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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 850 members in the GL50, GL51, GL52 and GL53 postcode areas.

Next 5 Diary Events

22nd January, 2020 - Ale Amble - January 2020
28th January, 2020 - Charity Cheque Presentation
4th February, 2020 - Ale Extra - Great Winter Beer Festival
6th February to 8th February, 2020 - 25th Tewkesbury Winter Ale Festival
7th February to 8th February, 2020 - Ale Extra - Tewkesbury Winter Ale Festival
Full Branch Diary

Fancy going back to School?

The Open University is running a course all about alcohol. If you want to learn more about a subject dear to our hearts, more information can be found here:

The Science of Alcohol

The course has been developed in conjunction with CAMRA and the course work features videos from alcohol producers just across the border in Oxfordshire.

Update – June 2019.  We are aware of at least one branch member who has taken this course and passed achieving grades of 92% and 96% in the exams.  We congratulate him and any others of you out there who have passed the course.

Pub-of-the-Year 2019: The Kemble Brewery Inn

We are pleased to announce that The Kemble Brewery Inn has been selected as the Branch Pub-of-the-Year (POTY) for 2019.

Described in the Good Beer Guide as a “Small, popular back-street local, hard to find, but well worth the effort. Six ales are generally available, from near and far, plus a cider. There is a small attractive walled garden to the rear.”

Congratulations to Caron (2nd right) and the team on winning the award. The presentation of the certificate by Branch Chair, John Crossley (right) was held on Thursday 4th April.

The Branch AGM – update

The Annual General Meeting of the Cheltenham Branch of CAMRA took place on 19th February.

The current committee was re-elected unopposed.  Chris Martin and Chris Trace stood down at this meeting. The remaining comittee would like to thank both for their contributions to the branch.

The major announcement was the return of the Cheltenham Real Ale Festival (CRAF) for 2019. Once again it will be held in the magnificent surroundings of Cheltenham Ladies’ College on 1st-2nd November. Keep an eye on the CRAF 2019 tab above for further details.

And the winner is …

Congratulations to Cotswold Lion Brewery, whose Black Sheep Porter was judged beer of the festival at the prestigious Tewkesbury Winter Ale Festival (TWAF).

Well done also to Prescott Brewery, whose Winter Season Special was awarded third place.

Brewery Liaison Officer vacancies

We currently have three vacancies for Brewery Liaison Officers (BLOs) within the branch.

It’s not an onerous task, you just have to maintain regular contact with the brewery and provide the regional coordinator with updated GBG information and quarterly updates on the breweries status, new brews, relocation or expansion plans etc. You’ll need to have your email address registered with CAMRA HQ.

So, if you’re interested in being the local CAMRA contact for either the Brewhouse & Kitchen, Battledown or Prescott breweries, then please contact the secretary ( secretary[at]cheltenhamcamra.org.uk ) in the first instance.

The BLO network is independent of the branch network, (you don’t need to attend the branch committee meetings), but you can find out more at any of our business or social meetings.

Charity singalong

Great news everyone. We raised £185 for the Midlands Air Ambulance at our sing-along on Tuesday 18th December at Whittle Taps.

Thank you all who generously donated to this worthy cause. Cheltenham CAMRA would also like to thank Joel and his team for hosting the event and Gren for leading us in some seasonal (and not so seasonal) tunes on the piano.

Back Issues of The Tippler Magazine

The Tippler, the magazine of the four Gloucestershire branches of CAMRA, is published quarterly.  Copies of the latest issue can be picked up from many pubs and clubs in the Cheltenham branch area.

We are are aware of a letter in the latest Tippler that some people are interested in reading previous issues of the magazine and we have therefore set up stands in the Sandford Park Alehouse and Cheltenham Motor Club with copies of at least the last four issues. Hopefully these will prove popular with visitors to the town and any new residents.

Electronic copies in PDF format of previous editions of The Tippler can also be found on the Gloucestershire CAMRA website HERE

Selecting Cheltenham’s Good Beer Guide Entries – Phase 2

Following the December Branch Committee meeting, the long list of pubs for selection for the 2020 Good Beer Guide has now been finalised. These venues were decided upon based on the published criteria (see this document) of previous GBG entry and beer scores taken from What Pub.

There are 15 pubs and clubs on the long list which has been emailed to all branch members on our mailing list.  If any branch member has not received the email and would like to see the list please contact us.

Phase 2 of the selection has now begun and runs until early February. If you visit any of these pubs, please enter beer scores on What Pub and be part of the process to help decide our 8 GBG entries (and 2 reserves) and also our POTY / COTY. These will be chosen in March based primarily on these beer scores so the more data we have, the better. If you think there is an outstanding beer venue missing from this list then please let us know.

Selecting Cheltenham’s Good Beer Guide Entries – Phase 1

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 details how Cheltenham Branch members can be involved at every stage of the selection process, from beginning to end. For Phase One, which last’s until the end of November, you can get involved in two 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.

At the end of Phase One, a short list will be compiled and distributed to members for Phase 2 to commence. Details will be available in early December.