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THE VICTORIA ARMS

TRADITIONAL ENGLISH PUB • Award-winning Fuller’s real ales with 10% discount for CAMRA members • Traditional home cooked food • Live Sky and BT sports shown • Comfortable surroundings and friendly atmosphere

HEATED AND COVERED PATIO • Catering for functions with BBQ or buffets • Recently refurbished marquee—hire free of charge

SECLUDED GARDEN • Family friendly • Dogs welcome

FUN AND ENTERTAINMENT • • • •

Sunday night quiz Regular live music Monday club 15% off all drinks between 5pm and 7pm Gin & Tonic Tuesdays—Any gin with Fever Tree mixer for £5

TERRACE ROAD NORTH, BINFIELD, RG42 5JA 01344 483856

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Editor’s Welcome

Welcome to the 56th edition of Mad Cow

Another jam packed quarterly edition to bring you all the news that is real ale and real cider news in our local area. Our featured pub for this addition is the Roebuck in Market Place, Wokingham, opposite the old Town Hall, and our roving reporter, Barry Fenton, met up with the landlady for some inside information, which you will find on pages 18 and 19. In addition, Wokingham Market celebrates 800 years of acquiring the charter from the Crown in 1219 to hold a market every Tuesday, and the details of how this will be celebrated can be found on page 26. After six successful years at the helm, we pay tribute to our outgoing Chairman, David Richards, whilst welcoming Kevin Lenton, our new Branch Chairman, on page 34. We also celebrate with Dave Jennings and his team at the Ship Inn in Wokingham, who were recently recognized their efforts for being a champion of the local community, on page 9. You can find a round up of the local pub news and local brewery news on pages 4 and 11 respectively, and last, but certainly not least, as well as a full round up of the local Beer Festivals on pages 20 to 22, you will find details of the upcoming Ascot Festival on page 28. Happy Reading! Mike Rathge Mad Cow Editor

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

CAMRA Berkshire South East Branch Contact List CHAIRMAN Kevin Lenton chairman@seberkscamra.org.uk BRANCH CONTACT David Richards contact@seberkscamra.org.uk MAD COW EDITOR Mike Rathge madcow@seberkscamra.org.uk MAD COW ADVERTISING Andy Ross madcow@seberkscamra.org.uk PUB PROTECTION OFFICER Bruce Singleton pubprotection@seberkscamra.org.uk PRESS & PUBLICITY OFFICER Anthony Springall press@seberkscamra.org.uk

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relax relax and and spend spend time time with with one one another, another, whether it it is is watching watching their their team team win, win, whether sampling sampling their their favourite favourite drink drink or or hosting hosting a a charity fundraiser. fundraiser. charity

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 Area: Area:

Summer of Pub!

ANYONE ANYONE looking looking for for an an excuse excuse to to go go to to their local could find CAMRA’s Summer their local could find CAMRA’s Summer of of Pub Pub to to be be the the ideal ideal answer. answer. The The Campaign is out to encourage Campaign is out to encourage as as many many people as as possible possible to to support support pubs pubs this this people summer summer – – put put simply simply we we want want people people to to rediscover rediscover their their love love for for the the great great British British local. local.

As As CAMRA CAMRA national national director director Ben Ben Wilkinson Wilkinson says says “We “We want want to to remind remind the the public public what what makes makes our our nation’s nation’s pubs pubs so so special. special. We We want to to encourage encourage people people to to give give the the TV TV a a want break break this this summer summer and and help help them them rediscover the the unbeatable unbeatable social social network network rediscover that that is is their their local.” local.” What What mustn’t mustn’t be be forgotten forgotten is is that that 14 14 pubs pubs a a week are still closing. Not every week are still closing. Not every pub pub is is viable, but but it’s it’s heartbreaking heartbreaking when when a a good good viable, community community pub pub is is shut shut forever. forever. There There are are many many reasons reasons – – a a rates rates system system which which needs needs reform, reform, a a tax tax regime regime that that penalises penalises pubs and the actions pubs and the actions of of property property developers. The The clearest clearest way way we we can can developers. demonstrate demonstrate how how much much we we value value our our pubs and and want want them them to to remain remain part part of of pubs the the rich rich tapestry tapestry of of our our country country is is by by using using them! them!

Oakingham Oakingham Belle, Belle, Wokingham Wokingham Marston’s Marston’s opening opening £3m £3m pub/restaurant pub/restaurant in Wokingham in early in Wokingham in early autumn. autumn. Getting Getting involved involved is is as as easy easy as as buying buying a a pint. pint. Summer Summer of of Pub Pub is is all all about about encouraging encouraging pub-lovers pub-lovers up up and and down down the the country to to visit visit their their local local over over the the summer summer country months. months. Summer Summer of of Pub Pub is is about about the the idea idea that that locals aren’t just places to drink, locals aren’t just places to drink, they they provide space space for for sharing sharing a a conversation conversation provide with with friends. friends. It’s It’s good good for for your your physical physical and and mental health. health. Sharing Sharing a a round round of of drinks drinks mental also also helps helps people people open open up up and and talk talk about about their emotions and lift their spirits. their emotions and lift their spirits. It It is is always always worth worth reminding reminding ourselves ourselves what makes makes pubs pubs special. special. Each Each and and every every what one one of of our our pubs pubs has has a a unique unique atmosphere. atmosphere. The local local is is where where people people enjoy enjoy a a pint, pint, The

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Marston’s Marston’s is is to to open open a a new-build new-build pub pub resrestaurant in in Wokingham, Wokingham, Berkshire, Berkshire, in in early early taurant autumn, autumn, creating creating 40 40 jobs. jobs. The The company company is is investing £3m in The Oakingham investing £3m in The Oakingham Belle Belle in in Oak Oak Avenue, Avenue, which which will will be be its its fourth fourth pub pub in in Berkshire, with one in Reading and Berkshire, with one in Reading and two two in in Newbury. The The pub pub name name is is inspired inspired by by Newbury. 18th 18th century century poem poem Molly Molly Mogg, Mogg, who who was was also known known as as the the “Oakingham “Oakingham Belle”. Belle”. also

The The Rose Rose and and Crown, Crown, Sandhurst Sandhurst Members of of the the Rose Rose & & Crown Crown Supporters Supporters Members Group Group (R&CPCG) (R&CPCG) continue continue to to fight fight to to enensure the survival of their much loved pub sure the survival of their much loved pub in in Sandhurst following following the the recent recent departure departure of of Sandhurst the the Punch Punch tenants, tenants, Peter Peter and and Michelle. Michelle.

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www.seberkscamra.org.uk The Royal Hunt Pub has to date been nominated as an Asset of Community Value (ACV) a total of five times: • • • • • Bracknell Forest Council rejected the Rose & Crown planning application to build new homes in the back garden of the pub, on Monday 3rd June 2019 on grounds of width of footpath, which was considered insufficient for a double buggy, necessitating access through the Public House car park. Punch lodged their appeal to the Planning Inspectorate prior to the Council Decision. The R&CPCG are now waiting to hear about the timescale & process for their submissions & representations to the Planning Inspectorate. Ten days after the Council rejected the planning application, Punch closed the pub on Thursday 13th June saying they intended to put in a new Manager. Apparently checks are being made on the state of the building prior to the appointment of a Manager with a view to carrying out refurbishments.

