It’s that time of year again: the annual ale and music jamboree that is not a a CAMRA event yet remains one of our favorites. Mr & Mrs Fueled by Beer have ridden the rails once more to the heart of wildest West Berkshire for another Newbury Real Ale Festival…
This one-day event is organized and run by corporate sponsors with proceeds going to Naomi House and jacksplace. These vital charities provide hospice care for children and young adults with life-limiting conditions. As such, the real ale festival is a major funding source and therefore an extremely worthwhile event.
One area where Newbury handily beats the CAMRA-run festivals we’ve attended is in the musical entertainment. This year was no exception with the main stage featuring a string of tribute bands covering The Doors, Oasis, and Guns ‘N Roses, as well as a welcome return by reggae artist Faada Ras and his band The Majestics.
The drinks list included 143 cask ales of which 53 were from the following LocAle breweries: Arkell’s, Binghams, Butts, Indigenous, INNformal, Siren, Two Cocks, West Berkshire, and Wild Weather. Hop Back and XT were also represented, both breweries that fall just outside Newbury’s LocAle radius.
The remaining cask ales came from all around England, Wales and Scotland, and even included one from the Channel Islands. I have compiled (and updated) a sortable and filterable spreadsheet that lists all the ales, including where they’re from. This is maybe easier to read than the list on the festival website.