Mine's a Pint - Summer 2019

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The Summer 2019 issue (50) of Mine's a Pint, the magazine of the Reading & Mid-Berkshire Branch of The Campaign for Real Ale (CAMRA)











& MORE...


Go To Pubs!

Drink Beer!

Have Fun!


Branch Diary

All meetings and social events are relaxed and friendly. Nonmembers

are welcome to all events except branch meetings.

Please check the website before setting out in case of any

last-minute changes.


Thursday 6th: (19:30) First Thursday of the Month

Social. Meet at Park House, University of Reading, RG6

6UR. We will move on at c20:15, for a walk round the

Whiteknights Campus, and stop for a drink at Three Tuns,

191 Wokingham Road, RG6 1LT

Wednesday 12th: (19:30) Social Curry Night. Meet at Royal

Oak, 69 Westwood Glen, Tilehurst, RG31 5NW. We will

move on at c20:15 to Himalayan Hot Spot, 1 School Road,

Tilehurst, RG31 5AR. They have a 3 course meal for under

£10. We have booked a table for 20:45 – if you would like to

join us please email to book your place by 9 th June.

Thursday 20th: (20:00) Branch meeting. Swan, Basingstoke

Road, Three Mile Cross, RG7 1AT. CAMRA members

only, please.


Thursday 4th: (19:30) First Thursday of the Month Social.

Meet at Swan, Shooters Hill, Pangbourne, RG8 7DU. We

will move on at c20:15, for a pub crawl of Pangbourne to

include another two pubs and one club.

Wednesday 17th: (20:00) Branch meeting. Royal Oak, 69

Westwood Glen, Tilehurst, RG31 5NW. CAMRA members

only, please.


Thursday 1st: (19.30) First Thursday of the Month Social.

Fisherman’s Cottage, 224 Kennet Side, Reading, RG1 3DW.

We will be taking part in the quiz.

Tuesday 13th: (20:00) Branch meeting. Park House,

University of Reading, RG6 6UR. CAMRA members only,


This is a guide only and Reading & Mid Berkshire CAMRA

cannot be held responsible for any loss due to the alteration

or cancellation of any of these events.

See www.readingcamra.org.uk for more details of events.

Contact Us

Useful contact details for this magazine,

CAMRA and other important things…

Mine’s a Pint Circulation: 3,000.

Outlets: Over 70 across the region.

Editor: Phil Gill


0771 455 0293

81 Addison Road, Reading, RG1 8EG

Magazine published on behalf of

Reading and Mid Berkshire CAMRA

by: Neil Richards MBE at Matelot


01536 358670 / 07710 281381


Printed by CKN Print Ltd, 2 North

Portway Close, Round Spinney,

Northampton, NN3 8RQ

01604 645555

Reading & Mid Berkshire CAMRA


Social Secretary: Chris Hinton


Contact for all other branch matters:

Katrina Fletcher


0779 401 9437

Local Trading Standards

From time to time, drinkers receiving

poor standards of service or poor

quality products may wish to raise the

matter with Trading Standards. You

now need to do this through Citizens

Advice, an organisation which provides

free, confidential and impartial advice

on consumer issues.

To contact Citizens Advice Consumer

Service call 03454 04 05 06 or visit

www.citizensadvice.org.uk and click on


The next issue of Mine’s a Pint will be

published in early September. Please

feel free to submit any copy or ideas

by 1 st August.

The opinions expressed in Mine’s a Pint

are not necessarily those of the editor or

the Campaign for Real Ale. © Campaign

for Real Ale 2019.

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From the Editor

It’s hard to believe that this is the 50 th issue

since I started as Editor. There’s a long history

of CAMRA newsletters and magazines for

this area, with “The

Thames Valley Drinker”

and “Inn And Around

Reading” featuring in

the past, amongst others.

In the current era, Issue

1 of Mine’s a Pint was

published in March 2007

– see the cover here. Its

16 pages featured news





Pub & Brewery News

Brancy Diary

Pub of the Year

The Plastic Age

Use It or Lose It

13th Beer Festival



The new newsletter for th R di d

of our then-Pub of the Year (the Bird in Hand

at Knowl Hill), a beer festival preview and an

article explaining why glasses should be made

out of glass, not plastic.

We’ve come a long way since then. We’ve seen

the local pub and brewery scene bloom and

the Reading Beer and Cider Festival go from

strength to strength. We’ve made a lot of good

friends along the way and sadly lost others.

There are dozens of people who’ve made

major contributions to Mine’s a Pint in the

last twelve and a half years. I’d like to thank

all of you, including Katrina Fletcher who was

guest Editor for Issue 44, as well as those in the

earlier years of CAMRA who went before and

showed the way.

Not everything has gone so well. I remember

once describing in these pages a pub (many

years ago and now under different ownership)

that I’d visited and found to be serving

“London Pride with bits in it”. While that

was an accurate report of my visit it didn’t go

down well with the landlord at the time and

I’ve learnt that there are many different ways

you can get a point across in print – and that

some of them will get people’s backs up for no

good reason.

As CAMRA members we always aim to

promote breweries, pubs, real ale, cider and

perry. Even though we make mistakes from

time to time, we’ll always try to keep up that

promotion and we’re all on the same side. It’s

nice to get recognition now and again, so thank

you to those in the industry who’ve taken the

time over the years to say that they appreciate

our work as volunteers.

As is the way of things, I took on the job in

2007 saying that “I’ll be the Editor for one

issue” and then I got immediate job security!

For recent issues we now have an editorial

team, which has helped a lot in terms of sharing

the workload, and that’s definitely the way

forward. I’ll be stepping down as Editor in a

few issues’ time so this is a perfect time for you

to join the team if you’ve ever fancied getting

involved and seeing your name in print. You

could take on a specific part of the magazine

and make it your own, or contribute across the

board. If you fancy a chat I’m always happy to

talk and I’m sure that the magazine will be in

safe hands going forwards.

