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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.
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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. 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 Live sport shown on large screens, regular
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Welcome to the 57th edition of Mad Cow
♪Jingle Bells, Jingle Bells, Jingle all the way! ♬… Yes
it’s that time of year again, time to pull the decorations out of the loft and turn your house into a sparkling grotto, filling your home with Christmas spirit. Or, if you are anything like me, then it’s time to start filling the beer fridge with all of those ‘winter warmers’ ready for the long winter nights curled up in front of the fire, with your copy of this quarterly edition of our branch magazine to keep you company. This time our featured pub is the brand new Oakingham Belle in Wokingham. Read Barry’s interview with the pub manager, Chris Cannan, on page 21. Barry also visited an old favourite, the Rose and Crown in Sandhurst, and you can read what the new manager Charlotte Langston has planned for the place on page 26. Our Pub Protection Officer, Bruce Singleton provides his synopsis on the four stages of a pub’s demise on pages 4 to 6. A summary of the 2019 Ascot Beer Festival is on page 31. A round up of all the latest news at our local breweries can be found on pages 13 to 17. And a full listing of the region’s upcoming Beer Festivals is on page 19. 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 email@example.com BRANCH CONTACT David Richards firstname.lastname@example.org MAD COW EDITOR Mike Rathge email@example.com MAD COW ADVERTISING Andy Ross firstname.lastname@example.org PUB PROTECTION OFFICER Bruce Singleton email@example.com PRESS & PUBLICITY OFFICER Anthony Springall firstname.lastname@example.org
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A A round-up round-up of of what what is is happening happening in in the the pubs in the Berkshire South East Area: pubs in the Berkshire South East Area:
Save Save our our Pubs! Pubs!
Are Are Pub Pub Companies Companies into into liquid, liquid, or liquidation of their assets? or liquidation of their assets?
In the past 18 months more than 1,140 pubs in In the past 18 months more than 1,140 pubs in England and Wales have closed down, with England and Wales have closed down, with many either demolished or converted into many either demolished or converted into homes or offices. Tower Hamlets Council is homes or offices. Tower Hamlets Council is believed to be the first local authority in the believed to be the first local authority in the country to offer protection to dozens of pubs at country to offer protection to dozens of pubs at the same time and said it wanted to protect them the same time and said it wanted to protect them because "public houses have been an important because "public houses have been an important focus for community life and interaction for focus for community life and interaction for centuries”. Fourteen licensed premises within centuries”. Fourteen licensed premises within Bracknell Forest Council have been closed in 10 Bracknell Forest Council have been closed in 10 years. Going by recent events in the Berkshire years. Going by recent events in the Berkshire South East area, there seems to be four stages South East area, there seems to be four stages in liquidating a pub.... in liquidating a pub.... 1. Reduce the social space, reduce parking 1. Reduce the social space, reduce parking spaces and make the pub less viable. spaces and make the pub less viable. 2. Sack the publican, then offer a publican lease 2. Sack the publican, then offer a publican lease that nobody can afford. that nobody can afford. 3. Close the pub and sell it on “for development” 3. Close the pub and sell it on “for development” even if change of use has not been granted. even if change of use has not been granted. 4. Replace the pub with housing. 4. Replace the pub with housing.
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Pub Protection Officer, Bruce Singleton, has Pub Protection Officer, Bruce Singleton, has been looking at these four stages in turn and been looking at these four stages in turn and how they have afected some of our local pubs: how they have afected some of our local pubs: Stage 1: Reduce the social space and make Stage 1: Reduce the social space and make the pub less viable the pub less viable Over the last decade Sandhurst has lost The Over the last decade Sandhurst has lost The Bull and Butcher, The Fox and Hounds, The Bull and Butcher, The Fox and Hounds, The Dukes Head and The Jolly Farmer. Dukes Head and The Jolly Farmer. Despite its apparent recent 'rescue’, we remain Despite its apparent recent 'rescue’, we remain concerned about the long-term viability of The concerned about the long-term viability of The Rose and Crown due to the planned houses in Rose and Crown due to the planned houses in the garden, with access via the car park the garden, with access via the car park severely limiting parking space. As the oldest severely limiting parking space. As the oldest pub in Sandhurst, the garden of The Rose and pub in Sandhurst, the garden of The Rose and Crown had been a successful venue for Crown had been a successful venue for festivals, wedding receptions, and other social festivals, wedding receptions, and other social events. The pub is famous for real ale festivals, events. The pub is famous for real ale festivals, music nights and Halloween parties. music nights and Halloween parties. Punch Partnerships Ltd (PML) submitted two Punch Partnerships Ltd (PML) submitted two planning applications to build 2 houses in the planning applications to build 2 houses in the garden of The Rose and Crown, Sandhurst. The garden of The Rose and Crown, Sandhurst. The Rose and Crown Pub Community Group (a.k.a. Rose and Crown Pub Community Group (a.k.a. The Rose & Crown Supporters Group) garnered The Rose & Crown Supporters Group) garnered support for & submitted an application to register support for & submitted an application to register the pub as an Asset of Community Value (ACV). the pub as an Asset of Community Value (ACV).
