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Berkshire South East Campaign for Real Ale



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Editor’s Welcome Welcome to our 47th edition of the Mad Cow

The world is a changing place and sometimes things just don’t seem to be going as positively as we would like them to be. It’s in times of adversity that we should turn our minds to what’s important in life, and what better way to do that than to visit your local beer garden, purchase a pint of your favourite ale and grab a copy of the latest Mad Cow to enjoy in the sunshine. This edition is packed with informative articles for your enjoyment. We start with the exciting news of the recent Government announcement regarding the closure of a planning loophole to help save our pubs on page 4. You can catch up on the latest on the CAMRA Revitalisation Project on pages 6 to 8. Anthony Springall has provided a fantastic potted history of the long and proud Wokingham brewing heritage on pages 16 to 18. Barry Garber’s Campaign Focus can be found on page 20, and Barry Fenton interviews Clive McNelly, the new Licensee of the White Horse in Wokingham Without on page 23. Enjoy your pint! All the best 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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CAMRA celebrates pub planning loophole closure Following a successful campaign led by the Campaign for Real Ale, the Government has recently announced that it will support a measure to close a planning loophole in England which has allowed pubs to be demolished or converted to a wide range of retail uses without any planning application. This has not only denied local communities a say in their beloved locals’ futures, but also made pubs a ‘soft target’ for developers, contributing to 21 net pub closures every week.

The Government’s decision will bring a halt to developers exploiting loopholes and will give communities the right to have a say in the future of their pubs. The decision will not prevent the development of pubs, but will require developers to apply for planning permission to convert or demolish a pub, allowing for members of the local community to express their opinions as part of that process. CAMRA campaigners worked closely with the Shadow Spokesman for Communities and Local Government, Lord Roy Kennedy, who won a vote on this issue in the House of Lords last month, and with Ministers, MPs, Peers and departmental officials. Lord Kennedy of Southwark said: "I am delighted that the Government have listened to the Lords my amendment to close the loophole that allowed pubs to be lost without the local community having a say. This is a victory for common sense, the much loved British pub and responsible drinkers everywhere."

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CAMRA Chief Executive Tim Page said: “Politicians are chosen to represent the views of those who elect them. We are delighted that in deciding to require owners to apply for planning permission if they want to close a pub, the Government has put the opinions of those who recognise the value that pubs provide to them and their communities above the commercial interests of a few organisations and individuals. This is a fantastic victory for campaigners who have secured the removal of a loophole which allowed pubs to be redeveloped or demolished without reference to the local community or planners. The decision to respond positively to CAMRA’s campaign is further evidence of Government’s support for the pub sector and follows on from the decision earlier this month to provide most English pubs with a £1,000 discount in the business rates they pay. This announcement is the result of the work of thousands of local campaigners and CAMRA members who have been calling for an end to the loopholes in existing legislation that have been used by developers to close wonderful, viable and well-supported local pubs. Lord Kennedy’s efforts to support the future of local pubs at the heart and soul of communities will benefit pub goers for generations to come. This change delivers real and robust protection to valued community pubs, which previously have relied on communities going through the bureaucratic process of securing Asset of Community Value (ACV) listings, or local authorities choosing to use complex and obscure Article 4 directions. We will work with the Government to ensure these measures are implemented as soon as possible to allow pubs across England to start benefiting from the protection of the planning system.”

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Revitalisation or Rebranding? By David Richards

In this latest spotlight on CAMRA’s ongoing Revitalisation Project, we are sharing the views of one of our readers, Adrian Evans, who chose to pen us a letter on the subject. Adrian kindly agreed to let us share this with you and his full unedited letter is included below, followed with my response which hopefully answers some of the points he has raised. Dear Editor, Thanks to David Richards for the latest Revitalisation campaign update. It’s reassuring that for most the CAMRA aims and priorities are still traditional pubs and cask ale, with little change, except for a new tolerance to keg beers and a wish for wider availability of beer at new venues. What’s concerning though is the initial survey asking what is your MAIN single priority, where only 23% chose “pubs and the interests of all pub goers”. Does this mean 77% are happy to sit at home with a bottle while 20 pubs close every week, or are just happy to get free Wetherspoon vouchers? Or that all these “new venues” can replace traditional pubs? My experience so far shows that these new venues – bars, clubs, pop up pubs and pizzerias etc – offer neither a regular supply of good cask ale or staff trained well enough to care for it. Cask ale to them is just an extra sideline not the main business, they more often offer craft keg which can only decrease cask ale sales even further. Aims and proposals to the NE are all very well but what will be the campaigning tactics that convert aims into Page 6

actions and save traditional pubs? Given that pubs have closed at this rate since about 2000, surely a change in tactics is desperately needed for Revitalisation to be anything more than a rebranding exercise. The Small Business, Enterprise and Employment Bill 2015 is a step forward but until the market rent only option is given to all pubs, not just those from the large pubcos, beer prices will be too high. Wetherspoon prices are almost half that of an average pub but even they can’t compete with the supermarkets using alcohol as a loss leader. Both the pubcos and supermarkets are breaking basic UK Competition law - the Competition Act 1998, whose main purpose is to prohibit price fixing and cartels, states: “... prohibits a business that holds a dominant position in a market from abusing that position by behaving independently of competitive pressures, such as other competitors, in that market”. The energy companies and banks have their own regulators (OFGAS, OFWAT etc) but even they’ve had to refer them under this act to the Competition and Markets Authority (CMA, formerly OFT). The German version of CMA recently sued both it’s sausage makers and five national breweries for price fixing. Isn’t it time the UK Drinks industry had a proper independent regulator? CAMRA can’t be independent of course but surely it would have a role in helping create and inform one. When you think of the power of modern computers, and that these huge companies fine tune their profit margins (or losses) on each individual brand with the sole purpose of maximising total profits, they can’t even be properly audited. Perhaps the accountants are turning a blind eye as well as the government. It’s time for CAMRA to stop playing the game called political populism, hoping inflated free membership figures and the occasional select committee enquiry will influence people; it’s achieved nothing for Issue 47, Summer 2017

www.seberkscamra.org.uk about 20 years - the same game that’s ruined the Labour party as a credible force. It doesn’t really need new aims or proposals, or special allowances for the community and social value of pubs, or select committees; it needs to demand that politicians and civil servants enforce basic existing competition laws - that’s what other countries are doing. And if it doesn’t, the only conclusion can be that CAMRA’s leaders want this campaign (and their CAMRA salaries) to last forever. Regards Adrian Evans.

