Feature: Derby Summer Beer Festival

Derby Summer beer festival is an annual event that takes place at the Assembly rooms. Rob went down to have a look around. 


Now in its 35th year, the Derby summer beer festival was as busy as ever with queues trailing back all the way into the square. As always the festival supplied beer from breweries all over the country as well the best Derbyshire has to offer, such as Dancing Duck, Raw, Spire, Thornbridge, Magic Rock and Buxton. There was also plenty of cider and other such tipples in case ale isn’t your thing with many food stalls to keep those stomachs safely lined. I was stupid enough to try some “scorpion death chilli chocolate” which was so hot it immediately caused my head to cave in, honestly it was like eating napalm. I will NEVER trust chocolate again.

Unfortunately the beers I was particularly looking forward to were all but gone, which just goes to show how busy the festival was. Luckily there were plenty more to choose from and I definitely got my £6 worth. Beer of the night for me was probably Fuller’s London Porter although Dancing Duck’s Abduction is always a treat.

The festival goers of you will be pleased to know that recently Derby has been awarded the Great Northern Beer Festival which had been hosted in Manchester for a number of years. This was a great trial run for Derby in preparation for 2014 when the festival finally moves and also showed why the chaps at Derby Camera deserve to play host to this great event. As the festival usually takes place in October the venue will probably be Derby College's The Roundhouse, which is a stunning building and will be an amazing location for our new local beer event. 

These kinds of events take a huge amount of work by very dedicated people who do it only for the love of doing it, and probably the beer. So well done to all the festival organisers and of course to all those volunteers who help run the event by working the bars, stalls and doors. A great event and looking forward to the winter festival.