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Editor’s Welcome Welcome to our 44th edition of the Mad Cow,
our first edition in the wake of the nation’s decision to extract ourselves from the European Union. We are all looking forward with hope that our future will be brighter as a result, but while we wait to find out what exit terms the European Union will give Britain over the course of the next couple of years, there are a few things we already know. It will be cheaper to buy British beer… as long as you don’t live in Britain! Despite our great British pound steadying somewhat after dropping to its lowest levels since the 1980s, Sterling isn’t likely to be bouncing back anytime soon. With the US Dollar, the Euro and other currencies strong in comparison, English beer might be giving international craft beers a run for their money. Meanwhile, a new tariff structure may lower the cost of some imports into the UK while raising the price of others. As part of the free-trade zone, EU members don’t pay tariffs on goods they trade amongst themselves but they do pay tariffs on goods that come in from outside the EU. Once Britain leaves we will no longer need to pay the EUmandated tariffs we had been paying on say hops from New Zealand but the EU may decide to start charging us tariffs on malt from Germany and cider apples from France. The EU will almost certainly impose tariffs on British goods, which will mean that European brewers will pay more for our traditional English hops! Cheers! Mike Rathge Mad Cow Editor
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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Where have all the pubs gone in one generation? By Anthony Springall
It is easy to read in the national press that almost 30 pubs close in a week nationally, but it is only when looking at the local pub scene is it possible to realise how many pubs have closed in one generation. As an arbitary point of time I have chosen the mid 1980's (miners strike, shoulder pads, Live Aid, mullet hairstyles) as a start point and I am listing the pubs closed since then in South East Berkshire. The names will be familiar to many older readers (and some not so old) but each will be evidence of the importance of CAMRA's campaign to keep pubs open. I have tried to give details of what became of the pub and what occupies the site where known.
Jolly Farmer – Demolished and a house built on the site Roebuck – Being converted to an Indian restaurant Royal Standard – Became an Indian restaurant before closing again for conversion to a Co-op Shoulder of Mutton – Demolished and a Travelodge built on the site
Blue Lion – Closed and boarded up awaiting demolition to build flats and a convenience store.
Cranbourne Towers – Demolished for a housing development Gold Cup – Demolished for housing development The Blue Lion boarded up and awaiting demolition
The Bull – Closed, awaiting conversion to a restaurant
The Gold Cup boarded up before being demolished
Queens Stag Hounds – demolished ???, (more information required) Royal Foresters – Boarded up and awaiting conversion to a carvery restaurant Royal Hunt – Awaiting conversion to a convenience store Seven Stars - Now the Ascot Oriental restaurant Wells - Now the Mikado pan Asian restaurant
The Bull, closed up, awaiting conversion to a restaurant
Red Lion – Now The Blues Smokehouse restaurant Wildridings Tavern – Now a McDonalds drive through fast food outlet
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Pete and Michelle welcome you to
The Rose & Crown, Sandhurst Find us in CAMRAâ€™s GOOD BEER GUIDE & WhatPub.com
- Real Ales, constantly changing on 7 pumps. - Quality homemade meals: Tuesday - Sunday - Traditional Sunday roasts - CAMRA LocAle accredited, & members discount - Comfortable surroundings and Large garden area. - Family friendly and dogs welcome - Freshly ground coffees and other hot beverages - Live music most Saturdays. Plse see facebook
Halloween Beer Festival October 27th-31st Around 22 ales and ciders inc. local and regional ales.
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Where have all the pubs gone in one generation? Continued…
Iron Duke – Converted to shop units. Waterloo Hotel – Recently demolished for the site to be used for a nursing home.
Cannon – Now Pazzia Italian restaurant Three Jays – Demolished after a fire
Three Legged Cross – Now The Spice Lounge Indian restaurant
Crispin – Now a Loch Fyne restaurant Crown & Anchor – Now The Cinnamon Tree Indian restaurant Fleur De Lys – Demolished and flats on site Herne's Oak – Now offices White Horse – Now Don Beni Italian restaurant
Wokingham Waterloo Hotel, derelict and awaiting the bulldozers
Who'd a tho't it – Demolished for a housing development.
Bull & Butcher – Demolished and retirement flats built on site. Dukes Head – Being converted to residential accommodation. Jolly Farmer – Awaiting demolition for the site to be used for a nursing home.
Bush – Now Bush Walk shops Norreys Barn – Now a Sainsburys Local Penguin & Vulture – Closed and now part of the Cantley House Hotel Pin & Bowl - Demolished Plough – Now a Loch Fyne restaurant Three Brewers – Demolished and replaced by two residential properties
The Three Brewers now sadly gone
Wheatsheaf – Closed and converted to a retail unit Ye Olde Rose – Now a coffee shop / restaurant
The Jolly Farmer waiting for demolition
Royal Oak – Converted into The CherryTown Childrens Nursery
During this period of one generation the following pubs opened on our patch, The Woodcutters, Gig House, Peacock Farm, Weather Vane and The Golden Retriever, therefore we have a net deficit of 32 pubs in the last 30 or so years. The fact that since 2009, nationally 4500 pubs have closed is brought home with the situation locally as spelt out above.
