Mine's a Pint Issue 43

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Branch Diary

All events start at 20.00 and are open to everybody unless

specified.

September

Thu 7: First Thursday of the Month Social. Start at Roebuck,

37 Auckland Road, Reading, RG6 1NY. Then moving on to

Abbot Cook and Retreat.

Sun 10: Pub walk to the Flower Pot at Aston (total 6 miles).

Meet at Henley station car park at 11.15. For more details

contact Chris Hinton: chinton557@gmail.com / 0118 987

3203.

Tue 12: Branch meeting. Queens Head (garden room), 54

Christchurch Road, Reading, RG2 7AZ. CAMRA members

only, please.

Sat 16: South London Brewery Crawl. Meet at 12.00 at

Elephant & Castle Underground Station (shopping centre

entrance). For more details see SLBT17.eventbrite.co.uk

Thu 21: Gala Awards Evening. Three Guineas (cellar bar),

Station Approach, Reading, RG1 1LY. Meet the winners of

our “Of the Year” awards as well as the winning breweries

from this year’s beer festival and a few special award winners.

October

Thu 5: First Thursday of the Month Social. Fox and Hounds,

116 City Road, Tilehurst, RG31 5SB.

Fri 6 – Sat 7: Ascot Beer Festival. For more details see ascotbeerfest.org.uk

Wed 18: Branch meeting. Royal Oak (conservatory at rear

of pub), Ruscombe Lane, Ruscombe, RG10 9JN. CAMRA

members only, please.

November

Thu 2: First Thursday of the Month Social. Bell and Bottle,

37 School Green, Shinfield, RG2 9EE.

Sat 11: Branch AGM. Griffin (upstairs function room), 10/12

Church Road, Caversham, RG4 7AD. 12.00 start. AGM will

be followed by a pub crawl. CAMRA members only for the

AGM, please; all welcome for the crawl.

See www.readingcamra.org.uk for details of these events as

they come available.

For further details if there’s no contact listed, to suggest an

event or to receive regular e-mail updates of the branch diary,

contact Chris Hinton: social@readingcamra.org.uk

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From The Editor

CAMRA MEMBER? WHY NOT

TAKE IT TO THE NEXT STEP?

IT’S A CAMPAIGN OF TWO

HALVES, WITH AN ACTIVE SOCIAL

SIDE AS WELL AS THE WORK TO

PROTECT AND PROMOTE PUBS

AND BREWERIES.

You can see from the branch diary that

there’s a lot going on locally. On the social

side we have our regular First Thursday

of the Month socials or, if you fancy

something a bit more energetic, there’s a

pub walk coming up to a lovely country

pub that’s a bit off the beaten track – the

Flower Pot at Aston. It’s well worth a

visit, not least so that you can admire the

amazing collection of fish in glass cases that

cover the walls.

Perhaps, like many of us, you joined

CAMRA because you think that real ale,

real cider, real perry and real pubs are

something unique. Something valuable.

Something worth fighting for. If so then

it’s time to take a more active role in the

campaign. We have our AGM coming up

and you can read more in this issue about

some specific roles that we’d like to fill.

But however you want to help, you’ll be

made to feel welcome and we’ll certainly

appreciate your contribution, however large

or small.

So make today the day that you step up

and give something back to the campaign.

It’s people giving of their time and energy

– however little or however much they can

spare – that have got us where we are today.

CAMRA is the most successful consumer

organisation in Europe, and your help can

make us better yet.

Cheers!

Phil Gill - Editor

editor@readingcamra.org.uk

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Pub & Brewery News

Pub News

ARBORFIELD

As we went to print the BRAMSHILL HUNT was

closed due to lease renegotiations. We hope to see

this popular pub reopen again soon.

Further up the road, the SWAN is on the market

as a free house. We understand that the current

tenants Mike and Lynne plan to leave in September.

CAVERSHAM

The BARON CADOGAN on Prospect Street now

hosts a weekly pub quiz, starting every Monday

at 8pm. The house beer in this Wetherspoons

is from the local Loddon Brewery (Ferryman’s

Gold rebadged at Cadogan’s Gold) and other

microbreweries are also represented, along with

real cider and often perry.

There’s a planning application to convert the

upper floor of THE ISLAND into flats. This is

the bar on Piper’s Island in the Thames, accessible

only by river or by a footbridge off Caversham

Bridge. Naturally, given that it’s in the middle of a

river, the site is part of the functional floodplain so

residential use may be a problem. That said, given

the long history of noise and licensing issues with

the bar, many local residents will be disappointed

that it’s only the upper floor proposed for

conversion.

IMAGE © FLOWING SPRING

Our friends at South Oxon CAMRA were so

impressed that they awarded the Flowing Spring

their Pub of the Season award for this summer.

Seen here at the presentation are David Cooper,

the Chairman of South Oxfordshire CAMRA,

with the Flowing Spring’s new owners Hazel

Lucas and Nick Willson.

GRAZELEY GREEN

The OLD BELL has been offering a regular guest

beer from Loddon brewery. As a Chef and Brewer

pub, it also offers a 10% discount on cask ales for

CAMRA members – just show your membership

card at the bar.

PLAYHATCH

The FLOWING SPRING has new owners. Nick

and Hazel, who have been the tenants for the last

six years, have bought the pub from Fullers and

it’s now a free house for the first time in its 220

year history. It’s been a long process but the sale

finally completed at the end of June.

Up to six real ales, two real ciders and a wide

choice of gluten-free, vegan and alcohol-free

wines, beers and ciders are on offer. The home

cooked food also includes a wide range of glutenfree,

vegetarian and vegan options. We hope to

feature more about this pub in the next issue.

READING

The ELDON ARMS in Eldon Terrace closed in

April after brewery Wadworth sold the building,

and licensee Russell MacKenzie moved on to a pub

in Pewsey, Wiltshire. Shortly after closure a sign

appeared in the window advertising for new bar

staff and the pub subsequently reopened in June

– and you may recognise a couple of members of

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staff! As far as we are aware it is a freehouse and

a variety of different ales have been spotted along

the five pumps over the last few weeks, as well as

real cider. We thought that we’d lost this place for

good after the sale, so please do pop over and give

them your support. Opening hours are from 5pm.

The MONKS RETREAT in Friar Street, which

was sold by Wetherspoons to Stonegate Pub

Company a year or so ago, finally closed for a

long-promised refurbishment and reopened in late

August. We had expected a name change but it

seems that the old name has been kept

The pub, which opened in 1994, and the street

it is on were both named after the Franciscan

monks who came to Reading in the 13th century.

