Campaign for Real Ale


Here is the latest news about pubs and beer in general in the branch area.
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  • Great British Beer Festival Cancelled due to Covid-19 Wednesday 25 March 2020

    The Great British Beer Festival has been cancelled for 2020 due to the Covid-19 pandemic. The statement reads:

    "It is with heavy hearts that we have decided to cancel our flagship event the Great British Beer Festival, due to take place from 4-8 August at Olympia in London. The announcement follows the Prime Minister’s decision to restrict all movement outside the home to combat the current Coronavirus crisis.

    The festival, which features over a thousand different beers and regularly attracts nearly 40,000 visitors through the door, has been running for over 40 years. Completely managed by volunteers, it is the largest beer festival across the UK and a fixture in many beer-lovers diaries - and CAMRA is determined it will be back better than ever next year.

    We will provide a full refund for anyone who has bought an advanced ticket this year within 5-10 working days. This will happen automatically with no further action required.

    Whilst we hope that restrictions on movement will ease up by August, it is clear we will not have the resources available to organise an event this size during the current crisis.

    The decision to cancel the Great British Beer Festival has not been taken lightly. We were hoping to wait until closer to the time to avoid disappointing our volunteers and the public, however we can no longer delay.

    We know this will be incredibly disappointing for many of our volunteers who regularly travel from all corners of the country to help pull pints throughout the week. We want to thank them all for their help each year and hope they will be able to join us once again in 2021.

    Thank you again for your continued support.

    Catherine Tonry Great British Beer Festival organiser"

  • CAMRA's Response to Covid-19 and Pulling Together Campaign Thursday 19 March 2020

    The following is a message from Nik Antona, CAMRA National Chairman:

    You’ll have all seen the announcement by the Prime Minister this week and, no doubt, been as concerned as us about the escalating situation, and horrified by the potential implication that social distancing measures will have on pubs, clubs, breweries and cider producers. It also undoubtedly will have a huge impact on our activities as an organisation, as well as the activities and social lives of our members.

    It is with a heavy heart that the National Executive has decided to cancel all festivals and events from now until the end of June, following Government guidance to limit mass gathering. This includes – but is not limited to - the Great Welsh Beer Festival and the Members’ Weekend, AGM & Conference, branch festivals, meetings and socials. We will continue to review the likelihood of the Great British Beer Festival going ahead in August and will notify members in due course.

    To support the beer and pubs industry during this difficult time, we have decided to partner with the Society of Independent Brewers (SIBA) and Crowdfunder to try and help pubs, clubs, breweries, tap rooms and cider producers during these difficult times.

    Our Pulling Together campaign encourages pubs, brewers and cider makers to come up with innovative ways to keep their business afloat during this crisis – whether that be launching a new online shop, offering beer or cider takeaways or providing redeemable gift vouchers for locals.

    The campaign aims to amplify the voices of those pubs, brewers and cider producers while connecting the public with their favourite local businesses. With the help of Crowdfunder, we will also encourage pubs and breweries to tap into their community to help weather the crisis.

    The link for the campaign is https://camra.org.uk/pullingtogether/.

    How you as an individual or branch can get involved:

    Let us know of any initiatives that might be happening in your area so that we can add it to our online resource – simply email ku.gro.armac@rehtegotgnillup or fill out the online form on the webpage

    Tell others about the campaign – we’ve put together social media assets that you can share across your branch or personal webpage or social media accounts, which you an access here.

    Go out and support those affected pubs – avoid the supermarkets and bring a growler down to a participating pub to fill up there, using our map to find a participating pub near you

    Join our online community Pulling Together for People, Pints & Pubs on Facebook - here we will aim to set up an online pub community for the duration of the Coronavirus outbreak with the ambition of organising regular beer o’clock, pub quizzes and more

    We know that these are scary and unsettling times for everyone. Not only will many businesses be devastated, but many people will lose the vital social lifeline of their local pub right when they need it most. We therefore encourage everyone to follow Government advice, but to also explore ways of virtually connecting with others – such as hosting virtual branch meetings or online pub quizzes. We hope that the Facebook community might be one step forward in addressing this, and encourage branches to set up their own local online communities as well.

    Do get in touch with any questions on ku.gro.armac@rehtegotgnillup. In the meantime, stay healthy and safe!

    Wishing you the best,

    Nik Antona

    National Chairman

  • Hawkshead Brewery Spring Beer Festival Postponed Monday 16 March 2020

    Unfortunately, the Spring Beer Festival at the Hawkshead Brewery Beer Hall has had to be postponed due to the Covid-19 outbreak, which is sadly not a surprise in these difficult times. See http://www.hawksheadbrewery.co.uk/news.aspx for details.

  • Westmorland CAMRA Pub of the Year 2020 Monday 2 March 2020

    Votes for the Westmorland Pub of the Year were made by 49 members with 1 abstention. This represents about 15% of the total branch membership - an excellent number for a first foray into online inclusion.

    The winning pub received a clear majority of the votes with two pubs as joint second. The minority vote was equally divided among the other four.

    The branch congratulates the New Union, Kendal as Pub of the Year and Cider Pub of the Year 2020

    The Britannia Inn, Elterwater and the Midland Hotel, Appleby are worthy seconds.

    Many thanks for extending democracy in Westmorland.

    Caroline Schwaller

  • Champion Beer of Britain Voting Tuesday 15 October 2019

    It is time for CAMRA members to vote for their shortlist for the Champion Beer of Britain. This not only leads to the selection of the overall CAMRA Champion Beer of Britain, but also the beers that are selected for the Great British Beer Festival at Olympia, This year it appears that you can not only select beers from the West Pennines area but can also add beers from the National list. There are multiple categories for which you can select five beers in each, but you do not have to select five in each category. This is a good way to get our local breweries noticed on a wider platform. Votes need to be cast by the 1st of November. Voting is at https://cbob.camra.org.uk/.

  • New Union is Cumbria Pub of the Year Monday 2 September 2019

    Phil Walker accepting Cumbria Pub of the Year for the New Union from Dave Stubbins The New Union in Kendal has been awarded CAMRA Cumbria Pub of the Year. In the picture landlord Phil Walker is accepting the award from regional co-ordinator Dave Stubbins. Well done to Phil and his team.