Volunteer for the Festival

At NERAX we strive to provide a friendly atmosphere for the consumption of cask-conditioned ales similar to what might be found at a British real ale festival. Working with cask ale presents unique challenges, from the way it is prepared through the way in which it is poured. All of the people who organize and work the festival are volunteers. Join us, and experience real ale from “the other side of the bar”!


Why Volunteer?

It’s a great way to support the festival and enjoy it too!

If you work as a volunteer, you may attend one festival session as our guest. No matter which session(s) you work, you are invited to the Staff Party after the last Saturday session.

What do volunteers do?

Staffing assignments include: Bartender/Barback,  Steward, Door assistants, and Merchandise table. There are other miscellaneous tasks, as well as helping set-up and break-down the hall. You may indicate your preference on the volunteer registration form. We make every effort to place people in their preferred positions.

Do I need any prior experience?

No experience is needed — we’ll teach you what you need to know. There is a place on the registration form to indicate if you do have special skills or prior experience.

What is the time commitment?

During the festival, we ask that you arrive about half an hour before the session starts to check in with the staffing manager and to meet with your supervisor to discuss what you will be doing. For example, if the evening session opens to the public at 6:30 pm, volunteers should arrive by 6:00 pm. We also ask you to stay about half an hour afterwards to help clean the hall.

Please remember to allow time for commuting (especially during peak traffic times) and parking.

What should I wear? Do I need to bring anything with me?

Our festivals are casual — jeans are a perfectly appropriate! We recommend sneakers or other comfortable footwear. The festival is held indoors. You don’t need to bring anything except your photo ID.

Can I bring my kids?

Volunteers and Staff should NOT bring their children to any public sessions. We also strongly discourage kids at setup and breakdown, because of safety concerns.

Any other requirements?

You must be of legal drinking age, and a valid photo ID is required from everyone, even volunteers. Our 21 & Over Policy extends to staff and volunteers.

What about ___ ?

Additional details will be provided to registered volunteers prior to the event.

If you have any questions, please contact the Volunteer Coordinator