• New Cheltenham Brewery
    New Cheltenham Brewery
    Introducing Cheltenham’s newest micro-brewery – DEYA
  • National POTY
    National POTY
    Cheltenham’s Sandford Park Alehouse is CAMRA ‘National Pub of the Year’
  • Beer Festivals
    Beer Festivals
    Branch Beer Festival Guide - Beer Festivals in Cheltenham, Gloucester, Tewkesbury and the Cotswolds.
  • Campaign
    Campaigns - Assets of Community Value and Local Planning

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

27th May to 29th May, 2016 - Royal Oak Beer & Sausage Festival
28th May to 29th May, 2016 - The Swan at Staunton Beer & Cider festival
3rd June to 4th June, 2016 - South West Region Campaigning Day
4th June, 2016 - Pauntley Real Ale Festival 2016
8th June, 2016 - June Social to Shurdington
Full Branch Diary

Kitchen Fire at the Tavern (Royal Well)

fire_tavernA fire has heavily damaged the Tavern in Royal Well. Shortly before noon on Sunday 22nd May a fire appears to have started in the Kitchen which destroyed the roof. This is the third fire in the Royal Well area in the last few years with one closing the Bayshill and more recently a fire in the Italian Restaurant causing damage to Charlies Chip Shop. Charlies has only reopened in the last few weeks.

Read the full story in the Gloucestershire Echo : http://www.gloucestershireecho.co.uk/destroys-roof-Tavern-restaurant-Cheltenham/story-29304312-detail/story.html 

Brewhouse and Kitchen Beers Explained

brewhouseBrewhouse and Kitchen opens to the public on Monday 23rd of May in the Brewery Quarter of Cheltenham. Many of the beers available will have been brewed on premises in  Cheltenham. This mini guide explains what beers are part of the core range (Available all year) and the beers that are seasonal. There is a story behind every beer name, so please take a look below.

 Tasting Notes and Naming

downloadCrystal Rock – English Style Ale – session Bitter 3.6%
(Core Range – Available All Year Round)

  • Traditional, Caramel, Bitter – Medium Copper in colour with a toasty malt complexity and earthy, resiny and floral character
  • We have named our sensation session bitter – packed full of crystal malt – after one of Cheltenham’s most famous sons, the multi-talented Richard O’Brien, forever etched in our memories as the presenter of the hugely popular Crystal Maze TV game show, but who also achieved international and everlasting fame by writing The Rocky Horror Show comedy musical.



Tin ManTin Man – English Style Ale – Golden Ale 4.2%
(Core Range – Available All Year Round)

  • Golden, Hoppy, Refreshing- Dry and refreshing golden beer made with only Pale Malt and fruity American hops
  • The Victorian jockey Fred Archer (nicknamed ‘The Tin Man’) is the inspiration behind the name for our hoppy Golden Ale. Born in Cheltenham in 1857, he went on to become the most celebrated and revered jockey of his day, winning 2,747 times and reputed to be ‘the best all-round jockey that the turf has ever seen’ 




Colonel JackColonel Jack – IPA – Traditional IPA 5.0%
(Core Range – Available All Year Round)

  • Bitter, Citrusy, Hoppy – Large amounts of hops deliver an intense piney and citrusy aroma and flavour in a bitter, easy drinking Pale Ale
  • History would have Cheltenham born Colonel Claude Reigner Conder (1848-1910) remembered for his esteemed military career, his friendship with Lord Kitchener and his pioneering surveys and archaeology discoveries in Syria, Palestine and Jordan. However, modern day author Tom Slemen places him in the most controversial of lights as being the notorious ‘Jack the Ripper’. Exhaustive in his research, Slemen’s 2011 publication suggests that the Whitehall murders of 1888 were in fact a Black Operation orchestrated by the British Intelligence Agency against an Irish Terrorist Alliance, and that Jack the Ripper was actually a military trained assassin – and none other than the Colonel himself!


Landed Eagle IILanded Eagle II – Stouts & Porters – Traditional Porter 4.5%
(Core Range – Available All Year Round)

  • Rich, Roast, Chocolate – An old school classic with complex chocolate and roasted flavours. Inspired by the original Porters brewed in Britain in the 19th Century
  • If you were asked to name what Great Britain was famous for, you would probably answer David Beckham, fish and chips, Big Ben, red buses, The Beatles, London black cabs, tea and real ale to name but a few. We are guessing that ski jumping is not on the tip of your tongue, but Britain and ski jumping is exactly what the world was talking about for a brief historical moment during the1988 Winter Olympics when Cheltenham lad Michael ‘Eddie the Eagle’ descended the in-run and took off to fly down that terrifying, steeply sloped hill in Calgary, Canada. Whilst he finished an emphatic last, being cited a ‘heroic failure’, he won the support and respect of the international sporting community for his perseverance and achievement. We have named our Traditional Porter in honour of Britain’s most lovable ski jumper.


