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Editor’s Welcome

Welcome to the 53rd edition of Mad Cow

As we enjoy the turning colours of the autumn leaves, and turn our thoughts to the fun and festivities of Christmas, it’s hard to believe that the fantastic summer of 2018 is already behind us. The cover of this edition of our quarterly magazine is a tribute to the merry team th of hard working volunteers who braved the stormy conditions at our 12 Annual Beer Festival at Ascot Racecourse this year, which was hailed another resounding success, and is featured herein on page 26. For those of you who think you might enjoy helping at beer festivals, have you ever considered joining CAMRA? See the opposite page for details of the benefits of CAMRA membership and how you can join us. Those of you who prefer to be the other side of the bar, page 27 provides a round up of the upcoming local beer festivals. You will also find an array of news and updates from our local brewers on pages 13 & 14, as well as the exciting news of Siren Craft Brew’s recent success at the Great British Beer Festival. Details of an exciting new Community Pub Award are provided on pages 20 and 21. And as for Christmas… Bring it on! 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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Queens Queens Oak, Oak, Finchampstead Finchampstead

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

Save our Pubs! At the time of going to

At the time of going to press, press, many many of of our our members and supporters members and supporters were were preparing preparing for for a a Mass Mass Lobby Lobby Day Day in in Westminster, Westminster, London London on on Tuesday Tuesday 30 30 October October 2018. This 2018. This was was our our opportunity opportunity to to bring bring pressing campaign issues to the attention pressing campaign issues to the attention of of up up to to 650 650 Members Members of of Parliament Parliament (MPs). (MPs). The The purpose purpose of of the the Lobby Lobby day day was was to to ask ask MPs MPs to to commit commit to to the the following following CAMRA CAMRA campaigns: campaigns: •• Axeing Axeing plans plans to to increase increase beer beer duty duty in in the the upcoming Autumn Budget. (UK) upcoming Autumn Budget. (UK) •• A A permanent permanent business business rate rate relief relief for for pubs pubs in in the the upcoming upcoming Autumn Autumn Budget Budget (England) (England) •• An An urgent urgent review review of of the the Pubs Pubs Code Code so so that that the the Market Market Rent Rent Only Only option option becomes becomes a a genuine choice for tenants. (England and genuine choice for tenants. (England and Wales) Wales)

Following Following a a sudden sudden closure closure in in early early September, the September, the Queens Oak in Queens Oak in Finchampstead has Finchampstead has recently recently re re opened opened and and is is being being run run by by the Head Chef the Head Chef from from the the George George and and Dragon Dragon in in Swallowfield, Swallowfield, so so you you know know the the food food will will be be good, good, GM GM free free and and locally locally sourced where possible. There are 3 regular sourced where possible. There are 3 regular real ales ales on on offer, offer, Ringwood Ringwood Boon Boon Doogle, Doogle, real Brakspear Brakspear Bitter Bitter and and Brakspear Brakspear Gold, Gold, there there are are plans plans to to offer offer an an ever ever changing changing 4th 4th guest guest ale. ale.

Café Café Rouge, Rouge, Wokingham Wokingham

As As you you may may know know French French Restaurant Restaurant Cafe Cafe Rouge in Wokingham closed down Rouge in Wokingham closed down at at the the end end of of July. July. It It has has now now been been confirmed confirmed it it will will re re open open as a pub being run by Oakman Inns. This will as a pub being run by Oakman Inns. This will be the the 3rd 3rd Oakman Oakman Inns Inns pub pub in in the the BSE be BSE area area joining joining The The Walter Walter Arms Arms and and The The Royal Royal ForestForesters, ers, and and luckily luckily they they are are a a big big supporter supporter of of LocAle. LocAle.

Old Old Hatchet, Hatchet, Winkfield Winkfield

Old Old Hatchet Hatchet in in Winkfield Winkfield has has now now reopened reopened under under new new management. management. The The new new landlady landlady we we understand used to run the Windmill understand used to run the Windmill in in Windlesham, which which before before it it was was converted converted to Windlesham, to a a gastro-pub, gastro-pub, had had the the reputation reputation as as the the best best real real ale ale pub pub in in the the area. area. If If the the Hatchet Hatchet is is run run the the way way the the successful successful Windmill Windmill was was run run many many years years ago, ago, then then we we can can look look forward forward to to many many years years of of fine fine ale ale at at the the Old Old Hatchet. Hatchet.

Royal Royal Foresters, Foresters, Bracknell Bracknell

Also Also on on the the run run up up to to the the end end of of October, October, ahead ahead of of the the budget, budget, many many of of our our CAMRA CAMRA Members Members put pen to paper to make the case to the put pen to paper to make the case to the ChanChancellor that that urgent urgent action action is is needed cellor needed to to save save pubs pubs from from extinction. extinction. They They contacted contacted as as many many MPs MPs as as possible possible to to let let them them know know how how the the Chancellor Chancellor can make this a Budget for beer drinkers can make this a Budget for beer drinkers and and pub pub goers. goers. UK UK beer beer tax tax remains remains among among the the highest highest in in EuEurope, which which is is part part of of the the reason reason why why consumers consumers rope, are are finding finding the the price price of of a a pint pint increasingly increasingly unafunaffordable. fordable.

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The The £10m £10m restoration restoration by by their their new new owners owners Oakman Inns, Oakman Inns, has has now now finally finally been been completed, completed, somewhat somewhat behind behind schedule, schedule, having having originally originally planned planned to to open open for for the the lucrative lucrative Royal Royal Ascot Ascot week. On our first visit there were three week. On our first visit there were three cask cask ales ales on on offer. offer. Fullers Fullers London London Pride, Pride, Gales Gales (Fullers) (Fullers) Seafarer Seafarer and and Windsor Windsor & & Eton Eton Windsor Windsor Knot. Knot. There are There are separate separate areas for areas for drinkers drinkers and and eaters, eaters, and and a a function function suite suite with with 24 24 guest guest bedrooms bedrooms has has been been added. added.

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Rose & Crown, Sandhurst

At the time of going to press, the Rose and Crown in Sandhurst were holding their now legendary Halloween Beer Festival. Peter and Michelle once again delighted us with a huge range of seasonal cask ales from around the country, as well as giving us the heebie-jeebies with their macabre decorations! 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.

Squirrels, Winkfield

Walter Arms, Sindlesham

Dating back to the 19th century, The Walter Arms is a welcoming pub in the heart of Sindlesham village owned by Oakman Inns. Staff at the Walter Arms recently told us that the planned improvements this summer were put on hold until the Royal Foresters reopened (also owned by Oakman Inns). Based on this we expect the Walter Arms to be closed for a few weeks sometime soon.

Nags Head, Sunningdale

The previous landlord, John has left The Nags Head. A new chap called Frank has recently taken over. Still a Harvey's house, it was serving three real ales on the day we visited.

Red Lion, Wokingham

In previous editions of Mad Cow, CAMRA Member, Kevin Lenton has provided potted histories of a number of pubs in Wokingham. This time he has turned his attention to the Red Lion. Every effort is being made to save the Squirrels pub in Winkfield from closure. Owners Star Pubs are keen to find the right tenants to take over, and we understand that the pub is due to be refurbished. Currently closed, the future vision for the site following major investment is to create a friendly, family orientated pub with an attractive offering, which will hopefully broaden the pubs current client base.

Gig House, Wokingham

The recently reopened Gig House in Wokingham is now stocking Bond Brews real ale, as well as Sharp's Doombar and Sharp's Atlantic, also Wadworths 6X, Abbot and Pride in bottles. We are keeping an eye on the Gig House to see if it can become a LocAle pub, if you know of any other pubs that constantly serve local real ale please let us know.