120 Rose and Crown Pub Community Group 120 Rose and Crown Pub Community Group Membership Forms were submitted along with Membership Forms were submitted along with the ACV Nomination. The ACV was granted in the ACV Nomination. The ACV was granted in February 2019, but it did not include the rear February 2019, but it did not include the rear portion of the beer garden or the access strip portion of the beer garden or the access strip through the car park. through the car park. Both PML planning applications were refused, Both PML planning applications were refused, but PML submitted an appeal under section 78 but PML submitted an appeal under section 78 of the Town and Country Planning Act 1990 of the Town and Country Planning Act 1990 against this refusal. This appeal was allowed in against this refusal. This appeal was allowed in July 2019. Planning permission was July 2019. Planning permission was subsequently granted for retention of public subsequently granted for retention of public house (Use Class A4) and erection of two 3-bed house (Use Class A4) and erection of two 3-bed dwellings (Use Class C3) together with dwellings (Use Class C3) together with
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www.seberkscamra.org.uk associated access, parking, landscaping and bin/cycle storage. The pub closed under a cloud of disputes with the management this summer. However, Charlotte Langston, previous bar manager for six years, has since taken on the management of the pub which, following a refurbishment, is now operating normal opening hours. You will also be pleased to know that the pub still serves a good selection of real ale. Our roving reporter, Barry Fenton recenty visited the pub for a chat with Charlotte. Turn to page 26 to find out what he discovered. Stage 2: Sack the publican, then offer a lease that nobody can afford The Squirrels Bar and Restaurant at Cranbourne has been closed since the last tenants left two years ago. There was a long-running dispute over rent which had actually been paid by the tenant, but the landlords said that it had been paid into the wrong account. Since then landlords have placed concrete bollards around the car park and have boarded up the windows at the site. Owners Star Pubs and Bars (Punch Partnerships) have been slammed by neighbours for letting the site become “a mess” and an “eyesore”, as a wildly overgrown garden and run-down car park has become a hotspot for rats. Star Pubs and Bars advertised a vacancy for a new publican, but the lease on offer was somewhere in the region of £70,000 per annum. There is still no apparent publican for managing The Squirrels. Maybe Star Bars & Pubs have made any franchise unpalatable.
Winkfield and Cranbourne ward councillor Moira Gaw wrote a letter to Lawson Mountstevens, Managing Director Star Pubs and Bars. Cllr Gaw also wrote to Andrew Hunter, Director of Place, Planning and Regeneration for Bracknell Forest
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Council. However both of these letters went without reply, until their story hit the local press. (Moira is wearing a pink jacket in the photograph with local protesters). After the press release, Lawson Mountstevens contacted Moira and has agreed to meet the local action group. Stage 3: Close the pub and sell it on “for development” When Ascot Racecourse was founded in 1711 by Queen Anne, the Royal Hunt Pub was already a popular drinking establishment for royal huntsmen. Other pubs emerged later from shops, bakers and blacksmiths. The Royal Hunt Pub is the first and last pub in North Ascot. It has been closed since 2015.
Hawthorn Leisure purchased the pub from Greene King for £190,000 in 2015. In 2016 Hawthorn Leisure lost an appeal for change of use. Local residents expected it to be sold as a Pub or for Hawthorn Leisure to re-open it as a pub. Estate Agents Savills marketed the Royal Hunt as "Development/Investment Opportunity Former Royal Hunt" and "Currently operated as an A1 retail shop". It was not being sold as a pub and not being operated as a legitimate shop, as this use had been refused. Nobody could see any evidence of any attempt to sell the Royal Hunt as a Pub. Local Ward Councillors instigated a 'Save the Royal Hunt' petition, and 352 signatures were collected. In 2016 Hawthorn Leisure and Savills Estate Agents said that there was interest from investors once the ACV status was removed and that they expected it to be sold for residential use. A local white knight investor explained that the price asked precluded use as a pub. However if they could not sell it as residential Development/Investment Opportunity, he would be interested in purchasing for use as a pub
restaurant. restaurant. In In June June 2016 2016 Hawthorne Hawthorne Leisure Leisure challenged challenged the the ACV, ACV, but but they they lost lost their their appeal. appeal. The ACV was upheld and Judge Peter The ACV was upheld and Judge Peter Lane Lane concluded “I “I find find that that the the evidence evidence shows shows on on concluded balance balance that that it it is is realistic realistic to to think think that that there there is is a a time time in in the the next next five five years years when when the the Royal Royal Hunt Hunt could resume its role as a community pub.” could resume its role as a community pub.”
undergoing undergoing conversion conversion bedroom bedroom apartments.” apartments.”
