Crewe Rail Ale Festival 2018


Article and images by Jonathan White


The 6th ‘Crewe Rail Ale Festival’ took place from Friday 14th to Sunday 16th September 2018, at Crewe Heritage Centre.

There was a choice of over 60 beers and ciders/perries in different styles and strengths, plus free soft drinks for children and designated drivers.

Live music was provided on Friday night from acoustic duo ‘The Crutwells’. There was also a visit from Matthew Jodrell and his ‘Britannia’ steam engine.

A live brewery demonstration from Sandstone Brewery took place on Saturday.

Connoisseurs rated the beers and ciders via the ‘Untappd’ app on their smartphones.

Refreshments were available and there was both indoor and outdoor seating.

Crewe Heritage Centre exhibits were open to visitors including miniature-gauge railway rides.

The festival charity this year was St John Ambulance, the nation’s leading first aid charity.

The event was organised by CAMRA South Cheshire Branch.