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Cider on show throughout the month of May (02/05/2022)
Beer and cider lovers are coming together to celebrate and promote cider and perry over the month of May to tie in with the orchards coming into bloom ahead of the October harvest. https://camra.org.uk/press_release/cider-on-show-throughout-the-month-of-may/

Beer Breaks: the essential pocket guide to European beer travel (03/05/2022)
Beer lovers can now plan their next European getaway with Beer Breaks – the essential pocket guide to European beer travel, featuring over 30 destinations all easily accessible from the UK. https://camra.org.uk/press_release/beer-breaks-the-essential-pocket-guide-to-european-beer-travel/

Alight here! Next stop on the Pubs. Pints. People. tour is the Cotswolds (04/05/2022)
The popular CAMRA podcast Pubs. Pints. People. continues its UK tour by stopping off in the North Cotswolds to discuss everything railways and beers ahead of the local Ale & Steam festival taking place on 27th, 28th & 29th May. https://camra.org.uk/press_release/alight-here-next-stop-on-the-pubs-pints-people-tour-is-the-cotswolds/

Glasgow Real Ale Festival returns in June (06/05/2022)
Glasgow’s Real Ale Festival will return this June after a three-year hiatus due to COVID-19, taking place at the Briggait in the Merchant City from 16-18 June. https://camra.org.uk/press_release/glasgow-real-ale-festival-returns-in-june/

Harvey’s Brewery is once again recognised for producing the best bottled beer in Britain (05/05/2022)
Harvey’s Imperial Extra Double Stout has once again been crowned the Champion Bottled Beer of Britain in CAMRA’s prestigious annual award, which recognises the best bottle-conditioned real ale in the country. https://camra.org.uk/press_release/harveys-brewery-is-once-again-recognised-for-producing-the-best-bottled-beer-in-britain/


100 days until the Great British Beer Festival opens its doors to the public (25/04/2022)
Britain’s premier beer festival will be returning to London Olympia from 2-6 August 2022 following a two-year hiatus due to social distancing measures and crowd restrictions during the COVID-19 pandemic. https://camra.org.uk/press_release/100-days-until-the-great-british-beer-festival-opens-its-doors-to-the-public/

CAMRA joins a host of leading UK business voices in backing a new “Thank Holiday” (27/04/2022)
CAMRA has today joined a host of UK business leaders writing to the Prime Minister and Chancellor to back plans for a new bank holiday as research finds existing government figures have significantly overestimated the economic cost of public holidays. https://camra.org.uk/press_release/camra-joins-a-host-of-leading-uk-business-voices-in-backing-a-new-thank-holiday/

Head down to your local this bank holiday weekend says CAMRA (29/04/2022)
The Campaign for Real Ale’s “Summer of Pub” campaign officially launches this weekend, encouraging people to head down to the local to raise a pint to the first summer without restrictions after a difficult two years. https://camra.org.uk/press_release/head-down-to-your-local-this-bank-holiday-weekend-says-camra/

CAMRA’s Champion Bottled Beer of Britain competition returns (26/04/2022)
The Campaign for Real Ale’s Champion Bottled Beer of Britain competition will take place next Thursday the 5th May at the Coventry Beer Festival following a two-year hiatus due to the COVID-19 pandemic. https://camra.org.uk/press_release/press-notice-camras-champion-bottled-beer-of-britain-competition-returns/


CAMRA campaigns to boost pub trade this summer (14/04/2022)
The Campaign for Real Ale is gearing up to launch its “Summer of Pub” Campaign (2 May – 29 August) which encourages people to head down to their local and support the trade after an incredibly difficult two years. https://camra.org.uk/press_release/camra-campaigns-to-boost-pub-trade-this-summer/

Great British Beer Festival brewery line-up revealed (13/04/2022)
With just over 100 days to go until Britain’s largest beer festival, CAMRA has unveiled its brewery bar line-up – a chance for the nation’s best brewers to showcase their most innovative and exciting brews. https://camra.org.uk/press_release/great-british-beer-festival-brewery-line-up-revealed/

