What Is SRAF?

The Scottish Real Ale Festival is organised by CAMRA members throughout Scotland.  The beer scene is thriving and there are now more than 100 breweries in operation in the country.  SRAF provides an opportunity for these brewers to showcase their art and for all of you, to sample their produce.  In addition, we’ll also have beer from brewers in Northern Ireland.

We expect to have in excess of 170 ales available, varying in both style and strength.  We will also have a selection of ciders and perries for you to try.

Please remember that this festival, like all CAMRA festivals, is organised and staffed by volunteers. 

What Can I Expect?

Upon arrival at the Corn Exchange and after payment of admission, you will be given a choice of souvenir glass.  Glasses are lined with third, half and full pint measures as appropriate.  You will also receive a copy of this year’s festival programme which will include the beer list.  Bring along a pen so that you can tick off the beers you’ve tried and make notes if you want.

Each time you visit the bar, you must take your glass with you and present it to the bar staff.  Please state clearly the size of measure you require.  Look after your glass!  If you break it you’ll need to purchase a replacement and it also seves as your free re-entry token if you wish to return to the festival for a subsequent session.

What is Real Ale?

All the beers at SRAF are real ale, also known as cask ale.  Real ale contains live yeast and undergoes a secondary fermentation within the cask from which it is dispensed .  You’ll see the the familliar handpumps on the bar but there will be other beers on gravity, where a tap has been driven directly into the cask.

As a living product, the ale will undergo subtle changes during the 3 days of the festival.

Ideally, real ale is served at a temperature of 10 -13 °C to allow the full depth of flavour to be enjoyed.

Top Tips

  • Come early as you will undoubtedly get the fullest selection of ales on Thursday afternoon.
  • Check out the beer, cider ar perry list on this website prior to your visit.  Updates will be published via social media.
  • The CAMRA volunteers will be happy to offer you advice on the beers you are sampling.
  • Pace yourself!  Drinking thirds or halves allows you to sample a wider selection of beers.
  • Drink plenty of water which is freely available.
  • Look after that glass!
  • Most importantly … have fun and enjoy yourself!
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