As ever, please support your local pubs and



Phil Gill

Editor, Mine’s a Pint



Branch Diary & Contacts: 3

From the Editor: 5

Pub News: 6 & 7

Brewery News: 9 - 11

Small Beer: 12 - 16

Walking to the Pub: 19 - 20

Festival Roundup: 22 - 23

Volunteering: 24

The Promotion of

Lager in the UK: 26 - 28

Join CAMRA: 30

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Pub News

Burghfield Common

The demolition of The BANTAM in Burghfield

Common has been granted to be replaced with

eight two bedroomed flats. This leaves no pubs

left in Burghfield Common.


The BARON CADOGAN in Prospect Street,

which closed its doors as a JD Wetherspoon

on 24 March, has now been re-opened by

Mayor Debbie Edwards and former Reading

FC manager Mick Gooding. The new landlord

is Darren Brett who also currently owns the

Arrow in Yeovil, the Oak Apple in Worcester

and the Woodman in Dudley. First impressions

indicate that not much has changed. The layout

remains the same and like J D Wetherspoon

there is no music. The menu is virtually identical

with similar meal deal options throughout the

week. On the pumps, at a recent visit, were

Old Empire IPA, Wainwrights’, Banks’s Mild,

Jenning’s Sneklifter, Directors and Courage

Best, all at extremely reasonable prices.

Emmer Green

Planning permission is being sought to demolish

THE GARDENER’S ARMS in Surley Row and

replace it with eight new dwellings.


An application to add a 14 room hotel to THE

BUTLER in Chatham Street has been approved.

An old tyre shop at the back of the property is

one of the buildings to be converted. The pub

is a Grade II listed building, which first opened

in 1830. There will be strict rules to adhere to

when the building work begins.

On Saturday 9 March THE

ALEHOUSE in Broad Street

served its 9,000th pint since

1993. Bar Eye Ecks 5.4%

is an Orange IPA by New

Wharf Brewing Company. The

traditional pub boasts 9 everchanging

ales varying from the

local West Berkshire Brewery

to much further afield.

Image by New

Wharf Brewing Co

THE JOLLY ANGLERS, on Kennetside has

reopened with new

owners after a short

period of closure.

They open at 5:30pm

during the week but

are open all day at

the weekends. They

are serving food

and have laid up the

tables towards the

back of the pub to

accommodate this.

They have two TVs, one on each side of bar.

They have three hand pumps and on a recent

visit the ales available were Flying Monk’s

Elmers and Habit as well as Oakham’s The


THE ELDON ARMS, on Eldon Terrace

has recently closed. At present we have no

information on the future of the backstreet

local which reopened in June 2017 after being

sold by Wadworth.

Although SWEENEY TODD in Castle Hill

has been on the market since June 2017, it has

recently been changed from selling freehold at

£1.5million to leasehold at £50,000 p/a. The

owners June Hayward and her son Craig insist

that the unique pie shop, that is a Reading

institution, should be sold as is and are willing

to wait until the right buyer comes along. June

opened Sweeney Todd over forty years ago. At

a recent visit they had Butcombe Gold, Adnams

Southwold Bitter, Wadworth 6X and Hook

Norton Old Hooky on the pumps.

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The QUEEN’S HEAD in Christchurch Road,

which has recently reopened under new

management, is now offering 7% CAMRA

discount on Food & Drinks. They also have

loyalty discounts. The pub is showing promise

with an emphasis on high quality food. It

sells three changing real ales, often from local


such as bottles of Kraken and various brewery

t-shirts and bags, by hiding raffle tickets around

the pub for people to find.

A new craft keg bar STROBELIGHT HONEY

has opened in the basement of 7 Bone Burgers

in St Mary’s Butts. More info in the next issue.


Kennetside has a wide range of events that

include regular themed quiz nights, a monthly

games night and live music.

The first May Bank Holiday

weekend saw a BBQ with

a DJ. The pub serves

Mediterranean food all day

and offer more unusual beer

on their handpumps. Two

of the most current beers have been Beatnikz

Republic’s ‘2am Poet’ and Electric Bear

Brewing’s ‘Space Opera-tunity.’ They recently

teamed up with Elusive Brewing to brew their

own beer to celebrate the launch of their games


Since the last edition of Mine’s A Pint Reading

Borough Council have granted planning

permission to demolish THE RED LION in

Southampton Street and replace it with flats.

THE HOPE AND BEAR at Cemetery Junction

has just celebrated its first birthday. The

premises has been a pub for around 200 years

and has been previously known as The Abbot

Cook, The Upin Arms and The Jack of Both

Sides. At The Hope and Bear they specialise in

craft beers. Regular brews come from Camden

Hells, Sierra Nevada, Tiny Rebel, Siren Craft

and Brewdog. They also run beer festivals. To

celebrate their birthday they gave away prizes


THE CROWN in Church Street has a new

manager. They are serving West Berkshire

Brewery’s Good Old Boy and Doombar as

regular beers and will have one guest beer.

Three Mile Cross

An amendment to the last Mine’s A Pint

issue is the beer list at THE SWAN at Three

Mile Cross. They are currently serving the

following: Timothy Taylor Landlord, Timothy

Taylor Boltmaker, Adnams Ghost Ship, Fuller’s

London Pride, Loddon Hoppit and Greene

King Inspector Morse. The pub is a member

of the Timothy Taylor’s Champion Club which

is an award given to permanent stockists of

the brewery, to celebrate their dedication in

keeping the beer well.


The GOLDEN CROSS on Station Road /

Waltham Road is the first pub in Berkshire that

has Ascot Beer Company beer on as a regular.

It replaces Upham (also unique in the area) who

appear to have ceased brewing to concentrate

on their pub estate.


Street is now serving a guest Bingham’s beer,

alongside the rest of their Brakspear’s range.

Pub News compiled by Evelyn Harrison-Bullock

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We are a traditional pub serving a

selection of Real Ales and pub grub with

a large beer garden.

We are also dog friendly!

116 City Rd, Reading RG31 5SB


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Binghams Tap Room moved

to Emma’s Kitchen in London

Road for a successful few

weeks but the arrangement

has now ended and the

brewery is looking for new

premises in Twyford. They

also plan to open a Tap Yard

at the brewery on Saturdays

in the summer starting on

15 th June - details will be

announced on the Binghams

Facebook page.