In In 2017 2017 the the Royal Royal Hunt Hunt was was sold sold to to Patrick Patrick Ruddy Ruddy Homes Homes for for over over £800,000, £800,000, more more than than four four times times what what Hawthorn Hawthorn Leisure Leisure paid paid less less than than three three years years earlier! earlier! This This demonstrated demonstrated their their confidence confidence that that it it could could be be demolished demolished and and redeveloped redeveloped for for residential residential use. use. In January 2018 the website In January 2018 the website www.royalhunt.org.uk www.royalhunt.org.uk was was launched, launched, with with an an online online membership membership database, database, Facebook Facebook Page Page and Twitter account. The Royal Hunt Pub and Twitter account. The Royal Hunt Pub Community Community Group Group has has 115 115 members members and and together together have have pledged pledged nearly nearly £235,000. £235,000. The The Royal Royal Hunt Hunt Pub Pub has has been been nominated nominated as as an an Asset Asset of of Community Community Value Value (ACV) (ACV) five five times. times. May May 2015 2015 by by Winkfield Winkfield Parish Parish Council Council June June 2015 2015 by by CAMRA CAMRA October October 2017 2017 by by CAMRA CAMRA June June 2018 2018 by by The The Royal Royal Hunt Hunt Pub Pub Community Community Group Group •• December December 2018 2018 by by The The Royal Royal Hunt Hunt Pub Pub Community Community Group Group
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Some Some ACV ACV Nominations Nominations were were successful successful and and survived challenges challenges but but eventually eventually got got removed removed survived from from the the Bracknell Bracknell Forest Forest Council Council ACV ACV Register. Register. Patrick Patrick Ruddy Ruddy Homes Homes have have submitted submitted two two Planning Applications to demolish The Planning Applications to demolish The Royal Royal Hunt Hunt Pub. Pub. Both Both have have been been refused, refused, but but the the owners owners have have lodged lodged an an appeal. appeal. The The Royal Royal Hunt Hunt Pub Community Group eagerly awaits Pub Community Group eagerly awaits the the Planning Inspectorate’s Inspectorate’s decision. decision. Planning Stage Stage 4: 4: Simply Simply replace replace the the pub pub with with housing housing The Winkfield was known as ‘The Slug The Winkfield was known as ‘The Slug and and Lettuce’ Lettuce’ in in the the 1990’s, 1990’s, when when it it was was a a very very popular real real ale ale pub. pub. When When Mike Mike and and Judith Judith popular moved moved from from the the Thatched Thatched Tavern Tavern (Cheapside) (Cheapside) to to The The Slug Slug and and Lettuce, Lettuce, they they made made it it into into a a successful successful restaurant restaurant and and renamed renamed it it ‘The ‘The Winkfield’. Winkfield’. In In those those days days they they still still served served a a range range of of fine fine real real ales. ales. In In more more recent recent years years it it was run as an Asian-style restaurant under the was run as an Asian-style restaurant under the name Today name ‘Kees ‘Kees at at Winkfield’. Winkfield’. Today it it is is
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Conclusion: Conclusion: How How can can you you help help prevent prevent liquidation? liquidation? Once Once Stage Stage 3 3 is is reached, reached, it it is is very very difficult difficult to to stop stop wealthy wealthy pub pub owners owners getting getting their their way, way, but but you you can can discourage discourage pub pub owners owners from from entering entering Stage Stage 3, 3, by by sending sending a a signal signal that that they they could could waste a lot of time and money. When waste a lot of time and money. When a a local local authority authority needs needs extra extra cash, cash, development development companies companies can can make make offers offers difficult difficult to to resist, resist, but but the the offer offer might might not not be be made made made made if if the the buyer buyer can foresee foresee the the difficulties difficulties ahead. ahead. This This was was can illustrated illustrated when when a a local local authority authority allowed allowed the the Royal Hunt to be advertised as Royal Hunt to be advertised as "Development/investment opportunity former "Development/investment opportunity former Royal Royal Hunt". Hunt". They They did did not not respect respect the the spirit spirit of of the the Localism Localism Act Act Moratorium Moratorium Rules Rules and and did did not not prevent the sale for more than four times what prevent the sale for more than four times what Hawthorn Leisure Leisure had had paid paid previously. previously. If If you you Hawthorn can can see see your your local local pub pub in in Stage Stage 1 1 or or Stage Stage 2, 2, that that is is the the right right time time to to form form a a Pub Pub Community Community Group, collect collect members members and and pledges pledges and and submit submit Group, an an ACV ACV Nomination. Nomination. Even Even if if the the local local authority authority undermines undermines community community assets, assets, an an ACV ACV nomination nomination with with many many pledges pledges and and supporters supporters reduces reduces the the pub’s pub’s market market value value by by sending sending a a signal signal to to any any potential potential buyer buyer that that they they will will have have a a fight on their hands and that they could waste fight on their hands and that they could waste a a lot lot of of time time and and money, money, whilst whilst the the local local community community slows slows down down the the liquidation. liquidation. Bruce Singleton Singleton – – Pub Pub Protection Protection Officer. Officer. Bruce
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CAMRA Pub of the Year (POTY) The Campaign for Real Ale has revealed the best pubs across Britain to mark the close of its Summer of Pub campaign - an initiative to encourage pub-going throughout the warmer months. The top 16 pubs have been announced in the nationwide search for the next National Pub of the Year. Each of the contenders highlights something unique about Britain’s pub scene. They range from bustling micro-pubs to traditional coaching inns. Ben Wilkinson, CAMRA’s National Director said: “The top 16 contenders boast the perfect mix of the essential characteristics which make a great pub - great service, a welcoming atmosphere, fantastic decor, great value for money and most importantly, quality real ale. “As our Summer of Pub initiative comes to a close, we’d like to encourage the nation’s beer drinkers to seek out these extraordinary pubs this weekend, which have been individually judged by our volunteers, ensuring a high degree of impartiality and integrity in their nomination. “These pubs will now compete in the next round of the competition, hoping to be named one of the four super-regional finalists - and stay in with a chance of becoming the overall winner. I wish them all the very best of luck!” The final announcement of the National Pub of the Year will take place in February 2020. A full list of winners is below. Central Southern - Bell, Aldworth, Berkshire
A long-standing pub in CAMRA’s well-respected Good Beer Guide and a former national Pub of the Year winner, this perennial gem is the only pub with a heritage interior in Berkshire. Its name refers to bells which were part of the coat of arms of the traditional landowners. The large open garden and excellent beer attract walkers and drinkers from far and wide.