Roebuck, Wokingham

The Roebuck in Wokingham has recently been taken over. It is now a Craft Union pub run by a lady called Helena, who apparently used to run a local branch PoTY pub in North Wales.

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As part of the regeneration of the Wokingham Market, a number of mosaics have been laid in the new York Stone pavement, and one of these is of the head of a lion outside the Red Lion pub. I therefore thought that I would look into the history of the Red Lion. The Red Lion is made up of a number of buildings, those at the front nearest the street which are timber framed were built in the 16th century and were originally thatched and then given a new roof in the 19th century. The section behind was in the 15th century a hall open to the roof with a central fire and a hole in the roof to let the smoke out. The third section was built in the 17th century. The Red Lion was a royal badge for John of Gaunt, son of king Edward III and father of Henry IV. The only deed that still exists referred to the Red Lion in 1782. In the 18th century the building was a malt house but as trade declined it is believed that it became an alehouse from about 1754. In 1796 it was bought by James Webb and after his death it was sold to Hayward brewery and then to Brakspear’s in 1856.

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The Reading Reading Mercury Mercury reported reported the following following on The The Reading reported the the following on on Saturday, 18thMercury July 1846:Saturday, Saturday, 18th 18th July July 1846:1846:On Monday Monday last, last, aa match match of of cricket cricket was was played played On On Monday last, aground, match by of cricket was played on Langborough Langborough eighteen tailors of on ground, by eighteen tailors on by eighteen tailors of of thisLangborough town, nine nine on on ground, each side. side. this town, each this town, nine on each side. Some good play play was exhibited exhibited on both both sides. Some Some good good play was was exhibited on on both sides. sides. The game throughout afforded much The game throughout afforded much The game throughout afforded much amusement to the bystanders. The parties amusement to the bystanders. The parties amusement to theof an bystanders. The parties afterwards partook partook excellent supper supper at the afterwards of excellent afterwards partook of an an supper at at the the Red Lion Lion Inn, Inn, provided byexcellent Mr. Trickey. Trickey. Red provided by Mr. Red Lion Inn, provided by Mr. Trickey. The Reading Reading Mercury Mercury reported reported the the following following on on The The Reading Mercury Saturday, 1st Feb Feb 1868 1868reported the following on Saturday, 1st Saturday, 1st Feb 1868 On Saturday Saturday evening evening the the town town alarmed alarmed by by the the On On Saturday thethat town alarmed byyard the cry of of “Fire”. “Fire”. evening It appears appears a shed shed in the the cry It that a in yard cry of “Fire”. It appears that a shed yard of the Red Lion Inn, in the the middle of in thethe Market of of the the Red Red Lion Lion Inn, Inn, in in the middle middle of of the the Market Market Place, is used by the landlord, Mr Mattingly as a Place, is by the Mr Mattingly as Place, is used used byand the landlord, landlord, Mattingly as a a carpenter shop, the upper upperMr part as aa skittle skittle carpenter shop, and the part as carpenter shop,half and the as a skittle alley. About About pastupper ninepart flames were alley. half past nine flames were alley. About half past nine flames were discovered in in this this shed. shed. Plenty Plenty of of assistance assistance discovered discovered in this shed. were Plentykept of closed assistance being at at hand hand the doors doors and being the were kept closed and being at handinthe doors werebykept closed and water poured poured from the roof roof which judicious water in from the by which judicious water poured in from the roof by which judicious means the the flames flames were were subdued subdued before before much means means flames subdued beforeofmuch much damagethe was done were although a quantity quantity tools damage was done although a of tools damage was done although a quantity of tools were destroyed. destroyed. The The fire fire no no doubt doubt was was the the result result were were of an destroyed. accident. The fire no doubt was the result of of an an accident. accident.

It is is known that that in in about 1912 1912 the the building had had It Itthree is known known in about about 1912large the building building had bars, that a smoke smoke room, club room, room, three bars, a room, large club three bars, a smoke room, large club room, private sitting room, room, kitchen, office office and eight eight private private sitting sitting room, kitchen, kitchen, office and and eight bedrooms. There There was was aa ten-stall ten-stall stable stable coach coach bedrooms. bedrooms. was a ten-stall house and and aaThere large garden. garden. In 1983 stable the first firstcoach floor house large In the floor house and a Lion large was garden. In 1983 1983into the a first floor of the Red converted gallery of the Red Lion was converted into a gallery of the Red Lion was converted into a gallery room enabling enabling the the oak oak beams beams to be be visible. This This room room beams to to be visible. visible. This is nowenabling the Pad the Thaioak restaurant. is is now now the the Pad Pad Thai Thai restaurant. restaurant. Sources: Sources: Sources:

The Inns Inns and and Public Public Houses Houses of of Wokingham Wokingham by by Dennis Dennis Ayres Ayres and and Judith Judith The The Inns and Public Houses of Wokingham by Dennis Ayres and Judith Hunter (Berkshire Books) Hunter (Berkshire Books) Hunter (Berkshire Wokingham in the theBooks) News ed. ed. Jim Jim Bell Bell -- e-Book e-Book on on Wokingham Wokingham Society Society website website Wokingham in News Wokingham in the News ed. Jim Bell - e-Book on Wokingham Society website www.wokinghamsociety.org.uk/Wokingham_in_the_News.html www.wokinghamsociety.org.uk/Wokingham_in_the_News.html www.wokinghamsociety.org.uk/Wokingham_in_the_News.html Wokingham News News from from the the Reading Reading Mercury Mercury (1800 (1800 to to 1857) 1857) ed ed Jim Jim Bell Bell Wokingham Wokingham News from the Reading Mercury (1800 to 1857) ed Jim Bell

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Pubs offering CAMRA member discount in Berkshire South East Branch Area Bracknell Old Manor offers 50p off a pint of real ale or cider on presentation of a CAMRA/Wetherspoons voucher. [The voucher will be retained by staff] Cannie Man offers 10p off a pint of real ale to CAMRA Members Crown Wood offers 10% discount on real ale to CAMRA Members Green Man offers 10% discount on real ale to CAMRA Members Silver Birch offers 10% discount on real ale to CAMRA Members The Golden Retriever is offering 20p off a pint of real ale.

[Offer is available at all Vintage Inns]

Binfield Victoria Arms offers 10% discount on real ale to CAMRA Members

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

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

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

Wokingham Olde Leathern Bottel (Chef & Brewer) offers 10% discount on real ales to CAMRA Members Station Tap is offering 10% off real ales to CAMRA members Two Poplars offers 10% discount on real ale to CAMRA Members The Ship now offer 15% off real ales to CAMRA members Three Frogs offers 10% discount on real ale to CAMRA Members You must present a valid CAMRA membership card to obtain these discounts. Please show your card or voucher before ordering your drinks to assist bar staff. The above CAMRA discounts are subject to change and the decision of the pub to offer the discount or not is final. 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.

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This caught my eye recently and I thought I would share it with you for a chuckle.

CAMRA are thrilled to be returning to the BBC Good Food Show Winter at Birmingham's NEC from the 29 November - 2 December. Come and join one of our beer tastings*, check out our stand for some beery samples and browse our merchandise and gifts. For the third year running we will be judging and announcing the winners of the Champion Bottled Beer of Britain competition on the first day of the show. Last year St Austell Brewery's Big Job won Gold, and with an exciting lineup of finalists this year come and join us to find out who will be crowned Britain’s best bottled beer of 2018!

