Wolverhampton branch of the Campaign for Real Ale
Newsletter Issue 22 Winter 2012
WYE’S WORDS No. 12
“ PINT OF BUTTY AT NIGHT, ”
Butty Bach is Welsh for little friend – and this smooth and satisfying
premium ale has certainly made a few friends in its time. Brewed using
locally grown Fuggles, Goldings and Bramling Cross hops, Butty continues
to delight new fans and old followers in equal measure. 4.5% ABV
SHARE OUR TASTE FOR REAL LIFE
2 Cover image: The Royal Oak, Chapel Ash - photograph by Ian Stringer
A word from
Welcome to issue 22 of
BEERWOLF and my last one
as editor. After two years
in the role, I stepped down
at the branch AGM
in November. Taking over
from me is Ian Garlick,
also the current branch webmaster.
In this edition you’ll fi nd all of the usual local
pub and brewery news as well as reviews of a
recent trip to Salopian brewery in Shrewsbury
and the national CAMRA awards lunch at the
National Brewery Centre in Burton.
I was really pleased with the response to the
Cask Ale Trail in the last edition. Did you do
the trail? Did you visit a pub for the fi rst time
whilst on the trail that impressed you? Please
write to BEERWOLF, we’d love to know about
your experience and what you’d like to see
improved for future ale trails.
As editor, the most satisfying thing has been
to see people reading the newsletter and really
taking an interest in what’s happening to pubs
in the local area.
Finally, I’d like to say a huge thank you to
everyone who has contributed to BEERWOLF
over the last two years. This publication simply
could not happen without your hard work. I
hope that Ian continues to receive the same
kind of support. Anyway, it’s time for me to
sign off, get out from in front of the computer
screen and try to remember what it’s like to
have a life! Now, I think I’ve just about earned
myself a pint of Batham’s...
John Dearnaley, Editor
In this Issue...
Off the Chair
(Lets Tap & Spile at the)
Duke of York
10 Local Brewery News
12 Community Pubs Month
14 Social Scene
16 A visit to Salopian Brewery
20 Four Taps Pub Crawl
21 12 Pubs, One Day
23 Roving Reporter
24 A Drink to Victoria (Street)
2012 Members’ Weekend
National Winter Ales
Real Ale and Food - CAMRA
Wolverhampton Cask Ale
35 Pub Quiz (Just for Fun)
37 Branch Contacts & local info
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Off the Chair
...It’s me again, Ian
3rd November 2011
at the AGM of
CAMRA, I was
elected as your new
Chair. Previous chair, Martin wanted to step
back and is now vice chair so as to allow a bit
of fresh blood and hopefully, some new ideas
to emerge. As chair, I hope I can follow in his
footsteps, which I think will be hard to follow
so I will call on him sometimes for advice
from my vice!
The state of pubs- what is going on?! With a
rate of two pubs a week closing every week,
what can you do? You can write, e-mail or
phone your local MP about possible pub
closures and why you are against this. Also
let your local CAMRA branch know and we
will fi ght until the whatever happens. Sadly,
the landlord at the Bushbury Arms in Low
hill had until November 1st 2011 to get out
but happily for now has had a reprieve with
a 12 month contract to stay open. Yet another
Wolverhampton CAMRA members were
deeply saddened to hear of the sudden death of
long-time branch member Robin Chatterjee on
October 10th 2011.
Robin, known to many as “Chat”, was a
CAMRA member for over 30 years, and
held the position of Wolverhampton Branch
Chairman during the early eighties. He also
volunteered his help at the Wolverhampton
Beer Festival for many years.
As well as his love of real ale, Robin was
example of pubcos fl exing their muscles and
displaying pure greed with no idea of the
history behind this 1928 community pub. If
you don’t want this to happen to your local-
what ever you drink, be it cask ale or not,
stand up and fi ght! CAMRA has done a good
job in the last 40 years saving real ale but
must help in the fi ght to save our community
pubs to protect our way of life. Would you
rather sit at home drinking cheap and tasteless
supermarket fi zz and be missing going out
to the pub with your mates, having lost our
heritage forever? What a horrible thought! As
chair and along with the rest of the branch, we
will do our best to stop this from happening
but we still need you to help us too! Join
CAMRA to help save our community pubs!
They’re in dangerous peril of going for good.
Finally, are you aged 18-29? If so we have
a position for you! Branch Young Members
Contact is vacant on our committee so contact
us if you want to do the role.
a passionate football supporter, following
Wolves and England both home and away.
In recent years, he also encouraged the
burgeoning soccer career of his teenage son
Roy with great pride.
Many Wolverhampton branch members
attended Robin’s funeral and a pint or two
were raised in his memory at the Firs Club in
Codsall afterwards. Cheers, Chat!
Our thoughts go out to his family at this
Andy Beaton, Wolverhampton CAMRA
Mike, Gail and the team
welcome you to our fully
country pub. Following years
of neglect the Crown has
been renovated at the cost
of £100,000 and restored to
its glory days as a wet lead
pub. Brand new fixtures and
fittings ensure a comfortable,
safe and clean environment
in which to enjoy your time in
The Crown Inn
“Pattingham’s Only Real Ale Pub”
Come and enjoy a pint or two! Our newly fitted cellar ensures the optimum
temperature in which to Cask Condition our superb Real Ales. Enville Brewery, Wye
Valley Brewery and Holden’s Brewery are just a few of our award winning suppliers.
Large enclosed beer garden behind the pub.
Families, Cyclists, Golfers and Fishermen
Welcome. Free Wi-Fi connection
Large flat screen TV showing Every Premiership
Live Music Every Saturday Night
Happy Hour 4-6pm Tuesday-Friday and all day
Monday - Real Ale £2.50/pint
15 High Street, Pattingham, Wolverhampton. WV6 7BQ
Web: www.crownpattingham.co.uk Email: email@example.com
01902 701456 or 07773 298 297
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Alchemy, North St
The pub has closed and is up for lease.
Prince Albert, Railway St
An application to convert the fi rst fl oor into
a further drinking area has been granted.
The pub remains closed at the time of going
The Prince Albert,
KO1 Bar, Princess St
The premises has been purchased by Amber
Taverns who have submitted a planning
application for a single storey extension
to the rear as well as internal alterations.
Despite objections from Wolverhampton
CAMRA, permission was granted for the
proposed alterations to the ground fl oor
windows. The pub will reopen as the Billy
Wright on 5th December 2011.
Fox Hotel, School St
Now closed, the Fox Hotel has been
purchased by Wolverhampton Council and
an application to demolish the hotel has
been granted. A demolition date is not yet
known at the time of going to press.
Fox & Goose, Penn Rd, Penn
The pub has been sold and will be
converted into a restaurant. No planning
permission is required as this qualifi es as
Stamford Arms, Lime St, Penn Fields
Remains open but is up for sale.
Bruford Arms, Bruford Road
Reopened. The lease up for sale.
Old Stags Head, Church Hill, Penn
Now under new lease holders after 30 years
of being run by Marlene Benton.
SOUTH & EAST
Ironmaster, Wesley St, Bradley
The pub is closed and boarded but is up
The Crown & Cushion,
Crown & Cushion, Bank St, Bradley
Closed and boarded up.
Bulls Head, Millfi elds Rd, Ettingshall
This long closed pub is currently derelict.
An application to demolish it and build a
workshop on the site has been granted.
Samson & Lion, Newbolt Road, Bilston
An application to convert this pub to
residential use has been granted.
