Branch Pub of the Year.

This year’s Pub of the Year presentation. Tuesday 10th June, 7:30pm, Black Horse, Coton in the Elms, DE12 8HJ.

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February Branch Meeting Reminder

On Wednesday 6th is our February Branch Meeting at the Royal Oak in Barton-Under-Needwood. Come along and meet the Branch, but also sample the delights of our 2012 Pub Of The Year!

As usual, committee meeting at 7:30, main meeting at 8pm. All welcome.

Happy New Year 2013!

Happy new year to all from your Burton CAMRA Committee! There’s lots going on in January and it’s a great opportunity make a resolution that is easy to keep! It’s a great time of year to get more involved with the Branch (although we can’t promise to help you lose those extra Christmas pounds). Continue reading

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!

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!