The well-known “hanging monk” who could be

seen dangling from a rope underneath the skylight

didn’t survive the refurb – he was put up for sale

on Ebay and raised £1,040 for the Noah’s Ark

Children’s Hospice in London.

Also on Friar Street, WILD LIME has had the

latest in what seems to be its “every second year”

refit. Real ale is available.

SWEENEY AND TODD on Castle Street is for

sale. This unique Reading institution has been

advertised on websites including Daltons Business

with a guide price of £1.5 million for the freehold

of the whole of this listed building, including the

shop, bar, restaurant and upper floors. The pies

are famous across the country and we sincerely

hope that we can continue to enjoy them in the

future, alongside the four real ales on the bar.

The WHITE EAGLE on Oxford Road is reported

to have closed. Formerly the New Inn, this pub

didn’t serve real ale but was known for a wide

array of Polish bottled beers at reasonable prices.

Plans have been unveiled for a new development

in the area of the old Bristol and West Arcade on

Friar Street / Market Place which include a new

public house, alongside shops, a public courtyard

and 64 flats. The pub is to replace the former

Coopers Arms on the site, which has been vacant

for a number of years. At the time of going to press

no planning application had been submitted.

TILEHURST

News reaches us that Keith and Sharon are moving

on after a good number of years at the ROYAL

OAK on Westwood Glen. The transformation

that occurred under their stewardship to what

was a pretty moribund pub was little short of

remarkable, from improving the range and quality

of the real ale to cultivating a fantastic outdoor

garden and uncovering (and utilising) the old

fireplace in the lounge. The pub was included

in the Good Beer Guide for every available year

under their tenure which is an impressive record in

itself. We hope that the new licensees will continue

to build on the good work that has happened here.

WOODLEY

The BULL AND CHEQUERS in Church Road

offers a 10% discount to CAMRA members. This

Greene King house offers up to three real ales and

has a large garden with seating plus a paved patio.

Food is served until 10pm (9pm on Sundays) and

Sky and BT Sports are on offer – plus there’s a

darts team.

Beers noted on a summer visit to BEL AND

THE DRAGON on Gasworks Road (near the

Prudential offices) were Rebellion IPA, West Berks

Good Old Boy and Loddon Reading Best. The bar

offers three real ales from local breweries and you

can visit for a drink without needing to go into the

restaurant or order food.

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ASCOT ALES

The brewery has a new owner – we’re awaiting

details of his plans for the beer range.

BINGHAMS

Macchiato Stout and Twyford Tipple both

received recognition at the south east SIBA

awards, with both winning bronze awards. Last

year’s Champion Beer of Britain, Vanilla Stout, is

available in bottled form from the brewery shop

in Ruscombe.

The latest in the Hop Project

is Citra Southern Cross with

a citrus and tropical fruit

hop character dominating

this 4.5% extra pale ale. The

latest monthly special created

by brewer Ricky Moysey

isPith&Zest,a5%ABV

orange IPA brewed with the

addition of orange peel for

a zesty refreshing orange

note. Autumn into Winter

will see the return of the

dark side, with Woodsmoke Porter, V Old

Ale and The Warmer all being brewed as monthly

specials.

The brewery shop is proving ever popular and

customers can now click and collect from the

online shop to save time. Brewery tours are also

bookable online and include 3 pints and a pint

glass to take home.

BOND BREWS

New limited-edition beer “Whirlybird” is an

American style bitter. Lifting off with five types

of malted barley and wheat whilst a combination

of U.S. hops hover to provide the bitterness

and finally landing with aromas of orange and

grapefruit. Due to popular demand “Bengal

Tiger”, a 4.3% ABV English style IPA has been

rebrewed.

CHILTERN

Bottle-conditioned Bodger’s

Barley Wine (8.5% ABV) won

3 Gold Stars at this year’s Great

Taste Awards. That puts it in

the top 1.3% of the 12,500

products entered and means

it is put forward to a regional

Golden Fork award and

possibly Supreme Champion.

Judges’ comments included

“A rich, honeyed, brandylike

flavour with hints of

pear-drop sweetness and

warming spice. A wintery, after-dinner,

fireside beer with a brilliant head, extraordinary

resinous hoppy notes and a full, spicy impact.”

Bottle-conditioned Lord-Lieutenant’s Cream

Porter (6% ABV) won one Gold Star with this

comment “This has been made with a delicate

touch but in no way lacking in impact or fullness”

as did gluten free bottled 300’s Dark Old Ale (5%

ABV) “There is a rich, toasty malt aroma giving it

some real appeal”.

The brewery has been voted the Central Chilterns

Champion in The Chiltern Society Craft Beer

Awards. Their highest rated ale was bottled John

Hampden’s Golden Harvest Ale (4.8% ABV) and

members of the judging panel included CAMRA’s

Central Southern Regional Director, Carl Griffin.

John Hampden’s, which is certified gluten free,

was also selected as Editor’s Choice and was the

only one of 6 ales to be awarded 5 stars in Gluten

Free Heaven Magazine’s recent taste test.

Autumn is a busy time for draught ales with 4

seasonal or limited edition specials coming up

– Kop Hill Ale (3.7% ABV), the official ale for

the hill climb event in Princes Risborough in

September, red and spicy Copper Beech (4.4%

ABV) in September-October, 300’s Dark Old Ale

(4.9% ABV) in October and mellow and fruity

Foxtrot (3.9% ABV) for November.

The brewery shop in Terrick near Wendover in

Bucks is well worth a visit for some original and

unique gift ideas – which are also available online

at chilternbrewery.co.uk.

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ELUSIVE BREWING

Collaboration brews have taken place with

Torrside Brewing (Creature of Havoc), Weird

Beard (Lord Nelson), Wild Weather (Fight Like a

Dairy Farmer) and Vibrant Forest (Hazy Duke).

A collab brew with Fiveclouds Brewco will have

taken place by the time this goes to print.

HOOK NORTON

This historic Oxfordshire brewery has tasted

success at the World Beer Awards 2017, where an

international and highly respected judging panel

identified the best beers from each country across

72 styles.

In the United Kingdom category, top honours

went to Red Rye 4.7% ABV, a ruby red, fruity

ale. It picked up United Kingdom’s Best Rye Beer

and then went on to win the World’s Best Rye

Beer, repeating its success from 2015. Further

success came with Playing Hooky 4.7% ABV, a

pale, amber, malty biscuit brew picking up Bronze

in the United Kingdom, Pale Ale category. Old

Hooky 4.6% ABV, 40 years young this year, was

voted United Kingdom’s Best English Brown Ale,

showing that there is still a place and recognition

for a full bodied, classic real ale in an ever

increasingly craft market.