East Anglia - Red Lion, Preston, Hertfordshire
This attractive free house stands on the village green and is the first community-owned pub in Great Britain. There is an everchanging list of beers including many from small breweries. Ray and Jo prepare the fresh home-made food, sourcing their ingredients locally. The pub also hosts the village cricket teams and fundraises for charity.
East Midlands - Smithfield, Derby, Derbyshire
features situated in the Town Hall Square. Ten cask ales and two traditional ciders are available as is live sports and music. The hotel features log fires and provides accommodation and a function room is available for hire.
Kent - The Admirals Arm, Queenborough
A two-room micropub serving four real ales and a large range of ciders and perries. It boasts a very extensive range of gins and pub snacks, including beer-infused pork pies and scotch eggs. The decor is a nautical theme, with a mixture of high and low hand-crafted wooden benches and tables and a pizza oven has recently been brought in.
London - Hope, Carshalton
This is a real community pub 'by beer enthusiasts, for beer enthusiasts', which is owned by 46 of the customers. There are no fruit machines, TV or 'muzak', but there are five regularly changing guest beers supplemented by three regular cask ales. The pub’s main twitter feed is @PubCatHope, named after the pub cat, a stray that was adopted some years ago and is a wellknown face in the pub.
Merseyside - Cricketers Arms, St. Helens
CAMRA National Pub of the Year 2017, the Cricketers is part of the St. Helens vibrant pub scene. A friendly, family-run community pub, it boasts 13 ever-changing hand pulls, 10 ciders and over 100 gins. This traditional pub has just undergone a refurbishment and has two beer gardens and an outside bar for regular beer festivals, private events, darts and pool leagues, quiz nights and regular fundraising events for local charities. An on-site microbrewery is planned for this year.
North East - Grey Horse, Consett
A traditional pub dating back to 1848. The interior comprises of a lounge and L-shaped bar as well as a wood-beamed ceiling. Consett Ale Works Brewery is located at the rear and beer festivals are held twice a year. The coast-to-coast cycle route is close by and live entertainment and a quiz night make it a bustling stop off.
Scotland & N.Ireland - Bridge Inn, Peebles
A cheerful, welcoming, town-centre local which is also known as 'the Trust'. The mosaic entrance floor shows it was once the Tweedside Inn. It has a bright, comfortable bar which is decorated with jugs, bottles, pictures of old Peebles and displays relating to outdoor pursuits. There's a cosy corner with a log burner and a small room to the rear. The sun trap patio overlooks the river and hills beyond.
South West - Tom Cobley, Spreyton, Devon
The pub has won a multitude of CAMRA awards from local level right up to national Pub of the Year in 2006. Up to 10 West Country ales, some straight from the cask, plus about 12 real ciders and perries are on offer in this traditional 16th-century village pub. A wide range of bar snacks and an extensive menu is available lunchtimes and evenings. Darts, quizzes and social events are promoted and there are five ensuite guest rooms.
Surrey / Sussex - Hornet, Chichester, Sussex
A busy split-level micropub with plenty of standing room at the bar in addition to seating both downstairs and upstairs. The upstairs has board games and hosts quiz nights and 'Meet The Brewer' events. Friendly, knowledgeable staff with tasters available makes this a wonderful addition to the city and is a mecca for an ever-changing range of cask ales.
Wales - Mansel Arms, Porthyrhyd, Carmarthenshire
A friendly and welcoming 18th-century former coaching inn, with wood fires in both bars which has maintained its traditional character. The landlord is passionate about real ale and encourages customers to taste and experience the variety of flavours offering third-pint tasting boards. An in-house cask ale members' club encourages beer-lovers to experience regular brewery visits and brewers' speaker/taster events.
