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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

25th February, 2018 - Hollyfest 2018,
28th February, 2018 - Ale Amble - February to Wolverhampton
6th March, 2018 - Business Meeting - March
8th March, 2018 - March Social
14th March, 2018 - London Drinker Festival by coach
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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.

Brewery News – B&K (Cheltenham)

News from the Brewhouse & Kitchen.

Following last months successful launch of its seasonal beer, the brewery wil be continuing with this type of event for the next couple of brews. This involves the ceremonial ‘tapping’ of the first cask and providing a few off free samples.

The next launch party will be for Propulsion II (a 6% black IPA) on Thursday 7th September with the ceremonial tapping at 7pm.

On Tuesday 5th September, they will be doing an open brewday starting at 15.00, where they will be brewing a fresh hopped beer (freshly picked in Farnham the same morning) that will be launched on the 21st September.

On Saturday 16th September, they will have a launch party for their Oktoberfest ale, which will celebrate Oktoberfest and cask ale week.

The Monday 23th October they have a launch party for their Halloween special brew (spiced pumpkin anyone?)

Social skittles match report

On Friday 4th August the branch social skittlers took to the alley at The Somerset Arms for their first match of the season. The opposition came from the Gloucester sub branch.

Unfortunately, the match resulted in a narrow loss for the  plucky Cheltenham scratch team (by about 12 points). As it turned out, Gloucester had 9 and we had 15 skittles players so we opted for a 12 a side match (if we had not have been such good sports we might have won!). Branch Chair, John Crossley top scored for us with a credible 40.

The Somerset Arms proved a good venue – nice food, 5 real ales and a real cider were available. We collected about an extra £15 which we gave to their chosen charity.

We are looking for exciting new talent for our next match which will be against North Cotswolds on 10th November at the Charlton Kings Club. So come along if you are free.