All of the award winning beers are available year

round in 500ml and 330ml bottles direct from the

brewery and online at hooky.co.uk

LODDON

The limited edition beer Golden

Bullet was brewed for the summer

and should still be available. This

4.6% ABV golden ale is a favourite

from the brewery, packed with

flavour and character. Fuggles and

Brewers Gold hops – an old English

variety now grown in Germany and

Alsace – impart a spiciness and wellbalanced

bitterness which makes

Golden Bullet perfect for summer

drinking.

the club’s bar – including a new official club beer

called Hawks’ Gold, a 4.4% ABV golden bitter –

and all Henley RFC members can now enjoy 10%

off all Loddon products in the brewery shop. Shop

opening hours have been extended to 7pm on

Fridays, so it’s now even easier to pop in and pick

up some beer for the weekend.

For September an old beer is returning but it may

be under a different name. POTUS is a lovely

4.7% ABV American pale ale but not everybody

wants to be associated with the President of the

United States at the moment, so a name change is

being considered.

REBELLION

The Rebellion Charity Weekend 2017 raised a

massive £65,000 for charity. Despite some rain

over 5,000 people attended the weekend where

free beer and entertainment were on offer. Guests

could donate at the entrance and managed to

smash the 2015 figure of £58,000 raised, which

was a fantastic surprise. Rebellion would like to

thank everyone for coming along and making the

weekend so enjoyable and like to thank them all

for their generosity, along with all the bands who

played and donated their time for free.

The brewery have teamed up with newly-promoted

Maidenhead United FC to offer a hospitality bar

in the new Alan Devonshire suite for the first three

games of the Conference season.

The monthly specials continue with:

September – Excalibur (4.2% ABV), pale and

hoppy.

October – Engineer (4.2% ABV), chestnut and

crisp.

November – Braveheart (4.2% ABV), amber and

malty.

The autumn beer for September and October is

Red (4.7% ABV), a warming, autumnal red ale,

rich and malty, with a balancing bittersweet hop

character.

The bottled version of Rebellion Lager (4.4%

ABV) is now in the brewery shop – they are

limiting sales to a maximum of three cases per

customer for the time being. The shop is open

Monday – Saturday 8am – 7pm.

Loddon Brewery is joining Henley

Rugby Club as an elite sponsor for the next

three years. The brewery and the club have a longstanding

association and are delighted to be joining

forces. Loddon beers will be on permanently in

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SIREN CRAFT

Look out for a range of coffee-flavoured brews as

part of the Project Barista project - “a celebration

of the sublime flavours that coffee can impart on

beers.” Siren have been big fans of using coffee


in beer since they started out four years ago; in

fact they have a beer that uses coffee in their core

range – Broken Dream. This series aims to take

the relationship between beer and coffee in new

directions and the beers are:

• Crema – 4.9% ABV sweet white stout with

German whiskey barrel aged coffee

• AmcapHeine – 6.2% ABV kettle sour with

Kenyan coffee and raspberries

• Hibiscusericano – 9.2% ABV double IPA with

Ethiopian coffee

• Turkish – 10% ABV imperial stout with

coffee, figs, Muscovado, nutmeg, orange zest,

cacao nibs and vanilla.

SHERFIELD VILLAGE

Find their beers at the Sherfield Beer Festival which

is being held at Sherfield Village Hall on Saturday

30 September from 11.30am till 11pm. More than

40 beers and ciders will be available alongside hot

food and live music. Tickets are £4 in advance or

£5 on the door. Free minibus to and from Bramley

station in the evening. Info: Gilly Woodland, gillian.

woodland@duckwood.co.uk, 07738 011 708.

STARDUST

Beers from this microbrewery in White Waltham

have been seen on sale locally including at the

Royal Oak in Knowl Hill, where our reporter

found the 4% ABV English Bitter to be “seriously

tasty”. Other ales from Stardust include 3.8% ABV

Easy Pale, 4.5% ABV American Pale and a 5.6%

ABV offering with the unusual name of PK3, which

is a “5 hop variety … tropical, fruity and spicy.”

WEST BERKSHIRE

Two of West Berkshire’s

ales won awards in

CAMRA’s Champion

Beer of Britain

Competition, announced

in August. Good Old Boy

was awarded Bronze in

the Best Bitter Category,

whilst the deliciously

rich Maggs’ Magnificent

Mild scooped Silver in

the Mild category.

“This is a fantastic achievement for our beers and

for our brewers,” said West Berkshire Brewery

CEO Simon Lewis, delighted with the wins. “Good

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Old Boy was one of our original beers and we

believe it to be one of the very best bitters out

there – it’s great to see that CAMRA agree with

us! Maggs’ Magnificent Mild is deliciously rich

and smooth, and to have been awarded silver is

a sign of its quality and great flavour. With such

fierce opposition from other beers within these

categories, we’re honoured to see both ales win

awards in such an important competition.”

Good Old Boy (4% ABV), the company’s

flagship ale, is notably well-balanced and packed

with flavour. This classic bitter is brewed with

traditional Maris Otter malted barley and fruity

Bramling Cross and Northdown hops. Maggs’

Magnificent Mild (3.8% ABV), is a traditionally

styled, dark mild. Full of roast malt flavours offset

with a subtle sweetness which combine to make it

superbly smooth to drink, the silver award adds to

an already impressive list of awards to its name.

The OktoberWest Bierfest is back, this year being

held on Saturday 23 September. There are two

sessions: daytime from 12-5pm and evening from

6-11pm. More details are available at wbbrew.com

The brewery are also looking for full time dynamic

and proactive drivers. Successful candidates will

have at least a year’s experience of professional

delivery driving, a full clean UK driving licence and

an appetite to achieve. If you think you’ve got what

it takes to join the team, then please send your CV

including a covering letter to:

olly.ford-lane@wbbrew.co.uk

WINDSOR AND ETON /

UPRISING

The Editor writes:

When I changed jobs last year, one of my leaving

presents was a pair of tickets for the Windsor &

Eton Brewery tour. I finally got around to using

them this summer and I was very impressed. I

particularly liked the way that they wove a story

around the various styles of beer, alongside the

history of the brewery and the types of ingredients

used.

