As always, the visiting public had the opportunity to vote for the beer, cider, perry and cheese of the festival. The results were:

Beer
1st place: Thornbridge Kipling
2nd place: Bartram's Comrade Bill Bartram's Egalitarian Anti-Imperialist Soviet Stout
3rd place: Thornbridge Jaipur IPA
Cider
Pookhill Rum Reserve
Perry
Broadoak
Cheese
Cahills Porter & Dorset Blue Vinney

The festival wouldn't have been possible without the large number of volunteers. It was particularly good to see a number of new faces this year, and I hope they will join the growing number of regular volunteers who join us festival after festival. The whole event is entirely run by volunteers, and we're always grateful to those of you who give up your time to help make it the success it is.

Every year the festival supports a local charity. This year we were delighted to help Cam Sight, who support blind and partially sighted people. Thanks to your generous donations (perhaps inspired by the numerous guide dogs the charity's volunteers brought in) they managed to raise over £9,000. Anne Streather, Chief Executive of Cam Sight, said, "The chance to raise our profile however has been of equal importance there is still the assumption that losing your sight is something you have to put up with, and so we try to let everyone know that support and services are available when you need them."

The Branch's next beer festival is the 4th Cambridge Octoberfest. This takes place on the 15th and 16th October 2010, at the University Social Club on Mill Lane in Cambridge. The Winter Ale Festival will also be at the USC in late January, and we'll be back on Jesus Green next May - the 23rd-28th.

Bert Kenward
Festival Organiser