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Welcome to Cheltenham CAMRA, the Campaign for Real Ale. We are a voluntary organisation campaigning for real ale, community pubs and consumer rights.The Cheltenham Branch has around 1,000 members in the GL50, GL51, GL52 and GL53 postcode areas.

Next 5 Diary Events

20th November, 2018 - British Beer and Cheese Pairing
21st November, 2018 - Ale Amble - November
29th November, 2018 - World's Largest Beer Tasting Event
29th November, 2018 - Tutored Beer Tasting with Goose Island
30th November to 1st December, 2018 - Winter beer and sausage festival
Full Branch Diary

Coach Trip to Derby – 8th December

We’re planning a coach trip to Derby, regarded as one of England’s best beer cities. There are 26 pubs just on the City Centre Ale Trail alone!

The coach will leave from outside the Sandford Park Alehouse at 9:00am on Saturday 8th December, returning around 10:30pm. Pub maps of the city centre will be supplied. We plan to start at The Alexandra, finishing in The Flowerpot (bus at 8pm).

It will cost £21.00 to cover transport and a buffet in the first pub at around 11.30am.

Members and non-members very welcome.

Sign up at the SPA, or at a CAMRA branch social or business meeting (with cash or cheque payment only please) or send a cheque to the Alehouse made out to Campaign for Real Ale (Cheltenham) giving passenger names and the address of the sender. In the event that we have not achieved a minimum sign up before Monday 26th November we may need to cancel the trip and refund all monies.

How You Can Help To Select Cheltenham’s Good Beer Guide Entries

Following the launch of the 2019 Good Beer Guide the process has now begun to select the entries for the 2020 Good Beer Guide and we need your help.

With around one hundred venues in Cheltenham eligible for just eight places, it is important that a robust and transparent selection process is put in place to ensure that only the best make it into the Good Beer Guide. The venues which are recommended for inclusion in the guide should be ones that we are proud to recommend, and are included primarily due to the high quality of the real ale served. It is vital that all Cheltenham CAMRA members are given the opportunity to help in the selection process.  We have now defined the process and it can be found in THIS DOCUMENT.

It defines how Cheltenham Branch members can be involved at every stage of the selection process, from beginning to end. You can get involved in THREE ways:

1. By recommending a venue that you believe is a strong candidate for inclusion in the Good Beer Guide. In order to qualify the venue must meet the ‘Candidate Venues’ criteria as listed in the linked document.

2. Fill in beer scores on WhatPub website each time you drink real ale at a Cheltenham pub/club.

3. Attend the final Good Beer Guide selection meeting in February. The meeting date will be announced in advance.

Please get in touch with any branch committee member for more information

Cheltenham Motor Club retains its trophy

Congratulations to the Cheltenham Motor Club which is once again the winner of the South West region Club of the Year.

Well done to Neil and his team. The CMC now goes forward to the super regional stage of the competition as it tries to regain the national award it last won in 2016.

Gareth Macdonald, CAMRA’s South West Regional Director, presented the award to the CMC on Monday 22nd October.

Good Beer Guide 2019

The 2019 edition of The Good Beer Guide was published on 13th September. As usual, the branch has obtained a stock of the Good Beer Guides for sale to members at a reduced rate. The price to members is £10 as opposed to the cover price of £15.99. You must be a member of Cheltenham branch to obtain copies from us.

If you are interested in obtaining a copy and discovering which of the town’s pubs have made the guide this year, please contact us secretary{AT}cheltenhamcamra.org.uk and we will reserve a copy for you.

Update – Following the launch event, we only have a few copies left for sale at the member’s price.  First come first served.

Have you chosen your Champion Beer of Britain candidates?

The deadlines for nominating your choice of beers is 15th November. Please visit the CBOB VOTING website to make your choice.

The more votes we get, the more representative the results will be. The first round of voting is regionalised and not all beers are eligible. They must conform to the availability rules applicable to their style.

How to Vote

CAMRA members should login to CBOB VOTING using their member login details. If you have forgotten these details, please contact the Membership Services team by emailing membership@camra.org.uk or calling 01727 798440.

South West Pub-of-the-Year

Gloucestershire pub is the SW POTY.

Once again, a Gloucestershire pub has come top in the voting in the 2018 South West CAMRA pub-of-the-year competition. Congratulations to Rod, Karen and the team at the The Fleece at Hillesley. Now in the final 16 for the whole of the UK, the competition gets even tougher. An amazing pub, in the heart of the country; well worth a visit if you have not been there before. A warm welcome awaits as well as a great choice of ales and ciders.

Photo courtesy of North Cotswold CAMRA taken during the judging tour.

Woolpack Wins!

Congratulations to Cotswold Lion Brewery whose new beer “Woolpack” was judged as beer of the festival at the Gloucestershire and Warwickshire Railways Spring Ale & Steam Festival. The 4% ABV brew is described as a light golden summer ale.