The current special

is Viennese Whirl, a

5% ABV Viennese

Pale Ale brewed

with a blend of

Citra, Centennial

and Chinook hops. Next will be Pith and Zest,

which has orange zest added.

Chiltern Brewery

New for 2019, Hop, Spring & Jump

(3.8% ABV) is a delightful golden ale that

showcases the wonderful

characteristics of a brandnew

trial hedgerow hop

being grown in the UK,

producing a beer that boasts

a lovely burst of juicy citrus

hops with a loganberry finish, perfectly

balanced by a rich, malt base.

Nut Brown Mild (3.9% ABV) is one of the

brewery’s long-standing favourites from

their seasonal beer range. A smooth,

traditional mild that has a luxurious

chocolatey flavour and well-balanced

hop aroma - making it the ideal partner

for Hop, Spring & Jump.

Also available from May 2019 will be

Cobblestones, a 3.5% ABV golden,

light, refreshing and fruity beer with a hint of


Fisher’s Brew Co.

New England IPA has been relaunched

with a new recipe but

still has a huge, double dryhopped

taste. Lighter in colour,

still hazy and now up to 7%

ABV where it belongs.


Launched at the Farnham

Beerex 2019 was new

beer i.PA inter Personal

Assistant or a light fruity

india Pale Ale.

Hogs Back

Having first been brewed to coincide

with the European Referendum,

Hogs Back thought it seemed fitting

to bring back their delicious red rye

beer, Hogswallop.

Loddon Brewery

Loddon have unveiled two

brand-new brews from their

new head brewer Jake.

And for the first time in

their 16-year history, both

beers are available in 30L

key kegs as well as cask.

From Yorkshire Wit Love is hazy and unfined,

and Melon Quad is the second beer in their

single-hop series, following the success of

their Citra Quad Session IPA, which is now a

permanent fixture in their beer range.

Malt the Brewery

Responsible for their first

ever Great Taste Award,

and the first beer they ever

sold, Malt Dark Ale is back,

brewed with smooth dark

roasted malts.

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May’s beer was Near Miss, a 4.2% ABV pale

ale with a hoppy finish. 100% pale ale malt

for a golden colour and light biscuit flavour.

Motueka and Simcoe hops add a citrus fruit


Siren Craft Brew

One of Siren’s latest releases is

Thousand Things IPA. Brewed

in collaboration with TATE, to

celebrate The EY Exhibition:

Van Gogh and Britain. It is a

5.5% ABV Milkshake IPA with

Mango, Passion Fruit, Coconut & Cypress


Another new release is their 6%

Sabrage, which continues their

ever-popular series exploring the

Brut IPA style. This time they’re

showcasing a new hop variety called

Sabro, which is native to the USA and

causing lots of excitement. Expect an

alluring and complex blend of fruity and citrus

flavours with the trademark bone-dry finish

and an incredible aroma.

West Berkshire Brewery

West Berks have launched

some new beers for May.

First up, is a special edition

of Magg’s Mild with salted

caramel. Still deliciously dark

with a luxurious, smooth

mouthfeel but a little less

traditional. They’ve added

salted caramel to the roast malt flavours to give

you a jazzed up Maggs’ Mild. Only available

whilst it lasts.

Their second cask special of 2019

is Stay Strong, a 4.2% ABV

American Brown Ale. American

hops plus a British style equal a

beer as much about the extensive

speciality malt bill as the substantial

tropical hop character. We were lucky to have

this launch at our recent beer festival!



Having just

started a

few months

ago, I got a

chance to sit

down with

Loddon’s new

Head Brewer,

Jake Bartleet-

Perry to hear

about himself,

Loddon and his general beery thoughts:

Tell me a bit about yourself and your

background in brewing.

“I originally started as a cellar manager for the

taproom at Bradford Brewery and very rapidly

became involved in back office work, cleaning

out the mash-tun, racking out or anything that

needed doing. This was until I was doing none

of the cellar management and just working on

the brewing. The old head brewer at the time

left and I was asked to step up at Bradford.

Sadly the brewery had to close a year later, and

I moved onto Nightjar Brew Co in Hebden

Bridge, which opened my eyes to different beer

styles and branding.”

Were you involved in the spat that Bradford

Brewery had with George Galloway?

“I wasn’t personally involved, but did help with

the stickers being made saying “Galloway-free


What attracted you to join Loddon?

“I could see so much potential here in such

a well-established brewery, with amazing

kit, great branding and location. All the

infrastructure, contacts were in place. I saw it

as an opportunity to breathe some fresh air into

how things were done in terms of the brewing

processes and styles. It’s been a long to-do list

over the past 6 months guiding the brewery

into some new directions.”

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How have you found it so far?

“Coming from Bradford ‘down south’ was

very much an eye-opener, I didn’t know much

about the local beer scene. I had the northern

impression that they ‘don’t do good beer down

south’ but it was great to have that changed by

visiting so many local breweries like Double-

Barrelled, Wild Weather and Siren Craft, as

well as the brilliant local pubs. My partner is

even now working at Siren Craft so we get a

great selection of take-home beer. I’ve had a lot

of support from other local brewers, especially

Kevin at New Wharf and from the local

CAMRA branches, everyone has been really

lovely to me.

Being here at Loddon has been good for me

as a brewer as I’m now working out far more

scientific specifics than I did before such as malt

extract calculations, working out the IBU and

so on. I used to just bung a load of hops in and

see what happens but this is very much better

to work out how a beer is going to work out.

I’ve had lots of honest discussions with the now

retired head brewer Steve which has been good


What is your favourite beer style to drink, and

what is your favourite beer style to brew?

“To drink, session IPAs. As soon as I started

here, we started the single hop session IPA

series. I love my IPAs but I don’t like really

boozy beers, prefer a 4.5% sort of affair.