Cider campaigner scoops top award (12/04/2022)
CAMRA’s prestigious Campaigner of the Year award puts a face and a personality to campaigning for real ale, cider, perry, pubs or clubs and is given annually in recognition of exceptional and inspirational activism. https://camra.org.uk/press_release/cider-campaigner-scoops-top-award/

NI’s pub-goers call for further changes to alcohol laws ahead of first Easter with relaxed opening hours (14/04/2022)
CAMRA NI, the group representing beer drinkers and pub-goers in Northern Ireland, has welcomed the extended pub opening hours coming into force for the very first time this Easter weekend. https://camra.org.uk/press_release/nis-pub-goers-call-for-further-changes-to-alcohol-laws-ahead-of-the-first-easter-with-relaxed-opening-hours/


Newcastle plays host to popular CAMRA podcast (07/04/2022)
The Campaign for Real Ale’s popular podcast Pubs. Pints. People. has kicked off a new season by shining a spotlight on Newcastle ahead of the local Newcastle Beer & Cider Festival.
https://camra.org.uk/press_release/newcastle-plays-host-to-popular-camra-podcast/

The United Kingdom of Beer goes on tour (12/04/2022)
Award-winning author Adrian Tierney-Jones visits breweries and beer shops to discuss his selection of the best 250 beers from across the British Isles.
https://camra.org.uk/press_release/the-united-kingdom-of-beer-goes-on-tour/


CAMRA flexes its Learn & Discover arm with new content to further beer education (29/03/2022)
Award-winning beer writers Hollie Stephens, Ruvani de Silva, Adrian Tierney-Jones, Katie Mather and Matthew Curtis have all contributed new content across the platform in 2022.
https://camra.org.uk/press_release/camra-flexes-its-learn-discover-arm-with-new-content-to-further-beer-education/

Tickets now on sale for the Great British Beer Festival (30/03/2022)
Tickets for the Great British Beer Festival are now on sale, as Britain’s premier beer festival plans its return to Olympia London from 2-6 August, following a two-year hiatus due to the Covid-19 pandemic.
https://camra.org.uk/press_release/tickets-now-on-sale-for-the-great-british-beer-festival-2/


The CAMRA podcast goes ‘on tour’ this year (21/03/2022)
The popular CAMRA podcast Pubs. Pints. People. will go on tour this year with Season 5 kicking off in Newcastle on 6 April, boasting a new cast of voices and show format.
https://camra.org.uk/press_release/the-camra-podcast-goes-on-tour-this-year/

‘Farmgate’ exemption critical to cider’s survival (25/03/2022)
CAMRA has called for the Government to stand firm and continue its strong track record of supporting small cider makers.
https://camra.org.uk/press_release/farmgate-exemption-critical-to-ciders-survival/

Drinkers raise a glass to the return of Britain’s premier beer festival (25/03/2022)
CAMRA’s Great British Beer Festival returns following a two-year hiatus.
https://camra.org.uk/press_release/drinkers-raise-a-glass-to-the-return-of-britains-premier-beer-festival/

Tweaks to business support cancelled out by nosedive in disposable income for consumers (23/03/2022)
In response to the Chancellor’s Spring Statement, please find comment from Tom Stainer, Chief Executive of the Campaign for Real Ale:
https://camra.org.uk/press_release/camra-tweaks-to-business-support-cancelled-out-by-nosedive-in-disposable-income-for-consumers/


The Rose Inn in Nuneaton hosts historic 50th anniversary celebrations for CAMRA (14/03/2022)
Local CAMRA members will descend on The Rose Inn in Nuneaton to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the organisation’s very first national Annual General Meeting (AGM).
https://camra.org.uk/press_release/the-rose-inn-in-nuneaton-hosts-historic-50th-anniversary-celebrations-for-camra/

New CAMRA book highlighting the best brews in Britain hits bookshelves (18/03/2022)
A new book from renowned beer writer Adrian Tierney-Jones is now available to order as of 16 March, taking readers on a fascinating journey across the British Isles while exploring 250 of the finest beers available in bottles and cans.
https://camra.org.uk/press_release/new-camra-book-highlighting-the-best-brews-in-britain-hits-bookshelves/

