Campaign for Real Ale


Here is the latest news about pubs and beer in general in the branch area.
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  • Pubs Code Adjudicator (PCA) User Research Project Friday 7 August 2020

    The PCA has commissioned the user research project to develop a thorough understanding of the most effective communication channels for pub tenants and the barriers to information sharing that currently exist in relation to the Pubs Code. The PCA wants to understand the best way to interact with tenants who come under the Code, and how they can make improvements in communications. We know that some tenants are still not properly aware of their rights under the Pubs Code, and that there have been significant barriers to successful communication between the PCA and tied tenants. This project is especially important because it is a piece of independently commissioned research from which a report that makes recommendations for improvement will be made – therefore it’s really important that we get as many tied tenants involved and making their views know. The project will run from 24 August until 4 October.

    A link to the online survey and other ways that publicans can register their interest to take part is at https://www.gov.uk/government/news/pca-user-research-project-restarts-how-to-get-involved.

  • CAMRA’s advice on going back to the pub (in England) Wednesday 1 July 2020
  • CAMRA's brew2you.co.uk Launched Friday 15 May 2020

    Brew2you logo imageCAMRA has launched an app to help people order their favourite drink locally! Visit http://brew2you.co.uk to see what is available or to download the app.

    If you are offering beer or cider/perry as takeaway or delivery during #lockdown, visit http://brew2you.co.uk to partner up and be part of our new shop app.

  • Annie Rawlinson completes Marathon in her Garden Friday 1 May 2020

    Annie Rawlinson, cousin of the late Brian Coulthwaite of the Watermill Inn in Ings, has completed a marathon running around her garden in Levens wearing a Brewski dog costume. Proceeds are going to the Dogs Trust see https://www.dogstrust.org.uk/news-events/news/2020/dog-tired-fundraiser-completes-marathon-in-her-garden for more details.

  • CAMRA's Online Red Lion Friday 1 May 2020

    Red (On)Lion virtual pub imageCAMRA has created a virtual pub for beer drinkers and pub-goers to get together for a beer and tackle the loneliness and social isolation felt during the Coronavirus lockdown and closure of the nation’s pubs.

    The Red (On)Lion is a video platform where anyone can join the public bar for a lively chat over a beer or book a table to set up video conferencing for up to four participants. Coming soon: The virtual pub can also stream various pub quizzes, activities and events taking place online, bringing all virtual social activities in one place for the pub-seeker.

    The Red (On)Lion is the social arm for CAMRA’s #PullingTogether campaign, which was launched with SIBA and Crowdfunder to support the brewing and pub industry in this difficult time. Pub participants are encouraged to share what beer they’re sampling while visiting the Red (On)Lion.

    See https://theredonlion.co.uk/ for more

  • Good Beer Guide 2021 to be delayed Friday 1 May 2020

    Unsurprisingly in the current environment, the publication of CAMRA's Good Beer Guide will be delayed. At present the planned date is in late October 2020, though this will of course be dependent on how quickly pubs reopen.

  • Departures at Hawkshead Brewery Saturday 11 April 2020

    According to the Hawkshead Brewery twitter feed, there have been a number of departures from the Hawkshead Brewery team.

    " With sadness in our hearts today we see the departure of our Head Brewer Matt Clarke and Lead Brewer Mark Jackson. Matt has learn his craft and paved the way with nearly 15 years at Hawkshead Brewery and Mark came on board in 2008 and quickly became an integral part of Matts brew team - many adventures and amazing beers have been produced by these two talented brewers.

    Alongside Matt and Mark we also see the departure of Michelle our Marketing Manager. Alex, Dave B, Kate & Howard from the Brew Team. Josh & Steve - the Draymen. Lou, Will, Gemma from our Sales Team."

    Westmorland CAMRA wishes all those affected the best for the future.

    See https://www.hawksheadbrewery.co.uk/ for details.

  • Local Breweries doing Online Sales Saturday 11 April 2020

    For those missing their favourite tipple, a quick look around the local Westmorland breweries show that the following have bottles of their beers available for collection or delivery.

    Bowness Bay Brewery, Dent Brewery, Handsome Brewery, Hawkshead Brewery, Kirkby Lonsdale Brewery, Tirril Brewery, Watermill Brewery

    Contact the brewery directly for more details, see the Local Breweries Page for contact details.

    If any brewery has been missed off the list, please let us know.

  • 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

    Pulling Together ImageThe 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