Pyle Cock, Rookery St, Wednesfield
Re-opened under new management and
selling Banks’s Mild and Bitter plus two
New Hop Pole, Oxleymoor Rd, Oxley
Reopened under the new management/
ownership of Sue, formerly of the Tap &
Spile in the city centre. Real ale is to be
Noahs Ark, Wood End Rd, Wednesfield
The pub is up for sale but is currently
Greene King Brewery has been granted
Planning Permission to build a new pub/
restaurant under the Hungry Horse theme. It
will be built upon part of the ex Goodyear
site on Stafford Rd, Oxley that is currently
being developed for housing. The Promise
House building will be demolished to
make way for the new pub that will serve
not only the new housing estate but the
existing homes in the area after the recent
demolition of the Homestead.
Admiral Rodney, Dean Street, Brewood
The lease is up for sale.
Chakra (Grange), Bilbrook Rd, Bilbrook
Closed and boarded up. An application
to demolish the pub and build a new care
home has been granted.
Swan Hotel, Market Place, Brewood
On 4th November Steph and Rob Burns
celebrated their second anniversary at the
award winning, and current Wolverhampton
CAMRA Branch Country Pub of the Year.
Entertainment at the event was provided by
Tim and Ed, the acoustic Copicats.
Greyhound, Market Lane, Lower Penn
Nigel and Jane have left the Good Beer
Guide listed pub. The pub has been taken
over by Amy Knowles, who with her
husband, ran the Fountain at Gornal for a
number of years.
Bridge, Bridge Street, Brewood
Having previously been manager, Russ
Tomlinson is the new tenant. The pub is
re-open after closing at the beginning of
November 2011 for a major refurbishment
and will be serving a wide selection of real
ale from the Marston’s portfolio.
Royal Oak, Bishops Wood
Adam and Claire Hollinshead have recently
bought the Royal Oak from long time owner,
Albert David. The new owners intend to
have four local real ales on constantly, with
a fifth guest ale rotating from Wye Valley
range and another changing guest beer from
a wider selection of ales.
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LocAle accredited pubs in Wolverhampton:
The Chindit, Merridale Road (Wye Valley)
Clarendon Hotel, Chapel Ash (Banks’s)
Combermere Arms, Chapel Ash (Banks’s)
Dog & Gun, Tettenhall (Banks’s)
Great Western, Sun Street (Holden’s & Bathams)
Gunmakers Arms, Merridale (Banks’s)
Hog’s Head, Stafford Street (Enville & Woods)
Horse & Jockey, Woodcross (Banks’s)
Moon Under Water, Lichfield Street
(Banks’s & Holden’s)
Newhampton, Riches Street (Wye Valley)
Oddfellows, Compton (Banks’s)
Penn Bowling & Social Club, Penn (Banks’s)
Posada, Lichfield Street (Enville)
Red Lion, Monmore Green (Banks’s)
Roebuck, Penn (Banks’s)
Royal Oak, Chapel Ash (Banks’s)
Royal Oak, Tettenhall Wood (Banks’s)
Royal Tiger, Wednesfield (Banks’s)
Spread Eagle, Wednesfield (Banks’s)
Stile, Whitmore Reans (Banks’s)
Summer House, Whitmore Reans (Enville)
Swan, Compton (Banks’s)
Trumpet, Bilston (Holden’s)
Vine, Wednesfield (Black Country Ales)
White Hart, Bradley (Black Country Ales)
LocAle accredited pubs in South Staffordshire
(covered by the Wolverhampton CAMRA
Bentlands, Codsall (Enville)
Bull, Codsall (Banks’s)
Dartmouth Arms, Burnhill Green (Enville)
Firs Club, Codsall (Banks’s)
Greyhound, Lower Penn (Enville)
Hartley Arms, Wheaton Aston (Banks’s)
Station, Codsall (Holden’s)
Swan, Brewood (Shires & Brough’s)
Banks’s Brewery Shop, Chapel Ash: all
merchandise and beers
Golden Glassy, Merridale
Hog’s Head, Stafford Street
Litten Tree, Victoria Street
Newhampton, Whitmore Reans
Olde White Rose, Bilston
Posada, Lichfield Street
Royal Oak, Bishops Wood
Stile, Whitmore Reans
branch area offer
a discount for
Summerhouse, Whitmore Reans
(Lets Tap & Spile at the) Duke of York.
Let’s take a look at the history of one of
Wolverhampton’s oldest surviving pubs.
In 1871, Princess Street was very much
narrower than it is today. On the north side
of Princess Alley, the Golden Ball Inn stood
until it was demolished in 1884 as part of the
slum clearance area and to accommodate the
widening of Princess Street.
On the other side of the alley was the Duke of
York, built in 1818. In the ownership in of H
Walker in 1871, this pub was similarly in the
slum clearance area. In 1884 it was purchased
by Wolverhampton Council along with the
brew house at the rear, its fate seemed sealed.
However, this was not the end as the pub
was purchased from the council by William
Turner for the sum of £1,500 together with
the two shops next door. This was subject to
an agreement that the pub was to be rebuilt
further back to the new building limit.
The old pub and the two shops were
demolished and the new Duke of York was
built in May 1890. By 1896, ownership
transferred to William Armstrong and further
alterations followed in 1907. This allowed
its sale the following year to Peter Walker
Brewers of Warrington & Burton on Trent.
In 1933, the pub changed hands again, this
time being purchased by Atkinson’s Brewery
of Birmingham who remained the owner
until it closed in 1960. A “For Sale” sign duly
appeared on the building and a change of use
application granted by the council saw the pub
sold to William Deacons Bank for £17,000 in
the following year.
Over the next 35 years, the building would be
used as offi ces for various businesses until
1995 when it fell vacant. The building was
again put up for sale and the Pubmaster pub
group submitted an application to the council
to convert it back into a public house, which
was thankfully granted. Pubmaster had set up
a chain of pubs with a strong focus on real ale
and in May 1996 the pub reopened, not as the
Duke of York but the Tap & Spile. The pub
quickly gained a reputation for serving a wide
range of good quality real ales and started
attracting many customers, being purchased
by Century Inns in 1997.
In October 1999, Mick Stokes took over as
tenant and since then it has been a Good Beer
Guide regular until recently. Sadly, in the
last few years the pub has become a bit run
down and the availability and quality of the
real ales began to suffer as the clientele mix
reduced. The pub is still open and currently
up for lease by Enterprise Inns, who will
hopefully undertake the necessary repairs and
refurbishments. By the time you read this, a
new tenant will have taken over so if you are
an old or new customer, please support them
by visiting the pub and drinking its real ales.
The more that’s regularly drunk will help
increase the range available...
Jim Laws, Pub Preservation Offi cer
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Banks’s have continued the rollout of their
franchise-accredited Retail Agreement. You
can fi nd more details about this arrangement
in the previous edition of BEERWOLF. The
agreement is now operating in around 330
pubs against their target of 600 pubs by
2013, and performance is in line with their
expectations. With this success, comes more
good news- Marston’s are planning to create
1,000 jobs in the new year with plans to
continue to open many more new pubs. This
is welcoming news in the current economic
climate with a variety of opportunities for
people already in, and those new to the trade.
Richard Frost, head brewer at Banks’s is
moving to be head brewer of Shepherd Neame
brewery in Kent. Wolverhampton CAMRA
will be sad to see him leave but wish him the
best of luck for the future and look forward to
trying out some of his Shepherd Neame brews.
Fine Fettle will be Banks’s seasonal ale for
January. At 4.2% it has a clean full-bodied
malty fl avour balanced with a robust bitterness
from the hops. Following the great success of
Banks’s Sunbeam this summer, the brewery
intend to launch the 4.2% hoppy ale as a
permanent addition to their range from
Other breweries in the Marstons group have
been busy and this will continue in to 2012.
