Now in its 28th year, this volunteer- organised event has developed to give you the opportunity to experience a wide range of beers from hoppy, golden American Pales to dark, traditional bitters, and tasty stouts and porters, as well as great range of ciders and perries including an increased range of fruity ciders.   If you have not tried us before and fancy experiencing some new  then why not give us a go. Our bar staff are always willing to advise if you have any questions on tastes and styles or CAMRA. 

The event takes place at Chippenham’s Olympiad and ticket prices include a souvenir glass, programme and some beer tokens to get you started. Food will be available at all sessions, with music from People Like Us on Saturday night. See  website for ticket details and Facebook page or twitter @ChippBeerFest for updates.  Tickets are available from the Three Crowns, the Causeway or the Prince of Wales Micropub, Station Hill or online.

This year we will be using your surplus tokens to support St John's Ambulance who support us every year by being present at our festival and Prostate Cancer UK which has personally affected two members of the Beer Festival Staff in the last year.

The 2019 Beer list is looking at about 90 Real Ales this year, from the following list:

Arbor - Space Hardware - 6.5%
Arbor - I Speak For The Trees - 5% APA
Arkells - Spring Hopper - 4% Pale 
Arundel - Sussex Gold - 4.2% Golden 
BAD - Dark Necessities - 5.5% Stout 
Bays - Gold - 4.3% Golden
Box Steam - Machine Head - 3.6% APA
Box Steam - Golden Bolt - 3.8% APA
Box Steam - Piston Broke - 4.5% Golden
Beartown - Bearskinful - 4.2% Best Bitter
Big Lamp - Keelman Brown - 5.7% SB
Black Flag - Fang - 4% Golden
Black Iris - Bajan Breakfast - 4% 
Bowland - Hen Harrier - 4% 
Brotherhood - American Red - 4.5%
Castle Rock - Screech Owl - 5.5% IPA
Charnwood - Vixen - 4% 
Church Farm - Harry's Heifer - 4.2% 
Clavell & Hind - Coachman - 3.8%
Conwy - Beachcomber Blonde - 4.2% Pale Ale
Corinium - Firebird - 4%
Cotswold Lion - Black Sheep - 4.9% Porter
Dancing Duck - 22 - 4.3% Best Bitter
Dark Star - Festival - 5% 
Dark Star - APA - 4.7% APA
Dorset - Yachtsman - 4.7% 
Driftwood Spars - Blue Hills - 4%
Electric Bear - Werrrd! - 4.2% APA
Electric Bear - Howdy Ho! American Brown - 5.1%
Exe Valley - Exeter Old Bitter- 4.8%
First Chop - Jam - 4% APA
Fixed Wheel - Blackheath Stout - 5% 
Flipside - Flipping Best - 4.6% 
Flying Monk - Circuit Bitter - 4.3% 
Flying Monk - Mighty Monk - 4.3%
Flying Monk - Birdman - 4.6%
Grain - Best Bitter - 4.2%
Great Heck - Dave 3.9%
Green Jack - Ripper - 8.5% 
Gun Dog - Yankee Poodle - 4.7%
GWB - Bloody Nora - 4.7%
Hal's - Mick's Mild - 3.8%
Heavy Industry - Freak Chick - 4.5%
Itchen Valley - Pure Gold - 4.8%
Kelham Island - Pride of Sheffield - 4%
Kettlesmith - Streamline - 2.8%
Kettlesmith - Stone Angel Gruit - 5.2%
Leatherbritches - Scoundrel Porter - 4.1%
Lincolnshire Brewing - You've Been Mangoed - 5.6%
Loch Lomond - Southern Summit - 4%
Long Man - Best Bitter - 4%
Magic Rock - Ringmaster - 3.9%
Moles (Wickwar) - Best - 4%
Moor - Stout - 5%
Moor - Nor'Hop - 4.1%
Moor - Radiance - 5%
Moorehouse's - Black Cat Mild - 3.4%
Mumbles - Gold - 4.3%
Nene Valley - Mid-week Bender - 7.4%
Nethergate - Old Growler Porter - 5%
New Bristol Brewery - Homebrew Loser Soup - 6.5% IPA
New Bristol Brewery - Lemon Jelly IPA - 6.5%
Oakham Ales - Green Devil IPA - 6%
Otter - Head - 5.8%
Orkney - Cliff Edge IPA - 4.7% 
Padstow - Windjammer - 4.3%
Penzance - Potion No. 9 - 4%
Plain Ales - Innspiration 4%
Prince of Wales - Spawn IPA 4.8%
Ramsbury - Simcoe 2 - 4.3%
Rebellion - Smuggler - 4.2%
Rother Valley - Level Best - 4%
Salopian - Hop Twister APA - 4.5%
Shardlow - Reverend Eaton - 4..5%
Shotover - Scholar - 4.5%
Siren - Broken Dream Breakfast Stout - 6.5%
Skinners - Portleven - 4.8%
St Austell - Proper Job - 4.5%
Stealth - Covert - 3.9%
Stealth - Recluse - 4.4%
Stealth - Solitude - 5.3%
Stonehenge - Pigswill - 4%
Summerskills - Indiana's Bones - 5.6%
Thornbridge - Dessert Sessions IPA - 5.7%
Three Daggers - Ale - 4.1%
Three Castles - Heritage - 4.2% 
Tiny Rebel - Mango Milkshake - 4.2%
Titanic - Captain Smith's Strong Ale - 5.2%
Towcester Mill - Black Fire Stout - 5.2%
Uley - Gilt Edge - 4.5%
Wibblers - Dengie IPA - 3.6%
Worsthorne - Packhorse - 3.7%
XT Animal - Hop Kitty - 3.9%
XT Animal - Orca SMASH - 4.6%
Yeovil Ales - Stout Hearted - 4.3%