In Response

Adrian Evans’ letter makes some interesting points and it gives me the opportunity to clarify a few important aspects of the project. The 23% of respondents in the initial survey were not voting on a question about pubs as physical places, the original question was “Who do you think CAMRA should represent in future?” to which 23% ticked the box for “All pub goers, regardless of what they prefer to drink.” Another 50% of respondents ticked the boxes for “Drinkers of real ale, or real ale, cider and perry”. These questions were not mutually exclusive and since caskconditioned real ale can usually only be obtained in a pub (beer festivals excepting) then by definition, anyone who supports real ale is also supporting the pubs in which it is served. The need for an independent regulator in the UK has already been addressed by the introduction of a Pubs Code Adjudicator, who, judging by the flak that he has already encountered from both the Trade and MPs, certainly indicates to me that he is clearly independent and is beginning to make his presence felt in just the short time that the post has been in existence. Perhaps most importantly, I have to

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comment on the assertion that CAMRA has “achieved nothing for about 20 years”. In that time-frame, CAMRA was an enthusiastic supporter of the introduction of Progressive Beer Duty, which allowed small breweries to thrive due to lower rates of duty on smaller production volumes. This has resulted in the number of breweries increasing from just a few hundred to over 1,600 today. Perhaps our greatest achievement has been the abolition of the Beer Duty Escalator, which was scrapped in the 2013 budget. This has helped to cap the amount of tax charged on beer which has in turn helped to keep pubs viable. In our unceasing efforts to support pubs and protect them from demolition or conversion to other uses, we have also been successful in getting over 1,200 of them listed as Assets of Community Value (ACVs). We have been instrumental in the introduction of the Market Rent Only (MRO) option for pub landlords, which gives them the right to run their pub free of tie. CAMRA has introduced its LocAle scheme, which recognises pubs that regularly sell beers from local breweries and encourages customers to go to them. We have also implemented WhatPub, a website which lists details of every pub and club in the UK, making it easier for people to find a pub that suits their needs. In further support for both breweries and pubs, we introduced our Real Ale in a Bottle (RAIB) scheme, which recognises high quality real ales in bottle-conditioned format, thus allowing an extended range of outlets to stock real ales. In a similar way, we have very recently launched accreditation for Real Ale in a Can (RAIC). So I would argue that CAMRA has achieved a great deal. Finally, I must comment on the assertion that “CAMRA’s leaders want this campaign (and their CAMRA salaries) to last forever.” CAMRA’s board of directors is called the National Executive (NE). All members of the NE, including our National Chairman, Page 7


are unpaid volunteers just like the rest of the membership. They in turn are required to implement policy as determined by the membership via democratic debate at the annual Members’ Weekend. Furthermore, members of the NE are elected for a term of three years, after which they have to stand for re-election. The only salaried staff within CAMRA are the small handful of people who are based in our Head Office at St Albans, each department of which is overseen by one of the volunteer Directors on the NE. The salaried staff undertake the administrative functions of CAMRA such as membership services, finance, marketing and the vitally important and professional job of campaigning on our behalf with MPs and the major companies within the beer and pubs trade. Even the Revitalisation Project, which prompted Adrian’s letter, has been conducted by volunteers who were independent of the NE and the St Albans staff and who in turn have published their findings based on the feedback received from the greatest number of CAMRA members ever to have participated in a CAMRA activity. Vested interests, salaries and the desire to hang on to power are therefore as far from

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reality as it is possible to be. Do I want this campaign to go on forever? In an ideal world, the answer would be ‘No’. If I thought that real ale and pubs were safe and secure for ever, then perhaps we could wind CAMRA down. But unfortunately we need to remain vigilant. Both pubs and breweries are constantly under threat from global breweries, faceless pub companies and property developers, all of whom want to buy them up and then close them down for their own commercial advantages. There are also threats from other types of drinks and from changing life-styles, both of which require us to campaign ever more rigorously to promote the delights of pub-going and to encourage people to try the many different styles of beer, cider and perry that are thankfully still available. So although I’d like to spend less time campaigning and more time simply enjoying my favourite pubs, there is a long way to go yet before that is likely to happen. If you are not a CAMRA member, but care about these issues, it is never too late to join us. You can do so now by going online at join.camra.org.uk.

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Phil & Jean Welcome you

The WHITE HART Winkfield A Stylish 16th Century Pub and Restaurant directly opposite St Mary's Church This historic property was once a parish courthouse, still retaining a few original features.

- Recently extensively refurbished - Large Bar & Restaurant Dining. - Open Noon-11pm Mon-Sat & Sunday 7pm - Food Served 12-2.30 & 6-9 Sunday 12-3.30 - Large garden, car park. - Ideal venue for Events, & Weddings. - Quiz night - Wednesdays 8.30pm. - Real Ales - Rebellion IPA & Sharps Doombar. - Fish & Chips Special on Fridays.

The White Hart Church Road Winkfield Nr Ascot. SL4 4SE 01344 882415 www.thewhitehartwinkfield.co.uk thewhitehartwinkfield@outlook.com


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The CAMRA LocAle scheme helps to promote the pub as a place to enjoy a pint of quality, local real ale.

