Thinking about going to the festival
for the first time? Not sure where to go what to do? What will the
beers taste like? Here are a few pointers…
To get started, you’ll need a glass. Choose a half pint or
pint glass in the main foyer (included in your ticket price). Look
after your glass as if it is lost or broken, it will cost you for
Next, buy some tokens: they’re sold in the Main Hall; anything
from a pound to whatever you realistically will need (there’s
no cash taken behind the bars, as this helps us to serve you quicker
and keeps our hands cleaner). Any unused tokens can be donated to
the festival charity or get a refund for whole £1strips at
the token hatch before time is called.
On entering the Main Hall there will be rows and rows of casks.
There will be over 170 beers, 40 ciders and perries plus a selection
of bottled beers on sale – a bit daunting perhaps? So, what
should you do if you are uncertain of what beer or cider to choose?
Have a look in the programme; there is a description of each beer
and a coloured glass symbol to indicate which style of beer it is.
Still unsure what your choice will be like? Just ask the bar staff
who will say if it’s a light or a dark or a golden beer. What
will it taste like? Ask for a small taster and, if it is to your
liking, you can choose to purchase a third, a half or a pint. Now
you are up and running! All the bars operate in the same way so
make your way around the bar enjoying the delights that British
beer and cider offer. If you are unsure as to which allergens the
beer or cider may contain, please ask the bar staff.
Feeling hungry? The food bar is located at the end of the Main
Hall. Hot and cold food plus veggie options on sale (but food is
We’re sure you will enjoy yourself and hope that we have
given you an insight to all that real ales can offer. If you are
that impressed, please come back next year or look out for other
CAMRA or pub festivals on during the year.
All our staff members are unpaid volunteers who give up their own
free time to make sure everyone has a good time. So, have you thought
to yourself, I would like to be the other side of the bar helping
next year’s first-timer festival visitors? Easy – just
go and join at the membership stall and we may see you either side
of the bar next year!
Hopefully this brief guide has helped to set the scene but, if
not, why not contact us by email, Facebook
(@sussexbeerfest) and we'll do our best to respond (and update this
guide as appropriate).