Around the branch in October

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

Monthly Meetings.

Our October monthly meeting will be at the Bell Inn, Bottisham from 8pm on Tuesday 8 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 Queen Edith on Wulfstan Way.

Good Beer Guide.

CAMRA’s 2020 Good Beer Guide was released a couple of weeks ago. We are currently asking members to nominate pubs that they have visited this year that they think should be considered for the 2021 Guide. Pubs need multiple nominations to get on the short list so don’t hold back from nominating just because you think someone else will. You can nominate online or in person at monthly meetings or at our beer festival in November.

October Strolling Social.

Our October Strolling Social will be on Saturday 12th. This time we’ll be joining up with CAMRA’s London Pubs Group who have chosen Cambridge for their 2019 out of London trip. They have chosen the route and we’ll tag along enjoying the beers and each other’s company. We’ll meet up at the Maypole at midday. Spending roughly an hour in each pub we’ll also visit the Champion of the Thames, Elm Tree, Free Press, Cambridge Blue and the Old Ticket Office before finishing up at the Flying Pig when it opens at 7. Join when you like and leave as you wish. For more details check our website or email me.

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.

Old Ticket Office, Station Square. 26 September. Tap Takeover by Siren Craft Brew.

Chestnut Tree, West Wratting. 26-29 September. Local Favourites Beer Festival. Beers from Cambridgeshire, Norfolk and Suffolk chosen by pub regulars. Charity Quiz and Cheese Night on Thursday. Karaoke on Friday. The Kitsch Hen pop-up kitchen and live music from Goat Patrol on Saturday. Family day with bouncy castle and Hog Roast plus darts tournament on Sunday.

Willingham Beer Festival. 27-28 September. Willingham Social Club, Fen End, Willingham. Cask & keg beers plus ciders and gins. Live music both days.

Bedford Beer & Cider Festival, Bedford Corn Exchange. 2-5 October. North Bedfordshire CAMRA run festival with 140 real ale in casks plus some in keykeg. International beers. 50 real ciders & perries. Also wine & mead.

Blue Moon, Norfolk Street. 3 October. Tap Takeover by Turning Point brewery with Buffalo Joe’s food van.

Maypole, Portugal Place. 3-5 October. Oktoberfest. Genuine Oktoberfest beers in 2 pint steins. German food all day.

White Lion, Sawston. 4 October. Tap Takeover and Meet the Brewer event featuring Grain brewery. Design your own beer.

Regal, St Andrew’s Street. 9-20 October. Beer Festival.

Booze on the Ouse Beer & Cider Festival, Burgess Hall, St Ives. 17-19 October. Huntingdonshire CAMRA run festival with 70 cask ales, 10 keg beers and 16 ciders & perries.

Turpin’s Brewery, Pampisford. 19 October. Open day with live music and street food.

Norwich Beer Festival, St Andrew’s & Blackfriars’ Halls, Norwich. 21-26 October. Norwich & Norfolk CAMRA run festival with 200 cask conditioned British real ales. Draught and bottled beers from continental Europe. 70 traditional ciders & perries.

Blue Moon, Norfolk Street. 7 November. Tap Takeover by Three Hills brewery with Buffalo Joe’s food van.

Cambridge Oktoberfest, Jesus Green. 8-9 November. This is not a CAMRA event. A single beer brewed for them in Bavaria. German food and music.

Cambridge Beer Festival Winter, University Social Club, Mill Lane. 13-16 November. Cambridge & District CAMRA present British & continental European beers including winter ales. Real ciders & perries.

Pub News & 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.

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