LocAle Breweries (within 25 miles of Bracknell)

Abbey Ford (Chertsey, Surrey) Andwell (Andwell, Hampshire) Ascot Ales (Camberley, Surrey) Bell Street (Henley, Oxon) Bingham’s (Ruscombe, Berks) Bond Brews (Wokingham, Berks) Brightwater (Claygate, Surrey) Crescent (Maidenhead, Berks) Decent (Addlestone, Surrey) Elusive Brewing (Finchampstead) Frensham (Frensham, Surrey) Hedgedog (Virginia Water, Surrey) Hogs Back (Tongham, Surrey) Little Beer Corp (Guildford, Surrey) Longdog (Basingstoke, Hants) Loddon (Dunsden Green, Oxon) Malt the Brewer (Prestwood, Bucks) MoogBrew (Taplow, Bucks) Park (Kingston Upon Thames) Rebellion (Marlow, Bucks) Sherfield Village (Sherfield, Hants) Siren Craft (Finchampstead, Berks) Thames Side (Staines, Middx) Thurston’s (Horsell, Surrey) Tillingbourne (Shere, Surrey) Twickenham (Twickenham, Middx) West Berkshire (Frilsham, Berks) Wild Weather (Silchester, Berks) Windsor & Eton (Windsor, Berks) Zero Degrees (Reading, Berks)

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Stocking local real ales can increase visits to public houses Consumers get to enjoy greater beer choice and locally brewed beer Local brewers increase their sales and get better feedback from consumers More money spent and retained in the local economy Fewer ‘beer miles’ results in less road congestion and pollution, reducing impact on the environment

Accredited LocAle Outlets 14 19 9 14 9 5 22 9 13 9 20 9 16 17 25 13 22 10 22 15 19 9 12 12 21 21 24 19 10 13

Barkham Binfield Bracknell Eversley Jealott's Hill Sandhurst Sindlesham Sunningdale Warfield Winkfield Wokingham

The Bull Jack o’Newbury Cannie Man Old Manor South Hill Park Tally Ho New Leathern Bottle Rose & Crown Walter Arms Royal Oak Cricketers Squirrels Bar White Hart Crispin Gig House Hope and Anchor Olde Leathern Bottel Queens Head

Your CAMRA Branch would love to receive your comments about the pubs you visit either by email to: madcow@seberkscamra.org.uk or go to WhatPub at; www.whatpub.com and use ‘Submit Update’

For more information contact Graham Holt CAMRA BSE LocAle Officer locale@seberkscamra.org.uk

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Brewery News

Bond Brews: It is now sixteen months since the birth of Bond Brews and things are going from strength to strength. The three core beers – Best Of British, Goldi-Hops and Railway Porter are proving popular throughout Dean’s delivery area. Bottle conditioned ales are appearing in more outlets and are generally available by contacting Dean. Several special brews were produced throughout the last year with plans for more in the future. The first couple of which are an English style IPA called Bengal Tiger at 4.3% and following last year excellent mild, Mellow Velo will make a re-appearance for CAMRA's Mild Month in May. Follow Dean on twitter and Facebook for details and availability (see contact details below). Plans are a foot for the introduction of a shop at the brewery sometime in the summer where the range of bottle conditioned ales and bag in a box poly pins will be available together with various items of brewery related merchandise.

Dean Bond Talks Technical:

Picture a back room at the Binfield Social Club on an early spring evening in late March, and picture two dozen CAMRA members gathered expectantly around a 'U' configured conference table in eager anticipation of sampling the wares of one of our recently established local brewers. This is the picture which faced Dean Bond when he arrived at a prearranged talk to attempt to educate the local CAMRA members in the intricacies of brewing traditional Real Ale. Having spent much of his prior career in the I.T. industry, Dean was well versed in ‘talking technical’, and found a perfect pitch to satisfy his audience's desire for details. After explaining the job of the maltster, the difference between the pale and dark malts and the purpose of torrified wheats and roasted barleys, Dean went on to describe the complexities of the modern day hop industry. There is no doubt that the craft beer uprising has had a significant impact on the global hop market, and obtaining some of the most popular varieties can now be nigh on impossible, unless you are buying forward in large quantities. Dean is not overly concerned however; as he was keen to point out that he does not consider himself a craft brewer. Dean prefers to build his reputation by focusing his efforts on the more traditional English brewing techniques and styles. Dean also likes to keep things British, as evidenced by one of his regular core beers, ‘Best of British’, which is brewed using entirely British ingredients. At 4.0% abv, ‘Best Of British’ is brewed using three blends of malted barley and wheat and two English whole leaf hop varieties. It was a thoroughly enjoyable evening and having the opportunity to sample all of Bond Brews core beers side by side, as well as hearing about how they were brewed, was a real treat – Thanks Dean! Follow Dean on Facebook – www.facebook.com/bondbrews Twitter – www.twitter.com/bondbrews Website – www.bondbrews.co.uk Email – beer@bondbrews.co.uk

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Bond Takes Bond Takes Over Over Wokingham Wokingham Pub Pub Taps Taps By Simon Grist By Simon Grist