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May 2015 by Winkfield Parish Council June 2015 by CAMRA October 2017 by CAMRA June 2018 by The Royal Hunt Pub Community Group (RHPGG) December 2018 by the RHPGG

Some ACV nominations were successful and survived challenges but eventually got removed from the Bracknell Forest Council ACV Register. Planning Applications to demolish the Royal Hunt Pub have both been refused, but the owners have lodged an appeal. All objections to the appeal had to be received by the Planning Inspectorate Case Officer Ann Edmonds by 9th July 2019.

CAMRA Pub of the Year (POTY) In the last edition of the Mad Cow we announced The Wonston Arms, in Hampshire had been named the best in the country in CAMRA’s prestigious National Pub of the Year Awards 2018. CAMRA’s National Pub of the Year is our annual competition to find the very best cask ale pub in the UK. We’ve been highlighting the best pubs in the country since 1988, and the competition helps to showcase quality pubs around the UK that are worth seeking out and visiting. It’s all about finding the cream of the crop and the best place for you to enjoy a pint of real ale.

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Each Each year, year, local local CAMRA CAMRA branches branches nominate nominate one one pub pub in in their their area area to to be be entered. These 200 pubs then go through entered. These 200 pubs then go through to to the the regional regional competition competition selecting selecting 16 16 top top pubs, pubs, which which then then whittles whittles down down to to the the four four super-regional super-regional finalists finalists –– one one of of which which will will become become the the ultimate ultimate winner. winner.

will will now now go go forward forward as as Berkshire's Berkshire's representative representative for for the the Regional Regional POTY POTY competition. competition.

The The announcement announcement was was made made after after aa very very close competition between close competition between the the three three successful successful finalists: finalists: 1. Bell, Aldworth. 1. Bell, Aldworth. 2. 2. 3. 3.

Nag's Nag's Head, Head, Reading. Reading. Craufurd Craufurd Arms, Arms, Maidenhead. Maidenhead.

We We wish wish the the Bell Bell the the best best of of luck luck in in the the Regional Regional round! round!

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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 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 White Swan offers 10% discount on real ale 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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Community Pub of the Year Dave Jennings and his team at the Ship Inn in Wokingham had a pleasant surprise recently when the CAMRA South East Berkshire Branch recognized their efforts for being a champion of the local community. For the first time in a number of years, the local CAMRA branch determined to present a prize for the ‘Best Community Pub’ in the area. To put this into context, we have 90 pubs in the area and the Ship Inn came out top. Local pubs were matched against a set of criteria developed by CAMRA nationally, and anybody could make a nomination, not just CAMRA members, even the publicans themselves. In what turned out to be a fairly close competition, the Ship Inn was voted the winner out of three finalists in the area. CAMRA judges noted that pub hosted a free Christmas lunch for the local elderly spending Christmas alone, and this year, it has offered free cups of tea and coffee again to Wokingham’s older population with the aim to have them come in from the cold and have a chat. The Ship Inn also runs a mums and toddlers group and has a private area to allow mums to breastfeed. Presenting the award, CAMRA Branch Chairman, Kevin Lenton said: “The Ship Inn embraces all members of the community including children, young mothers, and OAPs, holding numerous community events, often for charity. It is great venue for sport. A number of us have taken advantage of their legendry ‘Fish and Chip Friday’ in the past, but what you might not know is that this has proved to be popular with a local nursing home who pre-order and collect as a takeaway for their residents. That is just one example of many on how the Ship Inn is a hub for the community and we were very pleased to announce them as our Community Pub Of The Year”.

Dave Jennings (left) Ship Inn Landlord, with his team; Steve Holt, Cody Baker, Chloe Wiffill, Lee Jones, Jess Nootenboom, Paul Richardson, Lara Craft and Tom Court being presented with their certificate by Kevin Lenton, CAMRA Branch Chairman (right).

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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.

Beautiful outdoor eating area and lovely large garden now the days and nights are getting warmer. 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 Function room for hire, have your event or party here Excellent Lunch and Evening menu. Fish and Chips on Friday for just ÂŁ7 Children welcome with a special menu available for them

The White Hart, Church Road, Winkfield, Near Ascot & Windsor, SL4 4SE

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BREWERY NEWS Bond Brews

The Bond Brews annual beer festival went well on Saturday 22nd June, with over 225 people in attendance. Local food and music was on show and Dean brewed a Cherry Porter Anniversary Ale to celebrate. Brewery owner Dean Bond said that attendance was almost four times as much as last year’s event. “Not only did we serve over 225 people on the day but we raised £680 for Prostate Cancer UK from entry donations and unused beer tokens and also £112 for WADE, who served the food”. The event celebrated the Brewery’s fourth year of brewing. The shop continues to provide a convenient place to pick up all of your Bond Brews favourites, in both bottles 10 and 20 litre Polypins and now 5 litre Min Casks. Dean’s Cherry Porter is now available in the shop in 500ml bottles. Along with Dean’s regular range of brews he is currently producing “Kiwi Pale” a New Zealand Pale Ale brewed using two types of malted barley to provide a light golden hue, while Dr. Rudi hops add a satisfying bitterness with notes of Lemongrass & Pine. Bond Brews will be appearing at Sherfest (Sherfield-on-Loddon), Summer Westival (Aldershot) and the White Hart (Holyport) festivals. Bond bottled beers are also available at the Leafy Elephant in the new Peach Place shopping arcade in Wokingham.

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OXFORD BEER & CIDER FESTIVAL 2019

170 real ales 130 Thursday and Friday, 40 new, different ales for Saturday

50 ciders and perries

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Hogs Back Brewery

As an initial trial before opening a taproom in their new kiln next year, Hogs Back Brewery will be opening a Summer Bar starting from Friday 5th July, 5pm - 9pm. After that it will be open on Thursday and Friday evenings, 5pm - 9pm, Saturdays 12pm- 9pm and Sundays 12pm - 4.30pm throughout July, August and September. Prices will be £3.50/pint for cask ales and £4.00/pint for keg ales with a 15% discount for Tongham Tea Club members. A new bar dispense area with classic pub handpulls has been built in the shop and the canopy is being developed with new lighting, heating and a sound system. Rupert Thompson says: "We're delighted to be able to offer our customers the chance to enjoy a pint at the brewery when they visit the shop or come on a tour or just when popping past on the weekend. The canopy makes a lovely casual space to enjoy a pint full of hops grown 200 yards away and brewed in the room next door!" Hogs Back Brewery won their first International award for Hazy Hog Cider. Their cider picked up Bronze in the International Cider Challenge 2019 in the West Country Style category. Hazy Hog is a full flavoured 5% Cider which is made in partnership with Thatchers’ Cider Company. 5 Facts about Hazy Hog Cider: • • • •

First produced in 2012 in partnership with Thatchers Cider Co. Made with 100% Somerset grown apples harvested using traditional methods Matured in oak barrels to intensify the flavour Bittersweet apple juice added back at the end of the fermentation to recreate the ‘Cidre Doux’ hazy style of Brittany/Normandy One of the fastest growing ciders in the Pub trade in the South East in 2018

This year Hogs Back have selected Phyllis Tuckwell Hospice as the Hogs Back's Charitable Trust partner organisation. The hospice based in Farnham is celebrating its 40th anniversary this year so they have decided to dedicate a summer season beer to the organisation.

