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 CAMRA launches General Election CampaignCAMRA Manifesto Support Logo

With voters heading to the polls on 7th May, now is the perfect time to ensure pubs and real ale are priorities for the next Government.

CAMRA has now launched its General Election campaign and has produced a Manifesto for Pubs and Real Ale.
So far more than 570 candidates (including insert number in insert constituency / branch area) have pledged to:
– Support well-run community pubs
– Promote Britain’s 1,300 breweries
– Represent pub-goers and beer drinkers
CAMRA’s goal is to improve on the 670 candidates who supported us before the 2010 General Election.
CAMRA’s Head of Communications Tom Stainer said: “CAMRA now has around 170,000 members, more than many of the main political parties, so it’s important politicians listen to and reflect the views of our members when it comes to real ale, real cider and perry and pubs.
“Supporting pubs as vital community assets as well as ensuring Britain’s brewing industry gets the support it deserves should be high on any prospective candidates list of priorities.”
Please help support this campaign by:
• Urging your Parliamentary Candidates to sign our pledges
• Ask your Candidate to support CAMRA’s Manifesto via our General Election website: http://ge2015.camra.org.uk/
• Organise a meeting with your local candidates to discuss how they can support CAMRA’s key campaigns
• Attend Hustings events in your local area and ask questions about beer and pubs (for question suggestions contact campaigns@camra.org.uk)
• Use social media to promote the campaign by tweeting @CAMRA_Official or using #ge2015
• Share this campaign: Tell your friends and family all about how they can also get involved

 Key Campaign: Stop Tax Killing Beer & Pubs

Ahead of the Chancellor’s Budget announcement on 18 March we have been working hard to try and secure a historic third consecutive cut in beer duty.

To put forward the case we commissioned a report from the Centre for Economic and Business Research (Cebr) which highlights the benefits of two consecutive beer duty cuts and how they have benefited beer drinkers and pub-goers. We are launching the report on Monday, 23 February.

We urge all members to write to their MPs ahead of the announcement to ensure this year is yet another success for beer drinkers.

Key Campaign: Secure an Effective Government Support Package for Pubs

We continue to put pressure on the Government to strengthen planning laws in England to protect pubs from being demolished or converted without a say from the community. Last month, almost 4,000 members lobbied their local MPs to support an amendment to the Infrastructure Bill which would close those planning loopholes. The Government has bowed to the mounting pressure by promising urgent action to protect current and future pubs listed as Assets of Community Value. These changes should come into effect before the General Election.

While we still want the Government to go further in protecting all pubs through planning laws this is a great first step in the right direction. We are now urging members to start listing their local pub as an Asset of Community Value before they are under threat.

For more information on how to list your local please visit our campaigns page on the CAMRA website or contact our planning advisor Matt Brown by email.

Champion Winter Beer of Britain crowned at National Winter Ales Festival

CAMRA’s Champion Winter Beer of Britain (CWBoB) 2015 competition was held on Wednesday, 11 February at the National Winter Ales Festival in Derby.

The overall winners were:

Gold – Elland Brewery – 1872 Porter
Silver – Purple Moose – Darkside of the Moose
Bronze – Dancing Duck – Dark Drake
You can find the full list of class winners for this year here.

Landmark victory for beer drinkers, pub goers and licensees as Government defeated in Commons vote

Tim Page, CAMRA Chief Executive said:

“Today’s landmark Parliamentary vote helps secure the future of pubs. CAMRA is delighted that, after ten years of our campaigning, MPs have today voted to introduce a market rent only option for licensees tied to the large pub companies – a move that will secure the future of the Great British Pub. 

“The Government was defeated by 284 votes to 259 with MPs from all parties voting in favour of a new clause to the Small Business Bill that will empower pubco licensees to choose between a tied agreement and a market rent only agreement that will allow them to buy beer on the open market. Allowing over 13,000 pub tenants tied to the large pub companies the option of buying beer on the open market at competitive prices will help keep pubs open and ensure the cost of a pint to consumers remains affordable. The large pub companies will no longer be able to charge their tenants prices up to 60 pence a pint higher than open market prices.”

“This simple choice should spell the end of pubco licensees being forced out of business through high rents and tied product prices.

“Thank you to the 8000 CAMRA members and campaigners who lobbied their local MP to help make this happen and to those MPs that voted to support pubs. CAMRA are now urging the Government to accept the outcome of the vote.”

CAMRA’s Good Beer Guide 2015 launched today

CAMRA’s Good Beer Guide is fully revised and updated each year and features pubs across the United Kingdom that serve the best real ale.

The 42nd edition continues to be completely independent with listings based entirely on nomination and evaluation by CAMRA members. This means you can be sure that every one of the 4,500 pubs deserves their place, and comes recommended by people who know a thing or two about good beer.