The first Chippenham Beer Festival was held in the town's Neeld Hall in 1992. In 1994 the Neeld Hall was unavailable and so with some trepidation the venue moved to the Studio Hall of the Olympiad Leisure Centre. The festival went without a hitch and the festivals have been held at the Olympiad ever since. In 2018 we celebrated our 27th birthday.

Branch members remember there being too much beer and not enough customers the first year and Paul Hawkins spent the night in the Neeld Hall keeping towels wet whilst Alan Powell fly posted all the town's cash dispensers! The second year had too many customers but not enough beer. By the third year we had the balance right! Beer sales increased year on year from 500 gallons to over 800 gallons in 2010, with customer numbers rising from approximately 1300 to nearly 1900 in 2010.

Owing to alterations in 2011 the Studio Hall was no longer be available for Beer Festivals; but with help from the Olympiad staff and area management we secured the use of the main sports hall for the 2011 festival. As a result, we were able to hold on to a location beside the river Avon: a superb venue, especially for sunny Saturday afternoon sessions. It is also convenient for road, bus and rail links.

An added benefit comes in the form of the Olympiad staff, who contribute so much to the smooth running of the festival. Finally, of course, without our volunteer staff we wouldn't have a festival at all.

Beer and Cider Festival winners

Year
Winner
Highly Commended
2018
Revolution Brewing Co.'s Swoon
(chocolate fudge milk stout)
Mates' Linnet Rhubarb Cider
2017
Chippenham Craft Brewery's Red IPA
Mates' Linnet Rhubarb Cider
2016
Rebel Brewing Co.'s Mexi-Cocoa
(choc-vanilla stout)
Handmade's Spring Surprise
2015
Shed Ales' Dibber
Handmade's Spring Surprise
2014
Goose Eye's Over and Stout
Handmade's Spring Surprise
2013
Dark Star's American Pale Ale
Weston's Old Rosie and Handmade's White Label
2012
Oakham's Citra
Moles' Black Rat perry