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Pete and Michelle welcome you to

The Rose & Crown, Sandhurst Find us in CAMRA’s GOOD BEER GUIDE & WhatPub.com

- Real Ales, constantly changing on 7 pumps. -Real Ale Mondays. All @ £3.00/pint - Quality homemade meals: Tuesday - Sunday

Now taking booking for Christmas

- NEW BBQ SMOKER—TEXAN SMOKED MEATS

Join us over Christmas - Traditional Sunday roasts and New Year for good - CAMRA LocAle & members discount drinks and good food - Comfortable surroundings and Acoustic Café Mondays Large garden area. - Family friendly and dogs welcome Live Music and Open Mic nights - Open Mic night every Tuesday - Live music most Saturdays. Pls see Facebook

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Champion Beer of Britain 2018 We are proud to announce the winners of the Campaign for Real Ale's prestigious Champion Beer of Britain competition, awarded at this year’s Great British Beer Festival. Be sure to look out for these award winning beers in your local or on your travels.

Bitter Gold Red MacGregor, Orkney Silver Captain Bob, Mighty Oak

Supreme Champion Gold Broken Dream Breakfast Stout, Siren Craft Brew

Supreme Champion Silver Ripper, Green Jack

Joint Bronze Flat Cap, Bank Top Barnsley Bitter, Acorn

Best Bitter Gold Workie Ticket, Mordue Silver

Supreme Champion Bronze Workie Ticket, Mordue

1555, Bishop Nick Joint Bronze Tribute, St Austell Darwin's Origin, Salopian

Mild

Strong Bitter

Gold

Gold

XX Mild, Greene King

Revelation, Dark Star Brewing Co.

Silver

Silver

Dark, Rhymney

Devon Dumpling, Bays

Bronze

Bronze

Orchid, East London Brewing Company

Half Centurion, Kinver

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Golden

Speciality

Gold

Gold

Oracle, Salopian

Brazilian Coffee & Vanilla Porter,

Silver

Colchester

Hop Twister, Salopian

Silver

Joint Bronze

Red Rocket, Cromarty

Moonshine, Abbeydale

Bronze

Knight of the Garter, Windsor & Eton

Cleopatra, Derventio

Porter

Stout

Gold

Gold

Mr M’s Porter, Red Cat

Broken Dream Breakfast Stout, Siren

Barley Wines & Strong Old Ales

Old Ales & Strong Milds

Gold

Gold

Ripper, Green Jack

Excalibur, Tintagel

Congratulations to Darron Anley and his team at Berkshire’s Siren Craft Brew for winning Supreme Champion Gold with their Broken Dream Breakfast Stout. This is the second time in three years that a local Berkshire South East Brewery has won the Champion Beer of Britain, after Chris Bingham’s Vanilla Stout also won the title in 2016 (see more on page 14)

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Brewery News

Windsor & Eton Brewery

CAMRA announced the winners of the Campaign for Real Ale's prestigious Champion Beer of Britain competition, at the recent Great British Beer Festival, where Windsor & Eton’s Knight of the Garter won Bronze in the Golden Ales category. The Brewery also recently launched their second lager “CAPITAL” a 4% dry hopped lager brewed with “Lemondrop” hops from the US and “Mandarina Bavaria” from Germany. Both have great aroma and together create a zesty, refreshing lager with real character. At the recent Society of Independent Brewers Association (SIBA) South East Region awards Windsor & Eton Brewery won Gold for their World Cup beer called Molotov Russian Blonde brewed with rum and guava. In addition Uprising won Silver for White Riot as a bottle conditioned cross between an IPA & wheat beer. W&E also won “Beer of the Festival” at this years Maidenhead Beer & Cider Festival with a joint win between two totally different beers, Firefly & Conqueror 1075. The brewery has recently been re-approved to the top external accreditation standard, SALSA (Small and Local Supplier Accreditation). This allows supermarkets and pub chains to buy from small breweries with confidence.

Bond Brews

The Bond Brews brewery shop was officially opened by the Deputy Mayor of Wokingham at the 3rd Anniversary beer festival in June. Pikes Peak made a welcome return during July/August, brewed using Summit hops. Dean’s first stab at a Wheat Beer has received great reviews. Wheat-A-Bier, a 4.4% German Wheat Beer was brewed just in time for the Oktoberfest Season and made an appearance at the Ascot Beer Festival. Dean also tells us that his latest gyle of Bengal Tiger IPA included some local Wild Hops (September is the Hop harvest season), and as such un-officially it is known as Wild Tiger! A special brew produced for the Ascot Festival was “Red Rum Porter” which also proved to be a hit.

Hogs Back Brewery

Hog’s Back Brewery shall be launching their Christmas seasonal ale, Advent Ale on draught from the 1st December, a deep chestnut coloured ale, with a refreshing fruity nose, a sweet liquorice and roasted malt flavour and a rich dark chocolate aftertaste. Also the brewery asked us to remind you, for those doing some Christmas shopping, CAMRA members receive a 10% discount in the brewery shop (on showing a valid membership card). Other gift ideas include joining the Tongham TEA club for exclusive Events and further discounts and brewery tours.

Loddon Brewery

Loddon Brewery has a new taproom allowing you to enjoy a pint of Loddon straight from the source! We are told that the Taproom will always feature three different Loddon cask ales, seven Loddon bottled beers and possibly a rotating keg-line from local breweries. The taproom has indoor and outdoor seating and is the perfect place to enjoy a pint in the beautiful countryside. The taproom will also soon be serving teas and coffees, the latter sourced from the local Horsebox Coffee and hope to become a real hub of the local community. Taproom opening times are; Thursday – 10am to 6pm, Friday – 10am to 7pm and Saturday – 10am to 6pm. Loddon Brewery will be kicking off Christmas in style with the return of their winter open evening. Enjoy great beer, food, music and entertainment in the brew house on November 23. Festive favourites Razzle Dazzle and Hocus Pocus will be pouring and there will be gallons of hot mulled cider. Tickets will sell out fast, book yours now on 0118 948 1111.

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Brewery Brewery News News

Berkshire’s Berkshire’s own own Siren Siren Craft Craft Brew Brew is is awarded awarded Best Best Beer Beer in in Britain! Britain! Siren Siren Craft Craft Brewery Brewery based based in Berkshire in Berkshire has has won won the the Campaign Campaign for for Real Real Ale's Ale's prestigious prestigious Champion Champion Beer Beer of of Britain Britain award, award, one one of of the the highest highest accolades accolades in in the the beer beer industry industry..

Awarded Awarded on on the the opening opening day day of of the the Great Great British British Beer Beer Festival Festival at at Olympia Olympia London, London, Broken Broken Dream Dream Breakfast Breakfast Stout Stout (6.5% (6.5% ABV) ABV) scooped scooped gold gold thanks to to its its deep deep and and complex complex blend thanks blend of of chocolate, chocolate, coffee coffee and and a a touch touch of of smoke. smoke. The The judges judges commented commented that that it it stood stood out out for for its its aroma, aroma, taste taste and and finish, finish, all all of of which which were were superb. superb. Named Named after after the the Sirens Sirens of of Greek Greek mythology, mythology, Siren Siren Craft Craft Brewery Brewery captivated captivated judges judges for for the the second second time time this this year, year, having having taken taken home home silver silver in in this this year’s year’s Champion Champion Winter Winter Beer Beer of of Britain Britain competition competition at at the the Great Great British British Beer Beer Festival Festival Winter Winter back back in in February. February.

The The final final decision decision was was made made after after a a year year of of local local tasting tasting panels panels and and regional regional heats heats in in which which the the very very best best beers beers across across the the UK UK were were invited invited to to compete compete at at the the Great Great British British Beer Beer Festival. Festival. Final Final judging judging for for the the competition competition was was held held as as the the festival festival opened opened its its doors doors to to the the public public on on 7 7 August. August.

The The silver silver winner winner this this year year went went to to Suffolk-based Suffolk-based Green Green Jack’s Jack’s Ripper Ripper (8.5% ABV), a strong barley wine that is both dangerously smooth (8.5% ABV), a strong barley wine that is both dangerously smooth and and yet yet well-hopped, well-hopped, and and winner winner of of CAMRA’s CAMRA’s Champion Champion Winter Winter Beer Beer of of Britain Britain competition earlier this year. competition earlier this year.