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CAMRA Revitalisation Update By David Richards
I reported in the last edition of the Mad Cow on the initiation of CAMRA’s major review of its purpose and strategy, the Revitalisation Project. In early April, CAMRA issued a press release with the lurid headline “Is this the end of the Campaign for Real Ale?” Well, in short, no it isn’t. The headline was created deliberately to grab the attention of the press and other media and it certainly did that! But the way it was reported caused a lot of confusion among the general public and a great deal of consternation within our own membership. It put CAMRA in the spotlight and, rightly or wrongly, that was the intention and nothing else. To misquote Mark Twain, the reports of our death are greatly exaggerated.
The project started with a survey that was open to all members, asking them to select from one of seven choices. The embedded diagram overleaf illustrates the responses from those who participated online. The results of the postal responses are yet to be added. Here is my own interpretation of the chart. Looking at the right-hand side, the initial feedback showed exactly 50% thinking that CAMRA should continue to support real ale (19%), or real ale, cider and perry (31%), with a significant majority thinking that cider and perry should remain a major aspect of CAMRA’s campaigning activities. On the left of the chart, another 23% thought that CAMRA should support all pub-goers. If you think this is at odds with CAMRA’s current campaigns, think again. Every time we achieve things like securing a cut in beer duty, or the abolition of the duty escalator, or the introduction of the ‘market rent only’ option for landlords and all the effort that we put into listing pubs as Assets of Community Value (ACVs), these improvements benefit all pubs and pubgoers, not just real ale drinkers.
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but I suspect that it will be in this total of 18% where some interesting debates are yet to come.
Turning my attention to the 8% 'Something Else' segment (my own vote is in there), I also suspect that there is a significant element of support for real ale and pubs in that group. Strangely, that wasn’t presented as an option in the choices.
Whatever happens, do you seriously think that CAMRA is dead or dying? Do you think it is fatally wounded? I don’t think so. Like any well-run and dynamic organisation, it will evolve.
So without having to scratch our heads about what the other segments tell us, it can be seen that at least 81% of members think that CAMRA should continue doing what it does already. Speaking purely personally, I’d like to see a more relaxed and supportive attitude towards other quality beers that are not real ale, but with the emphasis on quality. This is what I would guess at least some of the 7% who voted for ‘All Beer Drinkers’ and the 11% for ‘‘All Beer, Cider and Perry Drinkers’ actually mean. I can’t imagine that many people would want CAMRA to be supporting bland or poor quality drinks,
The second phase of the project is to consult with all members at a more detailed level. This has already begun and events are being held all over the country from May until early October. Other major players in the industry, such as publicans and breweries are also being consulted. The results will be collated and carefully analysed over the winter and the conclusions will be taken to the annual CAMRA Members’ Weekend in Bournemouth next April. Our own local consultation event was held in Reading on 25th June 2016, the outcome of which will be the subject of my next update. Watch this space…
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Rebellion Brewery Rebellion’s ‘Evolution’ was available again
this summer. The beer is full of Azacca hops with double roasted crystal malt giving it a rich tawny red colour. Evolution is part of their ‘British Greats’ range and was named in honour of the famous British biologist Charles Darwin. Darwin published his theory of evolution in ‘The Origin of Species, by Means of Natural Selection’ in 1859. It became one of the most important books ever written. Inside the Rebellion brew-house the upgrading work continues. A new, permanent walkway is currently being installed around the top of the brew-house that will allow the brew team easy access to the top of the tanks. The 50 barrels (14,400 pint) tanks that were delivered last month are expected to be installed later this summer. Rebellion has also installed the 9000 litre hot liquor tank ready for when the new larger tanks are in use.
West Berkshire Brewery
Dust off the lederhosen because the can’t-miss event of the summer is back, and promises to be better than ever! OktoberWest 2016 will provide an opportunity to see some of the best local bands and drink some of Bavaria’s finest brews alongside WBB’s award-winning real ales and craft beers. It all kicks off at midday on Saturday 24th September 2016 until 11:30pm Tickets will be priced at just £12.50 for CAMRA members and can be purchased online at www.wbbrew.com or by telephone on 01635202968. West Berkshire Brewery has won the 2016 Imbibe Wheat Beer Challenge with new brew Wheaty McWheatface. Over 34 contestants from up and down the country had been whittled down to five by an expert judging panel in the first round. Two gold awards were also won at the Society of Independent Brewers Association (SIBA) South East competition on the 8th July. The competition had more than 125 entries in the small pack category in which Tamesis Extra Stout and Maggs’ Magnificent Mild both won gold awards. The competition was judged by over 90 beer experts including brewers, suppliers and local CAMRA members.