First built in 1691 and re-built in 1926, this is an impressive Edwardian stone-built free house with many original architectural
Winner of CAMRA’s National Cider Pub, the Shed is a quirky, friendly, family-run micropub. Tables and benches hug the walls,
A handsome riverside pub with a large outdoor terrace overlooking the river. The beer range is varied with a strong emphasis on new breweries and a good selection of craft keg beer. Familyfriendly and dog-friendly with wifi, live music and traditional pub games, it is the ideal stop for anyone in the area.
Greater Manchester - Flying Rochdale
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Wessex - The Firkin Shed, Bournemouth
which are decorated with flags, musical instruments, puppets which are decorated with flags, musical instruments, puppets and skulls. A shed is used as the bar with ten constantly changand skulls. A shed is used as the bar with ten constantly changing ales, and fourteen plus ciders sourced from around the ing ales, and fourteen plus ciders sourced from around the country. Beers are served straight from the cellar viewable country. Beers are served straight from the cellar viewable through the window in the corridor. There is occasional live through the window in the corridor. There is occasional live music and quality bar snacks are available. music and quality bar snacks are available.
West Midlands West Midlands -- Prince Prince of of Wales, Wales, Shrewsbury Shrewsbury A welcoming two-roomed back street local with a large decked
A welcoming two-roomed back street local with a large decked sun-trap and heated smoking shelter facing out over the bowling sun-trap and heated smoking shelter facing out over the bowling green. The green is overlooked by a 19th Century Maltings and green. The green is overlooked by a 19th Century Maltings and darts, dominoes and bowls teams abound. It hosts two beer darts, dominoes and bowls teams abound. It hosts two beer festivals each year and Shrewsbury Town FC memorabilia adorn festivals each year and Shrewsbury Town FC memorabilia adorn the building both inside and out, with some of the seating from the building both inside and out, with some of the seating from the old Gay Meadow Ground skirting the bowling green. the old Gay Meadow Ground skirting the bowling green.
West West Pennines Pennines -- Swan Swan with with Two Two Necks, Necks, PendPendleton, Lancashire Lancashire leton,
CAMRA’s National Pub of the Year 2014 and recipient of many CAMRA’s National Pub of the Year 2014 and recipient of many other local and national awards. This is an outstanding and other local and national awards. This is an outstanding and recently renovated traditional pub set in a pretty Pendleside recently renovated traditional pub set in a pretty Pendleside village that's deservedly popular with locals and visitors alike. village that's deservedly popular with locals and visitors alike. Five constantly changing ales and one real cider are served and Five constantly changing ales and one real cider are served and discounts are available for CAMRA members. Delicious homediscounts are available for CAMRA members. Delicious homecooked food is also served with many high quality specialised cooked food is also served with many high quality specialised local dishes. There's plenty of outdoor seating so you can watch local dishes. There's plenty of outdoor seating so you can watch the world go by in summer plus lovely open fires when the the world go by in summer plus lovely open fires when the weather grows colder. The pub has a large car park and dogs on weather grows colder. The pub has a large car park and dogs on leads are welcome in the beer garden. leads are welcome in the beer garden.
At the heart of the village, this homely multi-roomed country inn At the heart of the village, this homely multi-roomed country inn was CAMRA National Pub of the Year for 2016 and has been was CAMRA National Pub of the Year for 2016 and has been Champion Pub of Yorkshire several times. A pleasant walk from Champion Pub of Yorkshire several times. A pleasant walk from Richmond (if you don't mind the 300+ steps!) brings you to the Richmond (if you don't mind the 300+ steps!) brings you to the pub's large beer terrace with fantastic panoramic views over the pub's large beer terrace with fantastic panoramic views over the Swale valley. Rescued by the community in 2010 and refurSwale valley. Rescued by the community in 2010 and refurbished, it boasts its own library, shop, allotments and other bished, it boasts its own library, shop, allotments and other community facilities as well as food and drink. Beers are mostly community facilities as well as food and drink. Beers are mostly from Yorkshire breweries and a dark ale is always available, from Yorkshire breweries and a dark ale is always available, often Rudgate Ruby Mild. Open all day bank holidays. often Rudgate Ruby Mild. Open all day bank holidays.
