Leeds CAMRA Beer Cider and Perry Festival 2013 Stats
This year we had a Top 20 theme as this was our 20th year at Pudsey Civic Hall. Sponsors included Ridgeside Brewery, Leeds Brewery, The Commercial Pudsey, Kirkstall Brewery, Market Town Taverns, WharfeBank Brewery, Greene King, Old Cock Otley and The Grove Holbeck.
From votes received by the festival-goers.
Beer of the Festival
1st Kirkstall Imperial Special Stout
2nd North Riding Dig In and Sup Ton Up
3rd Kirkstall Generous George
Mild of the Festival
=1st Ridgeside Mystery Mild
=2nd 8 Sail Black Widow
=2nd Fernandes Malt Shovel Mild
Cider of the Festival
Pure North Deanhouse Dry.
Thursday AM 295 (163 members)
Thursday PM 493 (179 members)
Friday AM 464 (140 members)
Friday PM 608 (148 members)
Saturday AM 450 (199 members)
Saturday PM 383 ( 57 members)
Total 2,693 (886 32.90% members)
60 new members were signed up, consolidating Leeds position as one of the biggest branches in Yorkshire. Just under 400 members took advantage of the 15 minutes advance opening. Over 80 students took up the offer of free entry on Thursday evening. With queues virtually disappearing after opening time there were only brief periods of ‘one out one in’.
The attendance this year was below the average, the total number of customers over the years is 66,201.
Other factsJust over 200 different cask conditioned beers were on offer from the United Kingdom including a good number of LocAle beers. The popular mild trail was undertaken by loads of drinkers, with 20 to choose from.The treasure trail was followed by loads of people with many completing it successfully and entering the competition for a beery prize.Tasting panels sat to decide the Yorkshire and North East representatives in the Champion Beer of Britain in the Mild and Strong Bitter categories.The popularity of cider continues with one of our biggest orders of cider and perry to date, with a choice remaining right to the end.The global beer bar’s range of beers included 20 Solid Gold classic ales and the Beer of the Festival winning cask conditioned beer.
Dates for the next festival are probably going to be 13th to 15th March 2014.