Colonel JackBrillig–  American Style Ale – Amber Ale 4.0%
(Core Range – Available All Year Round)

  • Ruby, Hoppy, Caramel – full of caramel malts matched to American hops and just bursting with character
  • Our big, hoppy red ale is full of rich caramel malts matched with American hops and just bursting with character, a fitting tribute to the brilliantly plotted, wonderfully inventive nonsense story, ‘Through the Looking Glass, and What Alice Found There’ by Lewis Carroll. Published in 1872, the book takes its inspiration from a mirror that remains on display in Charlton Kings to this day, and introduces the reader to a host of memorable characters from Tweedledum and Tweedledee to Humpty Dumpty, whose favourite time of day was ‘brillig – four o’clock in the afternoon, the time when you begin broiling things for dinner’. Of course, we much prefer it to be the time for beer!


Big Chase – English Style Ale – Blossom Ale 4.0%
(Seasonal – Spring)

  • Light, Balanced, Floral–A traditional Spring ale infused with Spring blossoms, light and balanced with a touch of floral, fruity aromas.
  • Nothing signals the arrival of Spring more than the first signs of blossom on the cherry tree or the Cheltenham Gold Cup. Locally named the ‘Big Chase’, it’s the race that tops all other races at the festival in terms of prestige and money. Enjoy a glass of this light, floral ale, infused with Spring blossom and toast the Gold Cup: the most valuable nonhandicap chase in the UK.


Best Mate–IPAs – Rye IPA 5.0%
(Seasonal – Spring)

  • Ruby, Spicy, Hoppy – As hoppy and bitter as our usual IPAs but with added complexity from the large amount of spicy rye malt and touches of caramel malt used in the recipe.
  • Our hoppy and spicy rye IPA is an affectionate tribute to three times Gold Cup winning horse ‘Best Mate’. Considered one of the most loved horses in the history of horse racing in the UK, his presence at a race meeting could guarantee a full capacity crowd. He not only earned millions in winnings but also raised a huge amount of money for charity


Skilly Spring– Belgian Style Ale – Saison 4.0%
(Seasonal – Summer)

  • Aromatic, Fruity, Yeasty – Aromatic with fruity, peppery and hoppy characteristics; low in malt character with a dry finish
  • Since the discovery of mineral springs in Cheltenham in 1716, the town has been known as a health and holiday spa. This is thanks mainly to Captain Henry Skillicorne whose entrepreneurial skills and broad vision – possibly inspired by his regular trips to the Mediterranean – developed the springs into a major attraction for visitors to the town


Dowty Boy – Belgian Style Ale – Witbier 4.0%
(Seasonal – Summer)

  • Cloudy, Refreshing, Citrusy – A wheat beer brewed with influences of the white and cloudy Belgian Wit. Made for the summer this ale is both refreshing and elegant, with a taste of grain and citrus derived from coriander and citrus peel
  • Our neighbouring Dowty House was originally built as an orphanage for boys. Funded entirely by voluntary donations, the Victorian home had only spaces for 20 boys. As no facility was made for a classroom or schooling, most of the boys would have sought some work in the Brewery, which stood proud of place, directly opposite.


Propulsion II– IPAs – Black IPA
(Seasonal – Autumn)

  • Black, Hoppy, Bitter – A modern twist on the popular classic. We chuck in a load of American hops for an intensely hoppy and bitter ale with just enough black malt to give it its dark colour
  • In tribute to Frank Whittle, who at only 21 first presented the idea of turbo-jet propulsion to his then bosses at the Air Ministry. When they showed no interest, he patented the idea himself in 1932, but then had to let the patent lapse when he couldn’t afford to renew it. It was only many years later in 1941 that his dream became a reality while working with the Gloster Aircraft Company of Cheltenham. The first jet powered aircraft ‘E28/39 Pioneer’ took off from Brockworth airfield and so started the 20th Century jet age of international air travel. It’s only fitting that we dedicate our 5.5% ABV Black IPA to his memory


The Composer– English Style Ale – Harvest Ale 5.0%
(Seasonal – Autumn)

  • Malty, Earthy. Herbal – Malty, biscuit profilewith a balanced presentation of this season’s harvest
  • In tribute to Cheltenham born composer, arranger and teacher Gustav Holst, best known for his orchestral piece The Planets (1914-1918), which comprised a suite of compositions each one dedicated to a planet. Despite being a hundred years old, snippets can still be heard today in the theme for Darth Vader in Star Wars or featuring in Super Mario Bros films.