Brewery tours can sometimes be a case of “There’s

the mash tun and fermenting vessel ... here’s some

malt for you to taste ... have some random beer”,

which are fine but this one was very well structured

and informative. I was working out afterwards that

I’ve been on over 40 brewery tours over the years

but I still learnt some new things from this one.


There was a good range of people on the tour and

I thoroughly recommend it.

Open tours run every second Wednesday in the

evening, starting at 7.30pm. Look at webrew.

co.uk/tours for information and to book a place.

XT / ANIMAL

XT have launched a beer

pioneering the use of new British

hop varieties. The beer called Brit

Hop, a 5% ABV pale ale, uses

as yet unreleased hops as part

of the British Hop Association

development programme. It was

available first at the XT Brewery

Bar in Olympia for the Great

British Beer Festival, and then

had a limited release in selected

local pubs.

The aim of the programme is to produce varieties

that are capable of rivalling US and other new

world hops for flavour. The development successes

so far have included new British varieties such as

Jester, Olicana and Minstrel. XT have been selected

to brew with the experimental varieties and provide

feedback both on the technicalities during brewing

and how the hop flavours perform in trade and

whether the customers like or dislike the beers.

Another area of beer R&D for XT has been the

development of their new “craft lager” Eisbar. The

first trial batches of the new 5% ABV Vienna style

lager – which is both unfiltered and unpasteurised –

sold out so fast the brewery had to limit its release.

The beer is properly “lagered” meaning it’s held to

condition naturally for six weeks, which presents a

few production and capacity issues for the brewer.

As a result of the success of the trials, and to meet

demand, new specialist lagering vessels are being

installed over the summer. The beer should be

available now from a short list of selected pubs.

The Animal cask beers have proven to be

very popular over the years and, as a birthday

celebration, a series of re-brews have been selected

by landlords, beer club members and devoted

drinkers. The first revisit was Buffalo the American

Amber, and later will see the return of other old

favourites such as Manta Ray and Heron.

XT beer is on tour and travelling abroad in

September to represent British brewing – Munich

for DrinkTech and Slovenia with the British

Chamber of Commerce.

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Beer Scoring

Have you ever wondered about how pubs get into

the Good Beer Guide (GBG)? Unlike those guides

where paid individuals submit reviews, GBG

entries are compiled from beer scores submitted by

CAMRA members. Every single CAMRA member

has the opportunity to contribute to the GBG, by

submitting quality scores for the beers they have

drunk.

So how do you submit them? The easiest way is

to log onto CAMRA’s WhatPub.com. The default

login details are your CAMRA membership

number (without any leading zeroes) as username

and the password you created at the time of

signing-up. If you have difficulty logging in, there’s

help on the screen. In fact, there’s plenty of help

for all steps in getting your pub scores entered! It’s

up to you how you record your scores while in the

pub - scraps of paper, notebooks, or on a smart

phone, whatever suits you.

While the concept of sitting at the bar with a

notebook giving your beer a points score might

seem a little obsessive, in fact beer scoring is a

vital tool of CAMRA’s ongoing campaign for good

beer and good pubs. There are over 150 pubs in

our branch so we need members from across the

region to help us gather information about them

year-round.

The scores are on an 11 point scale (0-5, by halfmark):

0 = No cask ale available.

1 = Beer that is anything from barely drinkable to

drinkable with considerable resentment. Includes

beer taken back as being poor and not taken off

sale.

2 = Competently kept; drinkable but doesn’t

inspire in any way. Below what is expected for the

GBG.

3 = Good beer in good form. A GBG user (i.e.

you!) would not be disappointed with it. You may

seek out the beer again in the same session.

4 = Very good: Excellent beer in excellent

condition. Exceeds expectations.

5 = Probably the best beer you are likely to find. A

seasoned drinker will award this score very rarely.

Don’t give a pint 5 just because it’s (say) Doom Bar

and you happen to like Doom Bar. Think: in your

experience is this beer in front of you a really good

example of a Doom Bar, or a pretty poor one? And

don’t give a pint 0 because it’s a stout and you

happen to hate stouts. If in doubt, don’t score, or

maybe ask a friend what they think. Most people

can tell the difference between a beer that just

happens to have a flavour that “isn’t for them”

and a beer with actual defects.

Gradually, as you walk around pubs, you’ll

accumulate scores and begin to develop your own

method of making comparisons. It’s like riding a

bike. Soon it becomes second nature.

Some people do find beer scoring confusing and

are unsure as to the ‘correct way’ to record a

beer score. But you don’t need to be particularly

knowledgeable about every beer you might come

across! The great thing about real ale is the

diversity of tastes. Here are a few things to take

note of when evaluating an ale:

1. Look: Assess the colour, clarity and the foam

of the pint. Golden ales should appear bright

and clear while darker beers, such as stouts and

porters, possess a richer colour and often a thick,

creamy head. As a general rule of thumb it’s best

to base your view on whether it looks appealing.

If it’s got bits in it, or looks very flat (no head) it’s

looking like a duffer.

2. Smell: Smell is an important part of the drinking

experience. Take a short sniff of your drink to

assess the aroma. If it’s immediately repulsive –

smelling of vinegar or chemicals – then it’s a fair

bet that the pint you have is poor.

3. Taste: Take a sip and let it flow around your

mouth before swallowing. Beers can reflect many

taste sensations. The intensity of the flavours and

the finish (the ‘aftertaste’) make up the whole taste.

Give your taste buds a few seconds to register all

the differing sensations. Has the publican kept

the beer well enough to allow the flavour to come

through fully?

4. Mouthfeel: How does it ‘feel’ in the mouth?

Most well-kept ales will have a light carbonation

and feel ‘alive’. Well, they are! They should be

served at cellar temperature – that means cool,

not cold. Ales that are warm and/or as flat as old

dishwater are definitely not good. ‘Flat’ beers can

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often indicate that the beer has hit the end of the

barrel (imagine the dregs left in a bottle of cola

that has been open a few hours) – this is a natural

part of the cycle of the barrel’s lifespan and a good

publican will be happy to check if you suspect an

ale is at ‘bottom’ and replace it with a fresh pint

from elsewhere.

With thousands of ales to choose from, everyone

has their own personal favourites and things that

they don’t like, so please try to give an honest

account of how well-kept a particular beer is. If

you aren’t sure then try to do your scoring based on

beers that you know that you normally like when

they are in good condition.

So much for submitting the scores, what happens

next?

All the scores recorded for our local pubs are

collated and entered into a master spreadsheet.