On 15th February 2017 Bond Brews of Wokingham took over all the On 15th February 2017 Bond Brews of Wokingham took over all the hand-pulls at the Crispin in a “Tap Take-over”. hand-pulls at the Crispin in a “Tap Take-over”. The five hand-pulls at the Crispin in Wokingham were all dedicated to The five hand-pulls at the Crispin in Wokingham were all dedicated to Bond Brews beers for the night - namely their 3 regulars (GoldiBond Brews beers for the night - namely their 3 regulars (GoldiHops, Best of British and Railway Porter) plus seasonals Night Hops, Best of British and Railway Porter) plus seasonals Night Screamer and Scrum Five. Brewer Dean Bond gave an entertaining Screamer and Scrum Five. Brewer Dean Bond gave an entertaining and informative presentation to a healthy crowd of interested drinkand ers . informative presentation to a healthy crowd of interested drinkers . Dressed in a T-shirt designed to look like a tuxedo, he kicked off Dressed in a T-shirt designed to look like a tuxedo, he kicked off giving background on his brewing experience. He also covered setgiving background on his brewing experience. He also covered setting up the company and day-to-day life in the brewery, thanking ting up the company and day-to-day life in the brewery, thanking CAMRA branch member Raymond Whitehead for his invaluable help CAMRA branchas member Raymond for his invaluable help and Bob Brooks CAMRA Brewery Whitehead Liaison Officer. and Bob Brooks as CAMRA Brewery Liaison Officer. This was followed by a short quiz to win bottles of Bond Brews beer This was followed a short quiz win on bottles before Dean mingled with the customers to explainbymore about theto beers offer.of Bond Brews beer before Dean mingled with the customers to explain more about the beers on offer. Speaking afterwards Dean said “Many thanks to Mick, the Landlord at The Crispin, Wokingham for Speaking afterwards Dean said “Many thanks to Mick, the Landlord at The Crispin, Wokingham for hosting the recent Bond Brews Tap Takeover. I felt is was a great evening supported by the BSE hosting the recent Bond Brews Tap Takeover. I felt is was a great evening supported by the BSE branch of CAMRA and friends. It provided a great opportunity to meet local customers and spread the branch of CAMRA and friends. It provided a great opportunity to meet local customers and spread the word about the local brews.” word about the local brews.” Dean is pictured left with CAMRA Brewery Liaison Officer for Bond Brews, Bob Brooks. Dean is pictured left with CAMRA Brewery Liaison Officer for Bond Brews, Bob Brooks.


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Brewery News (Continued) Siren has a new core beer!

Siren have added a sixth core beer to their ever expanding range. It is called “Yu Lu” a Loose Leaf Pale made with lemon zest and earl grey tea at a session strength 3.6% ABV. Siren tells us it’s a beer that has developed over time, as they’ve refined the recipe from its roots in Vermont two years ago. This beer will now be regularly available alongside their other core beers… Undercurrent: 4.5% pale ale with spicy, grassy aromas and a taste of grapefruit and apricot. Soundwave: 5.6% west coast IPA immensely hoppy with grapefruit, peach & mango flavours. Liquid Mistress: 5.8% west coast red IPA: burnt raisins and crackers balanced by citrus. Broken Dream: 6.0% breakfast stout with a touch of smoke, coffee and chocolate. Calypso: A 4.0% Berliner-style sour beer that is liberally dry hopped.

Maiden 2016:

Siren’s anniversary barley wine, Maiden, has been bottled and is now on sale. Maiden was the first beer ever brewed at Siren and is always the first batch brewed each year. This American style barley wine is aged by Siren in a variety of spirit and wine barrels, before being blended back together with a percentage of fresh beer, to create that year’s vintage. The barrels used are left with 10% aged beer in them before being topped up with fresh Maiden, in what Siren tell us is a form of the Solera system. Siren also invited their close neighbour, Andy Parker of Elusive Brewing, to brew a Parti-Gyle with the second runnings. This has given birth to ‘2 UP’, with the Elusive ‘Baby Barley Wine’ which Siren say is taking the beer in a whole different direction after a generous dry-hopping with mosaic. As has now become somewhat of a tradition, Siren brought in some outside help for their Maiden blending day. The Wild Beer Co, along with HonestBrew and Roger from The Hope in Carshalton. Maiden releases are regarded for their depth of flavour and complexity of barrel notes. This year’s blend consists of 20% Fresh Maiden, 10% Armagnac, 10% Banyuls, 20% Heaven Hill, 30% Red Wine and 10% Rum (in ex-Jack Daniels barrels) ome of the oldest beer in the brewery.

Two Cocks Brewery: Caroline Davenport and Les Hanwell, the new owners of the Two Cocks Brewery in Enborne, are apparently settling in well. Beers are being supplied to local pubs and retail outlets. As in previous years they plan to brew a beer for the Newbury Racecourse Beer Festival, and their beer will be available at the Reading Beer Festival.

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As well as the great benefits of being a CAMRA member; such as a monthly newspaper; quarterly glossy magazine; discounted books; reduced entrance fees at beer festivals etc there are a number of pubs in the Berkshire South East area that offer CAMRA members a discount. This is purely at the discretion of the landlords and may be withdrawn or amended at any time but these pubs are known to offer a discount on production of a valid CAMRA membership card. BRACKNELL

Cannie Man, Bracknell Green Man, Bracknell Goose at the Station, Bracknell Old Manor Bracknell (Vouchers) CROWTHORNE

CAMRA Real Ale Discount Scheme

Prince, Crowthorne SANDHURST

Rose & Crown, Sandhurst WOKINGHAM

Gig House, Wokingham (Vouchers) Molly Millar, Wokingham ABORFIELD (Just across our border) Bramshill Hunt, Aborfield

This pub offers CAMRA members a discount See inside for more details

If any pub in our area would like to offer a discount to CAMRA members please contact Barry Garber at campaigns@seberkscamra.org.uk and we will add you to the list.

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Real Cider in the South East Berkshire Area. CAMRA members who enjoy Real Cider and Perry have decided the results of our CAMRA South-East Berks branch area Cider Pub of the Year. This year the Cider Pubs of the Year are: Winner: The Old Manor, Bracknell Runner-Up: The Wheelwright’s Arms, Hurst The result was very close and both local pubs deserve recognition for being excellent local pubs both selling very good real cider and perry. Their certificates will be presented during May 2017. Spring is now upon us and Summer will soon be following on. This is a favourite time for spending time in pub gardens and enjoying a drink with friends. Cider and Perry are often associated with the longer days and warmer weather. If your local pub serves seasonal real cider and perry then it is the time to remind your publican to get the cider stocks in. More and more pubs are celebrating the outside seasons by putting on mini, weekend long, Beer Festivals and a box (or three) of Cider goes down well at these seasonal events. To get a bigger choice of Beers and Ciders look out for local Beer and Cider festivals throughout 2017. Festivals in this area include Reading, Twyford, Bracknell and of course our branch’s own CAMRA Beer and Cider Festival at Ascot Racecourse, where you will find a vast range of Real Ale and Real Cider. Details of all the upcoming Beer and Cider festivals in the area can be found on pages 25 to 27. If you have any questions or comments about Real Cider in our area, please contact me, Mike Lee, at cider@seberkscamra.org.uk.