Bronze Bronze was was taken taken by by Tyne Tyne & & Wear-based Wear-based Mordue Mordue for for their their Workie Workie Ticket Ticket (4.5% (4.5% ABV). ABV). A A complex complex and and tasty bitter, bitter, this tasty this brew brew boasts boasts plenty plenty of of malt malt and and hops hops and and a a long, long, satisfying, satisfying, bitter bitter finish. finish.

Nick Nick Boley, Boley, CAMRA's CAMRA's National National Director Director responsible responsible for for the the competition competition says: says: "Congratulations "Congratulations to to Siren Siren Craft Craft Brewery Brewery for for taking taking home home the the Champion Champion Beer Beer of of Britain Britain award award with with their their Broken Broken Dream Dream Breakfast Breakfast Stout the highest beer accolade in the country. This is a distinctive, strong, well-balanced stout Stout - the highest beer accolade in the country. This is a distinctive, strong, well-balanced stout from from an outstanding outstanding craft craft brewery. brewery. If an If there there is is any any beer beer in in the the world world that that is is dangerously dangerously drinkable, drinkable, it’s it’s this this one!” one!”

Siren Siren Craft Craft Brewery Brewery founder founder Darron Darron Anley Anley said: said: “What “What a a huge huge achievement achievement that that the the Champion Champion Beer Beer of of Britain Britain is is a a heavy heavy stout stout with with coffee coffee and and lactose lactose flavours flavours in in the the midst midst of of such such warm warm summer summer weather! weather! Broken Dream Dream Breakfast Broken Breakfast Stout Stout is is one one of of our our core core beers beers and and one one of of the the first first beers beers we we ever ever brewed brewed -we’re we’re absolutely absolutely delighted.” delighted.”

Siren Siren offer offer involvement involvement by by equity equity crowdfunding! crowdfunding!

Having Having brewed brewed ~2,000,000 ~2,000,000 pints pints of of beer beer already already in in 2018, 2018, including including ~50 ~50 new new recirecipes pes and and collaborations, collaborations, Siren Siren have have been been performing performing ahead ahead of of the the curve, curve, and and curcurrently rently that’s that’s without without capitalising capitalising on on some some huge huge trends trends and and opportunities. opportunities.

Founder Founder Darron Darron Anley Anley recently recently announced announced the the exciting exciting next next stage stage of of Siren’s Siren’s expansion expansion jourjourney, ney, and and for for the the first first time, time, he he is is inviting inviting the the general general public public to to get get involved involved by by equity equity crowd crowd funding funding through Crowdcube. Crowdcube makes investing accessible, affordable and rewarding by enabling through Crowdcube. Crowdcube makes investing accessible, affordable and rewarding by enabling everyday everyday investors investors to to invest invest alongside alongside professionals professionals and and venture venture capital capital firms firms in in start start up, up, early early and and growth growth stage stage businesses businesses such such as as Siren. Siren. Along Along with with owning owning a a part part of of Siren, Siren, there there will will also also be be some some unique rewards on offer. If this is of interest we suggest you visit www.crowdcube.com/siren unique rewards on offer. If this is of interest we suggest you visit www.crowdcube.com/siren

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Our new Brewery Liaison Officer at Binghams is Sue Thirlaway, and she has provided the latest update on what Chris Bingham and his team have been up to… Binghams Tap Room will open in Twyford on Friday 2nd November at 2b High Street, in the corner on the crossroads next to Parkers. Fittingly this building used to be a pub called the Bell Inn. Initially opening during the day on Fridays and Saturdays, but if demand is there they are looking into opening early evening too. Binghams Tap Room will be a low-key cosy micro-pub, without any music, TV or fruit machines. Unfortunately it's not going to be a permanent thing, just up to Christmas! Bingham’s latest Hop Project beer is Dr Rudi El Dorado, 4.5% and extra pale, with a lemongrass and apricot hop character. In addition, now the days are becoming chillier, Woodsmoke Porter is being brewed again, using a German smoked malt to give a pleasant yet subtle smokiness. The amount of chocolate malt has been doubled since the last brew. Brewery tours run on Saturdays, last two hours and are very engaging and informative. See https://binghams.co.uk/tours/ for details. Three pints are included in the price, to sup while you sit and listen, or take home if you are driving - their stainless steel, 2 litre double walled growlers are back in stock!

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Good Beer Guide 2019 Launch In In September September we we launched launched CAMRA's CAMRA's Good Good Beer Beer Guide Guide 2019 2019 Social media has been buzzing with events and congratulations Social media has been buzzing with events and congratulations all all over over the the UK. UK. 4,500 4,500 pubs pubs have have been been recognised recognised by by CAMRA's CAMRA's 191,855 members as places that serve a good pint 191,855 members as places that serve a good pint of of real real ale ale in in an an environment environment that that is is "friendly", "friendly", "convivial" "convivial" and and even even "splendid" "splendid" and and "sprawling". "sprawling". If If you you haven't haven't already, already, you you can can discover discover all all of of these reviews reviews and and more more in in CAMRA's CAMRA's Good Good Beer Beer Guide Guide 2019 2019 these as as well well as as in in CAMRA's CAMRA's Good Good Beer Beer Guide Guide App. App. CAMRA's CAMRA's Good Good Beer Beer Guide Guide is is an an independent independent guide guide that that is is compiled by CAMRA branches throughout the UK. compiled by CAMRA branches throughout the UK. To To recognise recognise the the contribution contribution that that pubs pubs have have made made in in their their area, area, many many branches branches have have been been celebrating celebrating the the publication publication of of the the Good Good Beer Beer Guide Guide by by inviting inviting licensees, licensees, local local brewers, brewers, branch branch members, members, local local press, press, local local dignitaries dignitaries and and of of course course the the public public to events up and down the country. to events up and down the country.

The The Berkshire Berkshire Sout Sout East East region region was was no no exception, exception, and and we we held our own event at the lovely country pub, the held our own event at the lovely country pub, the White White Hart Hart in in Winkfield, Winkfield, where where Branch Branch Good Good Beer Beer Guide Guide Coordinator, Terry Burrows, presented the pub Coordinator, Terry Burrows, presented the pub with with their their own own copy copy of of the the guide guide in in the presence presence the of of the the local local mayor. mayor.

We We are are also also pleased pleased to to announce announce that that the the Good Beer Guide App has been updated Good Beer Guide App has been updated to to reflect reflect the the pubs pubs and and venues venues that that have have been been included included in in the the Good Good Beer Beer Guide Guide 2019. 2019.

If If you you are are already already a a user, user, simply simply log log in in to to the the app app and and the the data data should be refreshed. To find the Good Beer Guide 2019 should be refreshed. To find the Good Beer Guide 2019 pubs pubs simply simply use use the the "Good "Good Beer Beer Guide Guide Pubs" Pubs" filter. filter. If If you you have have not not yet yet downloaded downloaded the the app’ app’ then then why why not not try try it it out? out? CAMRA's Good Beer Guide App is a live database of over CAMRA's Good Beer Guide App is a live database of over 4500 4500 Good Beer Beer Guide Guide pubs pubs as as well well as as a a further further 30,000 30,000 pubs pubs and and bars bars Good and and 1750+ 1750+ breweries breweries across across the the UK. UK. With With map map references references and and links links to to navigation navigation apps apps on on your your phone phone or or tablet, tablet, it it couldn't couldn't be be easier easier to to find find a a Good Good Beer Beer Guide Guide pub pub near near you* you* Subscriptions start start at at 99p 99p per per month month or or £4.99 £4.99 for for a a full full year year Subscriptions (* A subscription is required to unlock the full functionality of the app) (* A subscription is required to unlock the full functionality of the app)

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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.

