk (Pints): 980
  • Thursday Attendees: 283 (10% down)
  • Friday Attendees: 1,123 (11% up)
  • Saturday Attendees: 509 (22% down)
  • Total Attendees:  1,915 (3% down)
  • Pints per person (Ale): 3.2 (25% up)

Drinks of the festival:

  • Ale: Joint winners are Alechemy Damona and Cloudwater Pale
  • Cider: Whin Hill – Brown’s Apple
  • Foreign: Founders – Breakfast Stout
  • Key Keg: Wild Weather – Damn Dead Strawberry

We’ll award the certificates to Alechemy & Cloudwater as soon as possible.

Key points:

  • Membership – 27 new members recruited to CAMRA – thanks for joining!
  • Attendance – It was great that we had increased attendance on the Friday. There may have been factors affecting the lower numbers on Saturday – railway line closures, no Stevenage FC home game, clash with the Six Nations Rugby.  However we will look again at our pre-festival publicity as well as sponsorship.
  • Seating – More seating was available this year and this was reflected as less we got feedback about lack of seating. However we’ll look at whether rectangular tables might be a better use of space & allow even more seats.
  • Food –  We are working with Stevenage Leisure, who provide the food as part of the terms of venue hire, to improve the food offering. We would welcome any suggestions subject to that point.
  • Glasses – The festival glasses, including the new stemmed half pint glass, were popular and there were very good sales of pint & half pint ones!
  • Signage – We will look to improve signage in and around the venue for next year, including making the “Bay numbers” more visible.
  • Charity – We will select a charity ahead of the next festival and ensure there are charity boxes  throughout the venue.
  • Pens – we’ll look at whether we can produce festival pens, as we got a lot of visitors asking for pens!


Save the Station pub

The Station pub at Knebworth is currently closed but the campaign to save the Station Pub is growing.
Join the Facebook group  and find out more information on a new website set up to raise awareness, support and funding to retain the Station as a community pub –
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Branch Annual General Meeting Notice

Advance notice of the CAMRA North Hertfordshire Branch Annual General Meeting.

The branch will be holding its Annual General Meeting on Friday 17th March, 2017 at The Orange Tree, Norton Road, Baldock, SG7 5AW from 8.00pm (see for directions). Note only CAMRA members can attend the AGM.

At this meeting the committee will[…Read on]

Events this week

Don’t forget there are two social events this week – on Wednesday we go for a stroll around Hitchin, while on Saturday there is a minibus trip. Details are on our branch diary page and in our calendar.

Stevenage Beer & Cider Festival 2017


Thanks to everyone who attended last week’s festival. We hope you had a great time! We’ll post the information from all the feedback forms as soon as possible – including who won the “Beer of the Festival” awards. If you’ve got any other feedback, please let us know. We’re now going straight into planning mode for the 2017 [...Read on]

Branch Cider / Perry Pub of the Year Competition

This competition is where we ask you to help choose the branch Cider Pub of the Year and covers real cider & perry Pub aspects only.

The limited numbers of pubs within the branch which serve “real” cider/perry as defined by CAMRA (see below), throughout the year have been assessed and a short list of the[…Read on]

CAMRA North Herts – Branch Pub of the Year

It is that time again where the members have an opportunity to become more active and support the CAMRA pub, real ale and cider campaigns. We ask you to help choose the Branch Pub of the Year. Many of you have contributed already in scoring your beers in WhatPub. This information has been used to give[…Read on]

Stevenage Beer & Cider Festival 2017 – cask ales

Listing updated for the final time (30 January). The information is here.

Stevenage Beer & Cider Festival 2017 – Key Keg list

The listing for the Key Keg bar has also been added:

Key Keg

Stevenage Beer & Cider Festival 2017

The beer, cider & International Bar listings are online now!

They may be subject to late revisions & we will update if and when anything changes. We will also add the Key Keg listing as soon as possible.

Stevenage 2017 Beer and Cider Festival

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