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2014 Ascot CAMRA Beer Festival
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If you are interested in the opportunity to taste 240 different ales, ciders and perries the head off to the 2014 Ascot CAMRA Beer Festival. The festival will run during the Flat Racing weekend of Friday 3rd and Saturday 4th October. So you can enjoy the racing and, if you bet, either celebrate your winnings or drown your sorrows in over 240 different ways. This year includes four specially and exclusively brewed Festival specials:
Binghams Brewery, Thirst Past the Post Red Ale (approx. 5%)
Rebellion Beer Co, Photo Finish Hoppy Golden Ale made with New Zealand hops and Munich malt (4.2%)
Vale Brewing Co, Bandwagon Black IPA (4.9%)
XT Brewing Co, Palomino Pale Fruit Beer made with Apricot and Apple, the colour of a Palomino horse's coat (4.3%)

Nick Smith, Head of Communications at Ascot Racecourse said: "Now in its eighth year, the two-day CAMRA Beer Festival continues to be a hugely popular day at the racecourse. It combines an interesting afternoon's racing, in particular on Saturday with the running of the Totepool Challenge Cup, with the opportunity to sample a broad range of beers, ciders and perries.'

Tickets and Prices

Ascot Royal Enclosure
Royal Enclosure at Ascot. Image from Wikipedia

While the details of the tickets are given below, you can enter a competition to be in with a chance of winning four Grandstand tickets on Saturday 4th October plus a tour of the Windsor and Eton Brewery on the morning of the raceday. Fine Dining and Private Boxes are available.

Tickets can be purchased in advance or brought at the gate. Standard Grandstand tickets cost 15 (18 at the gate) and give access to Parade Ring and pre-Parade Ring and concourse level viewing of the races themselves.

Premier tickets (20 advance / 25 at the gate) give all the access of the Standard tickets as well as access to the best facilities on Level 4 of the Grandstand and exclusive access to lawns in front of the Winning Post on premier race days.

Once inside, the beer prices start from 2 for half a pint with various special offers available on the days.

Special Deal for 10 People
If you get a bunch of mates together then you can take advantage of the special deal available for groups of 10 or more. These have to be booked in advance and include:
Grandstand Admission,
2 Tote betting voucher
a racecard
three drinks vouchers for each member of the group
Prices for this deal are 25 per person on Friday and 27 per person on Saturday.

The Racing

Horse Racing Arlington Park
Horse Racing at Arlington Park on June 21, 2009. Race 8, adapted from Paul Kehrer on Wikipedia

Gates open at 11am each day, with the first race starting at 2pm, allowing plenty of time for that all important beer tasting. The Feature race takes place at 3:40pm and the Final Race at 4:50. So again there will be plenty of time in between to wonder off for yet another taste at the festival.

Racing highlights of the weekend include the Totepool Challenge Cup with a prize fund of 150,000 on Saturday, the Group 3 BMW Cumberland Lodge Stakes and The John Guest Bengough Stakes. The Ascot website has plenty of information about etiquette for race days themselves, how to get there, how to bet and what to expect.

Getting to Ascot
Train: Ascot is about 25 minutes from Reading and 55 minutes from Waterloo on the train.
Car: Take Junction 6 off the M4 onto the A332 Windsor by-pass and follow the signs to Ascot. It is about 31 miles from central central London.

Helicopter:If you happen to have one then there are helipads at Ascot. You need to call the Ascot Helicopter and Aviation Services on 44 (0)1427 718 800 or fax 44 (0)1427 718 811
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Why? Beer and Racing, in which order is up to you.
Phone: 0844 346 3000
Where: Ascot
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