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Siren Siren Craft Craft Brew Brew

The Sirens Awaken

Late Late last last year year Siren Siren revealed revealed it’s it’s ambitious ambitious plans plans to to upgrade upgrade their their brewery brewery with with a a state-ofstate-ofthe-art the-art canning canning line line and and scale scale up up to to meet meet demand demand and and work work towards towards their their longer-term longer-term plans. plans. Following Following a a short short crowd-funding crowd-funding program, program, which which captured captured the the imagination imagination of of over over 1,500 passionate passionate investors, investors, and 1,500 and raised raised more more than than £1.2million, £1.2million, Siren Siren has has been been working working hard hard behind behind the the scenes scenes to to make make their their plans plans a a reality. reality. To To begin begin with with they they required required more more space space to to accommodate accommodate the the new new equipment, equipment, and and manmanaged to take an additional 2,500 sq ft industrial unit. Four new 240hL fermentation aged to take an additional 2,500 sq ft industrial unit. Four new 240hL fermentation vessels vessels have have been been fabricated fabricated and and are are waiting waiting to to be be installed. installed. They They have have also also installed installed a a new new 100hL Brite Beer Tank (BBT), a new Hop Cannon, which will enable more efficient 100hL Brite Beer Tank (BBT), a new Hop Cannon, which will enable more efficient and and impactful dry-hopping, dry-hopping, as as well well as as a a new new laboratory. laboratory. The The canning canning line impactful line is is now now taking taking pride pride of of place place in in Unit Unit 3. 3. It It has has the the capacity capacity to to fill fill up up to to a a whopping whopping 6,000 6,000 cans cans per per hour. hour. Siren Siren has has informed informed us us that that they they will will be be canning canning both both 330ml 330ml and and 440ml 440ml formats. formats. Their Their flagship flagship range range will will be be in in printed printed 330ml 330ml cans, cans, and and their their one-off, one-off, seasonal seasonal and and collaborative collaborative releases releases will will be be packed packed into into 330ml 330ml or or 440ml 440ml formats formats at at their their discretion. discretion.

With With the the introduction introduction of of cans cans to to their their range range Siren Siren were were presented presented a a great great opportunity opportunity to to revisit revisit their their branding, branding, and and as as with with all all things things at at Siren, Siren, this this project project was was not not taken taken lightly. lightly. A A number number of of illustrators, illustrators, designers designers and and branding branding agencies agencies pitched pitched their their talents, talents, but but it it was was Will Will of of Studio Studio Parr Parr who who was was selected selected as as the the perfect perfect fit fit with with years years of of experience experience and and sharing sharing Siren’s Siren’s passion passion for for beer beer and and design. design. As As many many of of you you who who have have been been following following the the Siren Siren Craft Craft Brew Brew story story will will know, know, the the sirens sirens of of Greek Greek mythology mythology inspired inspired the the concept. concept. Just Just as as their their voices voices were were said said to to entwine entwine into into a a complex, complex, layered layered melody, melody, so so do do the the ingredients ingredients that that go go into into making making Siren’s Siren’s great great beer. beer. The The story story starts starts with with the the siren, siren, but but that’s that’s just just a a beginbeginning. A A stream-of-consciousness stream-of-consciousness style style canvas canvas is is beyond, beyond, delving delving into into the the character, character, the the ning. story story and and personality personality -- fictional, fictional, abstract abstract and and intertwined intertwined with with the the liquid liquid inside. inside. Siren Siren often often refer refer to to their their flagship flagship illustrations illustrations as as ‘canvasses’, ‘canvasses’, and and they they inform inform us us that that that that is is what they were designed to be. Although you get a striking snapshot on the can, the what they were designed to be. Although you get a striking snapshot on the can, the works works expand expand well well beyond beyond those those crops, crops, giving giving room room to to explore explore further further and and further further into into each each world. world. These extended canvasses will form the backdrops to their new releases and These extended canvasses will form the backdrops to their new releases and one-off one-off brews. They’ll They’ll be be chosen chosen by by themes themes and and expanded expanded over over time. time. brews.

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www.seberkscamra.org.uk Siren has devised a format that will enable them to offer stunning designs to compliment their collaborations as well. Whether the collaborations be from their own industry or well beyond, they’ll have the flexibility to bring elements from all sides to the forefront. Siren have recently revealed that their first two canned collaborations are with Humble Sea, and Kings & Daughters.

Siren is clearly making huge strides, but continue to stay true to their roots. They are very excited to be able to offer Siren cans in time for the summer, and we are all looking forward to seeing them at BBQs and festivals in our local area. The first batches of cans were made available in the Tap Yard on Friday 12th July. But it is not just their beer which has changed its image… Meet Sean Knight, Siren Craft Brews new Head Brewer. Sean comes with enviable experience and knowledge in beer, working previously for the likes of Sambrook’s and Fourpure in lead roles. Sean is replacing Kyle Larsen after his three years with Siren. Kyle is now starting his own brewery with his wife Kacie called Kings & Daughters.

Loddon Brewery

This is New England (5.8%) - the haziest, hoppiest IPA Loddon have ever brewed. Aggressively double dry-hopped with Ekuanot, Mosaic and Lemondrop, and fermented for two weeks with New England yeast, this beer is packed with citrussy, tropical, green tea and lemon flavours and aromas. Naturally hazy, unfined and suitable for vegans. This is New England is the fifth new beer produced this year by Loddon’s new head brewer Jake and continues his reinvention of the beer styles they produce.

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On Father's Day Winston the shire horse and his dray visited Binghams Brewery, then headed to Buratta's at the Royal Oak for noon, stopping for 45 mins for lots of attention, before moving to The Duke of Wellington for 1pm. Winston is partial to a pint or two and was supplied with Twyford Tipple at his stops. The Tap Room at Emma’s Kitchen is unfortunately no longer open, but there is now a Tap Yard in front of the brewery on Saturdays throughout the Summer from 11:30 to16:30 so you can sit and enjoy a pint or two of Binghams beer in the sunshine. Wine is also available. If you want to continue your session at home, then takeaways are available from the brewery shop in sizes from 1 to 20 litres. Cover will be provided if the weather is not good. Currently there is no food available on site, but you are welcome to bring your own and if the idea proves popular then they will invite food stalls. Updates will be provided on their Facebook page. Viennese Whirl proved so popular earlier in the year that they are now trialling it as part of their permanent range. Specials coming up include: APA - American Pale Ale 5.0% An American style extra pale ale brewed with Comet and Centennial hops. West Coast IPA - 5.0% A golden ale with a bitter finish provided by Columbus and Centennial hops. RyePA - 5.0% A golden ale with a spicy rye twist and a US hopped finish. Brewery tours run on Saturdays, typically lasting around two hours, and are always 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 to take home if you are driving.