Siren Craft Brew continues to go from strength to strength and
have won third place in the Cambridge beer of the festival competition in June, with their Breakfast Stout, ‘Broken Dream’. ‘Tidal Wave’ – an imperial version of Sound Wave weighing in at an ABV of 10%, became available in July, along with barrel aged ‘Life is a Peach’ which was limited to just 2,000 numbered bottles and sold out within a week. Visit Siren’s website at www.sirencraftbrew.com to catch up on Darron’s (Siren Owner) USA collaboration tour earlier this year. Issue 44, Autumn 2016
Brewery News (Continued) Bond Brews It’s been a busy and exciting six months since the launch of the brewery
with the three core ales – Best Of British, Railway Porter and Goldi-Hops selling well locally. Time has allowed some one-off brews with Mellow Velo, a 4.6% strong mild launched at the Reading Beer Festival, to coincide with CAMRA's Mild Month which received good reviews. To correspond with the Euros another one off brew Golden Goal was producedthis is a 3.8% Golden Ale using First Gold and Goldings hops and dry hopped with Goldings. Watch out for more one-off brews soon! The brewery, being keen to re-cycle, has enhanced its’ green credentials with local outlets being found for the used hops and malt. For the latest news on new brews, availability of bottle condition versions, polypins etc, visit their website at www.bondbrews.co.uk.
Binghams Brewery Mr Bingham's bees have been working hard and ‘Berkshire Bee’
has been so popular this year that they have brewed a second batch. At 5%, this golden ale has the added bonus of the gentle sweetness of the honey. The next Craft Hop in the series is Southern Cross, which is a New Zealand hop, with hints of lemon peel and pine. Binghams’ special for July was Ganymede, following on the theme of galactical beer names and being the largest moon of Jupiter (very topical!). This ale is 5% and is very pale brewed with a refreshing blend of Dana and Aurora (both Slovenian hops). The Craft Hop range continues with Olicana, which is a new British hop which imparts a complex citrus hop character with hints of grapefruit, mango and passion fruit. In keeping with previous Craft Hop beers, Olicana will be extra pale and 4.5%.
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Brewery News (Continued) Elusive Brewing. Whilst we all deliberated over whether to stay in
or leave the EU, punters at a Fleet pub held their own referendum on the 23rd June, on which ales they want to see at the pumps in the future. The Prince Arthur’s alternative EU referendum event featured Andy Parker, owner and head brewer at Elusive Brewing. Andy showcased a few of his Elusive Brewing ales, which were available together for the very first time, on the very same day the EU referendum vote took place. Prince Arthur manager Bart Longier came up with the idea of the event, which he named “Elusive Untapped”. There was a referendum on the night and customers were invited to vote for the Elusive Brewing ale they would most like to see on sale at The Prince Arthur on a regular basis. Andy also gave a talk about his recent experiences from building his brewery from scratch to producing his first batches of ale. Andy Parker’s tribute ale to Farnborough FC, ‘Cherrywood Road’, a lightly smoked 3.8% Ruby Mild, was on the list, along with the aptly named ‘Starship Fleet’, a 4.2% English Pale Ale containing hints of citrus and apricot. Starship Fleet won the public vote and Cherrywood Road got the judges' vote at the Bracknell Ale and Wine Festival last month.
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of the biggest consumer group in Europe.
A personal view of CAMRA at a crossroads
And now, 40 years on? Well, you could say that CAMRA have won the battle. Real Ales are available in most pubs and there are 1,424 breweries in the UK, according to CAMRA last September. An eighty year high. “Well done CAMRA!” But what or who is the new enemy? What needs to be done to protect the future of Real Ales?
CAMRA Revitalisation & Me?
By Barry Fenton.
I first became aware of CAMRA in the mid 70s. I remember the beer festival in Alexandra Palace. I was working for Courage as a District Manager in South London. We were promoting Tavern Keg and one of my more memorable tasks was to officiate at arm wrestling contests in public bars. This was because Tavern had the tagline “It’s what your right arm’s for.” Telling intoxicated, burly participants that their elbows weren’t on the table therefore their wrestle was invalid required some diplomacy. Tavern was a competitor of the great Watneys Red Barrel. We, in Courage, had just taken out the hand-pumps for other draught beers and replaced them with small black boxes, on the bar, behind which was the tap dispensing the beer which was on top pressure. As a fan of CAMRA, I vividly recall asking a director what he thought of the organisation. He was very dismissive and told me that they would be short lived. I remember taking the decision not to join because of a possible conflict of interest. My immediate boss, thought otherwise and encouraged the sale of Directors Bitter direct from the cask on the back-fittings. I see him occasionally, and he still believes the beer would be dead if it wasn’t for our efforts back then. The purpose of my meandering is to show that back then the big breweries were the enemy. Against this background CAMRA thrived and earned itself the accolade Page 14
I suggest that the pubs themselves are key. The numbers closing are well documented. Some are converted into flats or small supermarkets and CAMRA has plans to seek listings as Assets of Community Value (ACVs) in efforts to curtail this. Maybe not as easy as it looks in some council areas, so maybe we should be more selective and save our efforts for the really needy. Drinking out, eating out, staying in, has all changed since I first started using pubs. As has disposable income, priorities and family pressure on spending. I love pubs, and it upsets me to see any boarded up, but in truth, some deserve to fade away. Many lack any form of welcome. (How many times have I felt invisible standing at a bar waiting to be served?) A lot of my pub visits are done with my wife, who is not an ale drinker. She likes her wine to be served correctly, the toilets to be clean and not to have to listen to shouting & swearing. As far as we are concerned that rights off more pubs than those which sell poor or no Real Ales. CAMRA should support and promote the pub. “I Love Pubs!” (That would make a good T-shirt.)
