It’s time to get excited about the NBC festival. For the second year, Burton CAMRA are supporting the National Brewery Centre in the running of their September festival.
HQ have recently announced Super Regional Conferences. There are six of these mega-meetings happening around the country this year, in London, Leeds, Birmingham, Altrincham, Bristol and Darlington and will happen from September to November this year. From the CAMRA website:
The purpose of these Conferences is to act as another channel of communications to enable members to understand more about how we work and the preparation of campaign planning, particularly to those who do not manage to get to the Members’ Weekend and AGM.
The meetings require registration so plan ahead if you want to attend. Our local meeting is at the Bartons Arms in Birmingham (144 High Street, Aston, Birmingham, B6 4UP) on Saturday the 29th September.
It’s worth noting that all of the meetings are open to all members, you don’t just have to go to the one in your region.
Well, that’s it for another year. The Great British Beer Festival closes it’s doors until next year.
For those not familiar, over 800 cask and bottle ales, ciders and foreign beers all “crammed” into the Olympia in Hammersmith. Lots of food, entertainment and a nice break from a certain sporting event happening in the Capital.
So congratulations go out to the the Cooper’s Tavern for winning a Silver Medal (it seems’ everything is going Olympic themed) in the West Midlands Cider Pub of The Year.
Members of the committee and the Regional Cider Representative, Sally Lavendar will be having a small presentation at the Cooper’s on Wednesday the 29th August at 7:30pm. Especially if you’re not familiar with this wonderfully historic and friendly pub in Burton, come along, say hello and try a few of the ciders! As ever, plenty of casks of ale if Cider’s not your thing.
August already! An early trip this month, was out to the Stafford Beer Festival.
A group departed by coach from The Burton Bridge Inn, to attend the festival held in Blessed William Howard School, just on the outskirts of town. The festival had over 70 beers, 16 ciders and perries as well as country wines for those so inclined. Interestingly, ales were arranged with LocAle on one side and National beers on the other (a layout I’ve not seen before but rather like!).
It was also great to see B&SD represented at the festival with showings from Quartz (Blonde: 3.8%), Blythe (Staffie: 4.4%, Palmer’s Poison: 4.7% and Johnson’s: 5.2%), Burton Bridge (Thomas Sykes: at a tastebud-tingling 10%!!!) and Burton Old Cottage (Cloughy’s Clout: 4.7%).
As is often the case, opinions vary on the beer of the festival, but for me, the Sarah Hughes Dark Ruby Mild was a cracking drop!
Congratulations to Stafford for a great festival, looking forward to next year.