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Mad Cow Featured Pub

The The Roebuck Roebuck was was originally originally a a 16th 16th cencentury tury house house and and was was then extended then extended over over time. time. It It became became an an alehouse alehouse before before 1750 1750 and and by by the the late late 18th 18th century became century became one one of the the most most important important of inns in in Wokingham. Wokingham. inns The coach coach entrance entrance The still exists today, still exists today, probably used used by by probably private coaches coaches to to private the end end of of the the 19th 19th the century, when when the the century, railway came came to to town. town. railway It was was originally originally called called the It the Roe Roe Buck Buck before before becoming becoming the the Roebuck, Roebuck, one one of of the the species species of of deer that that lived lived in in Windsor Windsor Forest. deer Forest. From From the the mid mid 19th 19th century century the the pub pub suffered suffered from from competition competition and and then then housed housed a a bank bank run run by John and Charles Simonds, members of the Simonds family who were also owners by John and Charles Simonds, members of the Simonds family who were also owners of of Simonds Simonds Brewery Brewery that that owned owned the the Roebuck. Roebuck. Only Only open open on on market market day day it it was was transferred transferred to to Barclay’s Barclay’s in in 1913 1913 The The B&W B&W picture picture shows shows the the Roebuck in Roebuck in 1901. 1901. Next Next door door is is Ye Tuck Tuck Shoppe Shoppe which Ye which was was a a popular popular sweet sweet shop shop run run by by Harry Harry "Frump" "Frump" Hawkins. Hawkins. It It stood stood bebetween the "Roebuck" tween the "Roebuck" public public house house and and Gotelee Gotelee House House at at No. No. 7 Market Place, which is 7 Market Place, which is now now (2019) (2019) the the Sultan Sultan restaurant. restaurant. The Roebuck The Roebuck was was turned turned into into a a bar and grill, the 'Bar Square' bar and grill, the 'Bar Square' in in 2005 2005 but but has has now now returned returned to to being a “wet” pub with being a “wet” pub with its its original original name. name.

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Landlord’s Witter By Barry Fenton

An interview with a landlord from a local pub.

This time Barry welcomes Helena Gull, who is the Licensee, and Jak Packham, her partner, from the Roebuck in Wokingham, which is in the Market Place, opposite the old Town Hall. How long have you been in the pub business and at the Roebuck? Helena started working in her local village pub in North Wales five years ago: I worked up to Assistant Manager and then moved to the Albion in Conwy, a past CAMRA Wales Pub of the Year, where I became Assistant Manager. So I am well experienced at looking after real ales and cider. We have been at the Roebuck for eight months. What do you most like about the pub trade? Organising everything, bringing it all together to give good customer service, product quality and to have excellent product knowledge. I especially enjoy cellar work and even the admin, and of course the socialising. And the least? The people who assume it’s an easy job and that we’re only working when they can see us behind the bar. But despite this I love it. What real ales are you selling today and how does this change? Old Hooky (4.6%) and Old Seadog from Camerons (4.3%). These will always change. We never have more than one cask of any beer. How important are real ales & cider to your pub? The real priority, because of my experience with them in North Wales. We get many customers who come in just to see what’s on sale.

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What are your impressions of CAMRA in the area? Very good. My background in North Wales prepared me for this. The North Wales CAMRA Chairman, Ian Saunders, recently visited us here and gave us his approval and was pleased to see us getting involved with the ales. Seeing the last edition of Mad Cow, he unkindly said “One Mad Cow to another”. What plans have you got for your pub in the next year? Hopefully to get some local real ales on sale and some draught cider. Also to have a more extensive range of gins. What is craft beer? Independently brewed or local beer. What are your thoughts on the success of craft beer? Brilliant. Growing and becoming more and more popular.. What would you like to get over to our readers to encourage them to come into your pub? Friendly. Civilised, well run establishment. We cater for everybody. We care for our customers and our service. This approach is shared with our staff. We also have many events. Monday night is Games Night. Thursday is Quiz Night. Friday Rock ‘n Roll Bingo. A band every two weeks and a meat raffle Sunday afternoons followed by an Open Mic session. What wrong would you most like to put right in the pub trade? Bring back more honest boozers. Too many pubs are food led. Which celebrity would you most like to work behind your bar and why? Kevin Lenton, because he is now the CAMRA local branch Chairman. Note from Barry: This was probably the most entertaining interview I have done, the enthusiasm of Helena was complemented by customers overhearing our conversation and joining in.

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24 24 – – 26 26 October October 2019: 2019: Twickenham Twickenham Beer Beer & & Cider Cider Festival Festival rhcamra.org.uk/festivalnews.html rhcamra.org.uk/festivalnews.html Run Run by by Richmond Richmond & & Hounslow Hounslow CAMRA, CAMRA, this this long long established established festival festival usually usually features features around around 70 70 real real ales ales and and 20 20 ciders ciders & & perries. perries. Reduced Reduced entry entry for for CAMRA CAMRA members. members. th th 24 24 – – 26 26 October October 2019: 2019: Oxford Oxford Beer Beer & & Cider Cider Festival Festival oxford.camra.org.uk oxford.camra.org.uk A traditional traditional CAMRA CAMRA beer beer festival festival held held in in a a beautiful beautiful town town hall hall in in the the A delightful surrounds surrounds of of Oxford. Oxford. Expect Expect around around 130 130 ales ales and and 50 50 ciders ciders & & delightful perries. Duplicate Duplicate beers beers are are held held back back for for the the Saturday Saturday session. session. DisDisperries. counted entry entry for for CAMRA CAMRA members. members. counted

Surrey Hills Brewery - Festival Award Ascot Ascot Beer Beer Festival Festival volunteers volunteers enjoyed a enjoyed a day day trip trip to to Dorking Dorking to to present present Ross Ross Hunter, Hunter, owner owner of of the the Surrey Surrey Hills Hills Brewery, Brewery, with with their their Ascot Ascot Beer Beer of of the the Festival Festival award. Greensand Greensand IPA IPA is is a a hugehugeaward. ly ly popular popular pale pale hoppy hoppy beer beer which which festival festival visitors visitors flocked flocked to to sample at at last last Autumn's Autumn's event. event. sample Whilst Whilst departing departing the the brewery, brewery, after after one one or or two two celebratory celebratory halves, they they couldn't couldn't resist resist the the halves, temptation temptation to to pose pose with with a a couple couple of of colourful colourful cows cows (mad?) (mad?) adornadorning ing the the Denbies Denbies Estate Estate before before enjoying the the pubs pubs of of Dorking. Dorking. enjoying

