33rd Durham Beer Festival

Beer Festival 2013

J D Wetherspoon
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The 33rd Durham Beer Festival was held on the 28th – 31st of August at Dunelm House (Durham Students’ Union) on New Elvet in Durham City. There were 120 different cask beers, 30 ciders/perries, and also wines. All of the beers and 12 of the ciders were on handpulls.

There was a special session at 4pm-6pm on Wednesday for CAMRA members and trade representatives, before the festival was officially opened at 6pm by Mark Hird of Tavistock Leisure and a representative of the Lindisfarne Gospels exhibition. The beer list and cider list are available here.

The festival opening hours were:

Yard of Ale Brewery
Consett Ale Works
Sonnet 43 Brew House
Just A Minute Brewery
Tyne Bank Brewery
Wednesday 28th August 4pm-6pm (Trade/CAMRA Members)
6pm-11pm (General Public)
Thursday 29th August 11am-11pm
Friday 30th August 11am-11pm
Saturday 31st August 11am-11pm

Food and Wine


Catering was provided by Executive Catering & Coach Services. Like the previous year, the options included Hog Roast, sausages and burgers. This year there were also daily specials of curry, chilli and sweet and sour with rice (including vegetarian options). Wine was provided by The Hop, The Vine.

Sponsor A Barrel

Many thanks to all of this year’s barrel sponsors, who are shown below. If you would like to sponsor a barrel at the next festival, please contact the Festival Director.