Now taking bookings for Christmas Meals Join us for Christmas and New Year, ask about our Function room for hire; have your party here! Large welcoming bar and separate restaurant area 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 welcome with a special menu available for them

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If you are a CAMRA member, you are warmly invited to join us in the great city of Dundee 5-7 April for CAMRA’s Members’ Weekend, AGM & Conference 2019. It's open to all CAMRA members and is free to attend. The wonderful Caird Hall, in the heart of Dundee, is close to the station, buses, pubs, restaurants and hotels. With everything under one roof, including the Members’ Bar, you can attend the AGM and Conference, take part in activities,

socialise, eat and drink without leaving the building! Hosted by the Scotland & Northern Ireland CAMRA Branches, Members' Weekend 2019 promises to offer something for everyone - including brewery and pub tours. Volunteering – be part of it! Help is needed in all areas - including setting up; in the CAMRA shop, on the information stand, counting votes - and in the Members' Bar.

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Community Pub Award Community Pub Award By Kevin Lenton By Kevin Lenton

As many of you may be aware, CAMRA As many of you may be aware, CAMRA currently have the following campaign currently have the following campaign aims: aims: 1. Stop Tax Killing Beer & Pubs 1. Stop Tax Killing Beer & Pubs 2. Secure an Effective Government 2. Secure an Effective Government Support Package for Pubs Support Package for Pubs 3. Encourage People to try a Range of 3. Encourage People to try a Range of Real Ales, Ciders & Perries Real Ales, Ciders & Perries 4. Promote Pubs & Pub-Going 4. Promote Pubs & Pub-Going In support of our 4th aim, the Berkshire In support of our 4th aim, the Berkshire South East CAMRA Branch will be South East CAMRA Branch will be introducing a number of new pub introducing a number of new pub awards in addition to our Pub Of The awards in addition to our Pub Of The Year (POTY) Award. Year (POTY) Award. Unlike POTY, these new awards will not Unlike POTY, these new awards will not focus primarily on the quality of the beer, focus primarily on the quality of the beer, but on other aspects of the whole pubbut on other aspects of the whole pubgoing experience and will not necessarily going experience and will not necessarily require the pub to serve real ale. The only require the pub to serve real ale. The only requirement will be that the pub must be in requirement will be that the pub must be in our branch area. our branch area. The first of the proposed new awards will The first of the proposed new awards will be to recognise “Community Pubs” using be to recognise “Community Pubs” using CAMRA’s Community Pub definition as CAMRA’s Community Pub definition as follows: follows: A community pub is a licensed hub which A community pub is a licensed hub which encourages social interactions and puts encourages social interactions and puts something back into the communities it something back into the communities it serves”. By “encourage social interactions” serves”. By “encourage social interactions” they mean discussions and conversation they mean discussions and conversation between customers, whether those between customers, whether those customers be family, friends, customers be family, friends, acquaintances or strangers. By “put acquaintances or strangers. By “put something back” they mean to offer some something back” they mean to offer some facility or undertake some activity which is facility or undertake some activity which is of benefit to the community, without any of benefit to the community, without any motivation based on direct financial benefit motivation based on direct financial benefit to the pub. to the pub. A good community pub is ... A good community pub is ... • inclusive and aims to appeal to all • inclusive and aims to appeal to all sectors of society and provides an sectors of society and provides an

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environment where environment where everyone should feel everyone should feel welcome and feel welcome and feel comfortable comfortable A good community pub might ... A good community pub might ... • operate extended opening hours, and • operate extended opening hours, and be open at times which might not be be open at times which might not be peak times for the sales of food and peak times for the sales of food and drink, but which will enable the pub to drink, but which will enable the pub to be used during the daytime by local be used during the daytime by local groups such Mums and Tots groups, groups such Mums and Tots groups, Senior Citizen groups, Townswomen Senior Citizen groups, Townswomen Guild etc. Guild etc. • run other types of events which • run other types of events which encourage social interactions including encourage social interactions including quiz nights. quiz nights. • sponsor a local youth football team, or • sponsor a local youth football team, or other local community groups other local community groups • organise collections for local charities • organise collections for local charities or organise fund raising events for or organise fund raising events for local charities local charities • if it is in a rural area, provide facilities • if it is in a rural area, provide facilities otherwise often lost to a village otherwise often lost to a village community such as a village shop or a community such as a village shop or a post office post office • organise tables and chairs in a • organise tables and chairs in a communal arrangement to encourage communal arrangement to encourage “social interactions”, in contrast to a “social interactions”, in contrast to a restaurant which typically organises restaurant which typically organises tables to isolate groups of customers tables to isolate groups of customers from each other from each other Good and better ... Good and better ... • Providing a dart board is good, but • Providing a dart board is good, but organising a darts team to play in a organising a darts team to play in a local league is better (and the same local league is better (and the same applies to other pub games including applies to other pub games including pool, crib, pétanque etc.) pool, crib, pétanque etc.) • Providing live music concerts by • Providing live music concerts by professional musicians is good, but professional musicians is good, but also organising open mic and sing-aalso organising open mic and sing-along sessions is better long sessions is better • Organising beer festivals is good, but • Organising beer festivals is good, but donating all or most of the proceeds to donating all or most of the proceeds to Issue 53, Winter 2018 Issue 53, Winter 2018


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a charity, and especially a local charity, is better Providing a meeting room is good, but making this available free of charge to local clubs and societies is better Providing notice boards displaying information about the pub are good, but allowing them to be used to advertise local events and services is better Having a pleasant garden is good, but also having play facilities for local families is better, as is organising events in the garden e.g. an Easter Egg Hunt.

Clearly there will not be a pub that satisfies all of the above criteria, but this acts as a “benchmark”. The process will be firstly, for anyone to submit a nomination for a pub to be our Community Pub, and a form has been made available to do just this. The form will enable the nominator to comment on how the pub matches against all of the

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criteria above. This approach will ensure that we are in line with the CAMRA definition, enable pubs to be compared like-with-like and provide a means to be able to make a fair and transparent judgement. Each of the nomination’s criteria will be scored by our Branch Committee and the pub with the highest score will be declared the winner. Further details and cut-off dates for nominations will be provided in due course. In the meantime, get your thinking hats on and if you know of a pub in our branch area that is worthy of our award, start to think about the criteria above and begin gathering evidence that would support your nomination. We are hoping that this award will bring some well-deserving pubs to the fore. You are encouraged to nominate a pub for this award using the online form that can be found at: www.seberkscamra.org.uk/nominate

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Mad Cow on Tour By Kevin Lenton By Kevin Lenton

My My wife wife and and II took took a a holiday holiday in in Madison, Madison, the capital of Wisconsin, USA. the capital of Wisconsin, USA. Wisconsin is famous for its Wisconsin is famous for its beer, beer, cheese cheese and and crackers. crackers. Well Well two two out out of of three three ain't ain't bad bad as as the the song song goes. goes.

The The staple staple beers beers are are :: Fat Squirrel. Spotted Fat Squirrel. Spotted Cow Cow Moon Man. Two Moon Man. Two Women Women Raspberry Wisconsin Raspberry Tart. Tart. Wisconsin Belgian Belgian Red Red Scream IPA Scream IPA The The Hill Hill Top Top Brewery Brewery was was founded founded by by Deborah Deborah Carey Carey in in 1993, 1993, making making her her the the first first woman woman founder founder of of a a brewery brewery in in the the USA. Her husband Dan is the Brewmaster, USA. Her husband Dan is the Brewmaster, having having taken taken an an apprenticeship apprenticeship in in Bavaria Bavaria and earning his Master Brewer and earning his Master Brewer diploma diploma from from the the Institute Institute of of Brewing Brewing in in London. London.

