Here’s news of some of what’s happening in and around our branch area over the next few weeks.
Our February monthly meeting will be at the Mill on Mill Lane from 8pm on Tuesday 11 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 Corner House on Newmarket Road.
Could you be a pub’s CAMRA contact? We are always keen to know what’s going on at pubs in our area. We are looking for members be become a CAMRA contact for each of our pubs. The contact would need to visit the pub regularly, know the licensee/staff and be able to pass on news to us. The news could be changes in the beers they offer, upcoming beer festivals, planned refurbishments, licensees celebrating decades at the pub etc. Members can be a contact for a single pub or for several. If you are willing to become a CAMRA contact, email Ali and let him know which pubs you could be a contact for.
Our branch has moved its Annual General Meeting to February to separate it from our Winter festival, Christmas and the New Year. This year it will on Tuesday 18 February from 8pm at the University Social Club on Mill Lane. We’ll receive the branch accounts and reports from some of our officers and will elect people to run the branch for the next year. There is scope for others to take on roles in the branch but you’re also very welcome if you just want to attend. We’re also laying on a free buffet.
Good Beer Guide.
There are three weeks remaining for branch members to mark pubs on the shortlist for inclusion in CAMRA’s Good Beer Guide. This year’s shortlist consists of 55 pubs. We would like you to choose which pubs should be our 26 entries in the 2021 Guide. Please look at the shortlist and assess all the pubs on it that you have visited in the last six months. You can do this online (revisable) or in person at our monthly meeting, on February’s Strolling Social or at our AGM (18 February) when marking closes.
February Strolling Social.
On Saturday 15 February we will have a slower paced strolling social. It is scheduled so that members can mark the pubs that have been shortlisted for inclusion in the 2021 Good Beer Guide. Come along for the whole day or just one or two pubs. We’ll be in the Live & Let Live, Mawson Road from noon until 1:30. We’ll move on to the Mill on Mill Lane (1:50 to 3:20), the Maypole, Portugal Place (3:30 to 5:00) before finishing up at the Haymakers, Chesterton High Street (5:30 to 7)
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.
Sun Inn, Waterbeach. 31 January. Meet the Brewer Night hosted by Laine Brew Co of Brighton.
Great British Beer Festival Winter at New Bingley Hall, Birmingham. 4-8 February.
Blue Moon, Norfolk Street. 6 February. Tap takeover by Brew York with the Guerrilla Kitchen food van.
Maypole, Portugal Place. 6 February. Belgian Beer Night. Launching La Chouffe on tap. Belgian beer inspired menu and much more.
Booze in the Pews, St Ives. 6-8 February. All Saints Church, St Ives. 16 real ales, real ciders & bottled beers.
Robinson College Beer Festival in the Red Brick Café Bar, Robinson College. 8 February.
February Strolling Social & Good Beer Guide marking event. 15 February (see above).
Cambridge & District CAMRA Annual General Meeting at the University Social Club, Mill Lane. 18 February from 8 (see above).
Stevenage Beer & Cider Festival, Stevenage Arts & Leisure Centre. 20-22 February. North Hertfordshire CAMRA host this festival just 2 minutes from the rail and bus stations.
Booze on the Ouse, Priory Centre, St Neots. 12-14 March. Huntingdonshire CAMRA host this festival a short walk from where the X5 bus from Cambridge drops off.
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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