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Wokingham’s Brewing Heritage By Anthony Springall

Wokingham has a long and proud brewing heritage which has recently been revived with the micro-breweries situated in the borough such as Binghams, Siren Craft, Bond Brews and Elusive but these follow an earlier generation of breweries which were situated in the town and the local area. The first recorded instance of brewing in the town relates to Robert and John Hawes who in the late 17th century were listed as brewers whilst another member of the family, William was recorded as a maltster, an important connection for the family. The malting of barley within the town was an important industry and there were at least three maltsters operating in the period with one, William Talmadge also brewing and growing his own hops. Around 1760, James Webb bought the land that William Talmadge (above) had previously occupied and started the first of the larger breweries in Wokingham which by the first quarter of the 19th Century was the owner of 12 of the 19 pubs in the town. The last of the Webbs died in 1821 and the

brewery and business were purchased by William Hayward whose son had married James Webb's daughter previously. The Hayward Brewery expanded rapidly in the middle of 19th Century such that by 1842 all but five pubs in the town were Hayward's houses although this rapid expansion together with the early death of James Hayward Senior put enormous financial strain on the business and by 1856 it was insolvent and the brewery and tied houses were put up for auction on 17th June 1856 in the Rose, Market Place. Despite the dominance of Haywards Brewery in the town, some others had started their own enterprises such as Joseph Croft who purchased the site where the Three Brewers was subsequently built and started brewing next to the railway which provided a ready stream of customers. In Rose Street, William Lewis had started the Eagle Brewery in 1820 which supplied the pub of the same name and in Peach Street, Greys Brewery had started in 1868 until it was bought by Brakspears in 1903.

The Two Poplars at the time of The Wokingham Brewery

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www.seberkscamra.org.uk Francis Baker started brewing in the town in 1823 and in subsequent years the business (the Wokingham Brewery) grew, acquiring a number of pubs including The Crooked Billet, Molly Millar (then known as the Railway Hotel), Two Poplars and the Hope and Anchor. Upon Francis Baker’s death in 1876, his widow ran the brewery for the next 40 years when it was sold to Henry Powell who renamed it Baker Powell until it was sold to Brakspears in 1913 along with 9 public houses. The Wellington Brewery was started by Robert Dunning who took advantage of the demise of Haywards and purchased one of the pubs at the auction, The Chair in Den-

mark Street and subsequently renamed it The Wellington Arms and built the Wellington Brewery behind the pub on land now occupied by The Gig House (who have a series of old photos on the wall illustrating the history of the site). On the death of Robert in 1864, his son Thomas ran the business and it expanded rapidly and by 1877 was selling 2500 barrels annually. It appears that Thomas had a change of heart on the morals of selling alcohol and subsequently sold the business to Frank Headington and his cousin Richard Webster although later the partnership was dissolved and instead, Frank's son John joined the business to form Headington & Son in 1889.

The Hope and Anchor in its day as a Baker Powell house

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The business grew with 15 freehold pubs but by 1920 it had become a takeover target for Ashby's of Staines who bought the brewery and pubs only to close the brewing operation in order to supply its own beers in the outlets. Thus large scale brewing ceased in the town and it was not to get its own brewery again until Greenwoods Brewery started up almost 75 years later in 1994 before ceasing in 1997. It is interesting to note that Ashbys would only be the owners of the pubs for 10 years before they themselves were the target of a takeover by Simonds & Co in 1930 and the pubs would once again start selling Berkshire brewed beer. We now come full circle with Binghams Brewery starting in Ruscombe in 2010, Siren Craft at Finchampstead in 2012, Bond Brews at Heathlands in 2015 and Elusive in Finchampstead in 2016. These breweries are not the large pub owning companies of old but instead offer the

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drinker a selection of hand crafted beers which are sure to be enjoyed. In February 2013 Jon Hosking formed Wokingham Home Brewers Association who meet every second Tuesday of the month to discuss the ancient craft of brewing beer, and occasionally cider making. Jon subsequently moved on to start his own commercial brewery, Gyle 59 in West Dorset, but the association continues to meet. If you are interested in joining this band of merry brewers & brewsters, contact them at: whbamembership@yahoo.co.uk. Sources: The Inns and Public Houses of Wokingham, Dennis Ayres and Judith Hunter, Berks CC 1994. A Century of British Brewers 1890 to 2012, Norman Barber, BHS 2012

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Campaign Focus By Barry Garber

It’s Good News and Bad News: Firstly the

bad news! The Chancellor of the Exchequer in his Spring budget on the 8th March ended a five year respite for beer drinkers by announcing a two pence per pint increase in duty. At a time of already rapidly increasing costs for the trade the Chancellor's decision will do absolutely nothing to stem the ongoing stream of pub closures we are currently experiencing. This will clearly impact employment in the industry. The increasing number of breweries will be competing for an ever decreasing number of outlets to sell their product into. The two pence duty rise was passed on to pub goers within a week of the budget and adds to the already staggering level of duty the beer drinker already pays.