Observation Observation One: One: There There are are lots lots of of bars bars selling selling a a variety variety of of “craft “craft beers” beers” on on tap. tap. The The one one below below claims claims to to have have 130 130 taps taps so so difficult to to decide decide which which to to choose. choose. difficult

Observation Observation Two: Two: Whilst Whilst there there are are beer beer menus and/or and/or lists lists on on blackboards, blackboards, they they do do menus not not tell tell you you what what the the ABV ABV % % is, is, nor nor is is this this information information on on the the taps. taps. Having Having asked asked around around II have have concluded concluded that that the the average average is is about about 6%. 6%.

Observation Observation Three: Three: II have have no no idea idea what what the the opening hours are. Before going out opening hours are. Before going out to to the the States, States, II thought thought that that II would would have have a a problem problem getting getting to to see see the the World World Cup, Cup, but but that was was not not the the case, case, many many bars bars had had the the that football football on. on. II went went to to a a sports sports bar bar to to watch watch the the Mexico Mexico vv Germany Germany game game which which was was rammed rammed with with Mexicans Mexicans who who went went berserk berserk when when they they scored scored what what turned turned out out to to be be the the winner. So, So, II went went back back for for the the England England vv winner. Tunisia Tunisia game game which which kicked-off kicked-off at at 7am 7am and and the bar opened at 6:30 am. My the bar opened at 6:30 am. My beer beer of of choice, choice, II found found out out later later was was 7%, 7%, so so by by the the final final whistle whistle II was was a a bit bit tired tired and and emotional. emotional. On On a a recommendation recommendation II visited visited the the New New Glarus Brewing Co. which brews Glarus Brewing Co. which brews 7 7 staple staple beers, beers, 6 6 of of which which are are on on tap tap at at the the brewery, 3 to 5 seasonals and 2 brewery, 3 to 5 seasonals and 2 to to 3 3 Thumbprint beers beers each each year. year. Thumbprints Thumbprints Thumbprint are are small small batches batches of of one one off off brews. brews.

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New New Glarus Glarus was was named named after after the the canton canton (district) (district) of of Glarus Glarus in in eastern eastern Switzerland. Switzerland. The The community community was was founded founded in in 1845 1845 by by immigrants from from that that canton, canton, hence hence the the immigrants design design of of the the brewery. brewery. The The brewery brewery offers offers a free self-guided tour with a free self-guided tour with hand hand held held listening listening devices devices which which was was excellent. excellent. Three Three 3 3 oz oz samples samples and and a a souvenir souvenir glass glass were were available available for for $8. $8. enjoyed my my drinking drinking experience experience in in the the II enjoyed States, but States, but left looking left looking forward forward to to a a hand pulled hand pulled pint of of real real ale ale pint and and knowing knowing how how strong strong it it is. is. Kevin Kevin Lenton Lenton Branch Branch Campaigns Campaigns Coordinator Coordinator

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Socially Conscious Brewing The Campaign for Real Ale's Good Beer Guide 2019 reports a resurgence of independent breweries, with many putting social responsibility at the core of their business. Since its first publication in 1973, the Guide has annually examined the changes facing Britain's beer and pub scene, which has seen the number of UK breweries rise to 2,500 — 1,750 of which produce real ale. It reports that many new breweries are placing a greater emphasis on giving back to the local community by supporting charities or providing training and employment opportunities. Smaller brewers are also becoming increasingly environmentally aware; introducing new processes to reduce their carbon footprint, and responding to consumer calls for more information on ingredients and niche products. This has resulted in more gluten-free, vegan-friendly and lowalcohol beer options than ever before, as many work to fill previous gaps in the market by creating recipes for specific audiences. Some examples from the Guide include: •

Ignition in Sydenham, South London, which employs and trains people with learning difficulties to brew beer

The Tap Social Movement in Oxford, which provides effective rehabilitation for people serving prison sentences

Keswick Brewery in the Lake District, which uses sheep wool to insulate the brewing vessels and reduce its environmental impact

Stratford-upon-Avon Brewery utilising a small solar farm, wind turbines and

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bore holes for their brewing, and giving all spent hops and malts to their pigs The Good Beer Guide 2019 also reports that many of the country's pubs are following suit to cater for new audiences and encourage consumers to try an expanding range of exciting brews. Some offer a variety of glass sizes to give visitors greater opportunities to try the huge, ever-changing range of real ales available. Others have diversified from the ‘traditional' pub to become micropubs, tap rooms, gastropubs and community-run pubs to cater to all tastes. Tom Stainer, Chief Communications Officer at the Campaign for Real Ale says, "It's fantastic to see such sweeping changes across the brewing and pub scene over the last few years. Brewing has become much more collaborative and socially minded for many brewers, with a new emphasis on giving back to local communities and creating beers suitable to all tastes and preferences. Many have even extended their offerings with dedicated tap bars, offering a direct route to market for many consumers”. "Pubs meanwhile have been keeping pace. The emergence of gastropubs and community-run pubs has helped to diversify the traditional pub offering to make them more welcoming to all sectors of society. In addition, micropubs have played an important role in bringing real ale to new places, filling gaps on high streets, improving choice for drinkers and providing a catalyst for real ale revival." Beer lovers can discover pubs and breweries of all shapes and sizes in the latest edition of the Good Beer Guide, which is now on sale and available to purchase for £15.99 at https://gbgshop.camra.org.uk.

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Ascot Ascot Beer Beer Festival Festival 2018 2018 By By Mike Mike Smith Smith

Our Our twelfth twelfth festival festival at at Berkshire’s Berkshire’s premier premier racecourse last October racecourse last October was was another another big big success success with with over over a a hundred hundred volunteers volunteers serving serving up up around around 20,000 20,000 pints pints of of real real ales ales and ciders to an appreciative horse-racing and ciders to an appreciative horse-racing public. public. We We featured featured three three festival special festival special beers beers from from Ascot Ascot Brewing, Bond Brewing, Bond Brews and Brews and New New Wharf, Wharf, even even New New Wharf’s Wharf’s proprietor proprietor and and Head Head Brewer, Brewer, Kevin Kevin Black, Black, was was there there to to pitch pitch in in pouring pouring the the pints pints alongside alongside Kevin Kevin Brady Brady from from IndigIndigenous enous Brewery. Brewery. Votes Votes for for the the Beer Beer and Cider and Cider of of the the festival festival are are being being counted counted with with early early indicaindications tions showing showing one one of of our our LocAle LocAle breweries breweries in the lead – so keep an eye in the lead – so keep an eye on on our our Twitter Twitter

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Thank Thank you you to to all all of of our our volunteers, volunteers, espeespecially those who persevered cially those who persevered through through the the wet wet and and cold cold conditions; conditions; we’ll we’ll be be in in touch touch soon soon with with details details of of the the helpers helpers trip. trip.

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1 – 4 November 2018: Egham Beer Festival eghambeerfestival.co.uk Egham United Services Club put on three fine charity beer festivals each year assisted by the local CAMRA branch. Expect around 50 real ales, featuring new breweries and special brews, plus around a dozen ciders & perries. Reduced admission for CAMRA members.

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9 – 10 November 2018: Woking Beer Festival wokingbeerfestival.co.uk This beer festival organised by our neighbours in Surrey Hants Borth ders CAMRA celebrates its 25 running. There should be over 70 ales, plus ciders and foreign beers. Due to limited capacity, entry is by advance ticket. CAMRA members can obtain a free pint by presenting their card at the membership stand.

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The regular Winter beer festival at Alton College should offer around 70 ales, plus ciders and perries. Customers are requested to bring their own lined half pint beer glass in an environmental initiative.

