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.

Beer Cards

This year, the bars at SRAF are cashless.  On entry to the festival, visitors will be able to purchase a beer card(s) at a cost of £10 per card.  Additional cards can be purchased at the entrance or CAMRA shop.

At the end of a visit, any remaining value on the card can be refunded on presentation of the card at the entrance.  Alternatively, you can ask for any remaining value to be donated to our festival charity, The Brittle Bone Society.

Please note that we have the facility to take card payments, including contactless, at both the entrance and in the CAMRA shop.

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!

Inveralmond Beer Garden

You can enjoy your ale and top up your tan simultaneously by making use of our beer garden.  The sunshine and fresh air are free of charge.

World Cup Football

We’ve extended the area available for watching the football on the concourse.  Additional television screens will show Saturday’s quarter-finals.  Come and join us!

Image showing football viewing area

T-Shirt Trail

Unfortunately, all our T-shirts were snapped up by 8 pm on day 1 of the festival.