To brew, anything that is super malty and

not very hoppy as it’s much easier to weigh

out! Much of the process is very identical

for beers, so on our brew days, the practical

considerations are very important. Hullabaloo

is definitely our easiest beer to brew.”

we are now putting them into keg and seeing

what the feedback is like from some of our

more regular customers.”

Have you ever had any brew or beer not go to


“Many new brews don’t always go entirely to

plan but thankfully no brew has gone so badly

that we’ve had to pour it away! Every brew

day is a school day, because there is so much to

learn from every time you brew. Each time you

encounter a new complication, it’s a stepping

stone to learning new things and improving in

the future.”

And finally, as you’re from the north… sparkler

or no sparkler?

“Sparkler, always! My first week in Loddon I

had ask where the sparklers were. They found

some in an old drawer somewhere, washed

them up and now the taproom here always uses


Brewery News compiled by James Moore.

bus travel

for night owls

loads of our buses run late into the night

and some routes are 24/7

the perfect way to get home


fares after


What are your brewing plans for the future?

“Coming up in no particular order are a

New England IPA, a smoked porter, a white

chocolate stout, a red rye IPA, double-hopped

pale, plus the continuation of our single hop

series. We’ve had Citra Quad, recently Melon

Quad and next will be Jester Quad, Mystic

Quad, Dragon Quad and Wolf Quad.

Everything will be available on cask, and we’ve

just started dipping our toes into the world of

keg. For any of our more hop-forward brews

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Small Beer

A round up of news and information

Branch Awards

Our branch Pub of the Year is – again – the

Nags Head in Russell Street. The Alehouse in

Broad Street is the runner-up this year.

CAMRA AGM and Members’


The Nags Head went on to compete against

the winning pubs from the other Berkshire

branches. The results were announced just

before we went to print:

• 1st: Bell, Aldworth

• 2nd: Nag’s Head, Reading

• 3rd: Craufurd Arms, Maidenhead

• 4th: Crispin, Wokingham

It was a very close competition and the Bell at

Aldworth will now go forward as Berkshire’s

representative for the Regional Pub of the Year


In the branch Cider Pub of the Year contest,

the result was exactly the same, with the Nags

Head taking the title and the Alehouse in

runner-up position.

Branch Club of the Year is the Sonning Golf

Club, with multiple previous winner the

Wargrave Snooker Club in runner-up spot.

This year more potential clubs to judge have

emerged and it’s great to see the level of

competition increase.

Congratulations to all the finalists and, of

course, to the winners.

Now, some CAMRA branches have a rule that

bars a winning pub from taking part in next

year’s contest. The idea is that it creates a wider

spread of winners and encourages other pubs to

improve, rather than just thinking that the same

pub is always likely to win. Other people think

that rule is unfair on the winner, and ask why

they should be barred just for being good – like

saying “Hey Manchester City, congratulations

on winning the league. You’re not allowed to

take part next year”. What do you think? If you

have a strong opinion on this then get in touch.

We’d like to hear as many views as possible.

This April, CAMRA members travelled across

the country to Dundee to debate a number of

motions and elect the Campaign’s new board

of directors.

Abigail Newton, known for steering the

Volunteer Committee, was elected CAMRA’s

vice-chairman. She will be joining new national

chairman Nik Antona in steering the direction

of the campaign, with Jackie Parker and Ian

Packham officially stepping down as chairman

and vice-chairman, respectively, at the close of


In her address to members, Jackie reflected

on CAMRA’s achievements under her tenure

as chairman over the past year, including

appointing a new chief executive and deputy

chief executive, producing an equality and

diversity policy and developing CAMRA’s

Information, Education and Training

programme. She also paid tribute to the

Games and Collectables Committee, which has

donated more than £1.3 million since 1991.

Jackie told members:

“Let’s not forget that the name of our

organisation is CAMRA: the Campaign for

Real Ale, and let’s continue to do just that -

campaign for pubs, real ale, cider and perry. It’s

what we do best!”

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Joining the national executive are four new

members: Gary Timmins, Catherine Tonry,

Hubert Gieschen and Jonathan Kemp. Nick

Boley and Ian Garner were re-elected for a

second term.

Pub Guides

This was also the first CAMRA Members’

Weekend for Chief Executive Tom Stainer since

beginning his new role in January. Giving his

first Campaigns Report, Tom looked towards

the future of the organisation, saying:

“Just as the beer landscape has changed, so has

CAMRA, and so must it continue. Nowhere is

this better reflected than in our campaigning.

“We should not be afraid of welcoming bold

new thinking and new ideas. Your ideas are

welcomed and they are encouraged. If you

think CAMRA needs to change, it will only

change with people like you involved.”

Members also debated a number of motions

over the weekend, on topics including

campaigning against large pub-owning

companies converting pubs from tenanted to

managed, campaigning for the introduction

of Minimum Unit Pricing for England, and

reducing the amount of single-use plastics used

within CAMRA - all of which were carried.

The full text of those motions is below.


This Conference instructs the National

Executive to campaign for the urgent

introduction of Minimum Unit Pricing for

England (with provisos on the maximum

amount per unit).


This Conference instructs the National

Executive to campaign more robustly against

the actions of many pub owning companies that

are detrimental both to the nation’s pub stock

and to the consumer, while also publicising

examples of good practice among them.


This Conference notes the worldwide concern

about single use plastics and instructs the

National Executive to reduce as far as

reasonably practicable the amount of single use

plastics used within CAMRA.

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Discover Britain’s best pubs with a CAMRA

guide! Get out and about with the Good Beer

Guide, explore Heritage Guide pubs or go into

the wild with something from our Pub Walks

collection. Whatever your preference, keep

a CAMRA book handy to ensure you find a

quality pub and pint of real ale, cider or perry.

Visit shop1.camra.org.uk to explore the wide

range of guides available and find the one that’s

right for you.

Changes at SIBA

The former Chief Executive of CAMRA, Mike

Benner, is to leave his post as Chief Executive

of SIBA, the Society of Independent Brewers,

at the end of June after five years. He has

accepted a new role as Chief Executive of APIL,

the Association of Personal Injury Lawyers,

representing and campaigning for the rights of

injured people.