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Beer Abbreviations Beer Abbreviations and and Acronyms Acronyms By Anthony Springall By Anthony Springall

Like any industry, brewing has developed Like any industry, brewing has developed a number of acronyms and abbreviations a number of acronyms and abbreviations which can be a complete mystery to anywhich can be a complete mystery to anyone who is a newly involved. This guide one who is a newly involved. This guide has been put together to demystify this has been put together to demystify this language and the next time you hear one language and the next time you hear one you will immediately know what is being you will immediately know what is being talked about. talked about. AAU – Alpha Acid Unit. (A measurement of AAU – Alpha Acid Unit. (A measurement of the bitterness within the beer caused by the the bitterness within the beer caused by the alpha acids in the hop variety used.) alpha acids in the hop variety used.) ABV – Alcohol by Volume (A measure of the ABV – Alcohol by Volume (A measure of the alcohol content in the finished beer.) alcohol content in the finished beer.) APA – American Pale Ale ( A pale ale with APA – American Pale Ale ( A pale ale with the characteristics of the west coast US, the characteristics of the west coast US, heavily hopped giving a floral nose and citrus heavily hopped giving a floral nose and citrus flavours.) flavours.) DIPA – Double Indian Pale Ale (An Imperial DIPA – Double Indian Pale Ale (An Imperial American Pale Ale, similar to the above but American Pale Ale, similar to the above but only more so!) only more so!) CAMRA – Campaign for Real Ale (Consumer CAMRA – Campaign for Real Ale (Consumer organisation with 190,000+ members, proorganisation with 190,000+ members, protecting the interests of beer drinkers and pub tecting the interests of beer drinkers and pub goers.) goers.) EBC – European Brewing Convention (A EBC – European Brewing Convention (A measurement of the colour of beer.) measurement of the colour of beer.) EBU – European Bittering Units (Standard EBU – European Bittering Units (Standard method of measuring bitterness in a given method of measuring bitterness in a given volume of beer.) volume of beer.) EPA – English Pale Ale (A term hijacked to EPA – English Pale Ale (A term hijacked to describe a low gravity beer with moderate describe a low gravity beer with moderate bitterness but previously used to describe an bitterness but previously used to describe an Indian Pale Ale style beer destined for conIndian Pale Ale style beer destined for consumption in the UK.) sumption in the UK.) ESB – Extra Special Bitter (A term sometimes ESB – Extra Special Bitter (A term sometimes used in describing a breweries premium bitter used in describing a breweries premium bitter but forever associated with Fullers ESB which but forever associated with Fullers ESB which

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has won the Champion Beer of Britain a rechas won the Champion Beer of Britain a record three times.) ord three times.) IBU – International Bittering Units (See EBU, IBU – International Bittering Units (See EBU, a standard system of measuring bitterness a standard system of measuring bitterness based on the parts per million content of albased on the parts per million content of alpha acids.) pha acids.) IPA – Indian Pale Ale (A historic term for the IPA – Indian Pale Ale (A historic term for the beers sent to the Indian Raj with a high alcobeers sent to the Indian Raj with a high alcohol and hopping rate to enable them to surhol and hopping rate to enable them to survive the long journey) vive the long journey) NABLABS – No Alcohol or Low Alcohol NABLABS – No Alcohol or Low Alcohol Beers (Term to describe the low alcohol beer Beers (Term to describe the low alcohol beer sector) sector) OG – Original Gravity (Starting point for beer OG – Original Gravity (Starting point for beer prior to the commencement of fermentation.) prior to the commencement of fermentation.) PET – Polyethylene terephthalate (A type of PET – Polyethylene terephthalate (A type of plastic used to produce bottles for the cheapplastic used to produce bottles for the cheaper end of the market, usually in 2 litre sizes) er end of the market, usually in 2 litre sizes) SG – Specific Gravity -(A measure of the SG – Specific Gravity -(A measure of the density of beer compared to that of water density of beer compared to that of water when expressed as a ratio.) when expressed as a ratio.) SIBA -Society of Independent Brewers (A SIBA -Society of Independent Brewers (A trade body of smaller breweries, founded in trade body of smaller breweries, founded in 1980 representing the interests of the inde1980 representing the interests of the independent brewing sector.) pendent brewing sector.) SPBW – Society for the Preservation of Beer SPBW – Society for the Preservation of Beer from the Wood (A forerunner organisation from the Wood (A forerunner organisation campaigning for beer to remain in wooden campaigning for beer to remain in wooden casks) casks) SRM – Standard Research Method (See SRM – Standard Research Method (See EBC, a measure of the colour of beers when EBC, a measure of the colour of beers when expressed in Lovibonds units.) expressed in Lovibonds units.) Hopefully this guide has been of some use Hopefully this guide has been of some use and if you find others being used please and if you find others being used please remind people that plain English is always remind people that plain English is always helpful! helpful!

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Longest Longest pub pub closure closure -- for for no no good good reason reason The Reading and Mid Berkshire CAMRA Branch recently sent a tongue-in-cheek The Reading and Mid Berkshire CAMRA Branch recently sent a tongue-in-cheek letter to the Samuel Smith Brewery, inviting them to their Gala Awards evening letter to the Samuel Smith Brewery, inviting them to their Gala Awards evening regarding a pub that they have owned in Reading for 30 years, but never opened! regarding a pub that they have owned in Reading for 30 years, but never opened! Attached is the letter they sent, inviting them to attend the ceremony and also inviting Attached is the letter they sent, inviting them to attend the ceremony and also inviting further comment on the pub in question. further comment on the pub in question. Reading & Mid Reading & Mid Berks CAMRA Berks CAMRA Reading & Mid Berkshire CAMRA Branch Chairman, Reading & Mid Berkshire CAMRA Branch Chairman, Quinten Taylor, is Branch Chairman: Quinten Taylor, is Branch Chairman: fully expecting to To: fully expecting to To: get no response Samuel Smith Brewery get no response Samuel Smith Brewery High Street back from the High Street Tadcaster back from the Tadcaster Brewery, but he LS24 9SB Brewery, but he LS24 9SB may live to be 03/09/2018 may live to be 03/09/2018 surprised. surprised. Dear Mr Smith, Dear Mr Smith, CAMRA BSE CAMRA BSE Branch Chairman Reading & Mid Berkshire CAMRA award for the Lower Ship, Duke Street Branch Chairman Reading & Mid Berkshire CAMRA award for the Lower Ship, Duke Street David Richards David Richards We cordially invite you or a representative of Samuel Smith Brewery to our Gala commented “I've We cordially invite you or a representative of Samuel Smith Brewery to our Gala commented “I've September 2018 at Awards evening. This will be held at 8pm on Tuesday 11th walked past that Awards evening. This will be held at 8pm on Tuesday 11th September 2018 at Park House, University of Reading. This is for the brewery to be presented with the walked past that Park House, University of Reading. This is for the brewery to be presented with the spot many times following special award: spot many times following special award: when I emerge from when I emerge from the canal footpath Lower Ship, Duke Street; Longest Pub Closure For No Good Reason the canal footpath Lower Ship, Duke Street; Longest Pub Closure For No Good Reason and head into town, and head into town, We are presenting this unique award as our records indicate that the pub has been but I've never We are presenting this unique award as our records indicate that the pub has been but I've never owned by your brewery since the late 1980s but has never been opened since realised that that owned by your brewery since the late 1980s but has never been opened since acquisition. We do note that the appropriate licenses have been renewed with realised that that acquisition. We do note that the appropriate licenses have been renewed with boarded up building Reading Borough Council in a timely manner and that remedial works to the boarded up building Reading Borough Council in a timely manner and that remedial works to the was a closed pub! building do take place; the latest of which was earlier this year to move the was a closed pub! building do take place; the latest of which was earlier this year to move the At face value, it boarding at the front of the building forward in order to stop rough sleepers using At face value, it boarding at the front of the building forward in order to stop rough sleepers using the sheltered area. You can RSVP to the above address. looks like it could the sheltered area. You can RSVP to the above address. looks like it could become another become another If nobody from the brewery can attend, perhaps you would be good enough to give Alehouse or Nag's If nobody from the brewery can attend, perhaps you would be good enough to give us an update on the pub’s status by way of reply. We would be delighted to hear Alehouse or Nag's us an update on the pub’s status by way of reply. We would be delighted to hear Head in the right from you, as would the rest of the town’s residents who have seen this lovely Head in the right from you, as would the rest of the town’s residents who have seen this lovely hands” building left unused for 30 years; a good number of whom would be very happy to hands” building left unused for 30 years; a good number of whom would be very happy to frequent it as a Sam Smiths pub. frequent it as a Sam Smiths pub. Best regards, Best regards,