Marstons hosted Kalamazoo brewery from
America for the Autumn Wetherspoons Beer
Festival producing Black Silk. This effort was
then sold nationally throughout the chain.
The Wychwood January ale, “January’S ale”
is to be brewed at 2.8% and they hope it will
be sold at about £1.80 per pint in their pubs as
its 2.8% strength qualifi es for the lower tax.
One of their four monthly ales will always be
Local Brewery News
available on fast cask that will hopefully lead
to more venues stocking real ale.
Marstons co sponsored the Great British Beer
Experience at the BBC Good Food Show
with CAMRA on 23rd – 27th November. A
trial joint CAMRA/Marstons promotion was
offered e.g. membership and a minicask. The
show went very well and as always, members
of Wolverhampton CAMRA were on hand as
volunteers at the busy annual event.
On Wednesday 14th December, Banks’s
Park Brewery will be opening for a special
Christmas Carol Sing-A-Long around the
Christmas tree at the Visitor Centre. This
will be accompanied by St. Peter’s school
Brass Band. The evening starts at 6pm and
the children will get a chance to see Santa in
his grotto and every child will receive a gift.
Adults can enjoy a free mince pie washed
down with a pint of Banks’s fi nest cask ale.
There is also 10% off everything in the
brewery shop so this is a great time to buy
your last minute stocking fi llers!
Marstons will be producing a series of ‘Single
hopped’ Beers in 2012. This will take in hops
from around the world and the planned brews
are as follows:
January: WAI-ITI (New Zealand)
February: GALAXY (Australia)
March: GOLDINGS (England)
April: HALERTAU MITTLEFRUH
May: CASCADE (USA)
June: MARYNKA (Poland)
July: STYRIAN (Slovenia)
August: STRISSELSPALT (France)
September: NELSON SAUVIN
October: CITRA (USA)
November: KOHATU (New Zealand)
December: SAAZ (Czech Republic)
We had our family holiday during August,
which refl ected in a reduced brewery
production but we knew we could catch up
again in the following weeks.
So, it was back to work in September with
beers appearing at the Cheadle Beer Festival,
and we again ran the mobile bar at the Codfest
Music Festival. We have had a lot of interest
and enquiries about the Codfest. What we
have found out is that it is basically a privately
run festival that sells out without advertising
so tickets can be diffi cult to get hold of.
A special ale was produced to coincide with
the Rugby World Cup, Scrummage, at 4.7%
it went down well and will be repeated for
the Six Nations competition next year. We
fi nished September by putting on a small
festival at Calf Heath Marina. We had a great
day on one of the best weekends for weather
this year. If it is planned again for next year,
we will of course let you know!
October seemed to be ‘festival month’ so
we continued to be busy as we were asked
to supply the ales for local festivals at the
Royal Oak (Church Eaton) and Brewood
Cricket Club. Our beers were also on offer
at the Stoke, Nottingham, and Birmingham
CAMRA run beer festivals, as well as the
Black Country Inns festivals at the Vine and
the Duke of Cambridge. During November,
we focused on the supply of ales for the Firs
Club Beer and Bangers weekend, and our own
event on 25th and 26th November, the ever
Look out in
this was brewed
at Coven beer festival
exclusively for Black Country Traditional
Inns, but it will now be available in a wider
selection of free houses this winter.
Details of further events and all our beers can
be found at www.mortonbrewery.co.uk.
After being granted planning permission
for his new brewery at the old Springfi eld
Brewery site in the heart of Wolverhampton,
Andy Brough has been working tirelessly
to get the site cleaned up and the brewing
equipment installed and ready to brew.
Brough’s Pale Ale,
back in production!
This has now been completed and following
a thorough clean of all of the equipment,
Andy is once again brewing Brough’s Pale
Ale and Bitter. The fi rst casks rolled out of
the brewery and into the Hog’s Head at the
end of November. On Monday 5th December,
some of Wolverhampton’s younger CAMRA
members were among the fi rst to sample the
relaunched ales, much to their delight!
Look out for more of the Brough’s range
appearing in local pubs and at beer festivals
over the next few months.
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Community Pubs Month- April 2012
In April 2012, CAMRA is to launch a new
national pub campaign in a bid to get more
people than ever involved in championing the
importance of the community pub. The main
aims of the campaign are to increase footfall
in pubs, to encourage more publicans to
organise and promote events to attract further
trade and to further spread awareness of
community pubs throughout the media.
It is hoped the decision to extend celebrations
to a month of activity – moving on from Local
Pubs Week - will allow CAMRA branches
greater flexibility to organise their own events,
but at the same time have a set period in which
to co-ordinate their activity.
Kicking off proceedings on Monday April 2nd
2012 with Community Pubs Day – the day
following CAMRA’s Members’ Weekend &
AGM in Torquay – activity will commence
with both regional and national press stories
circulated by CAMRA to highlight the aims of
the month long campaign and relay the major
issues currently facing pubs.
CAMRA branches will be organising a wide
range of events to promote their local pubs
during the Month and will be working in the
lead-up to April to ensure this first year for the
campaign is a big success. Keep an eye on the
Wolverhampton CAMRA website for details
on local activities during the month.
As well as CAMRA branches ordering
promotional material to maximise the
exposure, pub licensees can also order
packs directly from CAMRA. Available
from early 2012, Community Pubs Month
packs will include campaigning posters,
beer mats, leaflets and pump clip crowners.
Pubs interested in acquiring material for
Community Pubs Month can find out more by
9TH Please get
to fi nd
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25 LOCAL ALES
SUPPORTING and beer
CASK ALE WEEK
WOLVERHAMPTON CAMRA ‘CITY’ PUB OF THE YEAR 2011
10% CAMRA DISCOUNT ON ALL PINTS AND HALVES OF CASK ALE
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edition of BEERWOLF.
Let’s start this review of
our social activities with
the fl agship event of
Cask Ale Week. A pub
crawl on 8th October,
visiting nine of the
twelve pubs on the
Cask Ale Trail
featured in the last
The event was well attended with over twenty
people joining for some or all of the crawl. We
started at the Hogshead where a superb range
of cask ales got us in the right frame of mind,
before taking a short walk to our current
Mild Pub of the Year, the Stile. The Banks’s
Mild was indeed in fantastic condition!
This traditional pub is such an important
community local with an interesting menu
of pub grub that features some more exotic
dishes. (You can read more about the history
of the Stile in BEERWOLF issue 20. Ed)
After another short walk, we arrived at the
Summer House where we were greeted by the
fuss-loving pub cat, always a hit with punters.
After traipsing past the Newhampton, some
of us couldn’t resist leaving the route for a
sneaky half on the way to the Royal Oak,
Compton Road. The ‘Oak is another example
of a well run community pub and regularly
holds live music events. Marston’s Old Empire
was in excellent condition and some of the
party were reluctant to move on!
The Combermere Arms, Chapel Ash was
next, where we were able to catch our breath
and enjoy a stunning pint of Harviestoun
Schiehallion. Fully intent on a return to
drinking halves, we embarked on a hop over
to the Golden Glassy. Here, the Worthington
was on special offer and in good condition.
Therefore a pint was had by most of the
group. So much for being sensible! The
Golden Glassy has been impressing members
of Wolverhampton CAMRA since opening
earlier in the year with its good quality real ale
and wonderful Indian food. The temptation for
the latter saw us saying our goodbyes to some
of our party who decided to stay behind to eat
before embarking further along the crawl.