Chancellor must take three key steps with Spring statement, say campaigners (17/03/2022)
CAMRA has written to Chancellor Rishi Sunak ahead of the Spring fiscal statement, urging Government to support pubs, clubs, brewers, and cider makers in the coming tax year.
https://camra.org.uk/press_release/chancellor-must-take-three-key-steps-with-spring-statement-say-campaigners/


CAMRA revamps accreditation scheme to include more great beers (10/03/2022)
CAMRA relaunches its ‘Real Ale in a Bottle’ accreditation scheme, with a new name and a bold new look.
https://camra.org.uk/press_release/camra-revamps-accreditation-scheme-to-include-more-great-beers/


Make business rates fairer to safeguard future of community pubs (25/02/2022)
CAMRA is urging the Government to radically reform the Business Rates system in England to make it fairer for local pubs.
https://camra.org.uk/press_release/make-business-rates-fairer-to-safeguard-future-of-community-pubs/


CAMRA shines a spotlight on women in beer this International Women’s Day (11/02/2022)
CAMRA will be celebrating female brewers in the run-up to International Women’s Day (8 March) by introducing a special edition beer box and brewer-led virtual tasting.
https://camra.org.uk/press_release/camra-shines-a-spotlight-on-women-in-beer-this-international-womens-day/

Ground-breaking report surveys the impact of COVID-19 on the pubs industry (11/02/2022)
The All-Party Parliamentary Group on Pubs (Pubs APPG) has launched its ground-breaking ‘Raising the Bar’ report, which aims to quantify the effect of the pandemic on pubs and the people who run them and identify opportunities to create a thriving pub sector.
https://camra.org.uk/press_release/ground-breaking-report-surveys-the-impact-of-covid-19-on-the-pubs-industry/


Inclusivity a priority in CAMRA’s future (31/01/2022)
CAMRA has launched a consultation into inclusivity, diversity, and equality within the Campaign and at its events.
https://camra.org.uk/press_release/inclusivity-a-priority-in-camras-future/

New research finds that small brewers are excluded from Government proposals to support beer and pubs (31/01/2022)
CAMRA and SIBA are urging the Treasury to amend tax plans to help small brewers and cask beer thrive.
https://camra.org.uk/press_release/new-research-finds-that-small-brewers-are-excluded-from-government-proposals-to-support-beer-and-pubs/

United Kingdom of Beer shines a spotlight on the best beer available in bottle and can in the British Isles (04/02/2022)
New book from renowned beer writer Adrian Tierney-Jones will take readers on a fascinating journey across the British Isles, exploring 250 of the finest beers available in bottles and cans.
https://camra.org.uk/press_release/united-kingdom-of-beer-shines-a-spotlight-on-the-best-beer-available-in-bottle-and-can-in-the-british-isles/

Game on! Olympics and Six Nations could be a huge boost for pubs, says CAMRA (04/02/2022)
Following months of restrictions and falling footfall, CAMRA is urging pub-goers to support their local by choosing to watch the Winter Olympic Highlights and Six Nations games down at the pub.
https://camra.org.uk/press_release/game-on-olympics-and-six-nations-could-be-a-huge-boost-for-pubs-says-camra/


Gordon Brown and Sadiq Khan among those recognised for their contribution to the beer and pubs industry by the Campaign for Real Ale (17/01/2022)
CAMRA announces the final round of Golden Awards, this time in the ‘People’ category. 68 individuals in total have been recognised, each of whom has been nominated directly by CAMRA members:
https://camra.org.uk/press_release/gordon-brown-and-sadiq-khan-among-those-recognised-for-their-contribution-to-the-beer-and-pubs-industry-by-the-campaign-for-real-ale/

Support NI’s local pubs & breweries as restrictions are lifted (20/01/2022)
In response to the Executive’s decision to lift restrictions for pubs from 26th January, please find comment from Chairperson of pubgoers group the Campaign for Real Ale NI Ruth Sloan:
https://camra.org.uk/press_release/support-nis-local-pubs-breweries-as-restrictions-are-lifted/