Branch Chairman Branch Chairman Reading & Mid Berkshire CAMRA Reading & Mid Berkshire CAMRA

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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. • • • • • • •

Join us over Christmas and New Year, now taking bookings A large, very popular venue for all age groups, a number of eating and drinking areas Sheltered patio with heaters now the days are colder Full range of Fullers Real & Craft Ales along with a wide range of other drinks (15% CAMRA discount) Barn room available for hire, ideal for your Christmas or New Year Party / Get Together / Work do Extensive food Menu Live sport shown on large screens, regular quiz nights

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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

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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

Thursday 27th December

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

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

Thursday 8th November

CAMRA Social visit to Loddon Brewery Taproom by minibus. Loddon Brewery, Dunsden Green Farm, Church Lane, Reading. GR4 9QD Details on website (advance booking only). th th

Saturday 17 November

BSE & SWM CAMRA Social – Maidenhead Pub Walk. Meet at Grenfell Arms, 22 Oldfield Road, Maidenhead, SL6 1TW. Meet from 1pm. nd

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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

Monday 26th November

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

Thursday 29th November

“THIRSTY-THURSDAY” CAMRA Social Minibus Trip. Details on Website. Advance booking required (CAMRA members only).

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Saturday 1 December

CAMRA SW&M Branch annual Windsor Christmas Pub Walk starting at Windsor & Eton Brewery, 1 Vansittart Estate, Windsor. SL1 1SE. Meet from 1pm. th

Saturday 5th December

CAMRA Open Meeting at Old Manor, Grenville Place, Bracknell, RG12 1PB. Meet from 8pm. th

Thursday 13th December

CAMRA pre-Christmas Social at the Fox & Hounds, 51 Gosbrook Road, Caversham. RG4 8BN. Meet up at the Greyfriar, 53 Greyfriars Road, Reading. RG1 1PA from 8pm, then head off to the Fox & Hounds.

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CAMRA Social at Perseverance, 2 High Street, Wraybury. TW19. 5DB. Day TBA - Meet from 12 Noon. th

Thursday 17th January

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 in Sunningdale to visit the Royal Oak, 19 Station Road, Sunningdale. SL5 0QL and Nag’s Head, 28 High Street, Sunningdale. SL5 0NG. Meet from 8pm. th

Monday 28th January

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

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THE QUEENS HEAD 23 The Terrace Wokingham RG40 1BP Tel: 0118 9781221

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A range of Real Ales, Lagers, Spirits, Wines and soft drinks Rear part-covered Beer Garden

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www.seberkscamra.org.uk www.seberkscamra.org.uk Critical. Most regulars don’t want to Critical. Most regulars don’t want to change their drink, so I follow their needs change their drink, follow their needs and the range stays so the Isame. By Barry Fenton and the range stays the same. By Barry Fenton An interview with a landlord from a local pub. What are your impressions of CAMRA An interview with a landlord from a local pub. What are your impressions of CAMRA in the area? This time Barry chatted with Mike Cobb in the area? This time Barry chatted with Mike Cobb After a sticky start we now have an from the Bull at Barkham, a regular in After a sticky start we now have an from the Bull at Barkham, a regular in excellent relationship. I am very happy the Good Beer Guide and, including the excellent relationship. I am very happy the Good Beer Guide and, including the with how it is. And I’m in the Good Beer new 2019 edition. with how it is. And I’m in the Good Beer new 2019 edition. Guide! Guide! What plans have you got for your pub What plans have you got for your pub in the next year? in theofnext More the year? same really. We will maintain More of the same really. We will maintain the three Beer Festivals each year, where the will three Beer Festivals year,ofwhere we continue to supplyeach a variety ales, we will continue to supply a variety of ales, which my customers probably won’t know, which my customers probably won’t know, from all over the UK. from all over the UK. What is craft beer? What is craft beer? I’m not sure. It’s different things to different I’m not sure. It’s different things to different people. My customers show little interest, people. My customers show little interest, so I follow their lead. so I follow their lead. How long have you been in the pub What are your thoughts on the success How long have you been in the pub What are your thoughts on the success business and at the Bull? of craft beer? business and at the Bull? of craft beer? Six years in the Bull and 26 in the I’m old school. I don’t think that it’s here to Six years Previously in the Bullat and in the I’m old school. I don’t think that it’s here to business. the 26 Prince of stay. There’s huge growth at the moment, business. Previously at the Prince of stay.will There’s huge Wales, Caversham, the Fishermans but it still begrowth here at in the 30 moment, years? Wales, Caversham, the Fishermans but will it still be here in 30 years? Cottage by the river in Reading, the Bull in Remember Magners Cider? Cottage by the river in Reading, the Bull in Remember Magners Cider? Henley and prior to that seven years at Henley and prior to that seven years at What would you like to get over to our Latinos Nightclub in Henley. What would you like to get over to our Latinos Nightclub in Henley. readers to encourage them to come readers encourage them to come What do you most like about the pub into your to pub? What do you most like about the pub into your pub? trade? A real pub, a friendly welcome, serving a trade? A real range pub, a offriendly The customers, I meet such a variety of good real welcome, ales and serving a gooda The customers, I meet such a variety of good range of real ales and a good characters. It becomes your social life. If selection of food from around the world. characters. It becomes social life. If you don’t allow it then youyour won’t succeed. selection of food from around the world. you don’t allow it then you won’t succeed. (From Indonesia, Japan, Thailand, (From Indonesia, Japan, Thailand, And the least? Singapore, Malaysia & England.) We offer And the least? Singapore, Malaysia & England.) We offer The hours. Not just the hours that the an extensive selection of wines, many by The hours. Not just the hours that the an glass, extensive many by customers see, but the early morning the and selection spirits withofawines, gin menu. customers see, but the early morning the glass, and spirits with a gin menu. deliveries, the phone calls at 8 am to book What wrong would you most like to put deliveries, the phone calls at 8 am to book a table! Covering for staff off sick. Whatinwrong would you most like to put right the pub trade? a table! Covering for staff off sick. right in the pub trade? What Real Ales are you selling today Lift the restrictions on the business What Real Ales are you selling today Lift the restrictions on the licensing, business and how does this change? imposed by the pubcos, and how does this change? imposed by the pubcos, licensing, Rebellion Smuggler (4.2%) Rebellion IPA business rates and others. Rebellion Smuggler (4.2%) Rebellion IPA business rates and others. (3.7%) Doom Bar (4.0%) Timothy Taylor Which celebrity would you most like to (3.7%) Doom Bar (4.0%) Timothy Taylor Which celebrity would you most like to Landlord (4.3%) and Gales HSB (4.8%). work behind your bar and why? Landlord Gales (4.8%). These will (4.3%) stay theand same with HSB one extra in work behind your bar and why? David Walliams. He has an abundance of These will stay the same with one extra in the summer. David Walliams. He has an abundance of the summer. personality and if he hadn’t got the personality and if he hadn’t got the How important are Real Ales & cider to success he now has he would have made How important are Real Ales & cider to success he now your pub? an excellent host.has he would have made your pub? an excellent host.

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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 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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