BEERWOLF - Wolverhampton Campaign for Real Ale

BEERWOLF - Wolverhampton Campaign for Real Ale



Wolverhampton branch of the Campaign for Real Ale

Newsletter Issue 22 Winter 2012

4 years






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


2 Cover image: The Royal Oak, Chapel Ash - photograph by Ian Stringer

A word from

the Editor


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

Pub News

(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


Wolverhampton’s Young


20 Four Taps Pub Crawl

21 12 Pubs, One Day

23 Roving Reporter

24 A Drink to Victoria (Street)




2012 Members’ Weekend

and AGM

National Winter Ales

Festival 2012

Real Ale and Food - CAMRA

Awards Lunch

31 Recipe


Wolverhampton Cask Ale

Trail Winners

35 Pub Quiz (Just for Fun)

37 Branch Contacts & local info


Forthcoming Events

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RIP Chat

Off the Chair


...It’s me again, Ian

Stringer. On

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.

Ian Stringer

Branch Chairman.

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

sad time.

Andy Beaton, Wolverhampton CAMRA

Mike, Gail and the team

welcome you to our fully

refurbished traditional

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

our pub.

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

Game Live

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: Email:

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

to press.

The Prince Albert,

Plans granted

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.

Pub News


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

‘permitted development.’

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.



Ironmaster, Wesley St, Bradley

The pub is closed and boarded but is up

for sale.

The Crown & Cushion,

Boarded up

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

guest ales.

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

reintroduced shortly.

Noahs Ark, Wood End Rd, Wednesfield

The pub is up for sale but is currently

still open.

***NEW PUB***

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

branch Area):

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

The following

establishments in

the Wolverhampton

branch area offer

a discount for

CAMRA members:

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

next April.

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)




June: MARYNKA (Poland)

July: STYRIAN (Slovenia)

August: STRISSELSPALT (France)


(New Zealand)

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

popular Coven

Beer Festival.

Look out in

December for


(4.7% abv

amber ale).

Last winter

this was brewed

Wolverhampton CAMRA

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


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




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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


Social Scene

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

arrived more

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

01902 498338



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

Salopian’s speciality

beer with its balanced

lemony taste. Finally,

to complement the

range of Salopian beers

is Golden Thread,

a homage to Hopback

Summer Lightning.

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.

Chairman Ian

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;

Friday-Saturday 5-10pm

Sunday Roast: 12-4pm

2 course - £9.95

3 course - £11.95

Telephone 01902 892871 • Web

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

be you?

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

committee meetings.

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

and nationally.

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

minded friends

across the branch

area, region

and nationally.

If you need

any more


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!

Combermere Arms

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

New Inns

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

Rookery Street


West Midlands

WV11 1UN

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!

Roving Reporter

Next up was the

Hand and Cleaver

Inn on Butt

Lane in

Ranton Green,

ST18 9JZ and

OS location


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.



a visit.

Beer wolf Winter 2012 23


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’... 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

(Admission free)

Telephone: 01902 552195


Beer wolf Winter 2012 25

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

and pubs.


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

organised trips.

Website link:

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 Saturday.

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

this festival.’

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)

Beer wolf Winter 2012 29

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

40th birthday.

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

their visit.

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



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

get to.

Finally a big thank you to Enville brewery for

contributing the prizes.

Available now... THE GOOD BEER GUIDE 2012

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and features pubs across the United Kingdom that serve the best real ale.

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The 2012 edition includes:

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and reviewed by CAMRA members

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you can find a friendly watering hole wherever you are

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shapes and sizes

• Tasting notes and a ‘Beer Index’ to help you find and

enjoy your own perfect pint

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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

Wolverhampton Wanderers?

Vodka, Orange Juice and Galliano make which

popular cocktail?

(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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Branch Contacts

Secretary/Branch Contact

John Nightingale - 01902 850509 or

07808 324805

Branch Chairman

Ian Stringer - 07850 575738

Vice Chairman

Martin Witherford - 07719 327752

Membership Secretary

Trevor Matthews - 01902 344333

Social Secretary

Dave Rutter - 01902 727175 or 07969 459404

Pub Preservation Officer and Beer Festival


Jim Laws - 01902 721186

Public Affairs Officer

Jason Matthews - 07933 756968

Branch Treasurer

Sue Rostance - 01902 711466 or 07921 813437

Beerwolf Editor/Webmaster

Ian Garlick


Beerwolf is published by the Wolverhampton

branch of the Campaign for Real Ale Ltd.

(CAMRA) The views or opinions expressed are

not necessarily those of CAMRA, or the editor.

© Copyright CAMRA Ltd 2009

Consumer Info

If you have any complaints over matters

such as short measures, etc... and have no

satisfaction from the pub in question, address

them to your local consumer protection


Wolverhampton Trading Standards

Wolverhampton City Council, Reception Desk

14, 1st Floor, Civic Centre, St Peter’s Square,

Wolverhampton WV1 1DA

01902 551155

Staffordshire Trading Standards

Staffordshire County Council, 20 Sidmouth

Avenue, The Brampton, Newcastle-under-

Lyme, ST5 0QL

01782 297000

Transport Info

Bus Operators

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Travel West Midlands traveline: 0871 200 2233

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Branch Meetings

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)

Other Meetings

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)

Forthcoming Events

Social Events

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)

Beer Festivals

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

Times and venues are subject to change at short

notice, new events may be arranged subsequent to

the print date so please check our website for up to

date information.

If you drive to events do not exceed the legal limit

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