The Vine in
Wednesfi eld was
a bus ride away
and by the time we
bellies had started
rumbling and more
of the group stayed
To the pub!
behind to eat. We all
eventually made it over to the Olde White
Rose, Bilston where, after an experimental
couple of halves most settled for Thornbridge
Jaipur. As those pints consumed earlier in
the day started to catch up, some of the group
decided to call it a day and our dwindling pack
travelled onward to the Horse and Jockey at
Woodcross, getting off at the right bus stop
more by luck than judgement in the failing
light! The crawl offi cially ended here with a
half of Hobson’s Town Crier but being so close
to the regional Pub of the Year, we made the
pilgrimage up the hill to have a fi nal ale at the
Beacon Hotel, Sedgley. A grand day out and
a fi tting end to a successful Cask Ale Week. I
can’t wait for Cask Ale Week 2012!
In November, we took the
opportunity to visit six pubs
right up in the north west of our
branch area. This now made
accessible by the new No.88
Wolverhampton to Stafford bus.
First up was the Bradford Arms, a large
pub on the A5 just down the road from the
Earl of Bradford’s Weston Park estate, from
which it takes its name. Met with a choice of
Bombardier, Banks’s Mild and Bitter and St
Austell Tribute, we just had time for a couple
of games of pool before we were back on the
bus for the short hop to Wheaton Aston. The
fi rst of two pubs here is the Coach and Horses,
a Marston’s house where halves of Jennings
World’s Biggest Liar went down very well. A
short walk down the main street is the Hartley
Arms. Marston’s again, this food led pub
surprised us with couple of unusual guest
Call John or Steve
WHITE ROSE H TEL
THE OLDE WHITE R SE
20 Lichfield Street, Bilston
The pub is a meeting place for Real Ale enthusiasts and they have ever
changing guest beers on twelve hand pulls at most times ranging from bitters
and milds to porters and stouts. Something for everyones tastes - hoppy, sweet,
Fancy stopping over? In August 2010 they opened a brand new hotel
at the Olde White Rose in Bilston. With a separate entrance and linked
to the pub via a new conservatory area and fully refurbished dining
areas. With 13 bedrooms furnished to the highest standards and very
reasonable rooms and rates it is sure to satisfy tourists, business
people and gig followers alike.
Try our other Real Ale pubs:-
The Port & Ale. Horseley Heath, Great Bridge
The Villiers Arms. Villiers Square, Bilston
beers, York Guzzler and St Austell
Sadly, the Vaughan Arms at Lapley
remains closed so our next pub
was the Royal Oak at Bishops Wood.
This village local has recently been taken
over, and now offers fi ve LocAles including
Salopian Shropshire Gold, Enville Ginger and
Sarah Hughes Dark Ruby, with a discount
given to CAMRA members.
Only the infrequent bus timetable dragged us
away and on to Cross Guns at Codsall Wood.
A promising pair of handpulls displayed
Enville Ale and Taylor Landlord, but we were
told they weren’t ready. Politely refusing the
offer of Boddington’s smooth, we walked the
short distance to the Crown. Another pub
reliant on food trade, it was quiet in the late
afternoon but happily Banks’s Mild and Bitter
were on offer to fi nish our tour on.
fruity and malty.
You can “try before you buy” to
make sure our ales and beers
suits your palate.
This CAMRA Award winning Free
House is sure to have something
to suit and located in the centre
of Bilston, not 50 metres from the
Bus and Metro station and concert
venue Robin 2.
10p off a pint
for CAMRA members
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A Visit to Salopian Brewery
A grand autumnal day out was had by all who
came along to Shrewsbury for a tour of the
Salopian brewery. A short bus ride from the
town centre and we were at the brewery and
seated in their “hospitality suite”- a room with
a bar and a variety of comfortable seating
including a rocking chair! Jake Douglas, Sales
Manager for Salopian introduced himself
and talked about his role at the brewery. Jake
previously worked for Oakham brewery but
has settled happily in to his role at Salopian.
The brewery is owned by Wilf and Mark and
they are currently brewing at capacity so may
need to move to a new site in the future. The
brewery have established a reputation worth
holding on to, hence they take cleaning very
seriously. “Why bother if you have a dirty
plant? A reputation is very easy to lose but
very hard to build” as Jake put it!
It was time for our tour of the site that used
to be a dairy, similar to other breweries for
the most part but Salopian had a feature I’d
not seen before, a hoptea tank. Because hops
are more soluble in water than in wort, they
impart more hop flavour with less of the
bitterness. This is added to the wort for the
last two minutes of the boil. Salopian get their
yeast from Crouch Vale, a brewery that Jake
admires for their excellent working ethos and
he also loves their very expressive beers. The
yeast can become less active over time so
they keep re-evolving the strain to eventually
create a “Salopian” strain.
The Salopian range is well loved with the
3.8% Shropshire Gold winning the Bitter
category in the National Champion Beer of
Britain competition run by CAMRA. This
ale had also previously won in the golden ale
category before it was recategorised as bitter,
a move that Jake agrees with as he says the ale
is less citrussy than other golden ales. A lively
debate was had amongst our group regarding
this! Sales have increased since the award so
let this be inspiration to other brewers!
Jake challenged the Salopian team to brew
a sessionable hoppy ale in the style of Dark
Star Hop Head (one of his favourites). Months
of trials resulted in Oracle, at 4% and a very
drinkable ale. As we are talking hops, I have
to mention Hop Twister, the premium beer that
they brew with the big “C” hops: Centennial,
Citra and Cascade. Hoppy beers are in favour
at the moment and just like grapes in the wine
industry, new world hops from New Zealand
and beyond are proving to be the more popular
varieties for real ale brewers.
Lemon Dream is
beer with its balanced
lemony taste. Finally,
to complement the
range of Salopian beers
is Golden Thread,
a homage to Hopback
The Hoptea “Middle class St*lla”
as Jake calls it but a much
appreciated ale by those in the industry.
Coming up with names for beers can be
tricky and Salopian try to have a theme for
their seasonal ales such as their Blackwater
Brewery ales that were musically themed
last year. This year, the theme is art such as
Cubism, a tasty blackcurranty ale. Monthly
specials are an interesting addition to a
and provide opportunity for the brewer to
experiment with flavour & styles. This works
for Salopian and if the beer proves popular, it
will be back as a more permanent addition to
their range. Kashmir is a fine example of this.
Jake explained that differing environmental
conditions that have an effect on the growth of
crops lead to subtle variations to the flavour
CAMRA Champion Bitter of Britain 2011
CAMRA Champion Beer of the West Midlands 2010
of their raw ingredients malted barley and
hops. Salopian are not afraid of these natural
changes, in fact Jake seems to relish the
challenge of tweaking the balance of the brew
to maintain consistent fl avours and quality.
It’s important to retain the key taste that is
almost the “fi ngerprint” of the brewery, that
makes the customer recognise it as Salopian.
with his “Vice”
Jim Laws asked if Salopian brew any darker
ales and Jake answered that they have tried
SIBA West & Wales Champion Bitter 2011
CAMRA West Midlands Best Bitter of the Year 2011
Tel: 01743 248414
SIBA National Best Bitter 2010
SIBA West & Wales Champion Beer 2011
as they don’t just want to be known for pale
and aromatic beer but as they are brewing at
capacity with their current range it’s hard to
get the chance to try. Experience has told them
that darker beer tends not to be a massive
seller. However, Salopian still want to offer
their customers a choice and Darwins Origin,
a slightly darker brew is available in bottles.
The brewery are slowly “evolving” this beer
darker but still use New Zealand hops. It’s a
SIBA champion bottle beer so one to seek out!
Although, the brewery is at capacity, they
have found time to brew a beer for the
Wetherspoons national beer festival that took
place this autumn called Vapour Trail, a 4%
ale using citra plus other hops.
So, a big thanks to Jake for his hospitality
and letting us sample the fi ne ale that we
learnt about. An informative tour that I would
recommend to all!
