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Welcome to BeerFestDB, a stock management database and website designed and built (and used!) by actual volunteers at the Cambridge Beer Festival.

This project has been developed to provide your cellar team a full stock control system, from initial beer ordering through delivery, to recording dip figures and providing post-festival data analysis. A flexible templating system is used to generate delivery checklists, cask end signs, programme notes, and other important literature.

Not only beer, but any liquid refreshments can be managed using BeerFestDB. Separate drinks departments can be given specific user accounts with appropriate access controls.


To start, you will need to install either MySQL or MariaDB. Create a new database instance, and set up the database tables by loading in db/create_tables.sql and db/initialise_vocabs.sql, in that order. This sets up the following default accounts:

Username Password
admin admin
cellar cellar

Make a copy of beerfestdb_web.yml-example as beerfestdb_web.yml and edit it to add the database connection details.

Run script/ to test the application. You should now be able to connect to http://localhost:3000/ and look around the website. You can set up your production environment in a number of different ways (see the Catalyst project at for more information on this). A typical setup might use the Apache webserver with FastCGI (via the script). Please consult the Apache documentation for help with this configuration.


Thanks to Mark James for allowing the use of his excellent Silk icon set:

Thanks also to the TargetProcess team for contributing their ExtJS 3.0 theme:

Finally, a sincere thank you to Roger Stark, who helped design the original BeerFestDB database schema many years ago.


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