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By By Andy Andy Ross Ross

There There was was a a time time you you could could go go to to the the pub, pub, walk walk into into the the smoke smoke filled filled bar bar area and and be be greeted greeted by by a a area pool pool table table in in the the middle, middle, Kajagoogoo “Too-Shy” Kajagoogoo “Too-Shy” playing playing on on the the jukebox, jukebox, and and in in the the corner, corner, cutting cutting through through the the smoke, would would be be the the neon neon shine shine of of the the smoke, arcade arcade machine, machine, the the sound sound from from its its monaural speaker speaker calling calling like like a a siren siren monaural song. song. And if if you you were were really really lucky lucky you you would would find find And a a cocktail cocktail arcade arcade machine machine (like (like a a table), table), the the perfect perfect place place to to rest rest your your beer beer and and pork pork scratchings scratchings while while feeding feeding the the hungry hungry temptress temptress a a mountain mountain of of your your hard hard earned earned 10p pieces. pieces. 10p

These These days days the the smoke smoke has has gone, gone, so so have have most of of the the duke duke boxes, boxes, and and the the closest closest most you you get get to to video video games games is is a a pump pump clip clip from from Elusive Brewing. Brewing. Elusive Many Many years years later later there there is is a a revival revival of of pubs pubs offering the the chance chance for for a a beer beer and and a a blast blast offering on on a a nostalgic nostalgic arcade arcade cabinet, cabinet, but but what what is is the experience experience like? like? in in the the name name of of science science the II decided decided to to visit visit a a couple couple of of pubs pubs with with a a handful of 50p in my pocket (the joys handful of 50p in my pocket (the joys of of inflation). inflation). Unfortunately Unfortunately there there are are no no pubs with pubs with arcade games games arcade in in the the BSE BSE area, so so this this area, involved involved a a bit bit of of travelling. travelling. First up II First up visited the visited the

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“Four “Four Quarters” Quarters” in in East East London, London, the the name name comes from from the the fact fact that that all all the the gaming gaming comes machines machines run run on on American American quarters quarters that that you buy buy at at the the bar. bar. you

The The pub pub has has 22 22 arcade arcade machines machines 3 3 pinball pinball machines and and 3 3 booths booths offering offering retro retro video video machines game game consoles. consoles. For drinks drinks the the bar bar For offers 6 ever offers 6 ever changing craft changing craft beers, beers, but but the the hand hand pumps pumps are are not in in use, use, II can can not imagine imagine this this is is for for two reasons, reasons, one one two -- The The location location is is near a near a University University and and attracts attracts a a younger crowd, younger crowd, perhaps they they prefer prefer a a pint pint Siren Siren Craft Craft perhaps Liquid Liquid Mistress Mistress over over a a real real ale ale with with their their session session on on Asteroids. Asteroids. Two Two -- There There is is nowhere nowhere to to sit sit and and just just drink, drink, even even for for me me there there is is only only so so much much gaming gaming II can can take take before wanting wanting to to relax relax and and chat chat with with before friends. friends. This This pub pub definitely definitely puts puts gaming gaming over over drinking, it is an experience to drinking, it is an experience to try, try, you you can can also try try their their food food and and cocktails cocktails inspired inspired by by also various various video video games games or or their their characters characters (Ninja (Ninja Turtle Turtle pizza, pizza, Hadouken Hadouken or or Donkey Donkey Kong Kong cocktail cocktail anyone?). anyone?).

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www.seberkscamra.org.uk The second pub I visited was Kongs in Bristol, part of a small chain that also has bars in Birmingham and Cardiff. The layout is totally different, like the Purple Turtle in Reading, but larger. There is a corner dedicated to 10 arcade games, and there is also a Foosball Table and Table Tennis Table (I cannot hit a table tennis ball sober, let alone after a few pints !). Unlike the Four Quarters, Kongs has tables where you can sit and drink, and along with the craft beer offering there are four hand pumps, all of which were offering (at the time) beer in good condition from Red Cat, Arbor and Moor.

Did you know Nolan Bushnell created Atari in 1972; he worked with Steve Jobs and Steve Wozniak to create the game “Breakout” In 1976, Steve Jobs went to Nolan Bushnell to ask him to put some money into a company he was trying to set up called Apple, in exchange for a minor equity stake. To quote Nolan - "Steve asked me if I would put $50,000 in and he would give me a third of the company. I was so smart, I said no. It's kind of fun to think about that, when I'm not crying."

Did you know Galaxian was released in 1979 and is one of the first games to use multi coloured sprites, RGB animations, explosions and have a “scrolling” background.

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The pub also offers Vegan food in conjunction with a local company called Bun Fiction, the food gets solid 5 star ratings on social media. If you want a late night drink Kongs stays open to 2pm. As a concept Kongs works really well, you can have a blast on a few games before grabbing a table with a good beer and some tasty food. So, is this revival a good or a bad thing? I know many readers will be appalled at the thought of walking into a pub full of arcade games. Personally I loved Kongs and could see this working really well in the BSE area, and with Elusive we already have a LocAle brewer producing pump clips that would fit in perfectly.

Asteroids released in 1979 was the second vector graphic game from Atari (after Lunar Lander) and is also the most successful coin operated arcade game from Atari, and one of the first to allow players to enter their initials on a high score leaderboard.

Did you know Berzerk was released in 1980 and was one of the first games to have an enemy that cannot be killed (Evil Otto!) and it also used real human voices that were digitised, rather than synthesised in the game, “The humanoid must not escape” being the best… or was it “Chicken, fight like a robot”... hmmmm A Berzerk unit appears in the 1982 movie 'Tron' and in the 1983 movie 'Joysticks'. A Berzerk unit also appears in the ZZ Top music video 'Legs'.

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th Anniversary Wokingham Market 800th 800 800 years years ago, ago, in in 1219, 1219, Wokingham Wokingham acquired acquired the the right right or or “Charter” “Charter” from from the the Crown Crown to hold a market every Tuesday. to hold a market every Tuesday.

Wokingham Wokingham Town Town Council are are arranging arranging Council a a number number of of events events to to celebrate this celebrate this fact fact on on the the UK UK Heritage Heritage Day, Day, Saturday 14th SepSaturday 14th September, tember, 10am-4pm 10am-4pm in in the Market the Market Place, Place, Town Hall Hall (that (that will will be be Town open to the public) open to the public) and and Howard Howard Park Park Gardens. There There will will Gardens. be events such as be events such as falconry, falconry, archery, archery, spinning spinning and and weaving weaving and special market and special market stalls. stalls.