  • Listings of over 4,500 of the best real ale pubs, with over 1,200 new entries this year
  • Listings include Northern Ireland, Scotland, Wales, England, the Isle of Man & the Channel Islands
  • Detailed contact information, facilities listings and opening hours
  • ‘Places Index’ allows quick reference to pubs near you
  • An essential resource for information on over 1,200 breweries

The Good Beer Guide 2015 is available now from the CAMRA shop for £10 (plus P&P)*

Guide shows number of British breweries has grown by over 10%

The Good Beer Guide contains a unique breweries section that lists every brewery currently operating in the UK. An essential resource for punters & publicans.

The 2015 edition of the Guide includes info on 1,285 breweries, a growth of over 10% on last year.

Get your copy of the Good Beer Guide from the CAMRA shop for just £10 (plus p&p)* today and you will be directly funding campaigns like the one below.

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Champion Beer of Britain 2014

CAMRA are pleased to announce this year’s Champion Beers of Britain as follows:

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Gold
Timothy Taylor, Boltmaker
Silver
Oakham, Citra
Bronze
Salopian, Darwin’s Origin
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Marble,Chocolate Marble
Silver
St Austell,Proper Job
Bronze
Spire,Prince Igor Imperial Russian Stout
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Bank Top, Dark Mild
Silver
Branscombe Vale, Mild
Bronze
Castle Rock, Black Gold
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Salopian, Darwin’s Origin
Silver
Redwillow, Directionless
Joint Bronze
Langton, Inclined Plane Bitter
Purity, Mad Goose
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Saltaire, Triple Chocoholic
Silver
Offbeat, Way Out Wheat
Bronze
Peak Ales, Chatsworth Gold
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Timothy Taylor, Boltmaker
Silver
Mighty Oak, Captain Bob
Joint Bronze
Flowerpots, Flowerpots Bitter
Sambrooks, Wandle Ale
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Oakham, Citra
Silver
Hawkshead, Cumbrian Five Hop
Bronze
Salopian, Hop Twister
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Church End, Fallen Angel
Silver
Blue Monkey, Ape Ale
Bronze
Loch Ness, HoppyNESS

Roll up, roll up…

The Beer Master here! Over the course of the next two and a half weeks a small army of hard-working CAMRA volunteers will be getting ready to open the doors on Britain’s biggest pub, the Great British Beer Festival. Open 12-16 August at Olympia, London.

As you are a member of CAMRA, I already know you are a person of impeccable taste and a discerning palate, so I thought I’d let you know that a sneak peek at our real ale, real cider & real perry lists are available now!

Why not click here to take a look at what you could be enjoying at the festival in August.

Or why not try my Beer Selector, simply choose the sort of ale you like and let me recommend some beers for you to come down to the festival and try.

Try out the Beer Selector now!

The festival will bring together over 900 real ales, ciders, perries and traditionally brewed foreign beers under one roof. The gargantuan carnival atmosphere will be enhanced by food stands, shop stalls, traditional pub games and musical entertainments on the big stage.

So what are you waiting for? Click below to get your tickets. Remember, CAMRA members pay just £8* when buying tickets in advance.

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New Campaign Launch

Today at the Great British Beer Festival, CAMRA National Chairman Colin Valentine is launching a brand new campaign to demand better planning protection for pubs in England.

New CAMRA figures released today show that pub closures have risen to 31 a week, it is time for Government to recognise that Pubs Matter.

Did you know pubs can be converted into other uses including small supermarket stores, estate agents and even pet shops without planning permission?

Did you know two pubs a week are being converted to small supermarket stores?

Did you know pubs can also be demolished without planning permission?

Enough is enough. All we are asking for is a simple change in planning law so a planning application is always required before a pub is demolished or converted into another use.

Please get involved with the campaign today.

How can you get involved?

 

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Pubs Matter: Please Lobby Your MP Today! Our community pubs matter and deserve to be protected. Of course we as CAMRA members recognise this, but the challenge we are facing is ensuring that the Government does too. Weak planning laws mean pubs in England can be demolished or converted to mini supermarket stores, estate agents and pay-day loan stores without a planning application. With two pubs being converted to mini supermarket stores every week, it is time to take a stand.

We need to pile the pressure on Government to make a simple change to planning law so any demolition or change of use of a pub would need a planning application – giving local people the say they deserve in the future of their neighbourhoods. Please lobby your MP now to join our calls for Government to act.

There is also a petition (created by pub campaigner Mark Bradshaw Newton) urging the Government to change planning law. You can sign the petition by clicking here.
This is just the beginning of a powerful new campaign to persuade the Government to act and protect our pubs. Watch this space for more!
Thank you for your support.

Paul Ainsworth

Chair of Key Campaign 2