Branch Pub of the Year
The selection process for our next Branch POTY begins soon and this year we're inviting all CAMRA
members in the Branch area to put forward pubs which they feel should be considered for the award.
To make your nomination please get in touch with the editor
saying why you think the pub deserves recognition and stating your membership number.
We'll shortly also begin choosing pubs for inclusion in the Good Beer Guide 2013 (!) so, again,
let us know of any pubs which in your opinion merit an entry.
Ivor Watkins tells us that he has available 147 full bottles of beer, all in good nick,
and mostly celebratory brews for weddings, historic events etc. They're largely from the period 1977 to
1983 so many are from now-deceased breweries. For more info, please contact Ivor on 01263 579511 –
he's happy to supply a detailed list.
City of Cambridge Brewery
For some years now, City of Cambridge beers have been contract-brewed,
initially by Wolf Brewery of Attleborough, Norfolk and more recently by Elgoods of Wisbech.
Owner Steve Draper has now sold the business to Wolf. They have committed themselves to start
brewing the beers locally again and are actively searching for suitable premises in Cambridge.
In the meantime Elgoods will continue to produce the beers.
GK have announced a new scheme called Local Hero, focused on pubs which have seen a
slip in barrelage in recent years. Licensees selected for the scheme will be able to source
microbrewery beers within a 20 mile radius and take up to 50% of the real ale offer alongside GK beers.
They'll be given a 25% discount on existing rent and £100 a barrel discount on GK ales – but will pay a
6% royalty on set turnover. GK have a target of converting 50 pubs to the concept.
Jon tells us that August was a very busy month for the brewery and saw the launch of Gubbins,
a new wheat beer. He next aims to recreate Pheasant's Rise, the beer that started it all.
Lord Conrad's Gubbins Pie is a collaboration with Cam Cattle, who graze the cows on Cambridge common
land – it's a marinaded steak in ale pie with lashings of Gubbins gravy – order from Cam Cattle.
The brewery's annual wild hop pick yielded abundant results – one good thing about the guided bus is
that soil disturbance has awakened ancient hop vines along its route. The hops will be used to brew
Hedgerow Hop next spring.