One One of of these these will will be be run by Elusive run by Elusive BrewBrewery, ery, who who in in conjuncconjunction with Wokingham tion with Wokingham Town Town Council, Council, has has brewed a special brewed a special commemorative commemorative beer beer called called Old Old Market Market Ale. Ale. This beer beer should should also also This be be available available in in a a coucouple of the town ple of the town pubs pubs and and the the bottled bottled verversion in a new bar sion in a new bar in in town. town. The The image image depicts depicts the the artwork artwork for for the the pump pump clips clips and and the bottle label. The Mosaic in the middle is a photo of the mosaic in the the bottle label. The Mosaic in the middle is a photo of the mosaic in the pavepavement ment outside outside the the back back entrance entrance of of the the Town Town Hall. Hall.

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2019 CAMRA Berkshire South East Pub Of The Year Angie and Aidy welcome you to The Crispin pub in the heart of Wokingham. Our free of tie pub has a great secret garden (with Aunt Sally) dogs always welcome. Sport shown, free WiFi, Quiz and Game nights. Buy a drink and bring your own food. Follow us on Facebook for our latest news and events.

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13th Ascot Beer Festival – 4th & 5th October 2019 By Mike Smith

Get your weekend off to a great start by combining top class Flat racing and an extraordinary choice of over 200 real ales, perries and ciders at the 13th Ascot Beer Festival to be held on Friday, 4th October and Saturday, 5th October. Ascot’s penultimate Flat meeting of the season features two days of competitive racing, including the UK’s joint-most valuable seven-furlong handicap, the £180,000 Challenge Cup, on the Saturday. Award winning beers will feature from across the country with a focus on LocAle and surrounding counties with one or two beers brewed especially for the event. Pride of place at the bar will be Surrey Hills Greensand IPA alongside Crazy Dave’s Berkshire Rebel cider which won Beer and Cider of the Festival last year.

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With beer and cider right in the thick of the action, you can refill your glass between races whilst counting your winnings. It’s a great day out for all the family with live music, hot and cold food available, lagers in the Bavarian themed Bier Hous, wines, soft drinks and plenty of seating. Bars are open from 11am to 6pm (subject to last race times) and CAMRA members can benefit from discounted entry when buying their tickets in advance from ascot.co.uk quoting CAMRA2019. Accompanied children 17 & under free. Ascot Railway Station is only a 7 minute walk (slightly longer on the way back!).

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Real Cider in the South East Berkshire Area The Branch Cider Pub of the Year award is judged by CAMRA members that drink real Cider and they look at various aspects of the pub that is serving Real Cider, primarily rated on the Cider served, but also taking into account the other aspects of enjoying time at the pub with a pint of your favourite Cider. The Branch 2019 Cider Pub of the Year awards were presented to: WINNER - The Old Manor, Bracknell RUNNER UP - The Wheelwright’s Arms St Nicholas Hurst The best place to find a great selection of Real Ciders is often at Beer (and Cider) Festivals, whether it is at our own Branch’s Ascot Racecourse Festival in October or at our neighbouring branch of CAMRA, at the Reading Beer & Cider Festival in early May. These Festivals have a great selection of Ciders that you may not have tasted before, from differ-ent regions, but they also promote local cider producers. The Cider of the Festival at Ascot in October 2018 was Crazy Dave’s Berkshire Rebel Earlier this month Dave had a major event called “Pallet Stage Cider” at his Cider Barn in Holyport, near Maidenhead. The afternoon event on the hottest day of the year so far in June, which drew a large crowd of over 300 people. There were four bands playing music through the day and tickets were a very reasonable £5 a head. Apart from the Crazy Dave’s Ciders: Cloudy Katy, Berkshire Medium, Berkshire Dry, Centenary and Berkshire Rebel, there were Real Ales from Stardust Brewery and Bond Brews. Dave may have a smaller event in January 2020 but also plans to repeat the success of the Summer Festival with Pallet Stage V2 on the 27th June next year. Tickets are already on sale on www.eventbrite.com - search for ‘Pallet Stage V2’. Terry Burrows from our SE Berks Branch of CAMRA presented Crazy Dave with his Cider of the Festival, on the Pallet Stage on the 29th June. By Mike Lee SE Berks Cider Representative mailto:cider@seberkscamra.org.uk.

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Does the Devil have the Best Beer? By By Anthony Anthony Springall Springall

Anyone Anyone who who has has been been in in a a bottle shop bottle shop will will have have cast cast their eyes their eyes over over the the stock stock and and may may have have spotted that spotted that the the Prince Prince of of Darkness Darkness has has more more than than his his fair fair share share of of beers beers named named after after him. him. This This article article will will look look at at some some of of the the many many beers beers which which bear bear his his name. name.

Old Nick

A A barley barley wine, wine, previously previously brewed brewed by by Youngs Youngs at at 7.2% 7.2% ABV ABV and and had had a a following following in in the the USA, USA, a a deep deep mahogany mahogany beer beer with with sweet sweet notes notes (not (not very very devilish devilish !). !). It It was was a a victim victim of of the the Charles Charles Wells Wells // Youngs Youngs merger merger where where this this iconic iconic brew brew was was deemed deemed surplus surplus to to the the brewers brewers portfolio. portfolio.

Satan

One One of of a a number number of of Belgian Belgian beers beers which which have devilish names, it comes have devilish names, it comes in in various various guises guises such such as as Satan Satan Gold, Gold, Red, Red, Black Black and and White. White. Brewed Brewed by by De De Block Block Brouwerij Brouwerij of of Nieuwbaan Nieuwbaan and and all all are are brewed brewed to to 8.0%. 8.0%.

Lucifer

A A Belgian Belgian golden golden ale. ale. On On the the nose nose it it is is lightly lightly hoppy hoppy and and yeastily yeastily spicy, spicy, with with faint faint caramelly caramelly malt malt notes notes and and a a touch touch of of citrusy citrusy and and estery estery fruit. fruit. The The head head tastes tastes extremely extremely bitter, bitter, as as is is often often the the case case with with this this style. style. Surprisingly Surprisingly fruity, fruity, but but with with a a strong strong hoppy hoppy bitterness. bitterness. There There is is a a warming, warming, malty, malty, vanilla vanilla quality quality to to it, it, which which develops develops into into an an alcohol alcohol kick kick towards towards the the end. end. Secondary Secondary fermentation fermentation in in the the bottle bottle (its (its real real ale ale !). !). Lucifer the market Lucifer entered entered the market in in the the early early 1980s of the 1980s under under the the label label of the Riva Riva brewery. brewery.

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It It was was an an extension extension to to the the popular popular segment segment of of strong, strong, blond blond beers. beers. In In 2009, 2009, brewery brewery Het Het Anker Anker obtained obtained the the right right to to brew brew and and commercialize commercialize Lucifer. Lucifer. Lucifer Lucifer is is a a strong, strong, blond blond beer beer (8.0%) (8.0%) with with a a gold gold yellow yellow colour colour and and creamy creamy white white head. head.

