Leeds CAMRA Beer Cider and Perry Festival 2014 Stats
This year we had a Film theme as the oldest surviving moving pictures were filmed in Leeds and it is the 100th anniversary of Hyde Park Picture House in the city. Over 75% of beers / breweries were linked to films, some more tenuous than others. Sponsors included Leeds Brewery, Ridgeside Brewery, Pudsey Legal, Kirkstall Brewery, Wharfe Bank Brewery and Market Town Taverns.
From votes received by the festival-goers.
Beer of the Festival
1st Fernandes Black Voodoo
2nd North Riding Death Wish
3rd Ridgeside Eldorado
Mild of the Festival
1st Five Towns Monster Mash
2nd Goldmark Ebony Mild
3rd WharfeBank Printers Ink
Cider of the Festival (Joint winners)
Pure North Valley Gold & Gwynt-y-Ddraig Pyder.
Thursday AM 252 (121 members)
Thursday PM 515 (213 members)
Friday AM 407 (182 members)
Friday PM 753 (136 members)
Saturday 951 (305 members)
Total 2,878 (957 33.25% members)
Over 100 new members were signed up - the number of members recruited exceeded the number of kilderkins at the festival! Over 350 members took advantage of the 15 minutes advance opening. Over 60 students took up the offer of free entry on Thursday evening.
The attendance this year was 185 above last year, the total number of customers over the years is 69,079.
Just under 180 different cask conditioned beers were on offer from the United Kingdom split approximately as one third LocAle beers. The mild trail was proved popular again with a noticeable increase in the number of people following it. Golden Ales once more were a hit with virtually all of this style disappearing before the close of the festival.
Tasting panels sat to decide the Yorkshire and North East representatives in the Champion Beer of Britain in the Porter and Bitter categories.
The popularity of cider continues with the bar running out early on Saturday evening.
The global beer bar’s range of beers included 10 Walk of Fame beers where customers had the chance to win a bottle of beer.
Dates for the next festival are probably going to be 12th to 14th March 2015.