Festival Dates

When is it?

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Thursday 10th July Noon 11pm
Friday 11th July Noon 11pm
Saturday 12th July Noon 11pm
Sunday 13th July 12:30pm 4:30pm

The 2017 Scottish Real Ale Festival will run from Thursday 10th July to Sunday 13th July. We’re open from 12 noon to 11pm every day, with the exception of Sunday when we’ll close at 4:30pm (or when the beer runs out, whichever is sooner).

What to expect

When you arrive at the Edinburgh Corn Exchange, you’ll pay your entry fee (£6 or £4 for CAMRA members) and be given a souvenir pint or half-pint glass. This glass is yours to keep so remember to take it to the bar when you want a drink. The glass also entitles you to free entry if you return to the festival later.

The glass has lines for third, half and pint measures so you can drink what you like in the quantity you choose, whether you want to stick to a few beers you like or try a little of a wide range. SRAF operates a cash bar, with prices displayed on the cask and by the handpumps. You can see a summary of the prices to the right (2013 prices shown, subject to change).

ABV Third Half Pint
0%-3.2% £1.00 £1.40 £2.80
3.3%-3.9% £1.00 £1.50 £3.00
4.0%-4.9% £1.10 £1.60 £3.20
5.0%-5.9% £1.20 £1.70 £3.40
6.0%+ £variable £variable N/A

You’ll also get a programme which details the beers we’ll have available along with some information about CAMRA in Scotland. Please note that while every effort is made to ensure the information is correct at the time of going to print, it’s possible that for whatever reason some beers may be unavailable. Real Ale is a living product so it’s never entirely predictable — and that’s a good thing!

What is it?

Festivals are run entirely by volunteers brought together by an interest in beer. All of the beers served at the festival are “real ale”, which means they still contain live yeast and undergo “secondary fermentation” in the casks they’re poured from. You’ll see the familiar handpumps which draw beer from the casks to the bar, but there’ll also be beer served “on gravity” where a tap is driven straight into the cask.

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