Around the branch in December

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

Monthly meetings

Our December monthly meeting will be at the Maypole on Portugal Place from 8pm on Tuesday 11 December. 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. January’s meeting will be at the Carpenter’s Arms on Victoria Road.

ALE magazine

The new issue of our ALE magazine came out recently. Look out for it in the pubs you visit. The front cover has a picture of some of us enjoying a beer in front of the fire at the Plough and Fleece in Horningsea.

Good Beer Guide

Thank you to all who nominated pubs for the 2020 Good Beer Guide. We have used the nominations and members’ beer scores to draw up a shortlist. Members can now mark the shortlisted pubs that they have visited in the last six months. Marking can be done online or in person at a marking social in early February. If you mark online you can return and revise your marks as often as you like until marking closes on 10 February.

Cambridge & District CAMRA beer festivals

We hope you enjoyed our recent Cambridge Beer Festival Winter. Many thanks to all the volunteers who organised and ran it. Plans are already advanced for the 46th Cambridge Beer Festival on Jesus Green, 20–25 May.

Strolling social

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. We’ll be spending 30 minutes to an hour in each pub. Turn up when you like and leave as you wish. We’ll gather from noon beside the river at the Cutter on Annesdale. Our second stop will be the Drayman’s Son on Forehill before going up the hill to 3@3 on Three Cups Walk. Our next ports of call will be the Townhouse on Market Street followed by the Minster Tavern on Minster Place. We’ll then walk to the West End House on West End before heading back to the Prince Albert on Silver Street and rounding the day off down the road at the Fountain. For more details email me.

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.

Thirsty Wintergarten at the Gonville Hotel each weekend until New Year’s Eve. Craft keg beers, gourmet food vans, tipis, fire-pits etc.

Devonshire Arms, Devonshire Road. Beer Festival. 30 November–2 December. Up to 18 beers and 6–8 ciders plus mulled mead. Live music Friday and Saturday nights and an acoustic set on Sunday afternoon.

Mill Road Winter Fair. 1 December. Enjoy the fair and visit some of the pubs in the area. Santa and reindeer will be at the Cambridge Blue.

Blue Moon, Norfolk Street. 6 December. Tap Takeover by Brew York.

Cambridge & District CAMRA Young Members Meet and Social. 8 December. It starts at 5pm at the Earl of Beaconsfield, Mill Road but then moves on. For more details, email Dan.

Flying Pig, Hill Road. 8 December. Book Launch. “A Disorderly House”: The colourful but murky, occasionally bawdy, and often really rather dodgy history of the Flying Pig. Written by musician and broadcaster Nick Barraclough.

Thirsty, Chesterton Road (Mitcham’s Corner). 12 December. Tap Takeover and Meet the Brewer by Cloudwater.

Black Bull, Balsham. 21–23 December. Winter Beer Festival. Beers from regional, primarily small, breweries plus guest ale favorites.

Cambridge CAMRA Coach Tour. 19 January. This event is restricted to CAMRA members. For more details and to book your seat email our Social Secretary, Clive.

The Maltings, Ely. 24–26 January. 10th Elysian Winter Beer Festival run by Ely & District CAMRA. Over 85 ales and over 20 ciders and perries.

Pub news and 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.