The Happy Man, Englefield Green held it’s latest BeerFest from Thurs.16th to Sun.19th March 2017. A previous Branch Pub of the Year and GBG listed once again. There were 14 additional ales and 6 ciders (Beerlist)with a 50p discount for CAMRA members on Thursday when we had a ‘rolling social’ with members of various CAMRA Branches turning up throughout the day. Result? They sold out of all but two ales on the bar by Sunday, another great event.
Just off our manor (walking distance from Wraysbury Station on Windsor line) the Perseverance at Wraysbury held their annual March Beer Festival from Fri.17th to Sun.19th March 2017. Live Music was on all 3 days, and there was an interesting Beer List which included one from our local Thames Side Brewery.
Met the (Downlands) Brewer
The latest of these event took place on 9th March 2017 at Egham United Services Club, when Widdi and his team from Downlands Brewery paid a visit. Several pumps were given over to some excellent Downlands beers, and when I can get my photo progam to work, I’ll load them on here. Spike
A couple of us recently popped down to Alton to meet up with Tony Davis, give him a surprise, and visit a few interesting pubs. 19-01-17 Alton Ramble pdf
Thames Side Brewery Awards
Thames Side Black Swan Porter was voted Best Porter at the Woking Beer Festival, and Beer of the Festival at Ascot. Well done Andy, glad your fine ales gaining recognition.
See Diary page for details of Awards event at Brewery on 14/01/17 SM
We gathered on Thursday 29th September to kick off the 6th Chertsey Beer Festival. at the Thyme at the Tavern. A great range of ales was on offer, and some specials on the pub food menu. It was also the first time the new Thames Side Black Swan Porter was available anywhere, and very nice it was too. The Festival ran until Sunday 2nd October, and once again did credit to this previous Branch Pub of the Year. Picture shows Branch member Ian Davey helping behind the bar.
Meet the Brewer – Egham United Service Club
We had a great turnout for our Meet the Brewer event at the Egham United Services Club, with members from several CAMRA Branches present, in addition to Club members. Ross Hunter from Surrey Hills Brewery gave a very entertaining presentation on how he got into brewing and the secrets of his success. Barman Paul can be seen struggling with a rather lively pint of Gilt Complex!
In addition, this award winning club had laid on all of Surrey Hills current brews i.e. Ranmore, Shere Drop, Greensand IPA, Gilt Complex and Collusion. Hungrier patrons could also sample the tasty burgers from the outside Bar-B-Q, and also Surrey Hills merchandise was available. Our thanks to our Social Secretary Bob Inman for organising.
Britain is in the midst of a booze epidemic! Well actually …
- Per capita alcohol consumption has dropped by a fifth since 2004
- Alcohol-related deaths have fallen by 7pc since 2008
- Alcohol-related violent crime has fallen by 40pc since 2007
- Drink driving related accidents fell by 45pc between 2003 and 2014 and are now at the lowest rate on record
- The proportion of 45 to 64-year-old males who drink alcohol on five or more days a week has fallen by 29pc since 2005
Source Zythofile 12/01/17
A Lighter Note
Pubs under threat?
At a recent Branch Committee Meeting, we were joined by a new member, and main item of business was recent changes to rules around Assets of Community Value or AVC’s. These enable local communities to get premises vulnerable to development declared as community assests, and recent changes mean will have a greater impact on planning rules and direct involvement of CAMRA. Do you have a pub you’d like to see listed? If so Contact Us now. See Staines section of Pubclips to see where meeting was held and beers on offer.