Jo Keeley, Regional Secretary
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The Bell Inn, Bell Road, Trysull
Traditional Holdens pub in a picturesque village
CAMRA South Staffs & Staffordshire pub of the year 2010
Black Country Ales • Holdens • Bathams • Guest Beers
Large seated restaurant with a friendly and welcome atmosphere
Traditional homemade food
Monday-Saturday 12noon-3pm; 5-7pm
Lunch and early bird 2 for 1 - £10
Evenings: Monday-Thursday 5-9pm;
Sunday Roast: 12-4pm
2 course - £9.95
3 course - £11.95
Telephone 01902 892871 • Web www.locallife.co.uk/w-ton
Wolverhampton’s Young Members
Young Members, Your
Branch Needs You!
At the Wolverhampton branch AGM in
November, Helen Arkell stepped down as
the branch young member’s contact leaving
the position vacant. We are now looking for
a volunteer to take the role on. Could this
What does the role involve?
To provide a contact for and to help activate
young members in the branch area.
To liase with the branch committee and
attend or provide a report for branch
Communicate with young members utilising
social media sites and also the branch
website and newsletter.
Promote branch events and run social events
for young members such as a working social
at the branch beer festival and attending
others within the region
Who can do this? Anyone who is a CAMRA
member but it is preferable that a young
member (under 30) does this role. Previous
Branch Young Member’s Contacts have
gone on to hold positions on the National
Young Members Group Committee and been
Regional Young Members Coordinator. This
is a great chance to develop skills useful in the
work place and a way to meet new like
across the branch
If you need
about what the
Some of our young members on
a “coin-tossers” pub crawl.
role entails or have any questions, contact Jo
Keeley (West Midlands CAMRA Regional
Young Members Coordinator) for more
details. Alternatively, contact the branch and
come along to one of the socials where you
will be made more than welcome!
The Country Pub in the City
A traditional public house that offers more
than a typical pub. Whether you want to
enjoy a pint of award-winning cask ale,
try our home-made food, or relax in our
secluded beer garden,
a warm welcome awaits.
Contact us on 01902 421880 or better yet,
join Gavin & Jo at 90 Chapel Ash
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The Wolverhampton Rambling Association
put on an eight mile walk in the summer of
2011 entitled “The Four Taps” and the idea
was to call in at six pubs including four
brewery tap houses in the Sedgley area.
The six walkers set off from Broadway on
country paths through Lower Gornal and
the Cotwall End Nature Reserve to arrive at
the Clifden in Sedgley at 12.30pm. As the
Jennings Snecklifter had gone, Stuart, Mal
and Christopher had coffee in protest before
the party moved on to the Bulls Head. The
Holdens Mild was just past its best but the
Bitter and Golden Glow were in fine form.
The traditional Thai menu was seen as so
impressive that the group persuaded walk
leader, Stuart to run this walk again but
scheduling in enough time for a meal at the
pub! The group then set off to climb Sedgley
Beacon and after this, arrived at the Beacon
Hotel, first of the tap houses, at 1.45pm where
prior arrangement for sandwich consumption
had been made whilst enjoying the superb
Sarah Hughes Dark Ruby Mild.
At 2.55pm, a look in the Brook showed the
Oyster Stout was no longer on so the tribe
carried on over the hill to the Park where
Stuart and Mac had Holdens Mild whilst
John and Chris sampled the Bitter. A long
trek over Mons Hill, the Wrens Nest and
glorious open spaces, led to an arrival time of
4.45pm at the Jolly Crispin. Stuart and Mac
sampled Corvedale St Georges Stout, John
tried Naylors Pinnacle Blonde and Theresa
and Chris opted for Titanic Captain Smiths as
Katherine supped tea from a soup bowl! Next
port of call was the Britannia for Bathams
Mild and Bitter before the gang crossed
over fields, scurried through alleyways and
crept past the churchyard to arrive at the
Old Bulls Head in Lower Gornal, home of
Black Country Ales at 6.30pm, Theresa and
Four Taps pub crawl
Katherine had to leave the group at this point
to make their bus connection. Stuart and Mac
had Black Country Ales Pig on the Wall Mild
whilst John went for the BFG. John and Mac
waited for the bus whilst Stuart checked out
the Red Lion, settling for a half of keg mild
with the chatty and friendly locals.
The bus got the remains of the bunch back to
Wolverhampton in time for Stuart to tuck in to
a steak meal at the Moon Under Water with a
couple of pints of Plum Porter. From then on
Stuart’s recollection became very vague!
The day proved to be so enjoyable that a
variation of the crawl will be held on Saturday
25th February 2012 called “Three Taps and
a Thai”, again eight miles long. Anyone is
welcome to come along, meeting outside
Wolverhampton Art Gallery at 9.45am to
catch the 10am No.1 bus to the Britannia in
Upper Gornal. The pub stops on this walk
will be the Clifden (hopefully with some
ale this time), the Bulls Head for lunch, the
Beacon Hotel, Horse and Jockey, Chain Yard,
the Park, Jolly Crispin and finishing at the
Britannia. It is recommended that anyone
planning to participate should wear suitable
weatherproof clothing. The Thai meal costs
£6.95. Alternatively, bring sandwiches for
consumption in the Beacon Hotel. There are
plenty of buses going past the ale houses back
to Wolverhampton for those unable to make
it to the end. For further information contact
Stuart Brasier on 07935840845.
Stuart also leads five mile walks for Walking
for Health in Wolverhampton. These take
place on the first Monday of the month
starting at 10.30am at the fountain in Queen
Square. 16 walkers came on the first walk
“Up North” in November that went out to
Aldersley and on the way back, all enjoyed the
hospitality at the Stile public house. Monday
5th December “Due East” took place after
Beerwolf had gone to print but the walk
passed through East park and was due to call
in at the Great Western. Future walks will call
at a historic pub on the way:
Tuesday 3rd January 2012 “Way Out West”
will go through West Park with a stop at the
Monday 6th February 2012 “Down South”
will traverse parks south of Wolverhampton
paying a visit to the Harp.
Monday 5th March “Mystery Walk” will
involve a bus ride to do a more strenuous
walk and Stuart has ensured all that the pub
en route will be an interesting choice!
Stuart also spear heads walks from the
Red Lion in Sedgley at 11am on the
second Monday of the month. These are in
conjunction with Dudley Healthy Towns
Activities and the Dudley Walk Fit program.
Pyle Cock Inn
Each of these more strenuous walks, five miles
in length will include a lunch stop at historic
pubs in the Sedgley area. There is no charge to
attend any of the walks that Stuart leads, just
turn up with your own food of choice.
Stuart also won first prize in the
Wolverhampton Cask Ale Trail on October,
proving the organisers wrong by completing
the trail in just one day. A feat we thought was
impossible! Read on to find out just how he
managed to do it...
12 pubs, 1 day
A full day out that didn’t finish until 2am
in the Giffard probably wasn’t the ideal
preparation for taking on the challenge I had
set myself! The escapades of the previous
night were telling as I slept until mid day,
not the best start! By 3.30pm, I was up for
tackling the trail and as I was driving to the
Free WIFI available
Heated Smoking Shelter
Biker Friendly Pub
Monday Club : £1.00 a pint of guest ale between 12 noon and 3pm.
Wolverhampton CAMRA Pub of the year 2008
Beer wolf Winter 2012 21
first few pubs, this late start ensured all of the
alcohol had left my system. Off to Brewood
for a half of Salopian Lemon Dream at the
Swan, a quick hop to the Station at Codsall
for half of Coastal Angelina and then a longer
drive followed by a swift half of Enville Ale
at the Greyhound in Lower Penn. Leaving
my car for the day I bussed it to Sedgley and
walked to the Horse and Jockey in Woodcross.