Colin Valentine, CAMRA's National Chairman said "UK beer drinkers, pubs and brewers have been let down by the Chancellor's decision to increase beer duty for the first time in five years. The announced two-penny a pint increase marks a return to the days when the much-hated Beer Duty Escalator contributed to 75,000 job losses, 3,700 pub closures and a 24% fall in beer sales in pubs. The rise in beer duty will ultimately hit consumers in their pockets and lead to pub closures across the country. The government's U-turn on beer duty is a real missed opportunity to support consumers. The UK still pays one of the highest rates of duty across Europe, only consuming around 12% of the beer yet paying nearly 40% of all beer duty in the EU. Further beer duty increases will lead to unsustainable price increases in pubs. The decision completely ignores the pressures that are being faced by the beer and pub sectors." With the business rate revaluation changes from April and the consequent increased burden on many pubs, there was recognition in the budget of the higher bills that pubs are facing. Those with a rateable value of under £100,000 will receive a temporary £1000 discount in business rate bills. Although this is to be welcomed, it's not nearly enough bearing in mind the higher bills that many pubs are facing. Quite shockingly although pubs account for 0.5% of UK turnover, they pay 2.8% of all business rates. This is due to business rates on pubs being assessed and levied not only on square footage but also on turnover. If ever there was a tax on success this

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is one. This is really unfair. So Mr Chancellor the verdict on your budget from CAMRA is just not good enough! Now the good news and this really is worth raising a glass to! The Government has finally recognised that current planning rules around pubs are totally inadequate. It has acted to close a loophole that has allowed change of use and even demolition of pubs without any requirement for planning permission. This is a hard fought victory by CAMRA and others in the industry. Although this will clearly not prevent all pubs from closing it will soon require planning permission to be gained for all changes of use and as part of that process any 'interested party' can submit comments and objections as they see fit. Although the law has yet to be changed, the Government has indicated its support so we need to make sure that it actually does happen! CAMRA's Chief Executive, Tim Page was delighted with the news and said "This announcement is the result of the work of thousands of local campaigners and CAMRA members who have been calling for an end to the loopholes in existing legislation that have been used by developers to close wonderful, viable and wellsupported local pubs. This change also wouldn't have been possible without the dedication of Lord Kennedy in securing the support of the House of Lords earlier this month. Lord Kennedy's efforts to support the future of local pubs at the heart and soul of communities will benefit pub goers for generations to come." "This change delivers real and robust protection to valued community pubs, which previously have relied on communities going through the bureaucratic process of securing Asset of Community Value (ACV) listings, or local authorities choosing to use complex and obscure Article 4 directions. "We will work with the Government to ensure these measures are implemented as soon as possible to allow pubs across England to start benefiting from the protection of the planning system”.

Barry Garber Branch Campaigns Coordinator

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Public Transport

On 27 March 2017 the Transport Secretary announced that Stagecoach Group, the current operator of the South West Trains franchise would not have their franchise renewed. A joint venture by First Group and MTR of Hong Kong will take over the franchise from 20 August 2017 for a 7 year term. This surprise announcement means that Stagecoach will lose one of their key rail franchises, and one that they have held since the inception of rail franchising in the UK in 1996. The South West franchise covers over 600 route miles and accounts for 220 million passenger journeys per year. South West Trains operate the service between London Waterloo and Reading and cover the stations from Sunningdale to Winnersh in our CAMRA branch area. As

part of their franchise bid First MTR have committed to improving the service across their network. Specifically on the Waterloo to Reading corridor the commitment is for a doubling of the service frequency from 2 trains per hour to 4 trains per hour, faster journey times (10 minutes faster for end to end journeys) and a later last train from London to Reading at 00:05 hrs. Currently the last train is at 23:50 hrs. Berkshire South East CAMRA awaits more information as to the timing of the implementation of these franchise promises. Stagecoach South West trains were regarded as one of the better train operators in the UK and my personal experience bears this out, so we will just have to wait and see what the new operator delivers. Barry Garber Branch Public Transport Officer

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Landlord’s Witter By Barry Fenton

An interview with a landlord from a local pub.

This time we welcome Clive McNelly, the new Licensee of the White Horse in Wokingham Without.

What Real Ales are you selling today and how does this change? Greene King IPA and Abbot, which are always on, plus Timothy Taylor’s Landlord. The third ale will always be a “guest”, changing regularly. I’ll see what my regulars want and take that into account before ordering.

How important are Real Ales & cider to your pub? Very. Real Ales currently outsell lagers. Thanks to Peter, my predecessor, the pub was in the Good Beer Guide two years ago. I hope to get back in soon.

What are your impressions of CAMRA in the area? Very good. In three months, three committee members have made themselves known to me and they seem to be pro active in the area.

What plans have you got for your pub in the next year? I’m enlarging the rear garden, with a new patio and more seating and it will be secure for children. I will be having BBQs out there in the summer. I’ve decorated inside, to soften the ambiance, and have a new carpet coming soon.

What is craft beer? Not mass produced. A one off. Good quality.

How long have you been in the pub business and at the White Horse? Just three months at the White Horse. Before that, on a voluntary basis, I was Chairman of the Emmbrook Sports & Social Club, whilst running my own business.

What do you most like about the pub trade? Meeting new and varied people and trying to make a difference to their day.

And the least? The unpredictability of trade. Some days I can staff up for a rush, which doesn’t happen, then for no apparent reason the next day is busy. But it’s early days and I’m sure that I will sort this and then find something else to moan about!

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What are your thoughts on the success of craft beers? It’s great, because the youngsters are getting interested in quality beers.

What would you like to get over to our readers to encourage them to come into your pub? We do a quiz night every Wednesday, which is already very popular. We give a good welcome to all, whether in for a quick pint or for a full meal. Our food offer is basic pub food, available at lunchtime and from 6 to 9 in the evening. I have to review and update our wine list.

Which celebrity would you most like to work behind your bar and why? Micky Flanagan, the cockney comedian, to keep the customers smiling.

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11 - 13 May 2017: Kingston Beer & Cider Festival camrasurrey.org.uk/festivals/18th-kingston-beer-cider-festival A great festival organised by Kingston & Leatherhead CAMRA. It is accessible by train from our area (changing at Twickenham). They promise over 60 ales plus 12 ciders and perries. Reduced admission prices for CAMRA members.







20 – 21 May 2017: Bull at Barkham thebullbarkham.com Another beer festival at this splendid village local. The pub is accessible via the number 3 “Leopard” bus between Wokingham and Reading. There should be around 10 to 12 ales on stillage plus 6 on hand-pulls as usual. A mixture of local and national brewers is expected. 26 – 29 May 2017: White Horse, Hedgerley facebook.com/whitehorsehedgerley The White Horse is once again Slough, Windsor & Maidenhead branch’s Pub of the Year. Their beer festival is huge for a country village pub, featuring over 100 rare and unusual ales over the course of the weekend plus ciders, perries and foreign beers. 27 – 29 May 2017: Queen’s Head, Wokingham queensheadwokingham.co.uk Carol and her fantastic team at the Queen’s Head have recently won our Branch Pub of the Year award for a third year running. Expect around 10 to 12 stillaged ales on the delightful back patio, plus their usual 6 on the bar. Some real cider is expected too. th

28 May 2017: Bracknell Ale & Wine Festival bracknellalefestival.co.uk This festival continues at the new Bracknell Rugby Club venue. Courtney buses are putting on a shuttle service from Bracknell station to make getting there and back easier. Expect around 30 ales from local and regional breweries, plus ciders and English wines. Free entry for CAMRA members. nd

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2 – 3 June 2017: Guildford Beer Festival guildfordbeerfestival.co.uk This festival is held in a pitch-side marquee at Guildford Cricket Club, with the help of our friends in Surrey Hants Borders CAMRA. Entry is by advance ticket, and you should expect around 80 real ales & ciders sourced from Surrey, Berkshire, Hampshire and Sussex.

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2 – 3 June 2017: Alton Summer Beer Festival altonbeerfestival.co.uk Held at Alton College (a short walk from the station), this festival has become quite an Alton institution. Expect around 70 ales, plus a dozen ciders and perries. Entry is by advance ticket only. In an environmental initiative, customers are requested to bring their own lined half pint beer glass to drink from. th


9 – 10 June 2017: Twyford Beer Festival twyfordbeerfest.co.uk This community festival run in aid of the male cancer charity “Orchid” is located a short walk from Twyford station. They normally offer over 30 real ales, plus a cider and perry bar. For the first time there will be an additional session on the Friday evening, however note advance tickets are required for this (but not for Saturday). th




16 – 17 June 2017: Hampton Beer Festival hamptonbeerfestival.co.uk A worthwhile festival run by the local Scouts in aid of charity. Located near Hampton station which is just 10 minutes from Twickenham (on the Waterloo line from our area). Expect around 15 ales and a few ciders.

16 – 18 June 2017: Perseverance, Wraysbury thepercy.co.uk This friendly local puts on several beer festivals during the year. It is easily accessible from Wraysbury station (change at Staines on the Waterloo line from our area). Expect around 12 real ales at a time. th

8 July 2017: Lowde Fest lowdefest.com This combined music festival and beer festival will appeal to many. It is located at Hazeley Bottom (between Eversley & Hartley Wintney) and advertises over 80 real ales, craft beers, ciders and perries. th


8 – 9 July 2017: Woodcote Steam Rally Festival of Ale woodcoterally.org.uk This steam rally & country fayre held a few miles north of Reading includes a “Festival of Ale” organised by South Oxfordshire CAMRA. Expect around 25 real ales plus a real cider or two. th


12 – 15 July 2017: Ealing Beer Festival ealingbeerfestival.org.uk This is an excellent CAMRA organised beer festival. Advertises over 500 real ales, ciders, perries, wines and imported beers. Reduced admission prices for CAMRA members.

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3 – 6 August 2017: Egham Beer Festival eghambeerfestival.co.uk The charity beer festivals at Egham United Services Club have become renown amongst the beer tickers community for showcasing new breweries and beers. Expect around 60 ales, plus around a dozen ciders & perries. Reduced entry for CAMRA members.


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Several of our customers are featured in the 2017 CAMRA Good Beer Guide

Just as we go to press it is great to report that Bracknell Forest Borough Council have awarded Squirrels Bar and Restaurant in Winkfield with an ACV (Asset of Community Value). The application was supported by Winkfield Parish Council, their own Borough Councillors (special thanks go to Moira Gaw) as well as a petition from the locals are really pleased that use the pub. CAMRA that BFBC have granted this ACV as the pub is in an area with few facilities and it is a focal point for this part of Winkfield.

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Don’t Mix your Drinks!

Port & Guinness – Port & Guinness.

By Anthony Springall

Depth Charge – Lager and vodka.

We all know of the dangers of mixing drinks and various old sayings warn of it such as “Never mix the grain and the grape” or "cider before beer, never fear; beer before cider, makes a bad rider". There is a time however when beer is mixed and it produces a range of drinks, often with fantastic names and which may raise an eyebrow if you ask for one in your local. This article provides details of the most popular twenty five and is for information only and does not endorse these mixtures, some of which look to be absolutely revolting!

Shandy – Bitter mixed with lemonade, refreshing on a hot day.

Black & Tan – A mixture of Guiness and Best Bitter. Black Velvet – Guinness and Champagne, said to be an aphrodisiac. Boilermaker – Brown Ale and Mild. M&B – Mild & Bitter. Narfer narf – A half pint of mild and a half pint of bitter (a half pint of which is a narfer narfer narf). Happy Days – A half of bitter and a scotch ale. Dragons Blood – A barley wine with a tot of rum. Dogs Nose – Gin and Best Bitter (a favourite in Victorian days). Lightplater – Light Ale and Best Bitter. Granny – Old and Mild. Blacksmith – Barley Wine & Guinness.

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Chelada – Lager and lime juice (I seem to remember this as a lager and lime in the 1970's). Coupe de Ville – Tequilla, Lime Juice, Orange Juice and a light Mexican Beer – sounds fine for a holiday in Accapulco but will it ever catch on in Bracknell? Bul – Lager (preferably from Caribbean) mixed with Ginger Beer.


Black & Black – Guinness and Black Currant. Irish Car Bomb – Guinness, Irish Cream and Irish Whiskey (one of the worst combinations I think). Redeye – Beer, tomato juice and tabasco. Summer Hoedown – Wheat beer and Watermelon Juice. Sidewalker – Wheat beer, fruit brandy and lime juice. Snake Bite – Equal parts of lager and cider. Diesel – A snake bite with the addition of blackcurrant. Turbo Diesel – Snake bite with black currant and a shot of vodka (sounds positively vile!) In his seminal book “Beer & Skittles”, Richard Boston describes possibly the most gruesome drink mix. It was chosen from the bottles on the shelves of a Welsh pub, where the landlord and friends tried to create the nastiest drink possible. The results were hollands gin and the juice from a jar of cockles, not to be recommended at any time.

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Branch Diary Visit our branch website for the latest diary updates. We welcome your suggestions for a future social visit. Contact our social secretary, Clive Doran at: social@seberkscamra.org.uk

MAY (Mild Month)


Wednesday 7 June Branch Annual General Meeting. Old Manor, Grenville Place, Bracknell, RG12 1PB. Commences at 8pm (Members Only). th

Saturday 10 June CAMRA BSE Social at the Twyford Beer Festival, King George V Playing Field, Loddon Hall Road, Twyford, RG10 9JA. Commences at 1pm.


Thursday 11 May CAMRA BSE Social at the Crispin 45, Denmark Street, Wokingham, RG40 2AY. Commences at 8pm. th

Friday 12 May CAMRA Social at Kingston Beer & Cider Festival, Kingston Workmens' Club & Institute, 25 Old London Road, Kingston Upon Thames, KT2 6ND. Meet from 12 noon. th

Saturday 13 May CAMRA Central Southern Regional Meeting at the Wig and Pen, 9-13, George Street, Oxford, OX1 2AU. Commences at 12:30pm (Members Only). th

Saturday 20 May CAMRA BSE Social at The Bull at Barkham Beer Festival, Barkham Road, Barkham. RG41 4TL. Commences at 1pm th

Thursday 25 May CAMRA BSE Social at the Cannie Man Hanworth, Bracknell, RG12 7PD. Commences at 8pm. th

Saturday 27 May CAMRA BSE Social at the Queens Head Beer Festival, 23, The Terrace, Wokingham, RG40 1BP. Commences at 12 noon. th

Sunday 28 May CAMRA BSE Social at the Bracknell Ale and Wine Festival 2017, Bracknell Rugby Club, Lilly Hill Drive, Bracknell, RG12 2UG. Commences at 12 noon.


Saturday 15 July CAMRA BSE Social at the Rebellion Brewery Charity Day, Bencombe Farm, Marlow Bottom, Marlow, SL7 3LT. Details TBC. nd

Saturday 22 July CAMRA Social London Pub Crawl. Including a visit to a pie and mash and liquor shop. Details to be confirmed.


Saturday 5 August CAMRA Social at Egham United Services Club Beer Festival, 111 Spring Rise, Egham. TW20 9PE. Meet from 1pm. th


Wednesday 9 or Thursday 10 August CAMRA Social at the Great British Beer Festival, Olympia London. Details TBC. Advertising Rates Quarter page £20 (new adverts) Half page £60* Full page £120* Full page premium £135* * Discounts available for annual subscription (four editions) paid in advance. For all Mad Cow enquiries contact madcow@seberkscamra.org.uk Next Edition Deadline


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National Beer Scoring System

Have you ever wondered how pubs are selected for the CAMRA Good Beer Guide? Scoring beer in pubs is really easy!

The National Beer Scoring System (NBSS) is a 0-5 point scale for judging beer quality in pubs. It is an easy to use system that has been designed to assist CAMRA branches in selecting pubs for the Good Beer Guide and also monitor beer quality by encouraging CAMRA members from any part of the world to report beer quality on any pub in the UK. If you are a CAMRA member, we want you to tell us about the quality of beer in the pubs you visit. If you are not a member, why not join Europe's most successful consumer organisation? As an incentive, when you score a beer you get entered into a prize draw to win free CAMRA books!

How do I score my beer?

You can score your beer online at home or if you have a smart phone in the pub! To submit your scores just visit whatpub.com. Log into the site using your CAMRA membership number and password. Once you have agreed to the terms and conditions and found a pub on the site, you can start scoring. You can find out more here whatpub.com/beerscoring

What do I need to record? • • • • •

The location and name of the pub (WhatPub mobile can work this out!). The date you visited the pub. A score out of 5. The name of the beer. We will also need your name and membership number but once you have registered these are recorded automatically in WhatPub.

What do the scores mean?

0. No cask ale available. 1. Poor. Beer that is anything from barely drinkable to drinkable with considerable resentment. 2. Average. Competently kept, drinkable pint but doesn't inspire in any way, not worth moving to another pub but you drink the beer without really noticing. 3. Good. Good beer in good form. You may cancel plans to move to the next pub. You want to stay for another pint and may seek out the beer again. 4. Very Good. Excellent beer in excellent condition. 5. Perfect. Probably the best you are ever likely to find. A seasoned drinker will award this score very rarely.

What if I can't decide on a score?

The NBSS allows you to enter half scores

How do I edit my scores?

To edit your scores go to data.beerscoring.org.uk.

How is the information being collated?

Once beer scores have been submitted online, CAMRA branches can download them and use them to help in the CAMRA Good Beer Guide selection process. For more information, CAMRA members can go to: members.camra.org.uk/group/branch-nbss-coordinator/dashboard

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THE VICTORIA ARMS CAMRA SE Berks Pub of the Year 2009 Fuller’s Village Pub of the Year 2009

TRADITIONAL ENGLISH PUB • Award Winning Fuller’s Real Ales • Fuller’s Master Cellarman • Traditional Home Cooked Food • Comfortable Surroundings • Friendly Atmosphere

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