Second Beer Festival Planning Meeting

A quick reminder of the second Beer Festival Planning Meeting to be held at the Old Cottage Tavern at 8pm on Tuesday 30th October.

Many of the committee positions have been filled, but there’s still lots to do. Hope to see you there!


Royal Oak offering 10p off to CAMRA members during the week

Following in the footsteps of several pubs, The Royal Oak in Barton-under-Needwood, will being offering 10p off a pint of real ale to CAMRA members. Just flash your membership card Monday to Friday and feel smug!

But the good news doesn’t stop there! Don’t forget that Steve and Katy are running a mini Beer-Festival on Saturday November 10th!

Update to NBSS

At the end of September, there was a major overhaul of the National Beer Scoring System (NBSS). This system is used throughout CAMRA to rate beer quailty in Branch area pubs. Many branches (including ours) use the NBSS scores to guide our selection of Good Beer Guide and Pub of the Year Pubs.

The system itself, should be fairly easy if you’re used to the old system, however it’s directly tied into WhatPub? so you’ll have to maually add any pubs in branch areas who have not submitted their pubs (it’s not difficult, in fact it’s very similar to the old system).

Beer Scoring of obviously a subjective thing. To try and make things more consistent, there are guidelines as to what the scores mean: From the CAMRA NBSS page:

Score Description
0 Undrinkable. No cask ale available or so poor you have to take it back or can’t finish it.
1 Poor. Beer that is anything from barely drinkable to drinkable with considerable resentment.
2 Average. Competently kept, drinkable pint but doesn’t inspire in any way, not worth moving to another pub but you drink the beer without really noticing.
3 Good. Good beer in good form. You may cancel plans to move to the next pub. You want to stay for another pint and may seek out the beer again.
4 Very Good. Excellent beer in excellent condition.
5 Perfect. Probably the best you are ever likely to find. A seasoned drinker will award this score very rarely.

The biggest problem is usually people over-scoring the quality of the beer. If you consistently find yourself awarding 4s and 5s, you may want to ask yourself if you’re not inflating your scores a bit. You should expect to score only one or two ‘Perfect’ scores a year (if at all). Most importantly, don’t let scoring get in the way and forget to enjoy your pint!

What Pub? Goes live to members

CAMRA’s online pub database has recently gone live to members. Check it out at You can find pubs geographically, by name or branch area, and has all the information you would expect from a Good Beer Guide entry¬†(although GBG status is not given) such as range of drinks, opening hours and food availability.

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Cask Ale Week! 28th Sept until 7th October

Happy Cask Ale Week! For the next week or so, there will be a number of events happening across the country to celebrate the unique mixture of Water, Hops, Malt and Yeast!

Lots more details on the website, including a Beer Tasting Masterclass (At the Blacksheep Brewery), Beer Festivals and an “Ale Trail” treasure hunt.

Also, don’t forget that Punch Taverns are offering a Free Pint of Real Ale during C.A.W. Print off the voucher and find a local Punch Tavern.