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How do we try and influence and improve standards? Should we name pubs in the Mad Cow where we have poor service? Or where we have dirty bars and toilets? I am fed up with licensees of pubs blaming the breweries, pub companies, supermarkets and/or prices. Look around, good pubs are thriving and when they do you can usually see why. I was prompted to write this piece by two recent experiences. The first was the recent CAMRA revitalisation meeting in Reading. Secondly I did an interview for this magazine with Ian, governor at Wetherspoon’s Old Manor in Bracknell. I was impressed with Ian’s passion for the business, his pub and his insight into where the business was going.
Barry Fenton (right) with Ian Lynskey (left) outside the Old Manor in Bracknell.
I believe that CAMRA should continue to champion Real Ales, and do so by promoting the pub but also by being more inclusive. In our branch less than 2% of our members are under 26. 42% are over 55. How do we encourage the younger (but legal) drinker to join the cause?
At the Reading meeting, we were asked how we should go into the future. The first reply was from somebody who said that we should go back to basics and stick to campaigning for Real Ales. Next to him sat a guy who said that he was 26 and that his drinking embraced Real Ales, but also new craft beers, and that CAMRA must acknowledge that they exist and promote them. (I can’t believe that I’ve got this far without mentioning craft beer!) A few CAMRA members claim that they don’t exist, or that it is a marketing term and that the dreaded big breweries are jumping on the bandwagon. It doesn’t matter. The consumer believes they exist and can point to brands, hand-pumped, keykegged, bottled and canned to prove it. Ian at the Old Manor defined craft beers as small batches of specialist beer with flavour. He said that tastes vary massively and that he wanted them to come from small local producers, not the nationals. Many of his customers are always experimenting, looking for something new. There are successful pubs selling nothing else! Go and visit one of the Craft Beer Company’s pubs. See how many different styles, tastes and varieties they sell. See how popular they are and how busy the pubs are. I dare you to try a beer not from the hand-pump! Obviously there are some products that are not good, but there are bad Real Ales as well. CAMRA should be about quality of pubs, quality beers, and not to forget quality cider and perries as well.
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www.TheDukeOfEdinburgh.com Check out our website for all news, menus, events, local information, as well as info on our range of real ales, lagers & wines. The Duke also offers a spacious beer garden which boasts a large avery.
A Menu for all Occasions Bar & Light Lunch menu available lunchtimes & evenings. Evenings also offer our extensive A-la-Carte menu, with always a large selection of ‘Specials’ available.
Real Ales @ the Duke The Duke’s real ale collection is popular. Arkell’s of Swindon provide an excellent range of beers, with favourites offered such as: 2B, 3B, Wiltshire Gold ale, Moonlight and Kingsdown special ale, with others such as: Bee’s organic ale and Noël ale also offered in different seasons.
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10th Ascot Beer Festival By Mike Smith
This year we celebrate our tenth festival at Berkshire’s iconic racecourse. The first festival was held in March 2007 just nine months after Queen Elizabeth re-opened the racecourse following a £200m makeover featuring a magnificent grandstand that has proved just perfect for hosting the beer festival. The initial driving force behind the inaugural event was Colin Lanham who sadly passed away three months before the first pint was served. But spurred on by his enthusiasm, the local branch were determined to see Colin’s hard work come to fruition and we have maintained a core of dedicated and hard-working volunteers ever since. Our first year featured just 56 casks of beer and 7 tubs of cider served by 21 volunteers. Despite the near arctic conditions the day was a huge success and we came close to selling out. We were pitched opposite a mobile Heineken bar run by the best looking young bar staff that they could find (apologies to the 21), yet for some strange reason, the customers flocked to drink our ales leaving our keg lager friends bored and shivering. One thing that has impressed me over the years of running the festival is the racecourse’s focus on maintaining quality as standard. This is reflected in the premium
card marketing flyers, linen table clothes on the bars, staff polo shirts, bespoke signage, quality souvenir and disposable festival glasses and of course not forgetting the wonderful real ales that we serve. This year will be no different with over 280 real ales, ciders and perries carefully selected by our committee from the best local breweries and renowned national champions. We will feature award winning brews from local festivals and from across the country. Pride of place at the bar will be Hedgedog Amber from just down the road at Virginia Water who were voted by our customers as the Beer of the Festival last year. We hope to have one or two exclusive festival specials from our favourite local brewers including Bond Brews, further details will appear on our festival website beer list. If you are a CAMRA member and have never worked at a beer festival before, why not give it a go? – we pride ourselves with our 100 strong band of volunteers who return year after year and tell us it’s their favourite festival to work at. Contact details can be found on our website.