Mike said,

“I am sad to be leaving a great organisation

and an industry that I have worked in for

many years, but equally I am excited about the

opportunity to step into a new role in a different

sector making a difference to the lives of injured

people. SIBA continues to be an essential voice

for independent craft brewers facing regulatory

and market access challenges and I’m sure it

will continue to go from strength to strength.

We have a highly committed and capable team

of people and it has been a real pleasure to

work with them.”

Magic Rock Brewery Sold

Continuing the trend of

UK craft breweries being

bought out and taken

over by multinational

companies. Magic Rock

of Huddersfield is now

part of Lion Global

Markets. Australian

company Lion, who also acquired London’s

Fourpure Brewery last year, bought the

company for an undisclosed sum.

Magic Rock’s co-founder and managing

director, Richard Burhouse, intends to stay on

with the company in the long term. The deal

is intended to allow Magic Rock to expand

its reach, production and portfolio, as well as

bring in new business skills.

In a blog post, Richard said:

“While there’s never been a plan to sell the

business, we’ve had a number of approaches

over the past few years, but none of them felt

like a good fit until we started talking with

Lion. Lion first approached us back in August

2018 and we were immediately impressed with

their ambition, pedigree and approach to beer.”

“The only changes we foresee will be for the

better. I’m delighted to announce that Lion are

committed to beer production in Huddersfield

for the long-term and there’ll be no cost-cutting;

on the contrary there’ll be an increase in our

commitment to the quality and innovation

characterises our beers.”

“The production site expansion will encompass

the leasing of additional units adjacent to our

Huddersfield site. We’ll be installing a state

of the art automated brewhouse and enough

additional tank capacity to massively increase

capacity. There’ll also be improvements to

our infrastructure including new offices, lab,

quality control and sensory departments.”

Review of Pubs Code and


Small business minister Kelly Tolhurst MP has

revealed that the Government has launched its

first statutory review of the pubs code and pubs

code adjudicator. CAMRA has been calling for

a review for some time following increasing

evidence of tenants being treated unfairly by

large pub companies.

The pubs code and pubs code adjudicator were

set up in 2016 and were supposed to secure a

fair environment for pub tenants and operators.

Since then various organisations have cast

doubt on the independence and decisions of the


Gary Murphy, the landlord of Ye Olde Mitre

in Barnet, has run a successful crowdfunding

campaign to secure the funds to launch a High

Court challenge against what he calls the “out

of control” regulator. And last year the British

Pub Confederation chairman Greg Mulholland

wrote to the minister, saying that there was a

“worrying lack of understanding about the

fundamental nature and purpose of the pubs

code legislation”.

The first review covers the period to 31 March

2019. Views are sought from all those with an

interest in the operation of the Pubs Code and

the effectiveness of the Pubs Code Adjudicator.

This includes, but is not restricted to:

• the Pub Operating Businesses covered by

the Code

• tied (and previously tied) tenants and

those that represent their interests

• trade bodies

• the Pubs Code Adjudicator

The consultation runs until 22 July 2019 and

you can find out more details at www.gov.


The words are good; let’s hope that the reality

lives up to them.

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Enjoy all the Benefits

There are many reasons why you might have

decided to join CAMRA. You might simply love

a good pint, or perhaps wanted to get involved

in a campaign to save a local pub from closure.

Maybe you wanted to learn more about beer

and brewing.

Whatever your reason for joining, we wanted

to remind you that you also have access to a

huge range of partner discounts and exclusive

benefits as a member. Whether it’s saving on

your next cruise or discounts on a homebrewing

kit, why not explore all the benefits available


Discounts at CAMRA’s partners:

• 10% off at Fred.Olsen cruise lines

• Up to 10% off at cottages.com

• 10% off at Home Brewtique

• 20% off at Hoseasons holidays

• 20% off at National Express coaches

• 10% off at Cotswold Outdoor

• 10% off at Runners Need

• 10% off at Snow + Rock

• 10% off at Cycle Surgery

• 10% off at Brewhouse and Kitchen

• 10% off at Original Cottages

• 20% off at Henley’s sweets

• 20% off at Red Letter Days

• Up to 54% off at Merlin Entertainments


• £10 off at Cornerstone shaving products

And don’t forget your Wetherspoons vouchers,

and that some pubs give a discount for CAMRA

members. While we don’t expect a right to a

discount, and we certainly don’t discriminate

against pubs that don’t offer it, it’s nice when

it’s willingly given. We’ll publish a list of local

pubs offering discounts in a future issue.

Beer Festivals

Local beer festivals – some CAMRA and some

not – that are well worth a visit.


7th-8th June 2019

NEW VENUE: Stanlake Meadow Recreation

Ground, Waltham Road, Twyford, RG10 0AB.

Just 2 minutes walk from the station.

Open 5-11pm on Friday and 12-10pm on

Saturday. Admission £5 including a glass. 70

real ales, cider and perry, wine and gin available,

accompanied by food stalls and music from

a selection of 10 great local bands. Raising

money for Orchid: Fighting Male Cancer.

Previous festivals have managed to send over

£60,000 in total to the Orchid Charity. With

your help this can be the best year so far!





22nd June 2019

Units 3 & 4, South Barns, Gardeners Green Farm,

Heathlands Road, Wokingham, RG40 3AS.

Open 12-8pm. Admission is by a donation to

Prostate Cancer UK. Featuring a selection of

Bond Brewery beers including an anniversary

special. Live local music and food available.


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25th-27th July 2019

Desborough College,


Road, Maidenhead,

SL6 2QB. 5 minutes

walk from the station

(Shoppenhangers Road


Open 12-10pm on

Thursday, and 12-

10.30pm on Friday and Saturday. Admission

£5 (£3 for CAMRA members) which includes a

souvenir glass. Over 100 real ales, 35 real ciders

and perries, plus food stalls and live music.




7th September 2019

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Hall, Reading Road,

Sherfield on Loddon,

Hook, Hampshire,

RG27 0EZ.

Open 11.30am –

11pm. Featuring

about 40 real ales plus

cider, perry and wine. Hot food and snack food

available, with live bands and face painting.