This contains an agreed algorithm that compresses

bulk scores and produces the overall figures for

multiple-level scores, amongst other things. At the

end of the year, those pubs which have scored 80%

or above scores of 3+ and have been ‘visited’ at least

20 times (exceptions are occasionally made for our

more rural pubs) are presented to the GBG selection

meeting. This is part of a general branch meeting

so any card-carrying CAMRA member may attend!

Usually, the top 10-14 are waived through blind; if

they’re this good on the beer quality, they must go

in. The rest are then opened up to a general debate

to the floor, from which follows a vote to decide

the remaining places. Surveys are taken, entries are

submitted to CAMRA HQ and then they appear in

the following GBG. Simple.

So, your vote does count. Judging the best pubs in

Britain is something you are uniquely placed to do.

Please take the time to beer score and make your

contribution to the Good Beer Guide!

UK ’ sBest-Selling Beer& Pub Guide

EDITED BY

ROGER PROTZ

So if you sent in some beer scores in the last year

or two, why not see the end result? The new Good

Beer Guide 2018 is out in September and lists

the best pubs in the UK as selected by CAMRA

members, together with the most extensive brewery

listings of any guide. Go to shop.camra.org.uk to

order your copy today.

Quinten Taylor and James Moore

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Small Beer

A roundup of news and information.

CIDER PUB OF THE YEAR

FIRST THURSDAY SOCIALS

Do you like beer? Do you like pubs? Do you like

meeting other people who like beer and pubs?

Then why not come along to one of our “First

Thursday of the Month” socials?

Every month, on the first Thursday at 8pm,

you’ll find a group of CAMRA members at a

pub somewhere in the branch area. On the cover

there’s a picture of us at the August social in the

Allied Arms. Come down and meet us sometime

– it’s fun and you get to drink real ale, cider or

perry with a lovely bunch of people. The next one

is on Thursday 5 October at the Fox and Hounds

in City Road in Tilehurst. Everyone’s welcome,

including partners, and we’d love to see you there.

Following its win in our branch competition, the

Nags Head in Russell Street, Reading has gone on

to win the CAMRA Central Southern Cider Pub of

the Year title, seeing off challenges from the Cross

Keys in Thame and the Royal Oak in Wantage.

Seen here are Elvis Evans (CAMRA’s Regional

Cider Coordinator, left) and James Moore (Branch

Vice-Chairman, right) presenting the certificate to

Lola Lodge of the Nags Head. CAMRA celebrates

cider and perry in October, and ideas are still

under development but check back on our website

readingcamra.org.uk where we’ll post details of

what’s happening.

Just before we went to press we received even

more good news about the Nags. Not content with

the regional cider win, the pub also triumphed in

the prestigious Regional Pub of the Year contest.

This time facing contenders from Oxon (the Royal

Oak again) and Bucks (the Valiant Trooper in

Aldbury), judges voted the Nags Head the best

pub in the three counties. This puts it into the final

16 in the UK, an amazing achievement of which

the team can be rightly proud. Judging continues

to work out which will be the supreme champion,

and the winner will be announced next year.

BRANCH AGM

What can you do for CAMRA? If the article in this

magazine has made you stop and think about this,

why not come along to our branch AGM and find

out more? This year we’re having an experiment –

previously the AGMs have been held on weekday

evenings but this time we’re trying a Saturday

afternoon and followed up the AGM with a pub

crawl.

This is your chance to get more involved with

your branch, either by taking on a committee

post, volunteering for something like helping to

distribute Mine’s a Pint, or just to chat to active

CAMRA members and find out a bit more about

what we do. At the moment we’re really looking

for somebody to act as our young members’

contact, to be our liaison point with local clubs or

to keep an eye on political activities as they affect

CAMRA, but there are plenty of roles so if there’s

something that you’re particularly interested in,

come along and find out more.

Come along to the Griffin in Church Road,

Caversham on Saturday 11 November at 12.00.

If you’d like to have a chat beforehand about

what being an active volunteer might mean, please

contact Quinno our branch chairman on 07887

424232.

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CHAMPION BEER OF BRITAIN

balanced beer with a hoppy edge. We originally

brewed and named it for a festival taking place

in the Goat pub, and the beer just caught on. It’s

the first time we’ve won the competition, and we

expect it to put us on the map.”

Our local West Berkshire Brewery also picked up

two awards in the contest – read about them in the

Brewery News section.

GALA AWARDS EVENING

LAST YEAR’S AWARDS TABLE

PHOTO BY TIM LLOYD

CAMRA has crowned Goat’s Milk by Church End

Brewery the Champion Beer of Britain 2017. The

Warwickshire brewery, originally located in an

old coffin shop, won the prestigious award on the

opening day of the Great British Beer Festival at

Olympia, thanks to its blend of pale barley, crystal

malt oats and aromatic hops in their beer.

The award comes after almost a year of local

tasting panels and regional heats resulting in the

best beers from across the UK being invited to

compete.

Bishop Nick Brewery from Essex took silver with

Ridley’s Rite, a pale ale with a floral aroma and

satisfying bitterness, while Welsh brewery Tiny

Rebel – former Champion Beer of Britain winner

– won bronze with Cwtch, a red ale with a blend

of six caramelly malts and three citrussy American

hops.

Nick Boley, CAMRA’s National Director

responsible for the competition said:

“Congratulations to Church End for winning the

Champion Beer of Britain award for Goat’s Milk,

which is the highest beer accolade in the country.

Goat’s Milk is a stand out beer - it has a lovely

balance of malts and hops and a full flavour. It

is a very fine example of a bitter and incredibly

refreshing.”

Paul Hamblett, sales manager from Church End

said:

“Goat’s Milk is our biggest selling beer - it’s a nicely

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The Reading & Mid Berks CAMRA Gala Awards

Evening is coming up and everyone is invited!

Hosted this year by the Three Guineas at Reading

Station in their newly refurbished cellar bar, the

evening is a chance to celebrate the best of local

breweries and pubs. Those receiving recognition

will be:

• Regional Pub of the Year

• Our pubs and club of the year awards

• The Beer & Cider Festival Local Beers of

the Festival awards (category winners and

Overall Gold, Silver & Bronze)

• Special Awards for outstanding contributions

Thursday 21 September is the date for your

diary. We’ll be gathering about 8pm with the

presentations from about 8.30pm. Entry is free so

this is a great chance to come and meet the brewers

and publicans that do so much to enrich our lives.