With the four awkward destinations out of the
way, the only dilemma was how do I get to
Bilston? It was just gone 7pm and with eight
pubs still to go, I thought “ I ain’t gonna do it
now” but no sooner had I reached the bus stop,
miraculously came a bus and the challenge
was back on! Sarah Hughes Ruby Mild
consumed in the Olde White Rose and then
at the bus station, another stroke of luck as a
bus to Wednesfield was sat waiting to leave so
I was at the Vine in no time for an enjoyable
half of Black Country Ales Pig on the Wall.
Back to Wolves and I figured it was best to
walk down to the Stile for a half of Banks’s
Mild. On the Newhampton Road, I jumped
on to a bus but it took me the wrong way and
I had to make my way back to the Summer
House through the estate roads for a half of
St Peters Ruby, the best and most unexpected
drink of the day. Rather than risk falling into
the Newhampton, I decided to walk to the
Newbridge bus stop. A long wait looked to
jeopardise my crawl completion so I rang the
Golden Glassy to let them know I was on the
crawl and could they get me a half of mild
ready for once I arrived, following stops at
the Royal Oak and the Combermere. Luckily
for me, these pubs didn’t take too long to
get around and I arrived at the Hog’s Head
at 12.30am, just beating last orders for my
final tankard of real ale and handed in my
completed ale trail passport all stamped up.
Stuart Brasier, Ale Trail winner
An Up-Market trip.
This was to deliberately visit the posher and
more restauranty places I visit less often.
I do recommend these genteel places to you
for car trips with relatives or friends and if
they don’t drink then they can try the food.
Booted and suited, I made my way to the Red
Lion at Bradley (near Stafford, phone 01785
780297). It has been recently remodelled
internally but watch out for the low beams!
There is a cosy bar area that contains an
unoffi cial local library. Drinking halves as
always, I had Thwaites IPA 3.9% at £1.55 and
Thwaites Wainwright 4.1% at £1.60. If you
need an excuse to visit, there is a large garden
centre in the South of Bradley.
The Red Lion,
My next port of call was the Shropshire Inn in
Haughton on the Newport Road. The pub lies
at the west end of the long winding village on
the busy A518, so take care. They do national
brands and I had a good St Austell Tribute at
£1.50. I liked the photographs of old Haughton
on the walls of the bar and students of
ventilation will be interested in the industrial
sized air extraction pipes serving the kitchens.
Haughton is served by the 481 Stafford
- Newport bus and is on the long Newport to
Stafford path along the old railway. A great
stop off for those on a Camramble!
Next up was the
Hand and Cleaver
Inn on Butt
ST18 9JZ and
127 846 229.
Never let it be said
we do not try to help you to fi nd it!
The pub has outdoor seating front (under an
awning) and rear (open) with a large car park.
It has several interconnected sections inside,
including some cosy banquette seating in one
of the restaurant areas. On the day of my visit
only one real ale was on, but the quality was
excellent and it was a long way from home.
It was from Wiltshire - Box Steam Tunnel
Vision 4.2% at £1.55. They also had a good
variety of rums for those who enjoy a tipple.
On my way back I had to step in at the Swan
at Whiston, west of Penkridge. This has won
CAMRA Heart of Staffordshire Branch Pub
of the Year 2011 and is also their Cider Pub
of Year 2011. There is a restaurant/lounge,
outdoor seating, a big car park and an aviary.
In addition, you get a CAMRA discount. I had
Purple Moose Glaslyn Ale 4.2% at £1.27 and
Ludlow Gold 4.2% at £1.27. They also had the
usual Holdens Bitter and Mild and another
guest ale, Three Tuns Ginger. There was a
long list of ciders, hence the award. It lies
on the strange Perton to Stafford 88 bus route,
and it did go past twice as I lingered there.
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A DRINK TO VICTORIA (STREET)
In honour of the visit to Wolverhampton by
Queen Victoria in 1866 to unveil the statue
of her consort Prince Albert, High Green
was renamed Queen Square. Cock Street was
changed to Victoria Street. So, let me take you
on a crawl of Victoria Street back in 1871...
On the south corner of Queen Square we
would have found the Wine Vaults, open as
a pub for 10 years although it was previously
a spirit merchant. In 1896 it was renamed
Victoria Vaults by its then owner, H Hewlings
and leased to Thomas Salt & Co from Burton.
The pub closed its doors in 1902 and was
demolished two years later. Almost opposite
was a small pub called the Spread Eagle,
dating back to 1818. In 1899 it was sold
by then owner Mary Cadwaller to Butlers
Brewery and continuing to trade until its
closure in 1928. Again, demolition following a
couple of years later in 1930.
On the south side of Victoria Street was the
Star & Garter, an old 18th Century coaching
inn that had been rebuilt in 1836. In the
ownership of Frederick Sparrow, it would
be taken over in 1886 by the Star & Garter
Co. who added a billiard room in 1895. If
buildings could talk what tales this one could
tell of the changes it must have seen over the
years, seeing the horse-drawn coaches it was
built to shelter replaced by trams and later
cars. In 1965, its 200 year history was wiped
out by the bulldozer as the site was
redeveloped as part of the Mander Centre. A
tragic loss for Wolverhampton’s pub heritage.
Further down on the north side, we would
have come to three pubs in close proximity.
The Giffard Arms, a two storey building
dating way back to 1802. In the ownership of
Edward Hagginton in 1892, it was leased to
Butlers who purchased it outright three years
later. In 1927 it was demolished as part of
a redevelopment scheme that affected most
of this side of Victoria Street. The present
Giffard Arms, based on an older style was
designed by architect J. A. Swann and built
on almost the same site. The entrance was
originally on the right side of the pub into a
corridor giving access to the front and back
rooms with the servery in between. In the mid
1980’s, alterations saw the rooms knocked into
one and the bar moving to where the corridor
had been. The entrance was moved to the left
side of the pub as it remains to this day.
Just two doors away, opposite Farmers Fold
we would have come to the Golden Cups, also
opened in 1802. At the time of our crawl, the
pub had seen better days and couldn’t compete
with its neighbours. We may have been just
in time for a last drink to bid farewell to
this pub as it closed its doors in 1871. The
building would remain until 1927 when it was
demolished. Next door we would have come
to the Hand & Bottle, once again from 1802.
In the ownership of Jane Morris until it was
purchased by Butlers in 1894. It called time
for the last time in 1927 and was demolished
as part of the redevelopment. The licence was
transferred to the Summerhouse in Oak Street.
On the opposite side of Victoria Street on the
junction with St Johns Street was the New
Hotel Spirit Vaults. This pub dates back to
at least 1830 but possibly also 1802 when the
premises are shown as being occupied by a
Maltster. Sold in 1895 to Wolverhampton &
Dudley Brewery who demolished and rebuilt
it in the same year, the pub was extended
in 1902 and traded until 1966 when it was
demolished as part of the Mander Centre
redevelopment. A temporary bar was set up
nearby while plans to build a replacement
were considered. In 1968, two shops were
built on the site and all hopes of a replacement
pub were gone for good. Santander building
society now occupies the site.
The Old Barrel, built in 1853 on
the west corner of Bell St...
On the west corner of Bell Street, we would
have found the Old Barrel built in 1853
and owned Joseph Cooper. In 1896, it was
purchased by G James and around this time
was demolished and rebuilt. In 1897, it was
sold to Elizabeth Homer who leased it to
South Staffs Brewery of Market Street. They
became J J Yardley in 1899 and then the Old
Wolverhampton Brewery in 1910. In 1914,
ownership transferred to Atkinson’s Brewery
who were taken over by M&B in 1957. They
would own and run the pub until it closed
in 1962. The building still remains and is
currently occupied by a take away.
