ASHBOURNE’S award-winning pubs and breweries have once again put their communities in the spotlight by earning listings in the coveted Good Beer Guide for 2011.
The popular beer and pub guide, published by the Campaign for Real Ale (CAMRA), has listed four pubs and five breweries in the Ashbourne area in its latest guide, widely regarded as beer drinker’s Bible.
Pubs listed in the guide include Ashbourne’s iconic Green Man in St John Street, which was this year hailed Derby CAMRA’S pub of the year, alongside village pubs the Sycamore in Parwich, the Barley Mow in Kirk Ireton and the Yew Tree in Cauldon Low.
Breweries given a mention were Ashbourne’s Leatherbritches, based at the Green Man, Haywood Bad Ram Brewery at Callow Top Caravan Park, Whim Ales in Hartington, Derventio in Trusley and Peakstones Rock Brewery in Alton.
Landlady at the Sycamore in Parwich, Janet Gosling, said she was pleased to be in the guide. She said: “It’s definitely good news for us, people do buy the guide and we often get people in that say they saw us in it.
“We’ve been here for 10 years so I think people like to come back and see the same faces and the listing makes it all worthwhile.” Brewer and holiday park owner Alan Palmer, from Callow Top’s Haywood Bad Ram Brewery near Sandybrook, was also thrilled to see his award-winning microbrewery listed.
He said: “It’s always an accolade to be proud of, we work very hard at the brewery and see this as a pat on the back for everything that we do.” Nik Antona, one of 12 national directors at CAMRA, said: “The guide highlights the amount of quality pubs and real ale in the local area.
“Unfortunately, it’s almost like a competition to get into the guide and there were a number of really good pubs that have missed out.
“Real ale is one of the only growth sectors in the drinks industry, and demand has grown year on year.” The guide, which went on sale last week, is priced at £15.99 and is available at Bookthrift in St John Street, among other book stores.