ASCOT BEER FESTIVAL

Watch out for the latest Ascot Beer Festival,

this year being held on Friday 6 and Saturday 7

October. It’s organised every year by our friends

at Berkshire South East CAMRA at the famous

Ascot Racecourse, just a short train ride from

Reading. Once again this year there will be around

200 different real ales and over 30 real ciders and

perries to choose from.

As well as a fabulous selection of drinks, the

festival will also offer some top class flat racing


and the chance to have a flutter if you fancy, plus

live music. Entry tickets are now on sale with 50%

off for CAMRA members who use a discount

code, and remember that this is a token-based

festival so you also have to buy beer vouchers

before you can enjoy your beer – they’re available

on the day or in advance.

There’s no dress code for the part of the Grandstand

where the festival’s held, although the course does

encourage all visitors to dress smartly. Of course

if you buy one of the many premier admission

packages that require you to dress up, you can still

visit the beer festival and many people do.

See ascotbeerfest.org.uk for more details of

the festival including how to buy tickets and,

importantly, how to volunteer to work.

SKINNERS WIN BEST

VEGETARIAN BEER

Five of Skinners core range of bottled beers have

been recognised as vegetarian and vegan friendly.

With the exception of Hops ’n’ Honey and Penny

Come Quick, all of their bottled ales are vegan

and vegetarian. Lushingtons is now also available

kegged, which is also vegan and vegetarian.

POLITICS

The latest general election saw some changes that

will affect the beer and pub industry. Chair of the

British Pub Confederation Liberal Democrat MP

Greg Mulholland lost his Leeds North West seat,

losing out to Labour’s Alex Sobel by 4,224 votes.

Conservative MP Andrew Percy, who was pubs

minister before the election, kept his Brigg and

Goole seat with 60% of the vote, but was replaced

in the subsequent reshuffle by Jake Berry, MP for

Rossendale and Darwen.

Berry said that he would ensure the pub sector was

given his attention, despite it being only a small

part of a wider suite of responsibilities. The British

Beer and Pub Association welcomed Berry’s

appointment, which is often a bad sign as far as

drinkers are concerned.

IMAGE BY SKINNERS BREWERY

Skinners Brewery from Truro, Cornwall, have

seen their Lushingtons bottled beer crowned as

Best Vegetarian Beer at the Veggie Awards 2017.

The judging panel included leading figures of the

vegetarian community; best-selling cookbook

authors of The Happy Pear, author Rose Elliot of

New Complete Vegetarian and lifestyle blogger

and author Niomi Smart.

Founder Steve Skinner said:

“We’ve worked in accordance with the guidelines

of the Vegan Society to ensure all of our ales pass

their guidelines and we are delighted this work has

paid off with an award for a delicious beer!”

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WYCOMBE HASH HOUSE

HARRIERS

While Team GB may not have set the place alight

in the recent Athletics World Championships,

a group from Wycombe have been enjoying a

combination of running and pubs. High Wycombe

Hash House Harriers (HWH3) is a running

group with the motto “Runners with a Drinking

Problem” who meet every Tuesday at any pub

within a 10-mile radius of High Wycombe. This

sees them venture regularly into Oxfordshire,

Berkshire, and occasionally beyond, as well as

their home county of Bucks.

A number of them are CAMRA members and are

keen to promote good pubs serving good beer.

There’s a review section on their website hwh3.

co.uk/pubs and they’d welcome any feedback

on how to improve it and make it better for a

wider audience. They also have their own Pub

of the Year competition, as voted for by HWH3

members. Winners have included the Wheel

at Naphill in 2016, and the Royal Standard at

Wooburn Common in 2015.


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A GOLDEN WONDER

FRESH MIX OF HOPS FOR A DELICIOUS ALE

RICH RUBY ALE

SMOOTH AND MALTY WITH A FULL BODY

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A New Kind of Beer Festival

THE FIRST NATIONAL BEER FESTIVAL DEDICATED TO

BEER FROM WOODEN CASKS

BEER FROM THE WOOD

HOOK NORTON HAYMAKER – BEER OF THE

FESTIVAL

You might wonder why it has taken the Society

for the Preservation of Beers from the Wood

(SPBW) 54 years to run its own beer festival.

After all CAMRA, formed in 1971, held its first

Great British Beer Festival in 1977, or 1975 if you

count Covent Garden. The reason is mainly that

after the advent and greater success of CAMRA,

SPBW faded into the background, was happy to

accept that real ale was fine in a metal as well as a

wooden barrel (keeping the name for the sake of

tradition) and largely reinvented itself as a social

club. I have been informed that at one stage it

even passed a motion that it would not hold a beer

festival!

In recent years, however, things have changed.

There has been a revival of interest in beer from

the wood (BFTW), especially north of the Wash,

and several new branches have begun to campaign

much more actively for BFTW, not least the North-

East branch, headed by Rob Shacklock.

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This revival has been enthusiastically greeted by

some CAMRA notables, particularly Roger Protz,

and in the Rugby League stronghold of Castleford,

West Yorkshire, there is a pub called the Junction

(‘Junkie’ for short) that serves real ale only from

the wood.

The first national Woodfest of BFTW duly took

place in the first week in July in Castleford in a

derelict pub that has been acquired by the ‘Junkie’

landlord, Neil Midgley, and proved to be an ideal

location for a first, relatively small-scale event. A

committee under Rob Shacklock organised the

festival and the undersigned played a small part in

helping run the tombola as well as stimulating new

memberships and branches. Dignitaries present

included Vivian Bairstow, past Master of the

Worshipful Company of Coopers, Alastair Simms,

Master Cooper and, replete in his chain of office,

the Mayor of Wakefield. CAMRA and SPBW

branches from far and wide attended, including a

party from the Chesapeake Bay branch across the

pond.

Beers from nearly 40 breweries were on offer

and these competed for the coveted award of

Champion beer from the wood. The judges who

included Roger Protz, as well as the Chairman of

SPBW, Patrick Deller, seemed to take a long time

reaching their decision (can you blame them?) but

eventually a winner emerged and it was a pleasant

surprise to find that it came from a well-established

brewery south of the Wash – Haymaker from

Hook Norton. This was awarded Gold while Silver

went to Moonbeam from Half Moon and Bronze

to Elland’s Beyond the Pale, both these Yorkshire

breweries. As well as the overall winners, winners

of the various categories comprised Box Social

(porter), York (stout), Tigertops (strong dark)


and Monty’s Brewery (IPA). The beer range also

included several brews from across the Irish Sea,

both north and south.

