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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

24th April, 2018 - Ale Amble - April - Kidderminster NOTE CHANGE OF DATE
26th April to 28th April, 2018 - 6th Gloucester Beer Festival
4th May to 6th May, 2018 - The Plough Annual Real Ale Festival
8th May, 2018 - Special General Meeting & Branch Business meeting - May
9th May to 12th May, 2018 - Forever Bury Beer Festival
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January is often a difficult time for local pubs.  Many people are spent up or partied out after the December and the Christmas / New Year festive season.  Their cause is also not helped by people’s new year resolutions to cut down on alcohol and the many “Dry January” campaigns

In order to try and fight back against this, a campaign called “Tryanuary” has been set up to try and fight back against the ‘Dry January’ campaigns that are damaging the beer industry every year.  Tryanuary is a UK wide campaign throughout January which aims to inspire people to seek out and try new beers.

The local Tryanuary Champion for Cheltenham, and possible Gloucestershire, is Leigh Norwood, who runs Cheltenham’s award winning Favourite Beers.  The aim is to get as many pubs, clubs, breweries, shops, restaurants, social  groups etc. to join in with Tryanuary – organising events, publicising new beers etc.

More details of how Cheltenham CAMRA will be supporting the campaign will follow.

If you are interested in finding out more details see: https://www.tryanuary.com/

Pub Co. changes – how do they affect your local?

CAMRA is investigating the impact of changes to our pubs as the big pub owning companies (Pub Co.) react
to the Pubs Code, put into force in 2016 after years of campaigning by licensee groups and

In the last two years, the number of pubs run on traditional long-term tenancies has fallen, as some
tenants are replaced by managers. Licensee campaigners are concerned that this may encourage
management turnover, all to avoid pubs being covered by the Code. The impact on customers is
less clear.

Our Pub Campaigns Committee is looking, confidentiality, for information. It is particularly
interested to see if changes in management to pub company pubs result in more or less choice for
pub-goers. Has your local pub increased or reduced its range of real ale and cider after a change
of tenant? Or do you work in a pubco pub and have seen changes? The Committee would also like
to know about any changes in prices and in the quality of the beer being served.

Please send information to the Committee’s Chair, Paul Ainsworth – paul.ainsworth@camra.org.uk

Champion Bottled Beer of Britain judging panel named – and winner announced

CAMRA will be attending the BBC Good Food Show at Birmingham’s NEC, where the Champion Bottled Beer of Britain Competition will be judged and announced for the second year running. Finalist judging will take place on the 30th November at 1pm at CAMRA’s Great British Beer Experience, following a series of local member voting rounds and regional judging competitions throughout the year.

The judging panel for the final has been announced and we are please to report the the chairman of the Cheltenham Tasting Panel and our publicity officer, Tony Lucas, is one of the judges. Last year Tony was a judge for one of the side panels that selected the beers to go forward to the final. Well done Tony, We always knew you had a fine palate!

The full make up of the final judging panel is: Christine Cryne (Panel Chair), Dave Jones, Derek Bradshaw, Tony Lucas and Richard Lee.

** UPDATE ** The winner was announced as “Big Job” a 7.2% offering from St.Austell brewery.

GBG 2019 – We need your input!

The 2018 edition of the Good Beer Guide was published in September, but already the planning process for the 2019 guide is underway.

As a branch, Cheltenham has 8 entries in the guide and these are decided by the branch committee.  This is where we are calling on you – the members, to help us with the selection process.  If you think there are any local pubs and clubs we should be considering, then please get in touch and let us know. These suggestions will then go into the assessment and selection process.

If any members would like to get involved in the assessment and selection process – including surveying the potential entrants, then please get in touch.

Contact pubs[AT]cheltenhamcamra.org.uk or secretary[AT]cheltenhamcamra.org.uk for further details.

Have your say and choose your “Champion Beer of Britain” (CBoB)

All CAMRA members have the chance to nominate beers from their local area via the CBoB voting website. This means that beers from all parts of the country have an equal chance to be nominated. The voting period is now open, and we would like as many members as possible to submit their votes for their favourite local beers.

You can nominate up to five beers in each of the eleven categories to be put forward for the CBoB competition, but if you only want to nominate beers in one category, or even just one beer, that’s fine. The more votes we get, the better the results will be. Please note that you do not have to nominate all the beers in one go. You can alter your selections anytime up to the deadline on 1st November.

Not all beers are eligible for CBoB. Mainstream beer styles like Bitters, Best Bitters, Strong Bitters and Golden Ales have to be available for at least 7 months of the year. Other beer styles have to be available for a lesser period depending on the rarity and seasonality of the beer style.

Initial nominations for CBoB are made at a local level so only beers that are produced in the South West will be available for nomination.

How to Vote

Any CAMRA member can login into the CBoB website www.cbobvoting.org.uk using their member login details. Having logged in you will be able to access information about the nomination schedule.

Good Beer Guide 2018

The 2018 edition of The Good Beer Guide was published on 14th September 2017. As usual, the branch will be obtaining a small stock for sale to members at a reduced rate of £10, a saving of £5.99 on the cover price. You must hold a valid membership card to obtain copies from us at this special rate. If you are interested in obtaining a copy and being one of the first people to know which of the town’s pubs have made the guide this year, please contact us at secretary{AT}cheltenhamcamra.org.uk

New pub coming soon?

An application has been submitted to Cheltenham Borough Council (CBC) that could see the premises formally known as “Jamie’s” in Regent Street converted to a pub. Small pub company “Brunning & Price Ltd” have submitted the application (CBC Ref: 17/01187).

According to their 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.