Thanks Thanks for for having having us! us! CAMRA CAMRA BSE BSE offers offers thanks thanks to to the the following following for for hosting hosting their their recent recent branch branch meetings: meetings: Hope and and Anchor Anchor in in Wokingham Wokingham Hope Binfield Binfield Club Club in in Binfield Binfield Dukes Dukes Head Head in in Wokingham Wokingham
Yorkshire Yorkshire -- George George & & Dragon, Dragon, Hudswell Hudswell
CAMRA CAMRA Real Real Ale, Ale, Cider Cider and and Perry Perry Vouchers Vouchers CAMRA’s new new voucher voucher scheme, scheme, launched launched in in July July this this year, year, was was CAMRA’s brought brought in in to to make make pub-going pub-going more more affordable affordable for for consumers consumers while while helping helping to to raise raise the the profile profile and and footfall footfall at at participating participating venues. venues. It It extends extends the the traditional traditional ‘Wetherspoons ‘Wetherspoons Vouchers’ Vouchers’ to to include include Stonegate Stonegate Pub Pub Company, Company, S.A. S.A. Brains, Brains, Castle Castle Rock Rock Brewery Brewery and and 15 15 independent independent pubs. pubs. As of 1 July 2019, we are replacing As of 1 July 2019, we are replacing Wetherspoon Wetherspoon vouchers vouchers with with a a new new CAMRA CAMRA owned owned and and operated operated voucher voucher scheme. scheme. All All new new and and renewing renewing CAMRA CAMRA members members will will now now receive: receive: £30 (60 x 50p) worth of CAMRA Real Ale, Cider and Perry Vouchers. £30 (60 x 50p) worth of CAMRA Real Ale, Cider and Perry Vouchers. Redeemable at over 1,550 pubs nationwide, including J D WethRedeemable at over 1,550 pubs nationwide, including J D Wetherspoon, Stonegate, Brains, Castle Rock and Amber Taverns manerspoon, Stonegate, Brains, Castle Rock and Amber Taverns managed pubs. aged pubs. All vouchers will be valid for the length of membership for added All vouchers will be valid for the length of membership for added flexibility, (rather than just three months as they were before). flexibility, (rather than just three months as they were before). All existing Wetherspoon vouchers are still valid during the next 12 All existing Wetherspoon vouchers are still valid during the next 12 months. months.
The The CAMRA CAMRA Voucher Voucher Scheme Scheme is is in in addition addition to to the the Real Real Ale Ale Discount Discount Scheme Scheme where where around around 3500 3500 pubs pubs offer offer great great discount discount benefits benefits to to membership membership card-carrying card-carrying CAMRA CAMRA members. members. Voucher Voucher redemption: redemption: Each Each voucher voucher is is stamped stamped with with a a start start and and end end date date and and must must be be redeemed redeemed withwithin in this this time. time. A A membership membership card card should should be be produced produced when when using using vouchers vouchers as as proof proof of of membership. membership. CAMRA CAMRA promotes promotes responsible responsible drinking drinking and and encourages encourages the the responsible responsible use use of of vouchers vouchers at at all all times. times.
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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 email@example.com and we will add you to the list.
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Community Pub of the Year The Runners Up
With the recent award of the CAMRA Berkshire South East Community pub of the Year to The Ship in Wokingham, it was only fitting that an award be made to the other two finalists who came so close to winning. Kevin Lenton as Chairman of the local branch was very happy to present Hattie from The Hope and Anchor with her well deserved certificate. The pub is famous for its weekly quiz, live music sessions and offers a warm welcome to customers whether they are 18 or 80. It sponsors its own football team and has two darts teams and a cribbage team for the less energetic. The following week it was the turn of Clive at the White Horse to receive his certificate from our past Chairman, David Richards. Another great pub with a very solid charitable focus, raising money for various causes as well as providing a venue for meetings. It sponsors Wokingham & Emmbrook Ladies Football team and has its own darts and cribbage teams willing to take on all newcomers. Live music is often featured, and for those who are brave enough there is often an opportunity to perform at the open-mic night. Well done to these two well deserving pubs, both of which demonstrate how lucky Wokingham is, having such great hostelries.
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Bond Brews have had an extremely busy summer attending many beer festivals and other events with their beers. The big news is that at the end of July they won Beer of the Festival with Bengal Tiger at the Old Basing Royal British Legion Club beer festival. Dean is rightfully proud of this award and said “I’ve won a bronze award before, but now I can rightfully declare that my beers are Award Winning.” Our congratulations go to Dean.
Bond Brews had a separate bar in the music marquee at the Wokingham Festival over the August Bank Holiday weekend, where they served their own beers and Barkham Mad, a cider from new boys JARS Cider, from Barkham. They also had beers at the Newbury beer festival, Silchester beer festival and at the Prince of Wales beer festival in Priestwood, Bracknell, which took two of their beers. By the time this magazine is printed, they will also have had beers at Burghfest in Burghfield, Woking, Bucklebury and Basingstoke Octoberfest beer festivals, as well as at our own Ascot Beer Festival, of course. A new beer – U.S.Amber at 4.1% was brewed during the summer and sold out by mid September. With a jackpot-hitting combination of Azacca, Cascade and Chinook hops, it has a satisfying and complex flavour with hints of pine nuts and a lovely resinous finish. It is planned to return next summer. Scrum Five was back for the 2019 Rugby World Cup. Other seasonal beers scheduled for the rest of this year, the first couple of which may have come and gone by the time you read this, are: • • • •
Wheat-A-Beer 4.4%. A German-style Wheat Beer. Brewed using two types of malted barley and wheat whilst Magnum hops provide low bitterness and aromas of herbs and pine. Wild Tiger 4.3%. This is a variant of Bengal Tiger, with the addition of locally-harvested wild hedgerow hops. Night Screamer 4.2%. A dry stout with a slightly spicy finish for the Halloween and fireworks season. Christmas Cheer 4.0%. Brewed using three blends of malted barley and wheat to provide a full bodied, copper coloured, biscuity session bitter with a festive twist. Two whole leaf hop varieties are used to provide a good bitter-sweet balance and a subtle spiced fruit aroma, giving way to a lingering chocolate malty finish. Festive Porter 4.5%. Brewed using five blends of malted barley and wheat to carry a deep brown colour, while two varieties of hop hold a low bitterness level followed by a warming hint of nutmeg, cinnamon & cloves.