Duvel

Duvel Duvel is is the the local local dialect dialect word word for for the the devil devil and and was was first first brewed brewed by by Moortgat, Moortgat, Puurs, Puurs, Belgium Belgium in in the the early early 1920's. 1920's. The The original original yeasts yeasts were were brought brought to to Belgium Belgium by by Victor Victor Moortgat Moortgat from from Scotland Scotland and and are are still still in in use use today. today. The The use use of of high high quality quality Slovenian Slovenian and and Czech Czech hop hop varieties varieties gives gives the the beer beer a a lively lively bouquet bouquet and and tickles tickles the the nose nose with with an an element element of of citrus citrus which which even even tends tends towards grapefruit and a clean towards grapefruit and a clean taste taste with with hints hints of of spice spice and and considering considering its its strength strength of of 8.5% 8.5% it it is is extremely extremely drinkable. drinkable. Duvel Duvel is is still still seen seen as as the the reference reference among among strong strong golden golden ales ales and and thanks thanks to to its its high high CO2 CO2 content, content, this this beer beer has has a a wonderful wonderful roundness roundness in in the the mouth. mouth. A A Duvel Duvel is is both both the the perfect perfect thirst thirst quencher quencher and and the the ideal ideal aperitif. aperitif. Matured Matured for for 3 3 months months and and bottled bottled with with extra extra sugar sugar and and yeast yeast to to provide provide a a secondary secondary fermentation fermentation it it benefits benefits from from careful careful pouring pouring and and is is best best enjoyed enjoyed slightly slightly cooler cooler than than for for a a normal normal real real ale. ale. In In 2007 2007 Duvel Duvel experimented experimented by by adding adding an an extra extra hop hop variety variety with with Citra Citra and and Tripel Tripel Duvel Duvel is is now now a a permanent permanent addition addition to to the the range. range.

Green Devil IPA

A A home home grown grown variety variety of of a a devilish devilish brew brew from from Oakham, Oakham, it it uses uses the the Citra Citra hop hop to to impart impart tropical tropical fruits fruits flavours flavours (mango, (mango, pinapple pinapple and and passion passion fruit) fruit) and and aromas. aromas. Green Green Devil Devil IPA IPA at at 6.0% 6.0% is is the the ultimate ultimate expression expression of of this this breweries breweries innovative innovative and and pioneering pioneering UK UK use use of of this this very very popular popular hop. hop. Green Green Devil Devil IPA IPA won won World World Champion Champion Cask Cask Beer Beer at at the the prestigious prestigious International International Brewing Brewing Awards Awards 2013 2013 and and 2015. 2015.

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Belzebuth

Belzebuth was named after the Devil because of its high content of alcohol (13% but lowered from 15% !). Indeed, this beer is one of the strongest beers in the world but its smoothness is surprising and it is a surprisingly easy to drink beer for a strong beer. Top fermented beer, this Belzebuth is the result of a century-old knowhow, from the Gayant brewery, Douai, France. This beer has a copper robe. On the nose, you will find aromas of malt, yeasts and liquorish notes. In the mouth, you will find flavours of caramel, liquor and malt. It is recommended by the brewery to taste this beer between 4 and 6°C to avoid a strong harsh taste of alcohol. It has a very surprising stablemate of Belzebuth Pink which is an easy drinking raspberry fruit beer of 2.8%.

Other Devilish Brews

The number of beers which celebrate the dark arts seem to be growing with Alesmith's Horny Devil, Wychwood's Old Devil and Niagara Beer Devil to name but three more. Why there is the fascination is somewhat mystifying but there seems to be no end to the breweries that wish to be associated with “Old Nick” himself. An Essex micro brewery has even called itself “The Fallen Angel” and produces a variety of beers including Black Death and Naughty Nun Witbier! In the next edition we will see how the powers of light are fighting back with their take on beers with beers named after saints, god, angels and those brewed by monks, vicars etc.

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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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AUGUST

Thursday 1 August

CAMRA Branch PoTY Runner-Up Presentation at the Cannie Man, Bywood, Bracknell. RG12 7RF. Meet from 8pm. rd

Saturday 3 August

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

Wednesday 7 August

CAMRA Community Pub Presentation at the White Horse, Easthampstead Road, Wokingham Without, Wokingham. RG40 3AF. Meet from 8pm. th

Friday 9 August

CAMRA Social at the Great British Beer Festival, Olympia, London. Meet at the CAMRA Stand at 12.30pm. th

Thursday 15 August

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

Saturday 17 August

CAMRA Social at the Rowbarge Beer Festival, Station Road, Woolhampton. RG7 5SH. Meet from 1:30pm.

Thursday 22

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CAMRA Open Meeting at Binfield Club, Forest Road, Binfield. RG42 4HP. Meet from 8pm. th

Saturday 24 August

CAMRA Social at the Nag’s Head, 5 Russell Street, Reading. RG1 7XD. Meet from 2pm. Optional visit to Double-Barrelled Brewery, Unit 20 Stadium Way, Reading, RG30 6BX. th

Monday 26 August

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

Saturday 31 August

CAMRA Social at the Windsor Craft Beer Festival, Windsor & Eton Brewery, 1 Vansittart Estate, Windsor. SL1 1SE. Meet from 12 Noon. Note: This is a ticketed event (see website)

SEPTEMBER

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Friday 6 September

CAMRA Fish and Chip Friday, Ship Inn, 104 Peach Street, Wokingham. RG40 1XH. Meet from 7:30pm. th

Saturday 7 September

CAMRA Social at the Stardust Brewing Autumn Open Day, Unit 5 Howe Lane Farm Estate, Howe Lane, White Waltham SL6 3JP. Meet from 1pm. See Stardust website for details. th

Saturday 14 September Heritage Day in Wokingham. th

Saturday 14 September

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

Thursday 19 September

CAMRA Afternoon Social with the U3A (University of the 3rd Age) Crispin, 45 Denmark Street, Wokingham RG40 2AY. Meet from 1pm. Also, later in the day, we will hold our annual Good Beer Guide launch event – Details TBA. th

Friday 20 September

CAMRA Social at Southall Curry Night. Meet at 19.00 Southall Conservative Club followed by curry at Al-Sultan (formerly Nagina Karahi/ Lahori 786). rd

Monday 23 September

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

Wednesday 25 September

CAMRA New Members Night, Tutored Beer tasting for new members only. Nags Head, 5 Russell St, RG1 7XD. Meet from 8pm. Organized by Reading & Mid-Berkshire Branch. th

Saturday 28 September

Slough & Eton Pub Walk. Start at The Rose & Crown, 312 High Street, Slough. SL1 1NB. Meet from 1pm.

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Friday 4 & Saturday 5 October Ascot Beer Festival.