Free minibus in the evening to Bramley station.


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Walking to the Pub

One bright sunny Sunday morning in May, local

CAMRA members got together to walk from

Sonning to Reading and enjoy some good pubs,

beer and conversation along the way.

The first step for most of us was to get to

Sonning! Nine people gathered at the bus stop

in Reading, where we caught the no.14 and

enjoyed an unexpected dilemma – whether to sit

on the sofa, at the table, under the sunroof or

in the front window seat. Yes, the bus had all

those things.

Our first stop was the Sonning Golf Club, recent

winner of our Club of the Year contest. Guests

are allowed to use the bar and we sat on the

terrace enjoying the London Pride which was in

very good condition. Normally there’s a second

guest beer – the last one was Doom Bar but it

was off at the time we visited. Probably most

people would have made the same choice even

if it had been on.

After meeting some more local CAMRA

members a quick walk down into Sonning Village

followed and we ended up at the Coppa Club by

the bridge. Formerly known as the Great House

Hotel, this is a large open plan bar / restaurant,

recently refurbished and offering two real ale

pumps. Unfortunately Loddon Hullabaloo went

off as we arrived, so we enjoyed the Rebellion

IPA instead.

Service was slow, largely due to it being Sunday

lunchtime and the place being very busy – and

when lots of people are ordering complicated

drinks it can be frustrating waiting to be served a

simple pint. That said it was a very comfortable

venue and clearly popular with local people as

well as visitors – just behind us the lovely Debbie

McGee was having a drink with a friend.

A quick walk through the churchyard followed,

with our next stop being the Bull. This lovely

16th century pub is run by Fullers but actually

owned by the church next door. Anyone tall

will need to mind their head throughout! Four

Fullers beers including Dark Star Hophead were

on offer and in good condition. The food at

the Bull is excellent and on another day we’d

happily have eaten there, but this time we had

other plans.

We were up to 13 people by this point and there

was just time for a group photo before we all

set off along the Thames Path towards Reading.

It’s a lovely walk in good weather, and we

certainly had that – largely sunny and not too

hot. Watching the swans and boats on the river

was very relaxing and helped us towards our

goal – the Fisherman’s Cottage on Kennetside,

where we had a table booked. Some of the group

dropped in to the newly-reopened Jolly Anglers

for a quick half on the way, while the rest of us

went straight to the Fish.

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Four real ales from microbreweries were on offer

here, again in good condition. And also some

interesting, albeit pricey, bottles in the fridge.

As for food, those who ordered the roast dinner

did very well, with good-sized portions arriving

quickly and everyone enjoying their meal. Those

ordering off the regular menu did less well, as it

seemed that the kitchen was sending out meals

grouped by type of food – all the roasts, then all

the sandwiches, then all the fish and chips, then

all the burgers – rather than grouped by table or

by time of ordering. It meant that some people

were still waiting for their food after others had

finished and had their plates cleared away. Food

disappointment aside, it was a nice pub and

one that I’d be happy to go back to for a drink,

particularly given the CAMRA discount offered

on real ales.

The group dispersed at this point, with some

moving on to other town centre pubs and others

going home. I had a Grand Prix to watch and

the copy date for this magazine was looming – in

fact it was the following day – so guess where I


Many thanks to Chris Hinton for organising this

walk. Chris hosts a variety of walks and other

social events for us throughout the year so why

not have a look for one that suits you and come

along? There’s a diary of events on page 3 of this

magazine. Feel free to get in touch beforehand

if you’d like to meet somebody from CAMRA

in advance rather than wandering into a strange

pub and looking for us!

Phil Gill

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Festival Roundup

This is being written just a few days after the

25th Reading Beer Festival. If you came, thank

you. If you volunteered to work, thank you

even more! If you enjoyed it, let us know. If you

didn’t enjoy it, let us know what we could do


The festival is home of several awards, all

judged on site in blind tastings. As well as

Local Beer of the Festival awards we host the

final round of the National Cider and Perry

Championship. Read on to find out who won




Winner – Elusive Happiness Dragon

Runner up – Indigenous Silly Moo


Winner – Loddon Ferryman’s Gold

Runner up – Reunion Beard Tongue


Winner – Siren Craft Broken Dream

Runner up – Elusive Morrisman

Attendance over the four days, excluding

children and trade session guests, was a little

over 12,000. That’s a bit less than previous

years although the site has a slightly smaller

capacity now so that’s reflected in the planning.

The highlight for many was that cask ale

almost ran out on Saturday and, after an

emergency restock overnight, almost ran out

again on Sunday. The alternative is to pour

away unused beer after the event, which not

only means throwing away money but is also

environmentally wasteful. So I think most

people will accept that, in order to have a

successful festival, you expect the beer range to

decrease significantly as the festival approaches

its close.

Wine and foreign beer sold out on Sunday,

there was a little cider and perry left at the end,

and enough key keg to supply the staff party on

Sunday night.



Gold – Indigenous Silly Moo

Silver – Siren Craft Broken Dream

Bronze – Elusive Morrisman


Winner – New Wharf DIPA


Having one of the largest and most diverse cider

and perry ranges of any festival, it’s natural

that Reading is the home of the National Cider

and Perry Championships. The competition

followed more than a year of local tasting panels

and regional heats, culminating in the national

finals in Reading, and the results were ...


Gold – Mayfayre’s Cider (Herefordshire)

Silver – St Ives Forager (St Ives, Cornwall)

Bronze – Ampleforth Abbey (North Yorkshire)

This was the first year that card machines were

used at all the bars. As a large-scale trial the

machines seemed to work well and I’m sure

we’ll be using them again in future.

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Gold – Cleeve’s Orchard Perry (Ross-on-Wye)

Silver – Ralph’s Medium Perry (Powys)

Bronze – Out of the Orchard Perry (Newent)

Mayfayre’s Cider impressed judges for being

well-balanced and more-ish, boasting distinct

spicy and woody notes and a dry aftertaste. In

contrast, Cleeve Orchard’s Perry won the title

for its floral and full-bodied flavour, which had

a hint of smoke in the aftertaste. Festival goers

had the opportunity to sample the winning


Andrea Briers, Chair of CAMRA’s National

Cider and Perry Committee said:

“Huge congratulations to both Cleeve Orchard

and Mayfayre for their exemplary products.