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Win Tickets for CAMRA Ascot Beer Festival Here is your chance to win 4 complimentary tickets for our branch beer festival at Ascot racecourse on either Friday 30th September or Saturday 1st October 2016. New local brewery Bond Brews of Wokingham are going to brew a special beer to be launched at Ascot Beer Festival, and we’d like you to name it. We’re looking for an innovative name that captures the connection between the beer and Ascot/horseracing (or perhaps that this will be our 10th festival at Ascot). Example names from previous festival special beers are Thirst Past the Post, Photo Finish and Jockey Juice. Please submit your entries by email to firstname.lastname@example.org using the Subject line “Competition” by Monday 12th September. The winning name will be given to the Bond Brews festival special, and the person providing it will receive 4 complimentary tickets to attend the festival on the day of their choice. The result will be published in Mad Cow issue 45. The judges’ decision is final.
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You Need Glasses! There can be no referee in the land that has not had this insult thrown at them, but glasses in the pub trade are a very serious business and I am sure we all have our favourites. When you enter a pub and ask for a pint in the UK you receive 20oz or 568 ml. The size of a pint glass is just the right size to slake the thirst and not require a too frequent return to the bar but it is still a manageable size. One only has to think of huge German steins holding at least a litre to realise how ideal a pint glass is. Glass is an ideal material for a drinking vessel as it is inert and introduces no “off flavours” to a beer unlike earlier vessels such as leather jacks or pewter tankards. All pub glasses will be marked with a crown to indicate a guarantee of capacity and this has been the case for over 300 years. Since 2007 pint glasses have been produced with a CE mark, which shows the glass conforms to European law. A popular alternative to the CE to brim pint glass is the LCE pint glass, which is an oversized glass which is lined and CE marked at a pint, allowing extra room for a head.
Dimple The archetypal beer glass must be the dimple jug but it was fairly late on the scene being introduced in the 1930's and when the Ravenhead Glass factory in St Helens closed in 2001 the last manufacturer was gone. The dimple glass then went out of fashion however there has been a recent revival in fortunes although all new glasses are now imported from places as far away as Turkey. They were not loved by publicans as they did not stack easily, took up more space in the glass washer and could cost up to three times as much
as a straight glass. In a number of fashionable pubs and bars however they have made a comeback as people say the handle stops body heat warming the beer.
10 Sided Mug The predecessor of the dimple glass, this was introduced in 1928 and was viewed as a more substantial glass than the common conical. It quickly fell out of favour to the dimple when it became available.
Conical One of the earliest designs for a beer glass and popular in the early part of the 20th century but it had the disadvantage of having the rim easily chipped when glasses rubbed up against one another although in design terms it is still a favourite drinking vessel and the style found at most beer festivals.
Nonic (or Nonik) The answer for publicans who were having to replace chipped or “nicked” glasses was the nonic. The bulge about 1/3 of the way down ensured that the rims did not touch and hence the name, short for no-nick. It was invented by Hugo Pick of Albert Pick & Co of Chicago, Illinois as long ago as 1914 and had a 40% greater strength than a conical glass, reducing breakages, ensuring it was easy to hold and facilitating easy cleaning. It was introduced to the UK in 1948 by Ravenhead and is a firm favourite amongst the licensed trade as it is cheap to replace when it does eventually require it.
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Tulip The Tulip is a more modern glass having a taller shape, usually flaring out towards the top; these designs are more commonly associated with promotional campaigns by breweries, and are frequently etched or marked with the beer's label.
Stemmed (or Goblet) The stemmed glass is often seen as something of a connoisseur’s choice as it allows a beer to be swirled around (providing it has not been over-filled), releasing the aromas. It is not often found in the licensed trade, as it is significantly more expensive.
Glasses from farther afield Belgium If this article was being written for Belgium it would have about 50 chapters as each beer has its own distinctive glass with a myriad of shapes and styles. They have the most impractical glass of all with that for Kwak being unable to rest on a flat surface as it has a bulbous rounded bottom. Each of the Trappist Breweries has an individual style of their own to highlight their individuality.
Germany Germany, like Belgium has a proliferation of glasses for each individual beer and style. A kolsch from Cologne would not be served in a glass for pilsner and likewise a
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bock or doppelbock from Hanover would not be served from a Berliner weissbier glass. This is also the home of the highly decorated ceramic beer stein with a metal top but these are more often bought as tourist souvenirs rather than used as serious drinking vessels.
USA - The IPA Glass With the rise of craft beer, another glass has been developed to add to the cupboard. Craft brewers Sierra Nevada and Dogfish Head have collaborated with glass manufacturer Spiegelau to create a glass specifically for IPA. Thin, round walls to maintain correct temperature; A slender, bowled shape to amplify hop aromas; Wave-like ridges to aerate beer on its way in and out of the glass; And a wide mouth, allowing drinkers to comfortably nose the beer. It’s definitely a glass for the home and not the pub.
