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.
CRAF 2017 takes place from Thurs 26th to Sat 28th October and we’re looking for volunteers to help with the festival. If you can spare us a few hours over the course of the week, (set-up is from Tuesday), then please download the volunteers form from here
The 41st Cotswold Beer Festival takes place in and around the Tithe Barn at Postlip, near Winchcombe from Friday 28th to Sunday 30th July 2017.
Tickets are available from a number of local outlets and on the door (cash only).
Please note that bus tickets must be bought in advance, as we are not allowed to sell them on the bus.
See the Festival website here for further details of all the methods for buying tickets, and other information about the Festival (including the Festival bus service and camping facilities).
A planning application has been submitted to Cheltenham Borough Council which could see the premises previously occupied by ‘Jamies’ in Regent Street converted into a pub. The application, by small pub company “Brunning & Price Ltd” can be seen at CBC Ref: 17/00187/FUL.
According to the companies website, “In the world of beers and lagers we always make sure there are some friendly familiar faces, but also something a little different. Our range of cask ales vary considerably from pub to pub but most will have 3 or 4 that don’t change very often, ideally supporting local brewers and 2 or 3 that rotate to encourage that niggling urge many of us have to try something new.”
No timescales are given.
Our branch chairman John Crossley is currently featured on the main camra home page talking about the work the branch has been doing during last month’s community pubs month.
Congratulations to Prescott Ales, whose ‘Super-6 Number 2‘, a 4.5% ABV Session IPA, won a bronze award at the SIBA Wales and West beer competition. It uses hops such as Citra, Mosaic, Simcoe and Ekuanot to create a memorable and balanced craft ale.
SIBA, the Society of Independent Brewers, was established in 1980 to represent the interests of the growing number of independent breweries in Britain. SIBA currently represents more than 825 independent craft breweries and their vision is to deliver the future of British beer and become the voice of British brewing.
With the General Election looming, CAMRA has launched its “Pledge for Pubs” campaign. CAMRA is asking all election candidates to pledge their support for beer and pubs by committing to:
1. Beer: Celebrate and promote Britain’s 1,540 breweries
2. Pubs: Support action to help pubs thrive
3. Consumers: Represent the interests of pub goers, beer and cider drinkers
You can read more info here, which includes links to an auto generated form that can be sent to all of the candidates in our branch and another link to a spreadsheet to show which of our candidates have already signed up.
Post Election Update: Sadly, our elected MP never signed the pledge. Neither did the MP for Gloucester. The MPs for Stroud and Tewkesbury did sign up. We hope those branches follow-up on this pledge.
Following the employment of a new assistant manager for the Sandford Park Alehouse, the decision to close on Mondays has been reversed.
From 1st June to 9th July, two Greene King pubs in our branch area, The National Hunt and The Hatherley, will be hosting a “Live at Your Local” event. Live at Your Local is Greene King’s search for the UK’s best music talent, and what better place to find the brightest up & coming acts than at the spiritual home of music – Britain’s pubs, where some of the UK’s biggest music artists were discovered! Full details are available here and the full terms and conditions available here.
B&K Cheltenham have launched a new Seasonal Beer. The 5% Rye IPA is described as a ruby, spicy, hoppy beer – as hoppy and bitter as their usual IPAs but with added complexity from the large amount of spicy rye malt and touches of caramel malt used in the recipe.
The 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.
Congratulations to the Jolly Brewmaster, which last night received its award for being crowned our branch POTY. The ‘Jolly’ will now go forward to the regional competition where it will be up against other branch winners in the South West Region (North). Branch Chair, John Crossley is seen presenting the staff with their award.