As we know, cider and perry flavours can vary

significantly from year to year and harvest

to harvest, so seeing such distinct quality is

incredibly important.”

“Mayfayre, which is based in Herefordshire,

exemplifies the very essence of traditional cider

right in the home of England’s cider country.

Cleeve Orchard also impressed judges with its

West Country Perry. Owner Lewis Scott has

worked with CAMRA to campaign for greater

support for small producers, and is a great

example of how a local producer of the area

can gain national recognition with a quality


And let’s end with a message from Dave Scott,

our Festival Organiser:

“I would once again like to thank the large

numbers of entirely unpaid volunteers who

made the event possible. All the volunteers

(many of whom have literally spent many, many

hundreds of hours over the last year working on

this event), who are all by definition amateurs,

can be very proud of the sheer professionalism

they showed. We received a significant amount

of praise on the high standards we achieved for

the event as well as praise for the hard working,

professional and enthusiastic volunteers who

made it possible. I hope that you all enjoyed

working at the event and had a good time –

after all, if the volunteers don’t enjoy the event,

our customers probably won’t either.”

“In terms of campaign aims I think we can pride

ourselves on another successful Beer Festival.

We again gave over ten thousand people the

chance to try a wide range of real ales, ciders

and perries - and have a great time while doing

so. Many of these people will not be regular real

ale drinkers but will now view real ales, ciders

and perries in a positive light associated with

good memories. In fact we signed up 20 new

CAMRA members. In addition, we garnered

some good media attention including BBC

Radio Berkshire and Thames Valley TV and

were able to leverage this to discuss CAMRA,

its aims and the current challenges facing pubs,

in addition to talking about the Beer Festival.”

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By the time you read this, we will have just

raised a pint to National Volunteers’ Week

after the 25th Reading Beer & Cider Festival,

organised and run by volunteers! The week is

an annual, national event run by the National

Council for Voluntary Organisations in the first

week of June.

Self-congratulatory and back-patting you

might think? Not so. Over 21 million people

volunteer in the UK each year – and some 7,000

of these are CAMRA members. They are first

class examples of how we can all make a big

difference to individuals and communities every

day. CAMRA volunteers take on a vast range

of roles and tasks – serving on committees,

campaigning and lobbying, working at beer

festivals, running events and much more.

It may seem a small thing for someone to, say,

submit a survey with the latest information

about a pub but it all has a knock-on effect.

More up to date information helps consumers

(not necessarily CAMRA members) make

informed choices about where they want to

visit and drink. This often means someone may

be more encouraged to visit a local community

pub which keeps money in the local economy,

where they may meet new friends, try a tasty

new beer or find out about a local event.

Locally our volunteers keep our finances ticking

over, collect beer scores, organise our Good

Beer Guide entries, co-ordinate our Pub of the

Year competition, arrange 24 pubs to be on an

annual Ale Trail, keep our pub information up

to date, help protect pubs from closing, lobby

our Councillors and MPs, keep our LocAle

scheme running, work with the local press

to generate publicity, organise socials, keep

a website, Facebook page and Twitter profile

up to date, write the very magazine in which

you’re reading this (!), deliver aforementioned

magazine... not to mention the hundreds of

volunteers who make the Reading Beer &

Cider Festival – one of the largest beer festivals

in the country – an annual reality.

Why do we do it? Because we really like beer,

cider and perry, and we want others to have

the chance to enjoy them as well, now and for

years to come. As a result, we also support the

pubs and clubs where you can find them, and

organise our beer and cider festival to showcase


So please raise a glass to our volunteers and all

they do. Next time you bump into one in your

local pub why don’t you say thank you? (or

buy them a beer). Or maybe you feel you could

make a difference in some small way as well?

If so, just contact us using the contact details

in this magazine. By the way, the fact that you

can read this magazine is due to the work of


See you for a spot of volunteering soon?


James Moore

Chair, Reading & Mid Berkshire CAMRA

Ideas for little things you could do as a way into


• Send us a beer score. It’s really easy - all

you have to do is log in to WhatPub.com

• Update a pub survey - info on

readingcamra.org.uk – click on “surveying


• Deliver this very magazine to pubs

• Put up a beer festival poster in your


Mail contact@readingcamra.org.uk for more

details about how to get involved.

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As our farmers

know all too well:

no pain, no grain.

They say nothing worth having comes

easy. Unfortunately for our farmers

that’s true of the barley we use to brew

our beers. We use a classic variety

called Golden Promise, grown to our

own unique specification. The biscuity,

golden malt it produces is the perfect

partner to our natural spring water,

and is vital to Landlord’s depth and

delicate balance of flavour. It’s also a type

of barley that’s notoriously hard to

grow, and our exacting specification

makes it even more difficult. Which

makes it a costly ingredient and a

real challenge even for experienced

farmers. Luckily we can offer some

liquid therapy.

All for that taste of Taylor’s

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The Promotion

of Lager in the UK


Paul Dabrowski tells the story of how lager

was promoted and advertised in the UK,

starting in the late 19th century.

Not a great deal of publicity specifically for

lager has survived from the late Victorian period

when the beer first gained a foothold in the UK,

but one that had emerged was an 1886 price list

displayed in The King’s Arms, Holywell Street,

Oxford. For Phillip’s Tower Brewery (also of

that city), it revealed that they had brewed an

‘English Lager Beer’ for, possibly, a quarter of

a century until 1910 when that concern was

taken over by Halls’ Oxford & West Brewery,

likewise of Park End Street.

Described as an ‘excellent, light, summer

beverage at a low price’, this beer, one of the

earliest known commercially-brewed lagers

in the UK, retailed at 10d (4½p) per gallon.

Retaining the almost-adjacent brewery as a

depot, Halls were themselves acquired by

Samuel Allsopp & Son Ltd. of Burton-upon-

Trent in 1926.

