Around the branch in November

Here’s news of some of what’s happening in and around our branch area over the next few weeks.

Wylde Sky Brewery and Taproom

Wylde Sky recently started brewing in Unit 8A on the Grip Industrial Estate, Linton. In mid-November it will be opening its own taproom that you’ll be able to visit on Thursday and Friday evenings and on Saturdays. Its first beers were a Saison and an APA. A Kölsch style beer is next in line.

Monthly meetings

Our November monthly meeting will be at the Earl of Beaconsfield on Mill Road from 8pm on Tuesday 13 November. 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. December’s meeting will be at the Maypole on Portugal Place.


Our branch holds its Annual General Meeting in November. This year it’s on Tuesday 20 from 8pm in the Bramwell Lounge of the University Social Club on Mill Lane. We’ll receive the branch accounts and reports from some of our officers and elect people to run the branch for the next year. There’ll also be a free buffet.

Good Beer Guide

We’re currently at the nomination stage for the 2020 Good Beer Guide. Branch members can nominate the pubs they have visited this year that they think should be considered. Pubs need multiple nominations to get shortlisted. Nominating, which runs until 20 November, can be done in person at our AGM or online. From 24 November you’ll be able to use the same site to mark the shortlisted pubs.

Cambridge & District CAMRA beer festivals

The biggest branch event this month is Cambridge Beer Festival Winter. It takes place in the University Social Club on Mill Lane 14–17 November. Although we haven’t previously held a festival in November we hope that this festival will take the best bits of our Octoberfest and Winter Ale Festival and roll them into one.

Other 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 Blue Moon, Norfolk Street. 1 November. Tap Takeover by Gypsy Hill Brewery.

The Three Horseshoes, Stapleford. Beer Festival. 1–4 November. A selection of ales. A variety of gins. Food and entertainment.

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. 10 ales and 5 ciders. Barbecue and live music on Friday and Saturday night.

The Maypole, Portugal Place. 15 November. Tap Takeover by Pampisford based brewery, Turpin’s.

Thirsty Wintergarten opens. 16 November. This year Thirsty Wintergarten will be located at the Gonville Hotel and will run each weekend until New Year’s Eve. Craft keg beers, gourmet food vans, tipis, fire-pits etc.

Mill Road Winter Fair. 1 December. Enjoy the fair and visit some of the pubs in the area.

Looking ahead…

Our final Strolling Social of 2018 will be on Saturday 15 December when we’ll go out of our branch area and visit some of the best pubs in Ely. More details in December’s email.

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.