Parliamentary Lobby: call for questions

As many of you will be aware CAMRA have arranged a mass lobby of parliament next week on Wednesday 12th December. This is an opportunity for constituents to parlay with their MP and put pressure on the key issues to the campaign, chief among them, scrapping the Beer Duty Escalator.

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Derby Pubs Tour Addendum

Quick last minute update to the Derby Pubs tour happening this Friday. We will be gathering at the Alexandra and leaving for the Exeter Arms at 7:30. This is in line with the announcement by the Social Sec.

The original post has details of the locations. Sorry for the confusion.

Pub List for the Derby Pub tour

The tentative list for the Derby pub tour is as follows. Remember that we’ll be meeting at the Alexandra around 7:30, moving on after a (slow) first drink. Following that, we plan on┬ávisiting: The Exeter Arms, The Peacock, The Furnace and the Five Lamps.

If you’re joining us later, drop us an email (or use the contact form on the home page) and we’ll send you mobile numbers. As usual, please either email the Chair, or the Social Sec to let us know you’re coming otherwise we won’t know to wait for you!

UPDATE: We will be meeting at the Alexandra and leaving for the Exeter around 7:30pm. If you can’t make it until 7:30-8pm ish, come and meet us at the Exeter. Sorry for the confusion.

The week ahead: Branch Meeting & November Social

It’s been a busy week for the campaign with the Beer Tax Escalator debate hitting the house of Commons, and the Spring Beer Festival starting to take shape.

No rest for the wicked though, as this coming week sees both our November Branch Meeting (Wednesday 7th November) at the National Brewery Centre’s Academia room (ask at the Bar), and also our November Social on Friday November 9th!

For this month’s social on Friday we’ll be heading up to Derby (please make your own way using public transport), to do a bit of a walking tour of some of Derby’s best pubs. Don’t miss out on a great opportunity to find some gems. We’re meeting at the Alexandra (near to the station) around 7:30pm.

Hope to see you there!

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!

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.