The standard range of four core beers will continue to be available all year are Goldi-hops (bitter), Best of British (bitter), Bengal Tiger (English IPA) and Railway Porter.
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Loddon Loddon Brewery Brewery There have been a number of changes at the Loddon Brewery since the arrival
There have been a number of changes at the Loddon Brewery since the arrival of of the the new new head head brewer brewer at at the the end end of of 2018. 2018. Loddon Loddon have have started started kegging kegging some some of of their their beers, beers, with with some some being being un-fined, un-fined, although although the the cask-conditioned cask-conditioned versions versions remain remain fined. fined. To mark the start To mark the start of of Autumn, Autumn, Loddon Loddon have have launched launched a a couple couple of of seasonal seasonal beers beers to to mark mark the the occasion. occasion.
Rye Rye Sharona Sharona IPA IPA (4.7%) (4.7%) is is a a red red rye rye IPA IPA with with spicy spicy hop hop notes notes and and a a deep deep autumnal autumnal hue. hue. Packed Packed with with Topaz Topaz hops hops for for a a unique unique blend blend of of Australian Australian and and European European flavours flavours and and aromas. aromas. Shmoke Shmoke Shtack Shtack (4.8%) (4.8%) has has malts malts smoked smoked over over Beech Beech Wood, Wood, supported supported by by earthy, earthy, spicy spicy English English hops hops and and rich rich chocolate chocolate malts, malts, for for a a dark dark and and smokey smokey ale. ale. A A decking decking area area has has been been built built on on the the front front of of the the tap-room, tap-room, which which is is proving proving to to be be very very popular popular when when the the weather weather is is good. good. Alongside Alongside Loddon Loddon beers, beers, the the tap-room tap-room also also now now offers offers wine wine and and a a variety variety of of spirits (gin, vodka, whisky and liqueurs). A food truck is also occasionally available on the site. spirits (gin, vodka, whisky and liqueurs). A food truck is also occasionally available on the site. The The brewery brewery has has won won these these awards awards recently: recently: Ferrymans Ferrymans Gold Gold was was awarded awarded Locale Locale Beer Beer of of the the FestiFestival (4.4 val (4.4 -- 4.9%) 4.9%) at at Reading Reading Beer Beer Festival; Festival; and and Night Night of of the the Stag Stag (a (a bottled bottled beer) beer) was was awarded awarded Silver Silver in in SIBA's SIBA's National National Independent Independent Beer Beer Awards Awards (Bottle/Can (Bottle/Can British British Bitters Bitters up up to to 4.4%). 4.4%).
Elusive Brewing ElusiveIn the Brewing last copy of the Mad Cow, we published that Elusive
In the last copy of the Mad Cow, we published that Elusive Brewing Brewing were were brewing brewing a a commemorative commemorative beer beer to to mark mark the the 800 800 year year anniversary anniversary of of Wokingham Wokingham gaining gaining a a Charter Charter to to hold a market in the town. Andy Parker, owner of Elusive hold a market in the town. Andy Parker, owner of Elusive Brewing Brewing was was on on hand hand on on Heritage Heritage Day Day selling selling both both a a cask cask version version of of the the Old Old Market Market Ale Ale and and 300 300 bottles, bottles, all all of of which which sold sold out. out. Down Down the the road road at at the the Crispin Crispin a a further further cask cask was was consumed consumed on on the the SaturSaturday. The ale had been brewed using heritage malts that have been day. The ale had been brewed using heritage malts that have been in in existence existence for for hundreds hundreds of of years years and and was was oak oak aged aged acknowledging acknowledging WoWokingham’s kingham’s “Oakingham” “Oakingham” heritage. heritage. Elusive Brewing have expanded Elusive Brewing have expanded their their business business into into the the unit unit next next door door and and capacity capacity is is up up by by over over 40%. 40%. Andy Andy is is constructing constructing his his Tap Tap Room Room and and we we are looking forward to it opening its doors in the autumn of 2019. are looking forward to it opening its doors in the autumn of 2019. Elusive Elusive Brewing’s Brewing’s Morrisman Morrisman was was voted voted Beer Beer of of the the Festival Festival at at the the Ascot Ascot Beer Festival Festival in Beer in October. October. A A 5% 5% ABV ABV double double chocolate, chocolate, dry dry stout stout brewed brewed in in collaboration collaboration with with Tim Tim Lloyd. Lloyd. Congratulations Congratulations to to both both Andy Andy and and Tim Tim for for this this amazing amazing brew. brew. Elusive Elusive had had a a number number of of their their beers beers featuring featuring at at the the Ascot Ascot Beer Beer Festival Festival this this year, year, including their Chocolate Porter, Spellbinder, featuring Hasbean El Salvador including their Chocolate Porter, Spellbinder, featuring Hasbean El Salvador Finca Finca La La Fany Fany coffee. coffee. Other Other recent recent awards awards for for Elusive Elusive Brewing Brewing include: include: •• Kingston Beer Festival – Kingston Beer Festival – Joint Joint Runners Runners Up Up for for Sphere Sphere Of Of Destiny Destiny •• Reading Reading Beer Beer Festival Festival – – Beer Beer of of Festival Festival for for both both Morrisman Morrisman and and Happiness Happiness Dragon Dragon