Following this initial success, Woodfest will be

moving to the Tyne in 2018 but thereafter we hope

that the festival will move south.

John Dearing

John is a former chairman of Reading CAMRA.

He heads the local branch of SPBW (Common

& Aldbrickham) and is also the Society’s Branch

Liaison Officer.

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New Wharf Brewing Company

Kevin has a long pedigree in home brewing and

was the winner of the 2016 Welsh Homebrew

Competition. The 20 barrel (5,760 pint) plant is

large for a new brewery and the list of planned

beers is equally ambitious, including an American

Pale Ale, an American Amber, a Breakfast Stout, a

Double IPA, an American IPA, a Kölsch, a Mango

and raspberry Berliner Weisse and an American

Cream Ale with vanilla.

New Wharf Brewing Company is a new brewery

based in Maidenhead and due to open in early

September. Kevin Black from Burghfield (pictured)

is the head brewer and intends to develop and

create a full range of beer that will be available

in cask, keykeg and bottle format. All beers will

be unfined.

Contact details: kevin@newwharfbrewing.co.uk /

07815 717251 / @NewWharfBrewing

2 Broad Street Reading, RG1 2BH

01189 508119

thealehousereading.co.uk

enquiries@thealehousereading.co.uk

3 West Berkshire Ales

6 Guest Ales

German & Belgian Beers

Real Cider, Perry and Mead

Local CAMRA Pub of the

Year 2014 Runner Up

Local CAMRA Cider

Pub of the Year 2013 & 2014

A Community pub in the

heart of Reading

Follow us on twitter

@AlehouseReading

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A.I. is too important

to be left in the hands

of machines.

TRADITIONAL

BEST

BITtERS,

WARMERS

SUMPTUOUS STOUTS,

WINTER

AND SUMmER

REFRESHERS

The A.I. we’re referring to isn’t Artificial

Intelligence, it’s Ale Intelligence, of course.

We’re not technophobes, we just don’t trust

anything incapable of smelling, feeling or

tasting to create something as delicately

balanced as Landlord. That’s why we have

five hands-on, Heriot-Watt trained brewers

involved in every step of the process,

from barley delivery to filling the casks.

This way, we can make sure that every sip of

Taylor’s is as delicious as humanly possible.

Machines may one day take over the world, just

be thankful you won’t be around to drink their

terrible beer.

All for that taste of Taylor’s

Visit our brewery and distillery

or buy at ramsbury.com

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From the Archives

Long before Mine’s a Pint existed, we had the

Thames Valley Drinker magazine. This extract

from an issue in 1984 illustrates just how prices

have changed in the last three decades, with a

pint available then for a little as 59p and no beer

costing more than a pound.

The reasons for price increases sound depressingly

familiar, though.

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The Further History of Lager

in the UK

Perhaps the oldest UK

brewery to have attempted

to produce a genuine lager

was Mackesons, of Milk

Stout fame, which brewed

at Hythe in Kent between

1669 and 1968 and is

known to have produced

an ‘Anglo-Lager Ale’, an

English beer ‘brewed on the

German principle’. It was

also claimed to be ‘light

and an excellent tonic’ and

was presumably current prior to 1929 when the

concern was initially taken over by H G Simonds

of Reading, before being sold on to Jude, Hanbury

& Co. Ltd., of Wateringbury, Kent, nine years

later.

The same, somewhat strange, epithet of ‘Anglo-

Lager’ was also used to promote a Dinner Ale

brewed by the Friary, Holroyd & Healy Breweries

Ltd. in Guildford, Surrey, but how close to an

actual lager style this was is pure conjecture. More

reliably, in 1896, the concern of A F Perkins &

Co. Ltd. in Southsea, Hampshire, was registered

specifically as a lager brewery. Having started

life as Henry Bradshaw’s Hyde Park Brewery, it

was occupied by John & Arthur Brickwood (the

noted Portsmouth brewers) between 1880 and

1887 but, by the end of the 19th century, was in

voluntary liquidation before the company was

finally dissolved in July 1908.

In London, along Point Pleasant, Wandsworth, the

Union Brewery was built as a ‘26 quarter’ (i.e. 208

bushels of malt) steam facility by Langton & Sons

in 1866 but passed through a number of other

brewers during the 1890s before the last expired

due to bankruptcy in 1900. Then, in December

1902, the Holsten Brewery Ltd. was registered

at the same site which had a controlling interest

PAUL DABROWSKI BRINGS US THE LATEST

CHAPTER IN HIS HISTORY OF LAGER BREWING IN

THE UK

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by the Holsten Brauerei of Hamburg for the first

year or so of its existence before finally going into

voluntary liquidation in 1920. It is inconceivable

that a subsidiary brewery sharing its name with

an infamous German sponsor would not have

produced a true lager but, rather than attempt to

brew its own, the nearby Young & Cos. Brewery

Ltd. introduced a genuine imported lager, the

German St. Pauli (also from Hamburg), to its pubs

in 1907 up until the First World War.

In March 1899, Liverpool had also got in on

the act with the British Lager Brewery Co. Ltd.,

being registered. However, just short of a 4-year

existence, it was wound up at the end of 1902.

Although Walker Cain Ltd. of nearby Warrington,

founded 1864, constructed a Clarence Street

Brewery in Burton-on-Trent in 1883, when Peter

Walker & Sons (Warrington & Burton) Ltd. was

registered in 1889, it occupied two other breweries

in that famous brewing town where lager was

known to have been produced. Whilst the Midland

Brewery was only used between 1890 and 1895,

the Shobnall Brewery lasted from that company’s

inception until 1923 when lager brewing ceased

with its sale to English Grains Ltd. Peter Walker

relinquished the last of its three Burton operations

just two years later with the sale of its original

Clarence Street premises to Atkinson’s Brewery

Ltd.

Amongst the many notable pubs in Scotland’s

capital city is Bennet’s Bar which has, arguably, the

second finest internal features of any after the Café

Royal. Amazingly, one of the magnificent double

entrance doorways still exhibits an intact pair

of stained glass panels depicting flip-top bottles

for ‘Jeffrey’s Lager’. This was brewed by John

Jeffrey & Co., Heriot Brewery, Edinburgh (1837-

1960). Jeffreys was subsumed by a new company,

Northern Breweries of Great Britain Ltd., formed

in 1959 to amalgamate their operations with those


of Hammond’s United Breweries Ltd., Bradford,

and those of the Hope & Anchor Breweries Ltd.,

Sheffield, who, of course, a little over a decade

earlier had usurped their own lager with Carling

Black Label. Largely instigated by Carling’s

brewery magnate owner, E P Taylor, this merger

was cynically intended to widen the market for his

Canadian lager beyond the 150 pubs that H&A

controlled.