Italy - The ‘TeKu’ Craft Beer Glass Similarly, an Italian sensory analyst and a top craft beer brewer designed the TeKu glass for the specific reason of improving the craft beer drinking experience. Teo Musso of the Baladin Brewery in Torino, Italy, and Italian sensory analyst and beer expert, Lerenzo Dabove who goes by the nickname Kuaska, created and branded the glass for the Baladin brewery but proved to be so widely popular it is now in mass production. To sum up, we may look upon glasses as fairly utilitarian articles but where would we be without them and woe betide the person who uses someone else favourite glass without realising it, wars have been fought over less.
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Real Cider in the South East Berkshire Area. The presentations for the 2016 Cider Pub of the Year were made in June to The Old Manor in Bracknell (winner) and the Wheelwright’s Arms in Hurst (runner-up). As the Cider Representative for the SE Berks branch, I had the pleasure to present the Cider Pub of the Year Winner certificate to Ian Lynskey, Manager of The Old Manor and the Runner-up certificate to Daryl Cooper the landlord of the Wheelwright’s Arms. Congratulations to both pubs for supporting Real Cider in our area. In this Summer to Autumn edition of Mad Cow, August to October, it is the season for Beer and Cider Festivals. The Wheelwright’s Arms has a Sausage and Cider festival planned for the end of August (27th to 29th). Other pubs will be having Real Cider festivals in our area so check the SE Berks CAMRA site: www.seberkscamra.org.uk for news of other Cider Festivals. Don’t forget the Real Ale and Cider Festival at Ascot Racecourse on Friday 30th September and Saturday 1st October where there will be over 30 ciders and perries available. If you have any questions or comments about Real Cider in our area, please contact me, Mike Lee, at email@example.com.
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The Beer Festival Guide By Simon Grist
Updates will be put on our website at seberkscamra.org.uk/localfestivals th
4 – 7 August 2016: Egham Beer Festival eghambeerfestival.co.uk
Egham United Services Club put on three fine charity beer festivals each year assisted by the local CAMRA branch. Expect around 60 real ales, featuring new breweries and special brews, plus around a dozen ciders & perries. Reduced admission for CAMRA members. th
6 August 2016: Fleet Lions Beer Festival fleetlions.org.uk/beerfest th
This will be the 10 running of Fleet Lions Club’s charity beerfest. They promise over 40 real ales plus local ciders. Buying tickets in advance is recommended as sessions may sell out. th
9 – 13 August 2016: Great British Beer Festival gbbf.org.uk
The biggest beer festival in Britain and the highlight of the beer festival calendar. Expect a phenomenal 900+ ales, ciders, perries and international beers. Also a vast array of food options and numerous entertainments. Reduced admission prices for CAMRA members. th
13 – 14 August 2016: Bull, Barkham thebullbarkham.com
A “birthday” beer festival for this busy local pub on the number 3 Leopard bus route. Expect around 10 guest ales from both local and national brewers on stillage in the garden, plus the usual 6 on handpump inside. But just whose birthday is it? th
26 – 28 August 2016: Wokingham Beer Festival wokinghamfestival.co.uk th
Another 10 anniversary celebration for this beer festival which runs as part of the popular Wokingham Food, Drink & Music Festival. The Wokingham Lions organising the beer side of things in aid of charity. Expect around 50 real ales, ciders and perries over the weekend. rd
3 – 4 September 2016: Windsor Craft Beer Fest webrew.co.uk
A second beer festival from Paddy and the Windsor & Eton Brewery team. Besides their own beers and those of their sister brewer Uprising, expect plenty of the team’s own favourite beers from other breweries to guest. th
9 – 10 September 2016: Yateley Cask & Cork Festival caskandcorkyateley.co.uk
A new festival organised jointly by Yateley’s football and cricket clubs. They advertise “over 40 beers, wines and ciders from the best local breweries, vineyards and orchards”. A 30 minute walk from Sandhurst station or use a shuttle bus to connect with local Stagecoach buses.
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10 September 2016: Newbury Real Ale Festival newburyrealale.co.uk
This charity festival is located 10 minutes from Newbury station, just down the line from Reading. This year they are planning for 140 real ales, and around 100 ciders & perries. To simplify serving, all the beers are given a sequence number in the programme and you order a beer by its number! nd
22 – 25 September 2016: Castle Tap, Reading thecastletap.co.uk
The Castle Tap has fast evolved into one of Reading’s destination real ale pubs. Expect around a dozen ales on stillage at the rear plus the usual fine selection of ales, key-keg beers and ciders on the bar. th
24 September 2016: Sherfield on Loddon Beer Festival sherfieldbeerfestival.org.uk
The annual calendar highlight for the village of Sherfield on Loddon (on the A33 NE of Basingstoke). Expect around 35 beers (with the village’s own brewery heavily featured) and a few ciders. There is a free evening taxi service back to Bramley station. th
24 September 2016: West Berkshire Brewery OktoberWest wbbrew.com/oktoberwest
A second Bavarian themed beer festival from West Berkshire Brewery. It will feature real ale, craft beer and Bavarian bier, plus Bavarian food and entertainment. Discounted entry for CAMRA members. th
30 September – 1 October 2016: Ascot Beer Festival ascotbeerfest.org.uk
Your local Berkshire SE branch’s own festival, in collaboration with Ascot Racecourse. Once again we will feature 250+ real ales and 30 ciders/perries. This year our ales will be sourced from brewers across the whole country, but still with a local bias. A race meeting runs in parallel with the festival, with the entrance tickets covering both (discounted entry for CAMRA members purchasing tickets in advance quoting “CAMRA2016”). th
7 – 9 October 2016: Hampshire OctoberFest hampshireoctoberfest.co.uk
This beer festival is run as part of a bigger country fayre event held at Basingstoke cricket ground. Over 180 different ales, ciders and perries are expected. th
13 – 15 October 2016: Oxford Beer & Cider Festival oxford.camra.org.uk
A traditional CAMRA beer festival held in a beautiful town hall in the delightful surrounds of Oxford. Expect around 150 ales and 50 ciders & perries. Discounted entry for CAMRA members.