*BRATs are the Bracknell Real Ale Tipplers

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CAMRA Berkshire South East Chairman At the CAMRA Berkshire South East Branch Annual General Meeting held at The Old Manor, Bracknell on Wednesday 5th June 2019, David Richards stood down as Branch Chairman after six years of dedicated service. David has been the driving force behind the local CAMRA Branch since he took the reins from Nick Boley in 2013. During the past six years David has worked with the Committee to implement the following changes: •

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Made the Good Beer Guide Launch evening much more of an event than it had previously been, and this continues to this day, with a local dignitary being invited and there usually being a speech or two and a presentation. Minibus trips organised, to survey our outlying pubs for our Pub of the Year (PoTY) competition. A LocAle Coordinator was recruited to implement the branch LocAle scheme that we use today (see opposite page). Established the use of WhatPub for which we have 80 different individual surveyors. Mad Cow magazine continues to be a success with regular contributions from the Committee. CAMRA Branch polo shirts with emobroidered logos were purchased for the team. Placement of our first local Asset of Conmmunity Value (ACV) on the Rose & Crown in Woodside. Established our current communications tool, allowing regular contact with all 459 members via email. Regular ‘Meet the Brewer’ events including a tutored tasting evening with Dean Bond, from Bond Brews, and Andy Parker of Elusive Brewery talked us through the similarities and differences between beers in cask, keg and KeyKeg. As well as PoTY, we now have a Cider PoTY, a Club of the Year and most recently a Community Pub of the Year award. Our social calendar has been expanded significantly and more members regularly attend branch meetings than many other branches in the area. Selection of our pubs for the Good Beer Guide and regular participation in both the Branch and County PoTY judging rounds. And last but definitely not least the successful annual Beer Festival at Ascot Racecourse. Many thanks to David and good luck to our new Chairman, Kevin Lenton.

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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) Crafty Brewing (Guildford, Surrey) Elusive Brewing (Finchampstead) Frensham (Frensham, Surrey) Hogs Back (Tongham, 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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The Bull Cannie Man Old Manor Tally Ho New Leathern Bottle Rose & Crown Cricketers White Hart Crispin Hope and Anchor Queens Head

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

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

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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Keykeg first at the Great British Beer Festival..

Live Live craft craft keg keg beer beer will will be be at at the the Great Great British British Beer Beer Festival Festival (GBBF) (GBBF) for for the the first first time time in in the the event’s event’s 42-year 42-year history. history. Tiny Tiny Rebel, Rebel, Magic Magic Rock, Rock, Wild Wild Beer Beer Co Co and and Siren Siren will will be be taking taking over part of Olympia’s National Hall to bring their favourite over part of Olympia’s National Hall to bring their favourite brews brews to to festival festival goers, goers, all all served served from from recyclable recyclable keykeg keykeg containers. containers. The The keg keg lines lines will will be be found found alongside alongside the the festival’s festival’s international international hall, which showcases 400 beers from top hall, which showcases 400 beers from top breweries breweries around around the the world, world, including including the the US, US, Czech Republic, Germany, Belgium, the Netherlands and Spain. Czech Republic, Germany, Belgium, the Netherlands and Spain. Plans Plans are are also also underway underway to to roll roll out out a a new new Learning Learning & & Discovery Discovery zone zone giving giving visitors visitors the the chance chance to to compare compare beer beer dispensed dispensed in in cask cask as as well well as as keg. keg. GBBF GBBF organiser organiser Catherine Catherine Tonry Tonry said: said: “We “We look look forward forward to to rolling rolling out out the the new new keykeg keykeg takeover. While, as an organisation we campaign exclusively for real ale, cider takeover. While, as an organisation we campaign exclusively for real ale, cider and and perry, perry, people like like me me coming coming to people to the the festival festival love love beer beer in in all all forms. forms. We We want want to to ensure ensure everyone everyone feels feels welcome welcome and and has has the the best best festival festival experience experience CAMRA CAMRA can can offer.” offer.” Brewers Brewers have have reacted reacted positively positively to to CAMRA CAMRA serving serving craft craft keg keg at at GBBF. GBBF. Tiny Rebel chief executive Brad Cummings said: “We have Tiny Rebel chief executive Brad Cummings said: “We have been been working working behind behind the the scenes with CAMRA to lead the change to promote some of the best craft breweries scenes with CAMRA to lead the change to promote some of the best craft breweries that that love keg keg and and cask cask as as much much as as we we do. do. This This will will be be the the first first time time consumers consumers can can drink drink at at a a love dedicated dedicated UK UK craft craft keg keg bar bar giving giving them them a a much much greater greater choice choice of of beers, beers, in in both both style style and and ABV.” ABV.” Wild Wild Beer Beer co-founder co-founder Andrew Andrew Cooper Cooper said: said: “We “We are are incredibly incredibly excited excited to to be be pouring pouring our our range range of of wildwild- kegged kegged beer beer alongside alongside so so many many talented talented breweries breweries at at the the GBBF. GBBF. This This has has offered offered us us and and our our friends friends the the opportunity opportunity to to showcase showcase some some of of our our more more diverse diverse brews brews that wouldn’t wouldn’t have have been been possible possible to that to bring bring before. before. The The festival festival is is about about celebrating celebrating great great British British beer, beer, whatever whatever the the style style or or format, format, and and we we can’t can’t wait wait to to share share ours ours with with you you all.” all.”

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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 CAMRA Good Good Beer Beer Guide? Guide? Scoring Scoring beer beer in in pubs pubs is is really really easy! easy!

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

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

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

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

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

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

0. 0. No No cask cask ale ale available available 1. 1. Poor Poor

Beer Beer that that is is anything anything from from barely drinkable barely drinkable to to drinkable drinkable with with considerable considerable resentment. resentment.

2. 2. Average Average

Competently Competently kept, kept, drinkable drinkable pint pint but but doesn't doesn't inspire inspire in in any any way, not not worth worth moving moving to way, to ananother other pub pub but but you you drink drink the the beer beer without without really really noticing. noticing.

3. 3. Good Good

Good Good beer beer in in good good form. form. You You may cancel cancel plans may plans to to move move to to the the next next pub. pub. You You want want to to stay stay for for another another pint pint and and may may seek seek out the the beer beer again. again. out

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

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

How How do do II edit edit my my scores? scores? To To edit edit your your scores scores go go to to data.beerscoring.org.uk. data.beerscoring.org.uk.

4. 4. Very Very Good Good Excellent Excellent beer beer in in excellent excellent condition. condition.

5. 5. Perfect Perfect

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

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

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

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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. • • • • • • •

Berkshire South East CAMRA Community pub of the year 2019 A large, very popular venue for all age groups, a number of eating and drinking areas Large patio area with outside bar (open on hotter days) 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 parties / get together / work do Extensive food Menu Live sport shown on large screens, regular quiz nights

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AUTUMN RACING WEEKEND & ASCOT BEER FESTIVAL Friday 4th & Saturday 5th October Enjoy top class Flat racing on the track, then toast the unmissable occasion at the Beer Festival in association with CAMRA with a choice of over 200 real ales, perries and ciders.

CAMRA Member Discount of over 40% Friday 4th October – Tickets £10.50 per person (standard price £19) Saturday 5th October – Tickets £14.00 per person (standard price £26) Book at ascot.co.uk and quote CAMRA2019 (max. 4 tickets per person, valid for Queen Anne Enclosure tickets only, must be booked in advance)

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