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Chairman’s Welcome Welcome to our 40th edition of the Mad Cow. There have been times when it seemed that we would never reach that number. Ever since our previous editor, John Winkley stood down a year ago, we have been keeping our magazine going by the sheer hard work and goodwill of three of our branch members, but I am now very pleased indeed to be able to say that one of them, Mike Rathge, has offered to take on the role of Editor on a permanent basis. I wish him all the very best. Continuing his theme in the last edition, Mike is providing us with more articles on ‘The Great Outdoors’ including a retrospective on his craft beer pilgrimage, another pub walk, our usual beer festival summary and a quiz on pub gardens. We have an interesting selection of branch socials to keep us entertained, including our first ever visit to the new ‘micro-pub’ in Newbury – the Cow & Cask. They can all be found within these pages and if you’d like to come along, please get in touch or just turn up. Cheers! David Richards (Branch Chairman)

The views expressed in the Mad Cow are those of individual contributors and do not necessarily reflect the views of the Campaign for Real Ale.

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Issue 40, Autumn 2015

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Mad Cow Issue 40  

Issue 40 of the Mad Cow - Magazine of the Berkshire South-East ("BSE") branch of CAMRA (Campaign for Real Ale)