Finally, almost opposite on the west corner
of Skinner Street we would have found the
Tiger Inn (one of three in the area) dating
back to 1851. Sold by Thomas Barker to
Thomas Banks Brewery in 1892, ownership
subsequently transferred to Wolverhampton &
Dudley who were formed 1890 to merge
... And the site as it is Today.
Thomas Banks Brewery, Colonel C Fox
Brewery and George Thomson Brewery of
Dudley. The pub then closed in August 1912
when the council compulsorily purchased and
demolished it in order to widen Skinner Street.
Only two pubs can be found on Victoria Street
today, the Litten Tree and the Giffard Arms.
A far cry from 1871 although happily, they do
both regularly serve real ale!
Jim Laws, Pub Preservation Offi cer
If you would like to fi nd out more about
Wolverhampton’s pub and brewery heritage
then you may be interested in visiting the
‘Time Ladies & Gentlemen please’...
...is an exhibition of items and artefacts from
Wolverhampton’s closed pubs and breweries.
Open from 25th January 2012 to 6th May 2012
Venue: Bantock House, Finchfi eld Road,
Wolverhampton, WV3 9LQ
Opening times: 12 noon - 4pm
Telephone: 01902 552195
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The CAMRA Members’ Weekend and AGM
2012 will be held at the Riviera Centre in
Torquay on 30th March-1st April 2012. It
will provide CAMRA members with the
opportunity to engage in CAMRA’s national
campaigns and discuss future policy and
direction. It also gives members the chance
to catch up with each other over a pint, visit
recommended pubs and go on organised trips.
Torquay boasts a large number of good
quality pubs, both in the centre and the
surrounding areas. There are 10 breweries
within the Torquay area, and many of them
will be supplying their real ales for sale in the
Members Bar. For real cider/perry drinkers,
the award winning Ye Olde Cider Bar in
Newton Abbot is close by.
Torquay boasts 22 miles
of coastline, consisting
of coves, cliffs and
beaches so there are
plenty of local attractions
for members to visit.
If members fancy
escaping Torquay, the
Dartmoor National Park
is nearby which offers
fantastic scenery, walks
2012 Members Weekend and AGM
The Weekend is open to all CAMRA members
Review what has been happening at
branch, regional and national level over
the past year.
Have your say, review campaigning themes
and form policy.
Hear guest speakers on issues related to
beer, brewing and key campaigns.
Meet the formal requirements of an AGM,
including presentation of accounts.
Meet up with CAMRA members from
around the country, National Executive and
HQ staff members.
Discuss ideas to forward to campaign
through workshops, policy discussion
groups and seminars.
Enjoy a few drinks in the members bar with
a good selection of local real ales.
Visit pubs in Torquay and the surrounding
areas of South Devon.
Visit local breweries and cider producers on
Website link: www.camra.org.uk/agm.
Members gather to debate CAMRA policy at the
last AGM in Sheffi eld, April 2011
Beer wolf Winter 2012 27
National Winter Ales Festival 2012
Sheridan Suite, Manchester, (M40 8EA)
18th- 21st January 2012
Britain’s biggest showcase of winter beers
returns to Manchester!
If you’re looking for any excuse to shake off
the cold and damp of winter, pay a visit to
CAMRA’s National Winter Ales Festival from
18th – 21st January at Manchester’s Sheridan
Suite. With a whopping selection of over 300
winter warmers, as well as foreign beer and
real cider/perry options, the festival is the
biggest showcase of its kind in Britain.
During the four day festival, thousands of
stout, porter, strong mild and old ale drinkers
are expected to come through the doors, and
with recent research showing that 52% of
alcohol drinkers in Britain have now tried real
ale, the festival is welcoming newcomers to
see what all the fuss is about.
To complement the beer, the festival promises
an unbeatable food buffet including English
and Indian dishes, as well as live music on
The National Winter Ales Festival is also
home to the Champion Winter Beer of Britain
competition, and on the opening day (January
18th), all eyes will be on who wins the top
prize after Hop Back brewery of Downton,
Wiltshire took the overall title in 2011 for
their Entire Stout.
Graham Donning, NWAF Festival organiser,
speaking in anticipation of the 2012 Festival,
‘Considering the positive growth we’ve seen
over the last couple of years in terms of the
number of brewers opening up across Britain,
let alone those producing winter beers,
we’re gearing up for another great year and
welcome drinkers old and new to come along
and enjoy a pint. I can’t remember the last
time there was so much choice available to
drinkers in terms of stouts, porters, old ales
and other winter beer styles on the market,
so it’s an exciting time to be organising
For more information, please visit
Festival opening times and admission prices:
Wednesday 18th January
2:30pm – 5:00pm
Trade Session - invitation only
Wednesday 18th January
5:00pm – 10:30pm
£2 (£1 for CAMRA member,
£1 for Concessions)
Thursday 19th January
12:00pm – 10:30pm
£2 (free entry for CAMRA member,
£1 for Concessions)
Friday 20th January
12:00pm – 4:30pm
£3 (£2 for CAMRA member)
Friday 20th January
4:30pm – 10:30pm
£5 (£4 for CAMRA member)
Saturday 21st January
12:00pm - 10:30pm
£4 (£3 for CAMRA member)
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Real Ale and Food - CAMRA Awards Lunch
The end of another year in the CAMRA
calendar sees the annual awards lunch
to celebrate the winners of the National
Champion Beer of Britain competition
(CBOB). This year also saw the Top 40
Campaigners awarded to mark the campaign’s
The awards were held at the National Brewery
Centre in Burton for the fi rst time and the
day began with a guided tour of the museum.
It’s a very interesting place to visit and I
fully recommend it to anyone interested in
real ale and the history of brewing. A real ale
reception followed where we sampled some
of the award winning beers. I opted for the
tasty traditional lager, “I can’t believe It’s Not
Bitter” by Oakleaf. This was one of my fi rst
real ales at a beer festival years ago and tasted
just as fantastic as ever!
Time for food! The part of the day I had most
been looking forward to as I love matching
food with real ale! First course was smoked
salmon with herb crème fraise and poached
lemon matched with Salopian Shropshire
Gold. This combination worked well so I
enjoyed the course. The main course was
rolled brisket of beef, fondant glazed potato
and fi ne beans fi nished with an ale jus. This
should have been matched with Marble
Chocolate however, we
were lucky to have the
team from Houston
brewery sitting with us
so we were able to gain
a jug of their best bitter; Peters Well instead.
This ale matched the dish better in my opinion
as it helped cut through the rich fl avours.
Dessert was two items, a chocolate brownie
and citrus crème brulee with shortbread.
Having drunk the intended match of Houston
Peters Well with the last course we drank
the Marble Chocolate we’d saved from
earlier. Again I was happy with my choice,
yum! A round of coffee followed that was
accompanied by St Austell Proper Job, the
Real Ale in a Bottle (RAIB) winning beer.
I didn’t want to drink beer and coffee at the
same time so I kept my bottle for drinking
during the presentations that followed.
After dinner speeches were provided by
Former MP John Grogan and local MP
Andrew Griffi ths, followed by the awards
ceremony and then the evening drinks
reception- yet more beer!
Jo with Colin Valentine, National Chair
and Luke Lucas, the beer organiser
We left merry having had our fi ll of ale.
An interesting experience and great for
networking and catching up with old friends.
Jo Keeley, Regional Secretary
Boozy steak and kidney pudding
This is a real winter warmer to make on
a cold day when you have four and a half
hours to spare. You need a one and a half litre
pudding basin or three half litre ones. You can
freeze the puddings to steam later. I’ve used
Wychwood Hobgoblin for this recipe but any
strong dark ale would work.
