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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.
This ran from Thursday 4th to Sun 7th August 2016. As always this proved very popular, with a number of new beers and breweries represented. How many more can there be? See our NSY Beer Festival page for details of next one.
The Happy Man at Englefield Green held another successful Beer Festival from Thursday 19th to Sunday 22nd May 2016. Steph kindly offered a 50p discount off a pint on production of a CAMRA membership card on the Thursday. There were 13 additonal real ales and ciders ranging from 4.5% to 13% Chafford Cider (!) As always, the BBQ was popular.
For upcoming local Festivals, see the NSY Beer Festival page.
Pub of the Year 2016
The presentation for this took place on 20th April, please see here for details.
The above presentation by Berkshire South-East (BSE) took place on Wednesday 17th February 2016 at the Happy Man, Englefield Green. The lucky winners were Hedgedog for their Amber Ale. Spike went along to represent our Branch.
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.