This was held on the Easter Bank Holiday weekend in April at the Egham United Services Club. There were 60+ cutting edge ales plus ciders, a BBQ, and live music. New breweries included Holler Boys (Sussex) Magic Spells (Leyton E10) and new Cider producers Cranbourne Chase (Dorset) and Hunts (East Sussex). Money was raised for the Club’s chosen charities, Coming Home that helps provide adapted housing for injured and disabled ex-service persinnel, and Manor Mead School for children with severe learning difficulties or an autistic spectrum disorder.
This ran over the last weekend in April at the Thyme at the Tavern, Chertsey. A previous Branch Pub of the Year and GBG listed once again, who knows who’ll win this year? It featured 22 Real Ales from all over the country, and live music and homemade food was available all weekend.
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. A joint presentation was made at the Brewery on 14th January 2017.
And from elsewhere……….
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 7% since 2008
- Alcohol-related violent crime has fallen by 40pc since 2007
- Drink driving related accidents fell by 45% 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 29% 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.