Bennet’s Bar, at 8, Leven Street, Tolcross,

Edinburgh, dating from 1891 but refitted fifteen

years later, is Scottish Grade B (equivalent to

between Grade II & II* in England & Wales)

listed and is also on CAMRA’s National Inventory

of Historic Pub Interiors. A pair of glazed doors to

the extant ‘Bottle & Jug’ has similar panels for ‘W

& J Jenkinson’s Bottled Beers & Aerated Waters,

Leith’, a brewery of which little is known. Equally

obscure was The Glasgow Lager Brewery of the

1890s but this may have been a tradename of

Tennent’s Well Park brewery included when that

was registered as a Company in 1890. Similarly,

George Younger & Co. of Alloa (closed 1960 and

not to be confused with William Younger & Co.

of Edinburgh) was also known to have produced

a lager during the latter quarter of its illustrious

215-year existence.

Around 1900, there may have been slightly more

than one hundred essentially small lager producers

in the UK but this was set to wane and wax

dramatically in the century and more that followed.

Notwithstanding this, amongst the various turnof-the-century

London lager outlets, one that

survived the aftermath of The Great War was a

famous delicatessen called Appenradts. At the top

of Haymarket, across the road from the part-music

hall that was the London Pavilion – where, apart

from Spatenbräu, a dunkel Löwenbräu was served

– Appenradts thrived in the early years of the 20th

century and offered a splendid continental lager

amongst other delicacies. After being taken over

by an English firm, things were never quite the

same there in the inter-war years.

wagons, branded ‘Graham’s Golden Lager’, from

Scotland to both Burton, for bottling for the home

market, and to various victuallers, such as C G

Hibbert, at Southampton Docks who bottled the

premium liquid refreshment in bonded stores for

loading onto ocean-going Cunard liners there.

Allsopp’s also contributed its own products to this

considerable luxury trade which was perpetuated

from Burton up until the 1960s.

At Kells, Co. Meath, Eire, the Regal Lager Brewery

had been founded in 1937. A private company, it

was registered in 1947 but closed just seven years

later.

Then, in 1956, when brewing ceased at the G H

Lett & Co. Ltd., Millpark Brewery, Enniscorthy,

Co. Wexford, Eire, almost the reverse to all the

foregoing happened. The Pelforth Brewery in Lille,

France, acquired the rights to continue to brew

Lett’s Ales, previously crafted at the only Irish

brewery to have adopted the (specialist pale ale)

Burton Union system!

In contrast, Barclay, Perkins & Co. Ltd.,

Southwark, produced a ‘London Lager’

throughout most of the 20th Century (from 1922)

and, latterly, in both light and dark versions (in

common with Allsopp’s) mainly for export, with

bottles still being hand-labelled until its 1955

takeover by Courage & Co. Ltd., through to the

1980s.

Paul Dabrowski

with acknowledgements to: CAMRA, 1983 & 1984

Good Beer Guides; Peter Haydon, Beer & Britannia;

Where Have All the Breweries Gone?, Norman Barber,

Brewery History Society

CAMAL (The Campaign for Authentic Lager) may be of

interest. Please visit www.camal.org.uk for more details.

Next time Paul brings the story up to date with the

emergence of micro-breweries and artisinal, ‘craft’ lager.

During the wartime interregnum of that century,

anti-German sentiment was predominantly

assuaged by the promotion of Danish-brewed

Tuborg lager, seemingly the only foreign brew to be

advertised in the UK. But, six years after Allsopp’s

Lager had been transferred from Burton to Alloa,

Arroll’s developed ‘Graham’s Golden Lager’ in

1927 from which Sköl was ultimately derived in

the 1950s. Bulk beer was despatched in rail tank

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Join CAMRA… then what?

So you’re now a CAMRA member – a member

of the largest and most successful single-issue

consumer group in the country. Welcome!

• Around 40 new members joined CAMRA

at this year’s Reading Beer and Cider

Festival.

• Since the start of this year almost 80

people have joined the Reading & Mid

Berkshire branch of CAMRA.

Fewer than 5% of CAMRA members are

actively involved in the campaign, so please do

your bit! Remember, every little helps.

Phil Gill

Adapted with permission from an original article

by Lyn Sharpe of Potteries Branch. Lyn is CAMRA

Campaigner of the Year 2017.

By now you will have received your pack

containing your membership card and

Wetherspoon vouchers. Now it’s time to think

on, not just about the financial benefits to you

but what you can do to help the campaign.

Here are just a few examples.

• Remain a member and move to direct debit

if you’re not already on it. Subscription

income is vital to the success of the

campaign.

• Promote real ale. CAMRA has over

188,000 members who, by talking

enthusiastically to friends, family and

colleagues, can encourage them to discover

the delights of real ale, cider and perry.

• Recruit a new member. The larger our

membership, the more “clout” we have,

so let’s try to get to 190,000 and beyond.

• Score the beer you drink using CAMRA’s

website WhatPub (whatpub.com). Your

data makes the Good Beer Guide better

and helps decide our Pub of the Year

award.

• Update the survey details for your local on

WhatPub – having accurate and up to date

information helps to better promote pubs.

• Attend a meeting or a social. We’re a

friendly bunch – see page 3 for what’s

going on, and remember you can always

join us for a beer somewhere on the First

Thursday of the Month.

• Volunteer for the Reading Beer and Cider

Festival next year, or another local festival

like Ascot. It’s fun and addictive!

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Join up, join in,

join the campaign

From

as little as

£25 *

a year. That’s less

than a pint a

month!

Discover

why we joined.

camra.org.uk/

members

Join us, and together we can protect the traditions of great

British pubs and everything that goes with them.

Become part of the CAMRA community today – enjoy

discounted entry to beer festivals and exclusive member

offers. Learn about brewing and beer and join like-minded

people supporting our campaigns to save pubs, clubs,

your pint and more.

Join the campaign today at

www.camra.org.uk/joinup

*Price for paying by Direct Debit and correct at April 2017. Concessionary rates available.

Please visit camra.org.uk/membership-rates

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Day

Session

12-5

Live Music & Street Food, including Bavarian bratwurst

Saturday 23rd September 2017

per session and include a free pint & a stein

(both sessions can be purchased if required)

£10

For more info and to book call

Evening

Session

6-11

or book online at WBBREW.COM

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