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14 – 16 October 2016: Prince of Wales, Farnborough theprinceinfarnborough.co.uk
A short train ride over our branch border will take you to Farnborough North. Just around the corner from there is this fine real ale pub holding its annual beer festival. Expect around 40 beers and 5 ciders. th
20 – 22 October 2016: Twickenham Beer & Cider Festival rhcamra.org.uk/festivalnews.html
Run by Richmond & Hounslow CAMRA, this long established festival usually features around 70 real ales and 20 ciders & perries. Reduced entry for CAMRA members. st
21 – 23 October 2016: Jolly Sailor, Farnham facebook.com/jollysailor.Farnham/
This real ale destination pub lies on the outskirts of the unspoilt town of Farnham. Expect around a dozen real ales on stillage plus the usual fine selection over the bar. th
27 – 29 October 2016: Swindon Beer Festival swindon.camra.org.uk/viewnode.php?id=23556
Swindon & North Wilts CAMRA’s beer festival is conveniently located in the STEAM museum near Swindon station (which is less than half an hour’s journey from Reading). Expect around 100 real ales, ciders and perries. th
27 – 30 October 2016: Rose & Crown, Sandhurst roseandcrownsandhurst.info
Pete and Michelle really embrace the Halloween theme for their beer festival giving the pub a spooky revamp. Ghoulish fancy dress is optional for customers, but not for staff. Expect around 22 real ales and 4 ciders. th
28 – 29 October 2016: Datchet Beer Festival datchetbeerfestival.co.uk
A village festival just a short walk from Datchet station (on the Staines to Windsor & Eton line). Advertises over 25 beers, ciders and perries mostly sourced from local breweries. Additional Friday night session this year. th
11 – 12 November 2016: Woking Beer Festival wokingbeerfestival.co.uk
A long-running beer festival organised by our good friends in Surrey Hants Borders CAMRA. There should be over 70 ales, plus ciders and foreign beers. Due to limited capacity, entry is by advance ticket only. CAMRA members can obtain a free pint by presenting their card at the membership stand.
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PLOUGH AND HARROW NEWELL GREEN, WARFIELD. Four cask ales on. Good food available every day. Curry Nights on every 3rd Thursday Steak nights on Tuesdays, buy two Steaks and enjoy a bottle of wine free. Destination for Sunday Roasts Free Parking inc. Parking available for Horses. Dogs Welcome Open Log Fire Free WiFi Beer Garden Heated Smoking Area Monday Quiz night Plough & Harrow , Newell Green Warfield, Berks RG42 6AE Tel: 01344300701 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Campaign Focus By Barry Garber
Revitalisation Project enters new stage. The process of collating the views of thousands of CAMRA members continues with the addition of six new members to the project steering committee. These new members were recruited after an exercise to bring specific expertise and skills to the project. This vital project is a democratic participative exercise and will determine the future direction of CAMRA for years to come. Final proposals will be submitted to CAMRA's national executive at the end of this year. This follows an online survey and a series of regional meetings with the membership to garner their views. A vote on the final proposals will take place at the CAMRA AGM being held in Bournemouth in April 2017. Champion Beer of Britain Competition. The prestigious award of CAMRA's annual champion beer of Britain (CBOB) is announced on Tuesday 9th August 2016 at a special ceremony. The overall winner and the individual category winners can look forward to a significant boost in recognition and sales for years to come. Votes from CAMRA members across the whole country are combined to reach the final decision. If you wish to participate in this process in the future you need to be a CAMRA member. If you aren't a member yet then make it a priority to join us by completing and returning the application form in this magazine or join online on the national CAMRA website. CAMRA Ascot Beer Festival reaches 10th anniversary milestone. The 10th CAMRA Ascot Beer Festival takes place on Friday 30th September and Saturday 1st October. This unique event combines a fine selection of over 280+ cask ales, ciders and perries with the excitement of a full programme of flat racing. If you are a CAMRA member why not volunteer to help us deliver an even better experience by completing the online form at ascotbeerfest.org.uk.
