HELLO and welcome to the first in an occasional, but regular series of blogs in which I will bring you news of the pubs and beers found in our local area.
As chairman of the local sub-branch of CAMRA, my task is to both raise and maintain awareness of the beer scene and the pubs that serve them, and I hope this column will help to give readers an idea of what we do and how we can all help to maintain the pub as a great British institution and enjoy the multitude of fine ales that are found everywhere.
Our monthly meetings at 8pm on the last Tuesday of each month are the main way in which we meet, have a couple of pints and discuss what’s going on in and around the pubs we find in our area.
We change the venue monthly to visit and support as many pubs as possible and usually confine ourselves to a single venue each time, but the last meeting saw us visit several pubs in the town, running through the agenda several points at a time and then moving to the next.
This saw us visit the Bowling Green, the Horns and the Smith’s Tavern.
Next month will see us visit the Ketch at Kniveton and November will be at the Coach and Horses.
CAMRA has just launched the Good Beer Guide for 2014, containing details of 4,500 pubs serving the very best real ales.
Copies can be obtained at a good discount from myself.
We were delighted to have two of our local pubs in this edition, The Smith’s Tavern and the Sycamore at Parwich and we hope to increase our allocation for next year, so that we can include more pubs in our area.
We conducted a ‘beer ramble on Sunday, September 29, taking a nine mile walk via Mayfield, Stanton, Swinscoe and Mappleton, stopping at four pubs along the way.
This was our second organised walk and we want them to be a regular feature of our activities, so please watch this space for details of the next forthcoming walk.
We are just starting the process of making early preparations for next year’s beer festival, which will move to August for more reasons than just trying to avoid a blizzard again!
Regular updates will be published as we develop them.
Cheers to everyone, until next time.
To find out more about the branch and its activities call 01335 343859 or email email@example.com. You can also follow news on Twitter @AshbourneCAMRA and it has its own page on www.derbycamra.org.uk