Here’s news of some of what’s happening in and around our branch area over the next few weeks.
Our May monthly meeting will be at the NCI Centre on Holland Street from 20.00 on Tuesday 14 May. 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. June’s meeting will be at the Wylde Sky Brewery in Linton.
Mild in May
May is the month when CAMRA celebrates one of the less commonly brewed styles of British beer, Mild. It’s a popular misconception that milds have to have a low ABV. When the style was developed in the late 18th and 19th centuries it was brewed to satisfy customers who desired something slightly sweeter and less aggressively hopped than porters. The Kingston Arms, Kingston Street has Mighty Oak’s Oscar Wilde on as a regular while the Free Press, Prospect Row has Greene King XX Mild. Check these out and see if you can find other examples in our pubs and at our beer festival.
Cambridge Beer Festival
We’re counting the days until the 46th Cambridge Beer Festival, on Jesus Green. 200+ real ales, 80+ ciders and perries, international beers, mead, wine, cheese and more.
One of the biggest in the country, the festival is organised and run entirely by volunteers. Volunteers are needed not just while we are open, but during set-up and take-down too. Volunteering is fun and fulfilling. Both new and experienced volunteers are welcome. You can volunteer online. If you want to learn a bit more about what’s involved you could attend one of our Meet the Volunteers events. These are from 18.00–21.00 on Tuesday 30 April in the Alexandra Arms on Gwydir Street and 18.00–21.00 on Wednesday 1 May in the Haymakers, Chesterton High Street.
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.
East Anglian Beer & Cider Festival. 1–4 May. Organised by West Suffolk branch of CAMRA in the Apex and Charter Square, Arc Shopping Centre, Bury St Edmunds. 150 real ales. 30 ciders. Festival food. Sound stage with full entertainment programme.
Blue Moon, Norfolk Street. 2 May. Tap Takeover and Meet the Brewer event featuring Peckham based Brick Brewery. Reggae Kitchen food van.
Six Bells, Fulbourn. 2–6 May. 8th Annual Beer Festival. Over 20 beers and ciders. Live music and family fun all the bank holiday weekend.
White Lion, Sawston. 2–6 May. Beer Festival. Bouncy castle all weekend. Live music.
Haverhill Arts Centre. 3–5 May. 3rd Haverhill Beer Weekend (in collaboration with Nethergate Brewery). 18 local and national real ales plus cider. Gin bar. Live music Saturday night. Free entry to CAMRA members.
Bottisham Community S&SC. 3–10 May. Beer, Cider & Gin Festival at our Club of the Year. Lots of cask ales, real ciders and perries. Includes Family Snail Race Night on Saturday, karaoke on Sunday and Family Fun Day on Monday.
Sun Inn, Waterbeach. 3–6 May. 11th Beer & Music Festival. Lots of cask ales and real ciders. Barbecue/braai on Sunday afternoon. Live music Saturday evening (The Machines) and Sunday afternoon (Split Whiskers and Friends).
Green Man, Grantchester. 3–6 May. Beltane Brew Ballyhoo! Beer & Music Festival. Over 80 real ales and other beers, real ciders and perries and lagers. Food at all sessions. Bands and DJs all weekend.
White Horse Inn, Swavesey. 3–6 May. Mayfest 2019. 28 cask ales and 6 real ciders. Live music. Tug of War and Barrel Rolling competitions.
Little Rose, Haslingfield. 3–6 May. Gin & Beer Festival. 16 beers, 25 gins, 3 ciders. Food. Live music. Pets corner.
Dyke’s End, Reach. 3–6 May. Beer Festival to include Reach Fair on Bank Holiday Monday.
Flying Pig, Hills Road. 4 May. Pigfest 2019. Live music all day raising money for charity and for Strawberry Fair.
Bell Inn, Balsham. 4–6 May. Beer Festival. Beer, cider, lager, fun activities.
Wicken Beer Festival on Wicken Recreation Ground. 11 May. Over 20 real ales plus real ciders. Live music.
Cambridge Guildhall Council Chamber, Market Square. 11 May, 15.00–16.00. This Year’s Trend: Local Craft Beer. As part of Eat Cambridge food and drink festival, chaired by food journalist Andrew Webb, a panel of brewers talk about how local breweries are changing Cambridge’s appetite for high quality, small batch beer.
Pint Shop, Peas Hill. 11–12 May. Tap Takeover by Cambridge area breweries and a cidermaker as part of Eat Cambridge food and drink festival. Featuring Crafty Beers, Calverley’s, Milton, Moonshine, Wylde Sky, Lord Conrad, Three Blind Mice, Cambridge Craft Beer Company and BrewBoard plus Cambridge Cider Company.
Waggon & Horses, Milton. 16–19 May. Beer & Cider Festival. Beer tent. Food truck from 18.00 on Thursday. Live music and Prosecco on Friday. Breakfast until 14.00, barbecue and pizzas in the evening and fancy dress 80s disco on Saturday. Breakfast until 14.00, bar food 12–19.30 and fundraiser for Milton Cricket Club on Sunday. Table tennis and pétanque all weekend.
Thirsty, Chesterton Road. 16–19 May. Tap Takeover by Wylam. Ten of their beers.
Pint of Science, Cambridge. 20–22 May. Absorb some science as well as beer. Scientific talks in Novi, Regent Street, Thirsty, Chesterton Road, the Maypole, Portugal Place, the Cambridge Brewhouse, King Street, the Panton Arms, Panton Street, the Castle Bar, St Andrew’s Street, the Emperor, Hills Road, the Waterman, Chesterton Road and the Granta, Newnham Road. Most events will sell out so book tickets in advance.
Maypole, Portugal Place. 20–25 May. Beer Festival. Five minutes walk from our beer festival. Open 11.30–midnight.
Lion & Lamb, Milton. 23–27 May. 8th Beer & Cider Festival. Over 40 real ales and ciders. Beer tent. Adults only area. Family area with children’s play area. Food including hog-roast. Live music. CAMRA offer : free beer festival t-shirt with first order while stocks last.
Tickell Arms, Whittlesford. 24–26 May. Beer Festival. 25+ real ales and ciders. SmokeWorks BBQ and live music.
Keep an eye out for a new pub in Cambridge. BrewDog have applied for a premises license for what used to be Cau on Bene’t Street.
Pub news and beer scoring
We’re always keen to receive news about our pubs, breweries and cider makers. If you have some, please email us. Members’ beer scores also help to keep us informed and influence our Good Beer Guide entry selection. It’s easy to do. It can be done using the Good Beer Guide app or 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.