Code Breaker – Stouts & Porters – Smoked Porter 5.0%
(Seasonal – Winter)

  • Rich, Smoky, Toasted – dark and satisfying like our standard Porter but brewed with Beechwood Smoked Malt for a real smoky taste that complements the roasted malts – perfect on a cold winter’s evening
  • When GCHQ moved to Cheltenham in 1952, it was to continue the work of Bletchley Park, which had originally been set up to break the German enigma codes during the Second World War. Now you can test your own code-breaking aptitude as every year the agency release a Christmas charity puzzle challenge. So settle down by the fire with a pint of our dark, satisfying Beechwood smoked porter and get those brain cells working overtime

Christmas Ale – English Style Ale – TBA 5.0%
(Seasonal – Winter)

Notes not available.

Cheltenham first town to get a Beer Week

YMQzNaOT_400x400This September, Cheltenham will become the first town (as opposed to city) in the UK to hold a dedicated ‘Beer Week’. Cheltenham Beer Week (CBW) will be a collection of events held across a ten-day period from 16th – 25th September with the purpose of celebrating beer, the booming brewing industry and the pub culture of our great town.

All events held will aim to promote the following core values:

* The advancement of the growing Cheltenham beer scene

* The celebration, discovery and exploration of good beer in whatever format (cask, keg, bottle can)

* The promotion of sensible drinking of beer for enjoyment and conviviality

The event is free of all ties or affiliation with any group other than of course Beer Drinkers. CBW aims to encourage involvement from individuals and businesses who are interested in working with or learning more about the local beer scene, and to help develop a strong communal spirit that will secure and elevate Cheltenham’s position as a beer destination.

CBW is being co-ordinated by Leigh Norwood, owner of specialist beer retailer Favourite Beers, together with a group of local brewers, publicans and beer drinkers. The intention is to get all types of venues in and around Cheltenham to join in the venture and contribute to the official programme of CBW themed events. We already have 17 venues signed up including pubs, clubs, bars, shops and restaurants. Events already being planned are mini-beer festivals, meet the brewer evenings, tap takeovers, brewery tours, tutored tasting sessions, beer walks, beer and food matching and much more. The local breweries will be working together to create at least one collaborative brew to be served during the week.

All venues who serve beer (in whatever format) in and around the town are invited to apply to participate in CBW. In order to ensure that the event is engaging, balanced and focused the co-ordinators have established a set of criteria for inclusion in the week. These are:

* In order to put together a strong programme we will need commitment from venues to host at least two events during CBW – one of which must be held midweek (Monday-Thursday).

* All events must be unique for the venue (i.e. venues cannot include normal weekly events as part of beer week unless they are specifically enhanced to fit in with the core values – e.g. a weekly pub quiz could be run to be about beer!).

* All events must fit in with the three core principles of beer week.

* Each venue must pay a £50 up-front fee to be involved with Beer Week in order to cover costs.

See http://www.cheltbeerweek.co.uk/ for more details.

The Fire Station – Cask Pricing

firehouseA number of branch members contacted us in relation to the price of cask beers in the Fire Station. We are pleased to report that cask is now priced at £3.80 a pint which is about £1 cheaper than a few weeks ago when the venue opened. We understand that the venue is planning on changing the cask range next week to include Prescott and Bespoke,

The Bier Keller Cheltenham – updated

The Cheltenham Beirkeller will be located on the Bath Road and will open the weekend of the 27th – 29th May. Find out more on their Facebook page at : https://www.facebook.com/BierkellerCheltenham/

References to a new bar in Cheltenham called the ‘Bier Keller’ have been popping up on social media this week. The new bar claims to give the full Bavarian experience with dancing on the tables and sausages. We have scratched out heads trying to understand where this new bar will be. There are no new applications for a licensed premises that we can see, no renovation work either. The new bar claims to be open in May. Read the latest in today’s Echo. Link below: