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Editor’s Welcome

Welcome to the 52nd edition of Mad Cow

Wow! What a glorious summer! For some of us, summers are about lazy drinking, and whiling away the long hours of sunlight with mindless imbibing. They’re also about surviving the hot temperatures, not with a fizzy lager (which might be difficult to find with the recent CO2 shortage), but with a selection of crisp and refreshing real ales, or real ciders & perries, to quench your thirst. There is nothing better than a cellar cool cask ale, with a crisp hoppy finish, or a sweet chilled cider or perry, to leave you feeling fully revived during a hot day of basking in the sun. And what better way to enjoy that refreshing moment, than with a copy of the latest Mad Cow to keep you company. In this jam-packed issue you will find all the latest news from our local pubs and breweries. On page 10 Andy Ross has provided an overview of the availability of Growlers from our local breweries. Simon Grist has provided a three page listing of all upcoming Beer Festivals on pages 28-30. An interesting article on the diminishing art of Coopering by Anthony Springall on page 32, is accompanied by the regular Cider and Perries update on page 16, Campaign Focus on page 23, Diary Update on page 35, and Barry’s “Landlord’s Witter” on page 37… Happy reading! Mike Rathge The views expressed in the Mad Cow are those of Mad Cow Editor individual contributors and do not necessarily reflect the views of the Campaign for Real Ale.

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communities. We would urge all MPs to consider signing this EDM.”

A round-up of what is happening in the pubs in the Berkshire South East Region:

Toby Perkins MP, Chairman of the All Party Parliamentary Pubs Group added: “Pubs play an incredibly important role both in our social fabric and our local economies, and so it is great that so many MP’s are showing their support. There is concern that the overall burden of tax on our pubs is excessive and MP’s across the house will continue to make the case to do more to support this crucial sector.”

Save Our Pubs!

Kee’s, Winkfield

More than 100 MPs have backed an Early Day Motion (EDM) in Parliament which calls on the Government to take further steps to reduce the tax burden on pubs in a bid to halt pub closures. Tabled by Toby Perkins MP, who sits as the Chair of the All Party Group on Pubs, the Motion has rapidly received cross-party backing. This is partly thanks to the Campaign for Real Ale which has mobilised thousands of their own members to encourage MPs to show their support for pubs. The EDM recognises the recent changes in planning law and taxation have helped the industry, but asks for more to be done to help pubs, and “calls on the Government to take further steps to support pubs which reduces the tax burden and will enshrine the valuable role the great British pub plays in UK society.”

CAMRA has consistently kept pressure on the Government to implement tax measures that recognise the contribution that pubs make to personal and community wellbeing. Ahead of the Autumn Budget, CAMRA will be campaigning for a cut to Beer Duty and a permanent Business Rate Relief for pubs. CAMRA’s National Chairman, Jackie Parker said: “We know that 18 pubs are being forced to close each week and we welcome the EDM calling for more support for pubs, and the backing from those MPs who have signed it already. A number of factors contribute to these closures, including a ‘triple tax whammy’ of high Beer Duty, Business Rates and VAT. It is only by changing government policy on key issues that we will be able to protect the British pub, and ensure it remains at the very heart of our

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Kee’s in Winkfield has closed. Kee’s, which reopened in March 2013 at ‘The Winkfield’, was a contemporary Oriental restaurant and bar in the fully refurbished century old Winkfield Inn. The future of this historic pub is currently unclear.

Rose and Crown, Sandhurst

We are counting down the days to Halloween in eager anticipation of the legendary Rose and Crown Halloween Beer Festival in October. Peter and Michelle have delighted us with a huge range of seasonal cask ales from around the country each Halloween for several years now, and we are sure that this will prove to be another fantastic event. Keep an eye on the pubs website for updates at: http://www.roseandcrownsandhurst.info The Rose and Crown also have regular music nights, with Acoustic Café every Monday starting at 7:30pm (with Real Ale at £3 per pint also on a Monday), Martyn’s Open Mic Night every Tuesday at 8:30pm, as well as regular Live Music on most Saturday nights, details of which can also be found on their website.

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Siren Craft Brew Tap Yard, Finchampstead

The Siren Craft Brew Tap Yard’s popularity continues to grow. Here is an update of what has been going on. Street Food Summer & Bar Snacks Every Saturday throughout the summer, Siren are putting on a selection of Street Food vendors. To date they’ve had stone baked pizzas, authentic Italian polenta chips, a mixture of Sri Lankan dishes, toasties, Mexican, vegan treats, Mac ‘n cheese and much more.

Tasting Events Other new features for the Siren Tap Yard are their regular tasting and pairing events. So far they’ve already had a couple of cheese pairing sessions, which have gone down a storm with the local crowd. A very special tasting session recently held was a Maiden event, a tasting of 5 years of Maiden. The next pairing event will be beer and whiskey, and is guaranteed to be special. Bottle Shares The Tap Yard has also started holding bottle share parties, with some great beers having already been tried, including some older BrewDog Abstrakts, Cloudwater’s BA Black Forest Stout, a set of Electric Bear BA beers, a smoked Left Handed Giant beer and some of the older Siren bottles. There were even some beers from further afield, such as Lickinghole Creek Brewery’s Bourbon BA Blueberry Obsession, hailing from Virginia. These bottle shares events are proving to be very popular, giving everyone a chance to talk beer and share with like-minded people.

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For the World Cup quarter-finals on the 7 July, the tap yard was equipped with a TV, and Peruvian Sausage and Chip Specialist - Salchipapa were on hand to feed the hungry fans.

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After JD Wetherspoon shut the Gig House on June 10th 2018, it was quickly snapped up by a local entrepeneur who owns Bears at The Packhouse in Farnham. At the time of going to press the pub, which will remain as the Gig House for now, was just reopening its doors after a short refurbishment to freshen the place up. We understand that Doombar and Sharps Atlantic cask ales are now available, and that the new owner is keen to to improve the service and quality of food. We also understand that breakfast is being served, and that there is live music on Fridays.

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www.seberkscamra.org.uk Thursday and it was about 3:45am before the turntable ladder came. It would seem quite possible that if the turntable ladder had arrived earlier the fire could have been controlled and stopped from spreading to the building next door. Sources: The Inns and Public Houses of Wokingham by Dennis Ayres and Judith Hunter (Berkshire Books) Wokingham in the News ed. Jim Bell (e-Book on Wokingham Society website http://www.wokinghamsociety.org.uk/Wokingham_in_the_News. html) Wokingham News from the Reading Mercury (1800 to 1857) ed Jim Bell

The blaze at Ye Olde Rose Inne, Wokingham, would not have been so disastrous if the town had a full-time brigade with better equipment, it was claimed this week. The damage to the 15th century inn is estimated at £100,000. Wokingham’s Chamber of Trade has now called for a full-time fire brigade. The secretary of the Chamber of Trade said that with Wokingham’s population soaring to 50,000 and with the large number of old buildings in the area, there was hardly a town with more fire risks. The fire was reported at 3:30am on

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Pubs Pubs offering offering CAMRA CAMRA member member discount discount in in Berkshire Berkshire South South East East Branch Branch Area Area Bracknell Bracknell

Old Old Manor Manor offers offers 50p 50p off off a a pint pint of of real real ale ale or or cider cider on on presentation presentation of of a a CAMRA/Wetherspoons voucher. [The voucher will be retained by staff] CAMRA/Wetherspoons voucher. [The voucher will be retained by staff] Cannie Cannie Man Man offers offers 10p 10p off off a a pint pint of of real real ale ale to to CAMRA CAMRA Members Members Green Green Man Man offers offers 10% 10% discount discount on on real real ale ale to to CAMRA CAMRA Members Members The Golden Retriever is offering 20p off a pint is available at all Vintage Inns] The Golden Retriever is offering 20p off a pint of of real real ale. ale. [Offer [Offer is available at all Vintage Inns]

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The The Prince Prince offers offers 10% 10% discount discount on on real real ale ale to to CAMRA CAMRA Members Members

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Shepherds Shepherds House House (Chef (Chef & & Brewer) Brewer) offers offers 10% 10% discount discount on on real real ale ale to to CAMRA CAMRA Members Members

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Rose Rose and and Crown Crown offers offers 20p/pint 20p/pint or or 10p/half 10p/half pint pint discount discount on on real real ales ales to to CAMRA CAMRA Members Members

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Olde Olde Leathern Leathern Bottel Bottel (Chef (Chef & & Brewer) Brewer) offers offers 10% 10% discount discount on on real real ales ales to to CAMRA CAMRA Members Members Station Station Tap Tap is is offering offering 10% 10% off off real real ales ales to to CAMRA CAMRA members members

You You must must present present a a valid valid CAMRA CAMRA discounts. discounts. Please Please show show your your card card or or to assist bar staff. to assist bar staff.

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The The above above CAMRA CAMRA discounts discounts are are subject subject to to change change and and the the decision decision of of the the pub pub to to offer offer the the discount discount or or not not is is final. final. If any pub in our area would like to offer a discount to CAMRA members please contact If any pub in our area would like to offer a discount to CAMRA members please contact campaigns@seberkscamra.org.uk and we will add you to the list. campaigns@seberkscamra.org.uk and we will add you to the list.

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- Real Ales, constantly changing on 7 pumps. -Real Ale Mondays. All @ £3.00/pint - Quality homemade meals: Tuesday - Sunday - NEW BBQ SMOKER—TEXAN SMOKED MEATS

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- Traditional Sunday roasts Famous Halloween Beer - CAMRA LocAle & members discount and Cider Festival in - Comfortable surroundings and October Large garden area. Acoustic Café Mondays - Family friendly and dogs welcome Live Music and Open Mic - Open Mic night every Tuesday nights - Live music most Saturdays. Pls see Facebook

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By Andy Ross By Andy Ross

Grrrrowlers... Us drinkers have always Grrrrowlers... Us drinkers have always been an environmentally friendly bunch, been an environmentally friendly bunch, drinking from reusable glasses, taking drinking from reusable glasses, taking public transport or walking; recycling public transport or walking; recycling tinnies or bottles... Even turning beer, tinnies or bottles... Even turning beer, cider, wine etc. into water! cider, wine etc. into water! And now we have started using growlers, a And now we have started using growlers, a one or two litre reusable bottle to take to a one or two litre reusable bottle to take to a brewery for filling with beer and taking back brewery for filling with beer and taking back home to enjoy. This got me thinking, which home to enjoy. This got me thinking, which of my awesome local breweries had of my awesome local breweries had started selling Growlers. Well, let’s find started selling Growlers. Well, let’s find out, in alphabetical order… (I would out, in alphabetical order… (I would suggest you call ahead first to confirm suggest you call ahead first to confirm these details are still correct, just in case!) these details are still correct, just in case!)

Binghams Brewery in Twyford have a Binghams Brewery in Twyford have a double skinned stainless steel offering, this double skinned stainless steel offering, this two litre growler will keep your beer cool for two litre growler will keep your beer cool for up to 8 hours. Available for £19.90 with £3 up to 8 hours. Available for £19.90 with £3 off your first fill and 50p off subsequent off your first fill and 50p off subsequent refills... both the logos in the picture are on refills... both the logos in the picture are on the growler. the growler.

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Loddon Brewery in Dunsden Green are Loddon Brewery in Dunsden Green are also selling their also selling their own growlers, and own growlers, and for no other for no other reason than I am a reason than I am a sucker for large sucker for large flip-top bottle flip-top bottle stoppers and stoppers and pouring handles, I pouring handles, I present to you the present to you the Growler I am now Growler I am now using. £22.50 using. £22.50 gets you a 2 litre gets you a 2 litre glass growler filled glass growler filled to the brim with to the brim with beer, subsequent beer, subsequent refills cost between £7.55 and £8.60. refills cost between £7.55 and £8.60.

Malt the Brewery in Prestwood also offer Malt the Brewery in Prestwood also offer glass growlers in 1 and 2 litre sizes, with glass growlers in 1 and 2 litre sizes, with refills costing £4.50 and £8.50. You will refills costing £4.50 and £8.50. You will need to contact the brewery for their latest need to contact the brewery for their latest deals on first and subsequent refills. deals on first and subsequent refills. MoogBrew in Taplow sell a heavy duty 2 MoogBrew in Taplow sell a heavy duty 2 litre glass growler for £10, every refill is 3.5 litre glass growler for £10, every refill is 3.5 pints, but the bastard bunnies at Moogbrew pints, but the bastard bunnies at Moogbrew will only charge you for 3 pints - so, a free will only charge you for 3 pints - so, a free half pint with every refill, result! half pint with every refill, result!

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www.seberkscamra.org.uk Wild Weather Ales in Silchester offer two litre glass growlers for between £17 and £19 this includes your first fill (£17 for beer under 5% or £19 for beer over 5%). Refills are £12.50 to £14.50 depending on the strength of the refill.

Siren Craft Brew in Finchampstead offer two sizes of stainless steel Growlers in both one and two litre capacity, the first fill is half price if you choose a beer that is under 8.5%! If you go to their tap room on Thursday (open 12 to 8) you can get 15% off a refill. Tillingbourne Brewery near Guildford offer a two litre stainless steel growler for £20. First fill & re fills cost £8.50 (beer up to 4.5%), £9.00 (beer 4.6% to 5.4%) and £9.60 for beer 5.5%+. Windsor and Eton Brewery in Windsor offer glass one and two litre growlers, you can buy the one litre empty for £12.50, £15 filled from cask and £17 filled from keg. Two litre prices are £15.00 empty, £18 filled from cask and £20 filled from keg.

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I hope you have enjoyed my round up of growlers available from the local breweries in our patch. Do also keep an eye on Andwell Brewing in Andwell and Park Brewery in Kingston Upon Thames who have offered growlers as Christmas gifts in the past. Right, all this talk of growlers has made this Mad Cow thirsty, I’m off to fill mine up, Cheers! Andy

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Shop and Taproom Opening Hours Shop Open Daily: 10am to 6pm Taproom Open Daily: 10am to 6pm, Weds - Sat until 11pm Kitchen Open: Tues - Sun 12pm to 3pm, Weds - Sat 6pm to 9pm Phone: 01635 767090 Email: info@wbbrew.co.uk wbbtaproom Available for private tours Please call 01635 767090 or Email: taproomandkitchen@wbbrew.co.uk

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Brewery News

West Berkshire Brewery West Berkshire Brewery’s latest new beer is called Maharaja IPA. A Golden, floral, fruity pine resinous, bitter tropical IPA at 5.1% ABV. West Berks describe this as a full-bodied New World hopped jaw-dropper of an IPA with full on tropical fruit flavours, mouth-watering bitterness and a rich earthy finale.

They also suggest you enjoy as part of a classic combo. IPA with curry is a match made in heaven. You need the bitterness to round out the heat, so go for a sweet potato & cauliflower massaman with bags of spice. Add some chicken if you’re feeling carnivorous. In June, Kate Twomey of West Berks Brewery was lucky enough to be invited to Clay’s Hyderabadi Kitchen to try their delicious food and match some of their dishes to a few of West Berks’ Renegade range of beers. Clay’s is an Indian restaurant specialising in the regional cuisine that comes from the kitchens of the Royal Kings (Nawabs) of Hyderabad in the South of India and is only a short walk from Reading town centre and train station. The restaurant owners have fantastic palates, and they’ve chosen to fill their bar with various beers that go perfectly with their dishes and that aren’t available in close proximity, they’ve really thought about what they can provide their customers that others cannot and it’s the attention to detail that really made a difference for Kate. In other news, due to circumstances beyond their control, West Berks are sorry to announce that they’re not going to be able to put on Oktoberwest this year. However - they would like you to join them for their beer festival ‘Not Oktoberwest’ on Saturday 22nd September 12pm – 10pm. Not Oktoberwest will be held at their Taproom, and they’re offering limited transport to and from Newbury train station. The gin bar will be run by the folk from The Catherine Wheel in Newbury. Standard tickets include entrance and a pint – £10. Entrance, a pint & transport to and from Newbury train station – £15. Children under 12 FREE. The provided transport will be a double decker bus with seating and standing room. It will do two pick ups, one at 11.30am & one at 3.30pm both from Newbury Train station (Station Road side) and will leave the brewery at 10.15pm when the festival ends taking you back to Newbury train station. Children under 12 years are regrettably not permitted on the bus. Confirmed Breweries/Cider producers so far:

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West Berkshire Brewery (obviously…) Buxton Burnt Mill Wild Card Pohjala Sandford Orchards Tutts clump With more to be announced!

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Brewery News

Siren Craft Brew goes to China… then to Huddersfield!

From its humble beginnings in Hogwood Industrial Estate, Finchampstead, Siren are not only distributing to, and visiting bars, bottle shops and festivals all over the UK, but they also export beer to more than fifteen other countries around the world. One of those countries, on the cusp of a craft beer explosion, is China. In May, founder, Darron, and Sales Manager, Patrick, jetted off to the land of the red dragon to join a host of other breweries from around the world at the Shanghai Craft Beer and Food Festival. Darron and Patrick were absolutely blown away by the following their beers already have in the Far East, especially Maiden and Yu Lu. Patrick said that seeing the beer scene first hand in China was eye-opening. There is a demand for fresh, world class beers and the size of the market is exciting the brewing scene. On their return, Darron went straight off to Huddersfield to Magic Rock’s “Sesh Fest” with Marketing Manager, Andy. Magic Rock didn’t just set out to put on just another festival, they have brought a new concept to the table entirely. SeshFest focusses entirely on low ABV (sub 4.5%) beers, with all brewers pouring two or three examples of their own work. Siren took along Zu Lu (a special variation of Yu Lu with Yuzu juice), White Tips (their Spring seasonal Wit Session IPA) and Suspended in Magic, the latest in their hazy pale ale series, brewed-for and named-after the festival. There are a few reasons why this approach was so refreshing. Magic Rock themselves say: “When the idea for the festival was conceived, we wanted to offer a festival that was different to a lot of the other festivals around, putting the enjoyment and relaxation of attendees and brewers at the centre of the event and concentrating on the joy of beer as a social lubricant. To celebrate beer but also to avoid too much queuing, too much evaluating/rating and the associated FOMO (fear of missing out) that can accompany some of the most popular festivals.” With the focus being on session beer brewers, Siren were pouring alongside the likes of Adnams, Timothy Taylor’s and Rooster’s to name just a few. Andy said it was a coming together for the heritage of British brewing and the new wave, with some delicious results.

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Bond Brews 3 Anniversary Beer Festival took place on 30 June, featuring all of Bond Brews regular beers, an Anniversary Special Beer, and “Moore Beer”, Dean’s current seasonal beer brewed specially for the FIFA World Cup. The first brew of “Moore Beer” sold out before a ball was kicked, so is now being re-brewed to keep us going through the rest of the competition. A number of CAMRA members attended this special anniversary occasion, which was extremely well attended, despite the sweltering temperature on the day. Live Music and an excellent brewery tour were also provided, to make for a fabulous afternoon. Bond brews have also appeared at local and regional beer festivals including, Twyford, Alton and Kingston.

Loddon Brewery

Loddon Brewery has won two gold medals at the SIBA Midlands Independent Beer Awards. Both Night of the Stag (4.4%) and Hocus Pocus (5%) scooped the top prize in their respective categories. And Loddon’s Forbury Lion Strong IPA (5.5%) picked up a bronze medal in the cask category. Loddon Brewery tell us they delighted that their beers are still winning plaudits after 15 years, and give credit to their Head Brewer Steve Brown, who continues to make great beer for us all to enjoy. Well-done Steve! In case you did not know the Loddon Brewery shop is being transformed into a Tap-room. To start with there will be 3 hand pumps, and obviously all the beer out back. The brewery has applied for extended opening hours, and will also be creating a large outside decking area so you can sit and drink beers in the sun.

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coElusive’s has Gracoauthored aAndy new Parker book with Elusive’s Andy Parker has coauthored a newcalled book CAMRA’s with Graham Wheeler, authored a new book with Graham Wheeler, CAMRA’s Essential Homecalled Brewing. Pubham Wheeler, called CAMRA’s Essential Brewing. Published by Home CAMRA, and sponEssential Home Brewing. Published CAMRA, sored by the Malt Miller.by excitingand new sponbook lished byThis CAMRA, and sponsored by on the Malt Miller. This exciting new book is based best-selling classic CAMRA title. It sored by theaMalt Miller. This exciting new book is based on a best-selling classic CAMRA title.that It a practical pocket-sized reference book is based on a best-selling classic CAMRA title. It is a practical pocket-sized reference bookinthat provides an introduction to home-brewing an is a practical pocket-sized reference book that provides an introduction home-brewing an easy-to-understand way. Itto recipesin provides an introduction to includes home-brewing infrom an easy-to-understand It includes recipes from leading British and way. international craft breweries easy-to-understand way. It includes recipes from leading British and international craft breweries for keenBritish brewers to international recreate at home. Suitable leading and craft breweries keen brewers to recreate at home. for first-timers trying out a new hobbySuitable or old for keen brewers to recreate at home. Suitable for first-timers outtheir a new hobby or old hands looking totrying develop brewing repertoire. for first-timers trying out a new hobby or old hands looking to develop brewingshop: repertoire. The book can be found at their the CAMRA hands looking to develop their brewing repertoire. The book can be found at the CAMRA shop: https://shop.camra.org.uk/books/essential-homeThe book can be found at the CAMRA shop: https://shop.camra.org.uk/books/essential-homebrewing.html https://shop.camra.org.uk/books/essential-homebrewing.html brewing.html Elusive also tell us they also have collaboration with Red Cat coming out soon. It's a New EnglandElusive also tell us they also have collaboration with Red Cat coming outbe soon. It's a New EnglandStyle IPA called Sugar. In addition, Elusive’s Sphere of Destiny putting appearance Elusive also tell Moon us they also have collaboration with Red Cat coming will out soon. It'sina an New EnglandStyle IPA called Moon Sugar. In addition, Elusive’s Sphere of Destiny will be putting innew an appearance at theIPA Great British Beer Festival, where apparently Andy will signing of hisin book. EluStyle called Moon Sugar. In addition, Elusive’s Sphere of be Destiny willcopies be putting an appearance at theturned Great British Beer Festival, where apparently Andy will be signing copies of his new book. Elusive years old Festival, in May and released a Double IPA “Tiki” to mark of thehis occasion. at the Greattwo British Beer where apparently Andy willcalled be signing copies new book. Elusive turned two years old in May and released a Double IPA called “Tiki” to mark the occasion. sive turned two years old in May and released a Double IPA called “Tiki” to mark the occasion.

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Real Real Cider Cider in in the the South South East East Berkshire Berkshire Area. Area. The The winner winner of of our our cider cider of of the the Ascot Ascot Racecourse Racecourse Festival Festival Competition Competition was was Crazy Crazy Dave’s Dave’s Berkshire Medium Cider. Dave Snowden who produces Crazy Dave’s Cider, Berkshire Medium Cider. Dave Snowden who produces Crazy Dave’s Cider, is is a a very very enthusiastic enthusiastic local local cider cider producer producer who who has has recently recently moved moved his his cider cider production production to to much much larger larger premises premises at at a a farm farm in in Holyport, Holyport, near near Maidenhead. Maidenhead. Dave Dave made made his his first first cider cider in in 2014 2014 and first first supplied supplied the the Ascot Ascot Festival Festival in in 2016. 2016. We We arranged arranged for and for a a presentation presentation of of the the Festival Festival Cider Cider Certificate Certificate on on a a Saturday Saturday in in May May and and the the event event was was well well attended attended by by both both Berkshire Berkshire South South East East and and Slough, Slough, Windsor Windsor and and Maidenhead Maidenhead branches. branches. The The presentation presentation was was conveniently conveniently timed timed between between the the Royal Royal Wedding Wedding (Harry (Harry vs vs Meghan) Meghan) and and the the FA FA Cup Cup Final (Chelsea vs Man Utd). Below are a selection of photos from the day. Like the Final (Chelsea vs Man Utd). Below are a selection of photos from the day. Like the rest rest of of this this summer, summer, it it was was a a very very warm warm day day in in what what has has turned turned out out to to be be a a great great summer summer for for real real cider cider drinking. drinking. By By Mike Mike Lee Lee SE SE Berks Berks Cider Cider Representative Representative mailto:cider@seberkscamra.org.uk. mailto:cider@seberkscamra.org.uk.

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Jean and Phil Lacey welcome you to their cosy English pub and restaurant in the heart of Winkfield. Just 4 miles from Windsor Castle and 3 miles from Ascot Racecourse.

Large welcoming bar and separate restaurant area. Excellent Lunch and Evening menu, ÂŁ6 for Fish and Chips on Fridays. Beautiful outdoor eating area and garden. Function room for hire, have your party here! Read a free newspaper over a coffee, or gather round a table and play one of the many games available. Come and join our Wednesday quiz night. Real log fire when it is cold outside. Children very welcome with a special menu available for them.

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CAMRA CAMRA responds responds to to the the news news that that the UK is 'running out of fizz' the UK is 'running out of fizz'

Following Following the the news news that that Britain's Britain's CO2 CO2 supply is under threat, supply is under threat, which which could could impact impact on on beers beers available available this this sumsummer, Tom Stainer, CAMRA's mer, Tom Stainer, CAMRA's Chief Chief Communications Communications Officer Officer made made the the folfollowing comment. lowing comment.

"Beer "Beer drinkers drinkers concerned concerned about about the the supply of beer this summer supply of beer this summer can can rest rest easy. easy. There There are are plenty plenty of of fantastic fantastic real real ales, ciders and perries ales, ciders and perries that that will will be be completely completely unaffected unaffected by by the the impendimpending ing CO2 CO2 shortage. shortage. Real Real ales ales are are natunaturally carbonated by live yeast rally carbonated by live yeast that that is is left left in in the the bottle bottle or or cask, cask, and and are are theretherefore fore ‘living ‘living products’ products’ compared compared to to keg keg beers, beers, which which artificially artificially inject inject CO2 CO2 into into the the brew brew for for carbonation. carbonation. In In addition, addition, real ciders and perries are real ciders and perries are naturally naturally still, still, making making them them a a refreshing refreshing beverbeverage choice in the summer age choice in the summer heat. heat. We We would would encourage encourage anyone anyone who's who's looklooking ing forward forward to to their their next next pint pint to to take take this opportunity try a real ale this opportunity try a real ale or or a a thirst-quenching thirst-quenching cider cider or or perry perry ininstead." stead."

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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.

Accredited LocAle Outlets

LocAle Breweries

(Within 25 miles of Bracknell)

Andwell (Andwell, Hampshire) Ascot Ales (Camberley, Surrey) Bell Street (Henley, Oxon) Bingham’s (Ruscombe, Berks) Bond Brews (Wokingham, Berks) Brightwater (Claygate, Surrey) Elusive Brewing (Finchampstead) Frensham (Frensham, 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) Stardust Brewery (White Waltham) Thames Side (Staines, Middx) Thurston’s (Horsell, Surrey) Tillingbourne (Shere, Surrey) Twickenham (Twickenham, Middx) West Berkshire (Frilsham, Berks) Wild Weather (Aldermaston, 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

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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

If you believe a pub should be assessed for LocAle accreditation, please submit a request by email to our Locale Representative, Graham Holt at LocAle@seberkscamra.org.uk. The criteria required to obtain LocAle accreditation is twofold: 1. Must be an establishment that regularly sells any real ale brewed within 25 miles of the Old Manor in Bracknell (see qualifying brewery list above). 2. Must have an annual rolling average beer score above 2.5 (see the National Beer Scoring System inside the rear cover of this magazine).

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It’s It’s Award Award Season Season

By By Anthony Anthony Springall Springall Forget Forget the the Oscars, Oscars, Emmys Emmys and and BAFTAs, BAFTAs, the the only only awards awards worth worth remembering remembering are are those those which which have have recently recently been been made made to to various various local local concerns concerns from from the the Berkshire Berkshire South South East East Branch Branch of of CAMRA. In no particular order: CAMRA. In no particular order:

The Old Manor, Bracknell Pub of the Year The Old Manor, Bracknell Pub of the Year

TThis his award award has has gone gone to to The The Old Old Manor, Manor, Bracknell, Bracknell, which which has has consistently consistently been been serving serving excellent excellent

beers in a convivial atmosphere. The pub has the distinction of being the only one in the branch beers in a convivial atmosphere. The pub has the distinction of being the only one in the branch area area to to have have been been included included in in the the Good Good Beer Beer Guide Guide every every year year this this century. century. Here, Here, the the CAMRA CAMRA Good Beer Guide Co-ordinator, Terry Burrows presents Duty Manager Chris Mistygacz Good Beer Guide Co-ordinator, Terry Burrows presents Duty Manager Chris Mistygacz with with the the award certificate. A very close runner up was The Wheelwrights Arms, Hurst award certificate. A very close runner up was The Wheelwrights Arms, Hurst

The Crispin, Wokingham Cider Pub of the Year The Crispin, Wokingham Cider Pub of the Year

A A worthy worthy winner winner is is The The Crispin Crispin Wokingham Wokingham who who can can be be relied relied upon upon to to have have a a good good selection selection of of REAL cider available in the cellar. Forget fizzy, ersatz drinks which have not seen an apple, these REAL cider available in the cellar. Forget fizzy, ersatz drinks which have not seen an apple, these ciders are mouth-wateringly good. Branch Cider Representative Mike Lee presented the award. ciders are mouth-wateringly good. Branch Cider Representative Mike Lee presented the award.

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Magg’s Magnificent Mild Beer of the Festival The Ascot Beer Festival, held annually at Ascot Racecourse is the biggest in East Berkshire and a vote from drinkers chose West Berkshire Brewery's Magg’s Magnificent Mild as the beer they most like to drink. Here is Griff Maggs receiving the award from Festival Organiser Mike Smith.

Crazy Dave’s Berkshire Medium Cider Cider of the Festival As well as a fantastic choice of beers, the Ascot Beer Festival also sports a magnificent selection of ciders and perries, and the winner was Crazy Dave's Berkshire Medium Cider, being the first award received by this very enthusiastic cider producer. Here is Dave Snowden (Crazy Dave) receiving the award from Branch Cider Representative Mike Lee.

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Campaign Focus By Kevin Lenton

Having recently taken over from Barry Garber as the Branch Campaigns Coordinator, I would firstly like to introduce myself to you and thank Barry for keeping us all well informed during his tenure.

National Update CAMRA members have chosen the following key campaigns: •

Stop Tax Killing Beer & Pubs

Secure an Effective Government Support Package for Pubs

Encourage People to try a Range of Real Ales, Ciders & Perries

Promote Pubs & Pub-Going

Details of these can be found on the CAMRA web site and I will be providing further feedback and updates in future editions of the Mad Cow.

Local Update Pub email addresses missing from the CAMRA database have now been collected and updated enabling the CAMRA Branch Chairman to send out an email regarding changes to Business Rates. A tidy up exercise has also been completed, enabling our Branch Pub Database Coordinator, John Winkley to fully update the Pubzilla database. This puts us in a much stronger position to very quickly

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send out mailshots to all pubs within our Branch. The Branch supported the CAMRA Mild May campaign with a social at the Crispin in Wokingham, where the award-winning West Berkshire’s Maggs’ Magnificent Mild was much enjoyed.

The Branch supported Beer Day Britain which took place on 15th June 2018. The idea was simple… for people to drink beer, ideally in a pub. The focus of the day was the National ‘Cheers to Beer’ at 7pm, which entailed raising a glass of beer, saying “Cheers to Beer” and posting a social media message tagged #CheerstoBeer. The 15th June was chosen for the event because it was also the date that Magna Carta was sealed in 1215. The Magna Carta mentioned ale by saying “Let there be throughout our kingdom a single measure for wine and a single measure for ale and a single measure for corn, namely the London quarter.” The local CAMRA branch had a planned social at the Perseverance Beer Festival in Wraysbury on that day and those that could not attend made best efforts to raise a glass elsewhere.

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Ding-Dong Ding-Dong Bell, Bell, Landlord down Landlord down the the well well !! !! By By Anthony Anthony Springall Springall

The The Crooked Crooked Billet, Billet, Honey Honey Hill, Hill, Wokingham Wokingham Without Without

George George Ewins, Ewins, a a thirty thirty five five year year old old cattle dealer from Easthampstead, cattle dealer from Easthampstead, had had been been the the landlord landlord (along (along with with his his wife wife Elizabeth) of the Crooked Billet, Elizabeth) of the Crooked Billet, Honey Honey Hill Hill since since 1861. 1861. But But in in 1865 1865 things things were not going well for George. were not going well for George. At At the the start of the year he had been in start of the year he had been in court court when when he he was was the the prosecution prosecution witness witness against three broom against three broom dashers dashers (men (men who who made made brooms, brooms, brushes brushes and and bebesoms soms and and had had a a reputation reputation for for hard hard drinking drinking and and rough rough living) living) who who he he acaccused of assault. George lost credibilcused of assault. George lost credibility ity when when he he appeared appeared in in the the witness witness box but was found to be highly box but was found to be highly intoxiintoxicated cated and and completely completely incoherent. incoherent.

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Later Later in in the the year year it it was was George George who who was appearing in court along was appearing in court along with with a a fellow fellow licensee licensee and and another another friend, friend, acaccused cused of of riotous riotous behaviour behaviour and and was was fined five shillings (25p). fined five shillings (25p). As As summer summer drew drew to to a a close. close. things things really got on top of George. really got on top of George. The The weather weather had had been been hot hot and and dry dry for for weeks and in weeks and in September September he he decided decided to to end end it it all all by by jumping jumping down down his his own own well to well to commit commit suicide. suicide. Luckily Luckily for for George, George, the the recent recent hot hot weather weather had had completely completely dried dried the the well well up up and and rather rather than drowning, he broke his ankle than drowning, he broke his ankle when when he he hit hit the the bottom! bottom! He He remained remained in the well for a very uncomfortable in the well for a very uncomfortable night night until until he he was was rescued rescued in in the the morning. morning. On On the the 30th 30th September September 1865 1865 he he apappeared at Wokingham Court charged peared at Wokingham Court charged with with attempted attempted suicide suicide and and when when the the details of the case were read details of the case were read out out the the judge judge had had trouble trouble maintaining maintaining order order due to the sniggering due to the sniggering in in the the public public galgallery. lery. Poor Poor George George was was bound bound over over to to keep keep the the peace. peace. He He remained remained the the landlord landlord for for another another six six years years until until 1871 when Richard Sheppard 1871 when Richard Sheppard took took over over as as the the licensee. licensee.

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12th 12th Ascot Ascot Beer Beer Festival Festival By By Mike Mike Smith Smith

Get Get the the date date in in your your diary diary -- the the Ascot Ascot Beer Beer Festival returns to Berkshire’s magnificent Festival returns to Berkshire’s magnificent th th racecourse racecourse ththis this autumn autumn on on Friday Friday 5 5 and and th of October. Saturday 6 Saturday 6 of October. Only Only the the racing racing is is Flat Flat as as the the concourse is transformed concourse is transformed into into local. local.

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This This year year there there will will be be over over 280 280 real real ales, ales, ciders and perries carefully selected ciders and perries carefully selected by by our our committee committee from from the the best best local local breweries breweries and and our our (other) (other) favourites favourites from from across across the the country. country. Pride Pride of of place place at at the the bar bar will will be be West West Berkshire Berkshire Brewery’s Brewery’s Maggs’ Maggs’ MagnifiMagnificent cent Mild Mild alongside alongside Crazy Crazy Dave’s Dave’s BerkBerkshire Medium Cider which won shire Medium Cider which won Beer Beer and and Cider Cider of of the the Festival Festival last last year. year.

Further details details will will appear appear on on our our festival festival Further website in the coming weeks including website in the coming weeks including details of of how how to to obtain obtain discounted discounted entry. entry. details If you you are are a a CAMRA CAMRA member member and and have have If never worked at a beer festival before, why never worked at a beer festival before, why not give it a go? not give it a go? We pride pride ourselves ourselves with with our our 100 100 strong strong We band of of volunteers volunteers who who return return year year after after band year and tell us it’s their favourite festival to year and tell us it’s their favourite festival to work at. Contact details can be found on work at. Contact details can be found on our website. website. our www.ascotbeerfest.org.uk www.ascotbeerfest.org.uk

With With beer beer and and cider cider right right in in the the thick thick of of the the racing action, you can refill your glass racing action, you can refill your glass bebetween tween races races whilst whilst counting counting your your winnings. winnings. It’s a great day out for all the It’s a great day out for all the family family with with hot hot and and cold cold food food available, available, lagers, lagers, wines, wines, soft soft drinks drinks and and plenty plenty of of seating. seating.

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4th August 2018: Fleet Beer Festival 4 August 2018: Fleet Beer Festival fleetlions.org.uk/beerfest fleetlions.org.uk/beerfest A charity beer festival run by the Fleet Lions Club. Expect over 40 real A charity by thewill Fleet Expect over 40 real ales plus beer localfestival ciders.runThere be Lions ‘MeetClub. The Brewer’ sessions at ales plus with localour ciders. will Bond be ‘Meet sessions at lunchtime friends There from both BrewsThe and Brewer’ Elusive Brewing. lunchtime with our friends from both Bond Brews and Elusive Brewing. th

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17th – 19th August 2018: Rowbarge, Woolhampton Beer Festival 17 – 19 August 2018: Rowbarge, Woolhampton Beer Festival brunningandprice.co.uk/rowbarge brunningandprice.co.uk/rowbarge This delightful canal-side pub is located a short walk from Midgham staThis delightful canal-side pub is locatedThey a short walk around from Midgham station (under 20 minutes from Reading). promise 35 real ales, tion 20 minutes from Reading). They around ales, craft(under beers and ciders. Over 100 gins are alsopromise advertised, with3520real musical craft beersthe and ciders. Over 100 gins are also advertised, with 20 musical acts over weekend. acts over the weekend. 24th – 26th August 2018: Wokingham Beer Festival 24 – 26 August 2018: Wokingham Beer Festival wokinghamfestival.co.uk wokinghamfestival.co.uk A beer festival held as part of a food and drink festival, with live music A beer in. festival heldaround as part25oflocal a food and drink withperries live music thrown Expect ales, plus 10 festival, ciders and over thrown in. Expect around 25 Free local entry ales, before plus 10Midday ciders and perries over the course of the weekend. on the Saturday the course of the weekend. Free entry before Midday on the Saturday and Sunday. and Sunday. 24th – 27th August 2018: Marlow Royal British Legion Beer Festival 24 – 27 August 2018: Marlow Royal British Legion Beer Festival rblmarlow.co.uk rblmarlow.co.uk Located right next to Marlow station, this club puts on regular beer festiLocated right next to Marlow station, this brewers club putsboth on regular beeracross festivals featuring carefully selected ales from locally and vals featuringExpect carefully selected ales from locally and across the country. around 18 beers plus brewers couple ofboth ciders. Free entry. the country. Expect around 18 beers plus couple of ciders. Free entry.

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8 September 2018: Newbury Real Ale Festival newburyrealale.co.uk This charity festival is located 15 minutes from Newbury station, just down the line from Reading. Again 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! th

15 September 2018: 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 mostly local beers (with the village’s own brewery heavily featured) and a few ciders. There is a free evening minibus service back to Bramley station. th

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The (almost) lost art of Coopering By By Anthony Anthony Springall Springall

The The Cooper Cooper making making a a beer beer cask cask is is a a traditional traditional image image used used on on much much beer beer advertising advertising but but in in reality reality they they are are a a hugely hugely endangered endangered species species with with their their number number having having been been reduced reduced from from thousands in the heyday thousands in the heyday of of the the 19th 19th Century Century to to a a mere mere handful handful now. now.

One One brewery brewery which which still still employs employs a a Cooper Cooper is is Theakstons Theakstons of of Masham Masham and and in in 2016 2016 even even employed employed an an apprentice apprentice to to learn learn the the trade trade to to ensure ensure that that the the skills skills can can be be passed passed on. on.

Jonathan Jonathan Manby Manby at at Theakstons Theakstons Brewery Brewery A beer cask is an enormously A beer cask is an enormously complex complex item item being made up of oak staves, each being made up of oak staves, each one one cut cut by by hand hand using using the the skilled skilled eye eye of of the the Cooper Cooper to to ensure that each barrel is beer tight and can ensure that each barrel is beer tight and can

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take take the the pressure pressure of of the the beer beer during during its its second second fermentation in the cask. The timber fermentation in the cask. The timber used used is is oak oak whose whose grain grain and and character character ensure ensure that that beer beer remains in perfect condition with no chance of remains in perfect condition with no chance of spoilage on on its its journey journey from from brewery brewery to to glass. glass. spoilage The The Cooper Cooper will will first first examine examine individual individual timber timber staves to ensure that they are staves to ensure that they are not not cracked cracked and and that that they they will will bend bend easily. easily. He He will will then then work work each stave with a draw knife or axe to hollow each stave with a draw knife or axe to hollow out the the shape shape then then use use a a jointer jointer to out to put put the the appropriate appropriate angle angle on on the the edge edge for for the the cask cask being being made. made.

Shaping Shaping individual individual staves staves When sufficient staves When sufficient staves have have been been made made he he will will use use a a raising raising up up hoop hoop to to put put the the staves staves in in order order then then puts puts a a truss truss hoop hoop on on to to tighten tighten things things up. up. Further Further hoops hoops are are added added and and the the cask cask is is then then placed over a fire to warm the wood and make placed over a fire to warm the wood and make it more more pliable. pliable. Speed Speed is is of of the the essence essence as as the the it cask cask is is turned turned and and further further hoops hoops are are hammered hammered on on to to give give it it the the characteristic characteristic shape. shape. The The end end of of each each cask cask is is then then chamfered chamfered to to take take the the cask cask end end (or (or head) head) which which is is made made up up of of carefully carefully chosen chosen boards boards which which fits fits into into a a carefully carefully cut cut groove on the inside of the cask. He groove on the inside of the cask. He fits fits the the head head by by slackening slackening the the hoops hoops and and forcing forcing it it into into the the groove. groove. He He will will then then pull pull the the remaining remaining head head into position. The outside of the cask is then into position. The outside of the cask is then finished and and the the appropriate appropriate bunghole bunghole will will be be finished bored bored into into the the middle middle of of a a stave. stave. The The anatomy anatomy of of an an individual individual cask cask is is shown shown in in the the following following graphic. graphic.

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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 it’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. Sun trap garden with outdoor bar, sheltered patio to escape the sun, and heaters for cooler days. 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 now with fresh pizza direct from our new pizza oven. Live sport shown on large screens, regular quiz nights.

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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

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CAMRA Afternoon Social with the U3A (University of the 3rd Age) Crispin, 45 Denmark Street, Wokingham RG40 2AY. Meet from 1pm. th

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CAMRA Social at Rowbarge Summer Beer Festival, Station Road, Woolhampton. RG7 5SH. Meet from 12 Noon. th

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Thursday 6 September

CAMRA Wokingham Pub Crawl. Starting at the Crispin, 45 Denmark Street, Wokingham, RG40 2AY from 8pm. Moving on to the Hope & Anchor, Station Road, Wokingham. RG40 2AD and Queen’s Head, 23 The Terrace, Wokingham, RG40 1BP.

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CAMRA Social at Newbury Beer Festival, Northcroft Lane, Newbury. RG14 1RS. Meet from 1pm. th

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CAMRA Social and Good Beer Guide Launch. Venue TBA. Meet from 8pm. th

Thursday 20 September

CAMRA Afternoon Social with the U3A (University of the 3rd Age) Crispin, 45 Denmark Street, Wokingham RG40 2AY. Meet from 1pm.

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CAMRA Lunchtime Social with the BRATS* at Old Manor, Grenville Place, Bracknell. RG12 1PB. Meet from 12 noon.

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CAMRA Afternoon Social with the U3A (University of the 3rd Age) Crispin, 45 Denmark Street, Wokingham RG40 2AY. Meet from 1pm.

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CAMRA Social at Twickenham Beer & Cider Festival, Clarendon Hall/Hyde Room, York House, Richmond Road, Twickenham. TW1 3AA. Meet from 12 noon. *BRATs are the Bracknell Real Ale Tippers

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Landlord’s Witter By Barry Fenton

An interview with a landlord from a local pub. This time Barry met Daryl & Katie Cooper of the Wheelwrights Arms, a Wadworth’s house in Hurst. They were our branch’s Pub of the Year runners up in 2018.

How important are Real Ales & cider to your pub? Massively. We’re a traditional pub and we serve traditional beers. That’s what it’s all about. Wadworths brew a good selection of real ales and train us all well to serve it in good condition. All staff will know how to change a barrel. The cellar is the wet equivalent to our kitchen. What are your impressions of CAMRA in the area? Helpful. They keep things relevant and are passionate about the business. What plans have you got for your pub in the next year? In late 2016 we had a successful redevelopment, and we’re now looking at phase two for the continuing improvement of the business, but nothing is decided yet. Otherwise more of the same. For August Bank Holiday, we’re holding a mini festival in the garden with live music; folk/jazz/soft rock. We held one earlier in the year and it was very popular. This time I’m organising a mini beer festival to go with it, with seven guest ales.

How long have you been in the pub business and at the Wheelwright’s Arms? Daryl started working in hospitality at the age of 16. His first management job was for Greene King in Bury St Edmunds. He tried hotel management but preferred pubs and returned after a year, working in several pubs for Marstons. He joined Wadworths in 2009 running the Fox & Hounds in Theale for over six years, moving to the Wheelwrights in June 2015. What do you most like about the pub trade? Meeting new people every day. I enjoy making somebody’s day special. It’s very satisfying. And the least? Trying to compete with supermarkets on price. But we can give much better service! What Real Ales are you selling today and how does this change? We always stock Wadworths’ core range. IPA, 3.6% abv. 6X, 4.1%. Horizon Golden Ale, 4.0% and Swordfish, 5.0%. A monthly seasonal Ale, now (late June) it’s Studs Up, 4.0%. Plus a Guest ale, currently St Austell Proper Job, 4.5%. I have a choice of six beers, which change every 2 months. We also always sell Old Rosie Cider, 7.3% and a guest, which changes about once every two weeks. Now it’s Westons Rusty Will, 4.0%.

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What is craft beer? A unique beer, made in small batches. Almost a limited edition. What are your thoughts on the success of craft beer? It gives pubs a new angle, more choice for our customers. It’s interesting. What would you like to get over to our readers to encourage them to come into your pub? We’re very proud of our staff. They deliver excellent customer service, being upbeat and friendly. All our food is homemade and relevant to the season. Our newly extended dining room is working well, being versatile people can eat there or elsewhere in the pub. The beautiful, large garden is an asset at this time of year. What wrong would you most like to put right in the pub trade? Lack of recognition for the work done by staff. Everybody behind the bar is on a stage, here they are aware of this and smile. Which celebrity would you most like to work behind your bar and why? Micky Flanagan for his infectious sense of humour.

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National National Beer Beer Scoring Scoring System System

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

The National Beer Scoring System (NBSS) is a 0-5 point scale for judging 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 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 to assist CAMRA branches in selecting pubs for the Good Beer Guide and also monitor beer quality by encouraging CAMRA members from any part also monitor beer quality by encouraging CAMRA members from any part of the world to report beer quality on any pub in the UK. 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 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 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 most successful consumer organisation? As an incentive, when you score a beer you get entered into a prize draw to win free CAMRA books! a beer you get entered into a prize draw to win free CAMRA books!

How How do do II score score my my beer? beer?

You can score your beer online at home or if you have a smart phone in the pub! 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. 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 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. terms and conditions and found a pub on the site, you can start scoring. You can find out more here whatpub.com/beerscoring You can find out more here whatpub.com/beerscoring

What What do do II need need to to record? record?

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

What What do do the the scores scores mean? mean?

0. 0. No No cask cask ale ale available available 1. Poor Beer that is anything from 1. Poor Beer that is anything from

barely drinkable to drinkable barely drinkable to drinkable with considerable resentment. with considerable resentment.

2. 2. Average Average

What What if if II can't can't decide decide on on a a score? score?

The NBSS allows you to enter half scores The NBSS allows you to enter half scores

How How do do II edit edit my my scores? scores?

3. 3. Good Good

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

Competently kept, drinkable Competently kept, drinkable pint but doesn't inspire in any pint but doesn't inspire in any way, not worth moving to anway, not worth moving to another pub but you drink the other pub but you drink the beer without really noticing. beer without really noticing. Good beer in good form. You Good beer in good form. You may cancel plans to move to may cancel plans to move to the next pub. You want to stay the next pub. You want to stay for another pint and may seek for another pint and may seek out the beer again. out the beer again.

4. beer in excellent 4. Very Very Good Good Excellent Excellent beer in excellent 5. 5. Perfect Perfect

How How is is the the information information being being collated? collated?

condition. condition. Probably the best you are Probably the best you are ever likely to find. A seasoned ever likely to find. A seasoned drinker will award this score drinker will award this score very rarely. very rarely.

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

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