Final Decision meeting for 2015 GBG

The final decision meeting to agree the 2015 GBG submissions will be held on Tuesday 25th February at the Burton Bridge Inn, Burton, commencing at 8pm (in the upstairs meeting room).

The decision for inclusion or exclusion for next year, is largely based upon NBSS scores, meaning that it’s especially important to put your scores in!

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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.

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!

Pub of the year presentation at the Admiral Rodney

Several members of the branch joined me to present the Admiral Rodney in Hartshorne with our South Derbyshire Pub Of The Year award. This is the second time that the Rodney has won Branch PotY having last taken home the trophy in 2007.

The Branch Pub of the Year (PotY) is initially shortlisted by the branch based upon the National Beer Scoring System (NBSS). Following this the contenders (usually around 7 pubs) are visited by a panel of judges from the branch who assess various criteria including Beer Quailty, Atmosphere and Community Focus. When everything is added up, whoever has the most points becomes the Pub of the Year.

Back at the Rodney, having said a few words of congratulation, we stuck around to sample the ales and gave the pub quiz our best collective shot (9pm every Friday!), coming in a modest second place. We were promised it’s not always so Olympics-themed!

Pictures to come!