• CAMRA and ‘real ale’

    What is CAMRA? CAMRA, the Campaign for Real Ale, is an independent, voluntary organisation that campaigns for real ale, community pubs and consumer rights. It has more than 160,000 members across the world and supports well-run pubs as the centres of community life – whether in rural or urban areas – and believes their continued

  • Eight styles: Thousands of beers

    The craft beer market is comprised of hundreds of documented beer varieties and a handful of organisations with their own unique classifications, but beers primarily fall into one of three types: bottom fermentation beers (lagers); top fermentation beers (ales); and spontaneous or wild fermentation beers. Within each of these categories there are many sub-groups but

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  • ABK signs up for London Bierfest 2019-03-07
    A taste of Munich will arrive in London in October, with award-winning Bavarian brewer ABK Beer signing up as official supplier for this year's London Bierfest and promising a spectacular programme of live performances, unlimited steins and traditional Bavarian cuisine. Taking place in east London’s iconic Old Billingsgate Market from 17-18 October, the two-day event… […]
  • Shuttle service on the Real Ale Trail 2019-03-05
    Wales has a plethora of fantastic country pubs... there's only one problem, how to visit them without relying on a car? Well... back in 2010 a forward-thinking North Wales marketeer hit upon a good idea to bring new customers to a number of small Flintshire pubs, put on some shuttle buses to take them from… […]
  • Brighton on course for Sussex festival 2019-02-28
    The 29th Sussex Beer and Cider Festival takes place at Brighton Racecourse from 22-23 March 2019. With more than 150 real ales from across the UK featured, there will also be over 40 ciders and perries available, plus hot and cold food, including vegan options. This year there will be three sessions, Friday lunchtime from… […]
  • Fifth year for Cheshire Beer Festival 2019-02-28
    Cheshire Beer Festival returns to Chester Racecourse for a fifth time on 22-23 March, following a 16-month break that's seen it move from a November slot in the calendar to March. For the first time the festival will be open all day on Friday and Saturday, so having paid for admission visitors will be free… […]
  • Bristol Beer Festival back for 22nd year 2019-02-28
    Brunel’s Old Station is the venue for the 22nd annual Bristol Beer Festival, which takes place from 21-23 March 2019. Run by the Bristol branch of CAMRA, there will be a carefully chosen selection of around 140 different real ales on sale over the course of the festival, as well as a good range of… […]
  • Coventry Beer Festival in middle of March 2019-02-28
    Featuring more than 75 beers, including a few special selections from local breweries, plus a range of ciders, perries and country wines, Coventry Beer Festival hits the city from 15-16 March this year. Taking place at Coventry Rugby Football Ground, at Butts Park Arena, just off junction seven of the city centre ring road it… […]
  • Leicester Beer Festival goes space age 2019-02-21
    There's a space-age theme to this year's Leicester Beer Festival, which touches down from 13-16 March 2019 at the Haymarket Theatre, in the heart of the city centre. With Leicester being home to the National Space Centre museum and educational facility, this year's festival commemorates the 50th anniversary of man's first steps on the moon… […]
  • Long-standing Lougborough tradition 2019-02-21
    Some of the breweries and beers that appeared at the first Loughborough Beer Festival 43 years ago are still around today... but few of them would make it onto the lineup for a beer event in this day and age. Back then real ale was something of a rarity, but the industry has moved on… […]
  • Lacons’ Audit Ale wins top award 2019-02-20
    Following more than a year of local tasting panels and regional heats, Lacons’ Audit Ale has been named champion winter beer of Britain. Announced at this week's Great British Beer Festival Winter in Norwich, Audit Ale got its name because of the way a number of Cambridge and Oxford university colleges used to celebrate the… […]
  • Sheffield set to feast on beer 2019-02-09
    It all kicked off as a one-day celebration of craft beer at the beginning of last year's Sheffield Beer Week, but this year the Indie Beer Feast is back... but this time as a two-day event running from 8-9 March. With an emphasis on great quality, independent craft beer, both sessions at last year's event… […]