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Saturday 6 August CAMRA Social at the Egham United Services Club Beer Festival, 111 Spring Rise, Egham. TW20 9PE. Meet at 13.00. th
Thursday 11 August CAMRA Open Meeting at Binfield Social Club, Forest Road, Binfield. RG42 4JF. th
Friday 12 August CAMRA Social at the Great British Beer Festival 2016, Olympia, London. Meet up near the CAMRA stand at 12.15. th
Thursday 18 August CAMRA Social at the White Hart, Church Road, Winkfield. SL4 4SE.
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Saturday 15 October CAMRA Social at the Prince of Wales Beer Festival, 184 Rectory Road, Farnborough, Hants. GU14 8AL. Meet at 13.00. nd
Saturday 22 October CAMRA Social at the Twickenham Beer & Cider Festival, York House, Richmond Road, Twickenham, Middx. TW1 3AA. Meet at 13.00. th
Thursday 27 October CAMRA Social at the Rose & Crown Halloween Beer Festival, 108 High Street, Sandhurst. GU47 8HA.
Saturday 27 August CAMRA Social at the Wokingham Festival, Elms Field, Wokingham. RG40 2LD. Meet at 13.00.
Saturday 3 September CAMRA Social at the Windsor & Eton Festival, 1 Vansittart Estate, Windsor. SL4 1SE. Meet at 13.00. th
Saturday 10 September CAMRA Social at the Newbury Real Ale Festival, Northcroft Playing Fields. RG14 1RS Meet at 13.00 by the beer tent. Thursday 15th September CAMRA Social at the Hope and Anchor, Station Road, Wokingham. RG40 2AD
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A historic pub in Wokingham, The Ship Inn is a wonderful grade-II-listed coaching inn dating back 400 years. It might be old, but itâ€™s never been left behind - and a respectful refurbishment in 2015 means the pub feels every bit as fresh as the fabulous food and beer it serves. A large, very popular venue for all age groups, a number of eating and drinking areas, including an enclosed, sheltered outside patio area, including a covered heated area. Full range of Fullers Real & Craft Ales along with a wide range of other drinks. Barn room available for hire, ideal for parties and groups. Extensive food Menu.
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Landlord’s Witter By Barry Fenton
An interview with a landlord from a local pub.
This time we welcome Ian Lynskey from Wetherspoons’ Old Manor in Bracknell. A most interesting discussion, especially concerning Ian’s perspective on Craft Beers. How long have you been in the pub business and at the Old Manor? 15 years, always with Wetherspoons. Initially in South Yorkshire, then my first Management job was in Oxted, Surrey. I have been here in Bracknell for five and a half years, where I am now settled with my wife and child.
What do you most like about the pub trade? The day to day variety. Meeting lots of different customers and staff from different backgrounds. I would hate to have a 9 to 5 desk job.
And the least? Staff turnover is high as competition for staff amongst retailers is incredible. Many prefer shops with 9 to 5 working hours.
What Real Ales are you selling today and how does this change? Abbott and Ruddles are always on. Also six rotating ales; Sharp Motueka from The Beer Studio (4.7% abv). Wold Gold (4.8%) from the Yorkshire Brewery. TEA from Hogs Back (4.2%). Rebellion Blonde (4.3%). West Berkshire’s Dr Hexters Healer (5.0%) and Conwy’s California (4.4%). We also have West Berkshire’s Renegade Craft Lager (4.5%). We have 2 Real Ciders, (Old Rosie & Black Dragon.) Plus 5 or 7 bottled conditioned ales. Local brewers ring by arrangement, every Monday morning and from them I choose the beers for that week.
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How important are Real Ales & cider to your pub? Hugely. Real Ales and cider account for over 50% of my beer sales.
What are your impressions of CAMRA in the area? Fantastic with me. We host many CAMRA events. We have been Pub of the Year recently and this year, Cider Pub of the Year.
What plans have you got for your pub in the next year? We will increase the range of craft beers and real ciders. I will have many more taps for new craft beers and will sell two extra rotating ciders. The numbers of craft bottles will increase to a range of ten. We have removed the sparklers that we had been using on the Real Ales. If summer ever arrives, we will have BBQs in the garden. There are other national Wetherspoons’ promotions, like the forthcoming Cider Festival and the October Ale Festival.
What is craft beer? Small batches of specialist beer with flavour. Tastes vary massively. I want them to come from small local producers, not the nationals.
What are your thoughts success of craft beers?
It has opened the doorway to ales. People are switching from lagers and the likes of John Smiths and progress on to ales and ciders. They look at the different products available before choosing. They are always looking for new tastes.
What would you like to get over to our readers to encourage them to come into your pub? Come in and try something from our extensive range. 8 Real Ales, bottles, Real Cider and craft beer as discussed. Our food is very popular, being 40% of our business, from 8 am Breakfast to 11pm. Not forgetting Thursday night is Curry Night.
Which celebrity would you most like to work behind your bar and why? Noel Fielding from the “Mighty Boosh,” to bring some comedy behind the bar.
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