Here’s news of some of what’s happening in and around our branch area over the next few weeks.
Our October monthly meeting will be at the Rose & Crown, Histon from 8pm on Tuesday 9 October. Our monthly meetings, on the second Tuesday of the month, are open to all branch members. Feel free to attend, hear what’s going on and have a chat over a beer or two. November’s meeting will be at the Earl of Beaconsfield on Mill Road.
Apples and pears
It’s a very busy time of year for cider and perry producers. Apples and pears are ready for gathering and they just can’t get enough. If you have apple or pear trees and have more fruit than you can cope with how about letting local cider producer Simon Gibson work his magic on it? Email him and he’ll turn your excess fruit into cider and perry.
October strolling social
We have our next strolling social on Saturday 13 October and will be visiting some of the pubs close to the route of the Citi 7 bus, spending 30 minutes to an hour in each pub. Turn up when you like and leave as you wish. If the weather is decent there’ll be a bit of walking. If it’s bad there will be more bus hopping. We’ll start at noon at the Ickleton Lion. Hopefully we’ll be able to go via the Red Lion, Hinxton before visiting the Plough and the John Barleycorn in Duxford. We’ll then bus hop and walk via the Chequers, Pampisford and end up at the White Lion and Kings Head in Sawston. If the weather is too bad we will miss out Hinxton & Pampisford and add on pubs in Stapleford and Great Shelford. For more details emailme.
Local beer events
These are just some of the beer and cider events taking place in and around our branch area over the next few weeks. Our own website and local blog Pints & Pubs have Events sections that list these and more.
The Mitre, Bridge Street. 4 October. Ilkley Brewery Showcase.
The Waggon & Horses, Milton 1st Birthday Party Weekend. 4–7 October. 17 ales, 6 ciders and a large variety of gins. Live music.
The Blue Moon, Norfolk Street. 5 October. Twisted Barrel Tap Takeover with 10 of their beers plus Guerrilla Kitchen’s Meatless food van.
6 October. The Huntingdonshire branch of CAMRA are having a cider & perry social in St Neots. Cambridge branch members are welcome to attend. They’ll be starting at midday in the Pig n Falcon and at 2pm will move on to the Ale Taster. Attendees might also be interested in the beer festival at St Neots Town FC. St Neots is accessible from Cambridge on the X5 bus that has toilet facilities. For more details email Ian.
The Red Lion, Swaffham Prior. 10 October. Meet the Brewer Night with Bateman’s Head Brewer, Scott Lawrence. They’ll have at least 4 of their ales. The fun will also include a beer quiz with liquid prizes.
The Regal, St Andrew’s Street. 10–21 October. Wetherspoon Autumn real ale & cider festival. 30 ales and 5 ciders.
Cambridge Eddington Craft Beer Festival. 11–13 October. At Storey’s Field Centre, the new community centre for the Northwest Cambridge development. Over 20 different beers as well as wines, spirits, food, live music & DJs. This is a ticketed event.
The Mill, Mill Lane. 11–22 October. Battle of the Brewers. Which beer from their selection from local breweries is best? You decide.
The Maypole, Portugal Place. 17 October. Belgian Beer Tap Takeover.
Booze on the Ouse, Burgess Hall, St Ives. 18–20 October. 66 cask ales, 10 KeyKeg beers, 16 ciders.
The Petersfield, Sturton Street. Beer Festival. 22–27 October. 10% off keg beer and 20% off cask ale for CAMRA and Petersfield Perks cardholders.
Norwich Beer Festival, St Andrew’s & Blackfriars’ Halls, Norwich. 22–27 October. 200 cask ales, 70 real ciders plus beers from continental Europe.
The Teversham Club, Teversham. Beer Festival. 2–4 November. Local beers & ciders. Food and live music.
The Crown Inn, Ashley Beer Festival. 9–11 November.
Don’t miss out on our Cambridge Beer Festival Winter. It will take place in the University Social Club on Mill Lane and will run from 14–17 November. Put it in your diaries! In future we will run two festivals a year with six months between them.
Pub news & beer scoring
We’re always keen to receive news about our pubs, breweries and cider makers. If you have some, please e-mail us. Members’ beer scores also help to keep us informed and influence our Good Beer Guide entry selection. It’s easy to do via WhatPub, either from your phone while you are in the pub or from home afterwards.
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