Further north, and in common with all Carlisle

pubs (and four breweries) then trading, The

Howard Arms had been placed under state

management control during the First World

War. This was a move to safeguard munitions

production, and lasted for the bulk of the

20th century thereafter. As a result, the pub’s

decorative facade was covered over due to rules

preventing advertising outside pubs whilst


Since 1973, when the management scheme was

relinquished, the pub has been progressively

restored, uncovering its superbly ornate tiled

exterior in 1979 to reveal advertising for

‘India Pale & Mild Ales’ and ‘Wines, Spirits &

Liqueurs’ on two of the three bays comprising

its frontage but, significantly, ‘Lager Beer &

Stout’ on the central one. At the other extreme, a

few pubs such as the Queen’s Arms, at Cowden

Pound in Kent, have proudly stated ‘Lager Not

Sold Here’ on less permanent signage to the

present day to proclaim themselves as (real)

ale-only outlets!

Grade II-listed, The Howard Arms is possibly

one of only a handful of pubs left in the country

that still exhibits such an elaborate promotion

for a lager dating from the end of the 19th

century. The blue, green and yellow exterior

Royal Doulton tiles had been added around

1895 to a pub rebuilt from its 16th century

original c.1855 by the Carlisle Old Brewery

Company, thus joining the pantheon of one

of the earliest lager brewers in the country.

Originally founded in 1756 as Sir Richard

Hodgson & Co., it was the brewery used as

the sole state management premises when

the other breweries taken over by the state in

1916 were shut by 1920. Thirteen years after

purchase by T & R Theakston Ltd. in 1974, it

too was closed. Luckily, when the state-owned

estate, by then comprising just 206 pubs (just

over half of those originally acquired), had

been sold separately to a number of brewers

and individuals from 1971 onwards, The

Howard Arms became tied to Theakstons and

its traditional, multi-roomed, interior was also


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‘alcoholic’ UK ships from docking at ports

in the USA, Westminster was infuriated so

much that Parliament even discussed the idea

of refusing permission to allow US-registered

ships from berthing at British ports if they

weren’t carrying any alcohol aboard!

Image © Paul Dabrowski

Other, more basic, point-of-sale material that

has also survived the passage of time includes

drip mats (only introduced to Britain in the

1920s having originated on the continent),

bottle labels as well as various forms of the

packaging itself, promotional posters and

handbills and other items such as cigarette

ash trays, drinks trays and even badges. For

instance, an example of the last-but-one

mentioned from the mid-20th century for a

‘Pilsner Lager’ brewed by Barclay, Perkins &

Co. can be seen affixed to an interior wall of

The Turk’s Head micropub in Gloucester. This

beer appears to have been a shorter-lived brew

distinct from those comprising their core range

marketed under the ‘London Lager’ branding


The instigation of prohibition in the USA (1919-

1933 though some states were still ‘dry’ until

1966 and some counties there still are!) had

one bizarre consequence which benefitted both

lager production in the UK and its shipping

lines. Simply because British companies, such as

Cunard, Elder Dempster and White Star (until

its 1934 demise through merger with Cunard),

still sold alcohol, the transatlantic liner trade

became sewn up between them at the expense

of those registered in the USA which had, of

course, to abide by the Volstead Act.

As a result, the premium bottled lager brands,

principally brewed at Alloa and Wrexham,

enjoyed a resurgence when inter-war home

demand was faltering. Such was the competitive

hit being taken by its own shipping lines that,

when the US Government briefly tried to stop

Although Wrexham Lager was also sold on the

Elder Dempster shipping line, the first record of

any draught beer being sold aboard a UK liner,

in fact, was in 1904 when that brewery’s main

sponsor, Robert Graesser, had taken a cask of

Wrexham Lager aboard the White Star liner,

RMS Baltic, en route to the USA. And, after

the demise of this transatlantic and subsequent

long-cruise traffic, by the mid-1980s, Allsopp’s

Lager (transferred to Alloa in 1921) was again

being brewed in Burton but was being canned

and exported to Africa despite the brand having

all but disappeared from these shores.

During the inter-war period of the 20th century,

Allsopp’s had even marketed its brews in the

UK as ‘British Lager’ and, in possibly the first

example of dedicated product endorsement,

all-round adverts on individual, double-deck,

London County Council trams, at least, were

affixed to every conceivable panel during the

1920s. As just alluded to, Allsopp’s brewed

more than just a single lager, one of which was

a ‘Dark Munich Beer’ which was sold alongside

a paler style brew to which the epithet, ‘British

Lager Beer’, continued to be applied well into

the 1950s.

In addition, in 1931, prior to the opening day

of tram-replacement trolleybus services in

south-west London, most of the new electric

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London United vehicles had been adorned

with prominent between-deck panels for the

Danish-brewed Tuborg lager on either offside

or nearside (paired – on the opposite side – with

similar advert strips for the Savoy Cinema at

the initial Teddington terminus) ready for the

launch of operations. With other trolleybuses

being delivered to the fleet devoid of any

advertisements whatsoever, this was another

early example of high-profile promotion of a

single product on public transport and, quite

possibly, only the second that had concerned


Paul Dabrowski

Errata: In ‘The History of Lager’, Mines a Pint

No. 43, it was suggested that Barclay’s ‘London

Lager’ continued in production ‘through to the

1980s’. This should have read ‘through to the

1970s’ as the Anchor Brewery in Southwark

was finally closed by Courage & Co. in 1972. It

appears that this was accomplished on a staged

basis with the other Barclay Perkins beers that

included the famed Imperial Russian Stout –

acquired when Thrales brewery, on the same

Southwark site, had been bought by Barclays

in 1781 – were moved to the adjacent Courage

& Co.’s Horsleydown brewery in 1969 but no

evidence has yet come to light to suggest that

the brewing of these lagers was also continued

‘across the road’ three years later.

With acknowledgements to various CAMRA

publications and Mark Forsyth, A Short

History of Drunkenness.

CAMAL (The Campaign for Authentic Lager)

may be of interest.

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

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