For the fi lling:
700g braising steak cut in bite size cubes and coated in
seasoned plain fl our
3 lambs kidneys cored, chopped small
3 tablespoons plain fl our
4 tablespoons vegetable oil
1 medium onion chopped small
1 bottle of Wychwood Hobgoblin
1 bay leaf
1 beef stock cube
1 tablespoon tomato puree or ketchup
Sea salt and fresh ground black pepper
A few shakes Worcester sauce
For the pastry:
350gm self-raising fl our
175gm shredded suet
300ml cold water
Half teaspoon salt
1 tablespoon horseradish sauce
Butter for greasing the basin
Heat oil in a frying pan. Lightly brown the
meat in batches to seal. Put to one side and
reduce the heat to low. Gently cook the onion
until golden and transfer with the meat to a
large saucepan. Deglaze the frying pan with
200ml beer, scraping the pan to lift the meat
juices. Add to the saucepan with the rest of
the beer, bay leaf, stock cube, tomato puree,
Worcester sauce and a good pinch of sea salt.
Bring to the boil. Reduce to a simmer for one
and half to two hours until the meat is tender.
Once cooked, remove four ladles of sauce
into a jug. Turn up the heat and reduce the
remaining sauce for fi ve minutes. Allow the
mixture to cool as you make the pastry.
Recipe created by Lynn
Roden, CAMRA Member
Sieve the fl our into a mixing bowl. Add suet,
salt and horseradish sauce. Add water a little
at a time, whilst mixing until a soft dough is
formed. If too sticky, add a little more fl our.
Knead gently on a fl oured surface for a few
minutes and then roll out to 1 cm thick. Divide
in to three if making the smaller puddings.
Cut out one quarter of the pastry and roll out
to make the lid. Keep this to one side. Place
the remaining pastry in a buttered pudding
basin. Add the cooled meat mixture. Wet the
edge of the pastry in the basin and put the
lid on. Pinch the edges together to ensure
there are no gaps. Cover with a large circle of
baking parchment with a pleat in the centre
to allow it to rise. On top of that, repeat with
a circle of foil. Tie some string tightly round
the lip of the basin to hold this in place. Put
in a steamer for two and a half hours (15
minutes less for the smaller puddings). If
you don’t have a steamer, use a saucepan
with an upturned saucer in the centre. Add
boiling water up to the level of the saucer and
place the basin on top. If you do this, check it
regularly to ensure it doesn’t boil dry.
Lift out of the steamer. Cut the string and
remove the foil and paper. Loosen the edges
with a blunt knife then place a plate on top
and quickly turn it over. The basin should lift
away. Warm the sauce you removed earlier
and serve with boiled vegetables.
Merry Christmas and a happy new year.
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Wolverhampton Cask Ale Trail - Winners
Back in October, BEERWOLF ran a Cask Ale
Trail as part of Wolverhampton CAMRA’s
National Cask Ale Week promotions. The trail
required participants to visit 12 pubs in and
around Wolverhampton, try some of the real
ale on offer and collect a sticker as proof of
The trail proved to
be a great success,
22 completed entries
were received by the
closing date and
there were many
others who took part, visiting at least some of
the pubs featured.
All the completed entries went into a pot and,
to ensure impartiality, the winner plus fi ve
runners up were drawn at the branch AGM
on 3rd November by the guest speaker Jake
MYSTERIOUS MYSTERIO ERIOUS RUBY ALE L
from Bird Bird’s Bird’ss Brewery
More warming than than a a woolly woolly vest…
A ruby ale with a slightly sweet
yet intense flavour.
Pale an and Crystal Malts are augmented by
a subtle subt blend of Fuggles and First Gold
Hops Hop to give a classic strong bitter.
Just the thing for the long, dark winter
nights (and days!)
Douglas of Salopian Brewery.
First name out of the pot, and winner of 18
pints of Enville Ale was:
Stuart Brasier, Wolverhampton
The fi ve runners up, winning
Enville brewery polo shirts were:
David Garbett, Bilston
A Steadman, Perton
Deborah Elsmore, Walsall
Ian Stringer, Wolverhampton
Phil Porter, Wolverhampton
Congratulations to all the above and thanks to
everyone who took part, we hope you enjoyed
visiting some pubs that you wouldn’t normally
Finally a big thank you to Enville brewery for
contributing the prizes.
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Pub Quiz (Just for fun)
Isinglass, or finings, are usually made from the swim bladder of which fish?
Who wrote Death on the Nile?
What colour is the district line on a London underground map?
Which fruit is used to make the liqueur “Chambord”?
Why was Louise Brown famous in 1978?
In snooker, how many shots are required for a maximum 147 break?
In Britain, what is the only road sign to be on an inverted triangle?
Who assassinated John Lennon?
In which country would you find Timbuktu?
Robert Van Winkle is better known as which American rapper?
Which player holds the record for the most appearances for
Vodka, Orange Juice and Galliano make which
(Answers at the foot of the page)
Answers: 1. Sturgeon 2. Agatha Christie 3. Green 4. Raspberries 5. She was the first test tube baby
6. 36 7. Give Way 8. Mark Chapman 9. Mali 10. Vanilla Ice 11. Derek Parkin (609)
12. Harvey Wallbanger
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Thursday 5th January 8pm:
Pyle Cock, Rookery Street, Wednesfield,
Wolverhampton, WV11 1UN
(Catch No.59 bus from Stafford St)
Thursday 2nd February 8pm:
Olde White Rose, 20 Lichfield Street,
Bilston, WV14 0AG
(Catch No.79 bus from bus station)
Thursday 1st March 8pm:
Old Ash Tree, 269 Dudley Road, Blakenhall,
Wolverhampton, WV2 3JU
(Catch No.1 bus from Princess Street)
Saturday 10th December 12noon:
West Midlands Regional Meeting
featuring guest speaker Mike Benner,
CAMRA Chief Executive
Merchant’s Inn, Little Church Street,
Rugby, CV21 3AN
Sunday 8th January 8pm:
Wolverhampton Beer Festival Meeting
The Great Western, Sun St,
Wolverhampton, WV10 0DG
(5 minute walk from City Centre)
Sunday 19th February 8pm:
Wolverhampton Beer Festival Meeting
The Great Western (as above)
Saturday 3rd March 12noon:
West Midlands Regional Meeting
featuring guest speaker Malcolm Harding,
Head of Finance and Branch Support
Rose & Crown, Birchills, Walsall, WS2 8QH
Sunday 11th March 8pm:
Wolverhampton Beer Festival Meeting
The Great Western (as above)
Saturday 17th December:
Branch Christmas trip to Lymestone
Brewery and pub crawl of Stone.
(For details and to pre-book, contact Dave
Rutter, Social Secretary)
Sunday 18th December 12noon:
Carol singing and inter-branch social with
Heart of Staffordshire branch
Anchor, High Offley, ST20 0NG
Tuesday 27th December 12noon:
Regional awards presentation
Drop Forge, 6-10 Hockley Street,
Jewellery Quarter, Birmingham, B18 6BL
Thursday 29th December 7.30pm:
Branch Christmas Social
The Great Western, Sun St,
Wolverhampton, WV10 0DG
(5 minute walk from City Centre)
Wednesday 18th - Saturday 21st January:
National Winter Ales Festival
Sheridan Suite, Oldham Road,
Manchester, M40 8EA
Friday 3rd -Saturday 4th February:
Redditch Winter Ales Festival
The Rocklands Social Club,
59 Birchfield Road, Redditch, B97 4LB
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the print date so please check our website for up to
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