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Campaign for Real Ale


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Sneak peek! Three of the world’s greatest beers, according to Pete Brown (01/07/2022)
Celebrated beer writer Pete Brown is one of eight award-winning authors, influencers and experts who has used their expertise to compile World’s Greatest Beers, featuring 250 of the best beers from around the world.

American craft beers to celebrate Independence Day (01/07/2022)
As America gears up to celebrate its Independence Day on the 4th of July, the Brewers Association’s American Craft Beer Ambassador for Europe, Lotte Peplow, has exclusively shared her favourite American craft beers, the majority of which are available to purchase here in the UK.

CAMRA comment on the release of a report by Alcohol Focus Scotland, proposing new and sweeping restrictions on alcohol marketing (28/06/2022)
In response to the Realising Our Rights: How to protect people from alcohol marketing report from Alcohol Focus Scotland, please find the below comment from CAMRA Chairman Nik Antona.

Homebrew Competition debuts at the Great British Beer Festival (21/06/2022)
The Campaign for Real Ale’s flagship beer festival will host a new competition this year to find the very best home brewed beer in the UK, with fantastic prizes for top homebrewers.

Take part in nationwide #CheerstoBeer this Wednesday (13/06/2022)
This Wednesday (15 June), thousands of CAMRA members up and down the country will be raising a pint to celebrate the nation’s favourite drink for Beer Day Britain and Beer Day NI, which culminates with a national ‘cheers to beer’ at 7pm.

Free event helps publicans develop creative spaces in their pub (14/06/2022)
Creative Lives has developed an ideas-packed event to help publicans across England welcome creativity into their pub, taking place on 28 June from 9:30 am – 11:00am.

The Great British Beer Festival is “an unmissable event” says Cask Marque (17/06/2022)
Cask Marque is urging it’s 80,000 ‘ale-trailers’ to make the Great British Beer Festival an “unmissable” stop in their beer exploration travels this summer.

Enjoy the sunshine and support community pubs in Bristol (17/06/2022)
Bristol & District CAMRA are celebrating a Summer of Pub this Saturday (18 June) with a pub walk through Kingsdown and Cotham. The trail includes Good Beer Guide regulars, Grade II listed buildings and a great selection of local and nationally acclaimed beers and ciders.

Northants campaigners demand help with energy bills to save the Great British local (17/06/2022)
Pubs goers and beer drinkers in Northamptonshire are asking a local MP to fight for help for local pubs so they can meet the soaring cost of energy bills – which are putting local pubs under threat of permanent closure.

Laura Hadland wins Gourmand ‘Best Beer Book in the World’ for CAMRA biography (06/06/2022)
Laura Hadland’s book, 50 Years of CAMRA, has been named Best Beer Book in the World at the 2022 Gourmand Awards.

“Make mine a pint!”, CAMRA tells Government as they look to change weights and measures laws (08/06/2022)
The Campaign for Real Ale is arguing that return of the Crown mark on pint glasses should be matched with a change in the law to make sure drinkers always get a full pint of beer at the bar.

Let’s celebrate Pub Pride! (27/05/2022)
The Campaign for Real Ale is calling on people to celebrate Pub Pride on 27 May as part of its Summer of Pub campaign to encourage pub-going over the summer months.

Press notice: Volunteer case studies available for Volunteers Week (1-7 June) (27/05/2022)
With Volunteers Week just around the corner (1-7 June), the Campaign for Real Ale is highlighting some of its fantastic volunteers who have helped make CAMRA what it is today.

CAMRA urge Heineken to think again about closure of Edinburgh’s Caledonian Brewery (26/05/2022)
CAMRA, the Campaign for Real Ale, has hit out at the decision to close Caledonian Brewery – the last major brewery in Edinburgh – saying it is ‘devastating’ news for Scotland’s brewing heritage.

Cider makers call for change (20/05/2022)
As part of its biannual Cider Month celebration the Campaign for Real Ale (CAMRA) has joined forces with makers of real cider and perry from across the UK to call for tax reforms that will support high-quality cider.

Discover 250 of the world’s greatest beers available here in the UK (20/05/2022)
Pre-orders are now available for World’s Greatest Beers, a collection of personally selected beers from across the globe that will excite, interest, and intrigue you.

Design your own local Beer Break! (20/05/2022)
The Campaign for Real Ale has launched a competition to accompany the release of its latest title Beer Breaks, which features over 30 unique travel destinations that boast a brilliant beer scene.

Media passes now available for the Great British Beer Festival (12/05/2022)
Media can now apply for press passes for the trade day at the Great British Beer Festival

Jonny Garrett creates bespoke videos to support independents and cask ale for CAMRA (12/05/2022)
Jonny Garrett, has created two new and informative video guides explaining key issues impacting brewers and pubs and what we as drinkers can do to support them.

Join beer expert and author Tim Webb for an online chat about Beer Breaks (12/05/2022)
Tim Webb will be available to talk through the findings of his recent publication Beer Breaks in a special zoom event taking place on Thursday 19 May at 7pm.

A Year in Beer by Jonny Garrett awarded ‘Drink Book of the Year’ by Fortnum & Mason (13/05/2022)
A Year in Beer: The Beer Lover’s Guide to the Seasons by Jonny Garrett won the Fortnum & Mason’s Drink Book of the Year 2022 last night (12 May).

Actor Anna Maxwell Martin launches ‘Thank Brew’ charity beer to mark Jubilee celebrations (13/05/2022)
Actor Anna Maxwell Martin has poured the first pint of Thank Brew at the Old Queen’s Head Pub in London this week marking the launch of the new limited-edition beer brewed for the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee Weekend.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

‘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.

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.

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:

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).

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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:

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: