Around the branch in February

Here is Ali’s monthly roundup of events around the branch.  If you are a branch member and do not get this by email, please check that we have your current email address.  You can do this via the national website, log in and then click on ‘edit your membership information’. If you get stuck, you can call the membership department on 01727 798440.

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

Monthly Meetings.

Our February monthly meeting will be at the Royal Standard on Mill Road from 8pm on Tuesday 12 February. 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. March’s meeting will be at the Greyhound in Sawston.

Good Beer Guide.

Our branch members are currently marking the pubs that made the shortlist to be our 26 entries in the 2020 Good Beer Guide. The deadline for marking is Sunday 10 February. Please mark the shortlisted pubs that you have visited in the last six months. Marking can be done online or in person at a marking social which will be in the Castle Inn on Castle Street between noon and 2:30pm on 9 February. If you mark online you can return and revise your marks as often as you like until marking closes. Mark early, mark often.

Strolling Social.

Our first Strolling Social of 2019 will be on Saturday 16 February when we’ll be visiting venues around Mitcham’s Corner in Cambridge. 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 Boathouse. Our second stop will be somewhere you might not have visited before, the NCI on Holland Street. We shall then move on to the Portland Arms before crossing over to the Waterman. Next up will be Thirsty. We’ll then visit the Old Spring on Ferry Path before rounding off the day at the Fort St George on Midsummer Common. For more information email me.

Other Local Beer Events.

These are just some of the beer and ciders 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 Maltings, Ely. 24-26 January. 10th Elysian Winter Beer Festival run by Ely & District CAMRA. Over 85 ales and over 20 ciders & perries.

Thirsty & Hungry opens at 62-64 King Street in early February.

Red Brick Café Bar, Robinson College, Grange Road. 2 February. 10th Robinson College Beer Festival.

Booze in the Pews, All Saints’ Church, St Ives. 8-9 February. Winter ales, local ciders, continental beers & lagers, wine and homemade food. Raising funds for All Saints’ Church. Booze in the Pews is different from the Booze on the Ouse festivals which are run by Huntingdonshire CAMRA.

Good Beer Guide Marking. Saturday 9 February from noon until 2:30pm at the Castle Inn, Castle Street.

Blue Moon, Norfolk Street. 14 February. Tap Takeover by Brew by Numbers. With the Pimp my Fish food van.

Sutton Beer Festival Winter Beer Festival, St Andrew’s Church, Sutton. 15-16 February. Raising funds for St Andrew’s Church.

Great British Beer Festival Winter in The Halls, Norwich. 19-23 February.

Booze on the Ouse Beer & Cider Festival at the Priory Centre, St Neots. 14-16 March. Run by Huntingdonshire CAMRA.

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. Please also use WhatPub to give us feedback on the pubs you visit, especially if you discover inaccuracies in the pub’s entry.

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