Big Smoke Big Smoke Brew Brew Co. Co. Having moved from their spiritual home at The Antelope in Surbiton
Having moved from their spiritual home at The Antelope in Surbiton to to new new premises premises in in Esher Esher last last year, year, rumour rumour has has it it that that Big Big Smoke Smoke Brew Brew Co Co are are now now also also looking looking to to establishing establishing their their name name in in Wokingham Wokingham by by taking taking ownership ownership of of The The Raglan pub. As well as The Antelope, Big Smoke also have Raglan pub. As well as The Antelope, Big Smoke also have pubs pubs in in Kingston, Kingston, Weybridge Weybridge and and ChichChichester, ester, so so they they are are well well versed versed in in what what it it takes takes to to serve serve great great beer beer (as (as well well as as brewing brewing it!) it!) We We are are looklooking ing forward forward to to this this exciting exciting new new venture venture and and wish wish them them the the best best of of luck. luck.
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Siren Craft Brew Siren Tap Yard, has a new General Manager, Max. Max joins the Siren team bringing with him a wealth of industry experience, which we are told will create some great ideas for the future of the tap yard. Welcome Max! Following their major crowd-funded investment in the impressive canning line earlier this year, Siren commenced production of their first cans in early July. Despite some initial teething problems with the line, they are now in full production, punching out an amazing range of newly designed flagship beers and a number of fantastic specials including Futurist and Santo as well as the popular Oats on Oats brewed in collaboration with former Head Brewer, Kyle. Since July Siren has managed to commission their 440ml cans with the new releases and limited editions proving to be very popular. Unfortunately Siren has been struggling to obtain permission to allow them to commission their external tanks that were so important to their growth plans this year. The maxing out of capacity, combined with the success of their core range growth, has limited available space. We understand however that a path forward has now been agreed allowing the brewery to implement their expansion plans.
Paper, Rock, Scissors: Last year, Siren collaborated with Northern
Monk Brew Co to brew Rock, Paper, Scissors - a great example of an imperial New England IPA. The NEIPA (sometimes East Coast IPA) trend has swept the beer world due to their big fruit and fresh hop flavours, soft mouth-feel and lower perceived bitterness. Due to the beers popularity, and some amazing feedback, Siren invited Northern Monk back for round 2 - Scissors, Paper, Rock. Now they have their canning line, it seemed like a good time for Round 3, and thus Paper, Rock, Scissors was born. This one is hopped with Citra, Chinook, Azacca, Centennial and Nelson Sauvin.
Feed the Fire: The opposite of the New England, or East Coast IPA, is the classic West Coast IPA. When Collective Arts Brewing, from Canada visited Siren they knew they wanted to brew a proper old-school West Coast IPA and Feed the Fire was born. A hop profile of Centennial, Columbus, Simcoe and Amarillo create a crisp, prominent and fresh bitterness. Some fruit sugars provide a hint of sweetness, whilst the supporting Malt Bill provides a hint of caramel and a super clean mouth-feel. Big Red Machine: Long term fans of Siren will remember that their flagship
range used to boast a Red IPA called Liquid Mistress. As part of their re-brand, Siren made the decision to retire Liquid Mistress. But due to popular demand, Siren have now brewed Big Red Machine, a tribute to Liquid Mistress, which many of us loved for so long. An incredible seven different malt varieties combine to give this brew its dusky red hue, with a biscuit base. Amarillo, Simcoe and Mosaic hops have been chosen to provide a stone fruit, berry and evergreen taste.
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The overall winners of the Champion Beer of Britain competition were announced at the th Great British Beer Festival on the 6 August this year. Binghams Brewery won overall Gold in the Speciality Category for their excellent Vanilla Stout. In 2016 this superb beer was judged Supreme Champion Beer of Britain. The certificate for this achievement, plus two certificates for the London and South East Area round (in which Binghams Vanilla Stout was Directors of BInghams receiving their CBOB certificates judged Gold in the Speciality Category, and (photo courtesy of Brian Jones), Doodle Stout won Silver in the Stout Category) were presented to the directors at the Reading and Mid-Berks CAMRA awards evening on 18 September at the Castle Tap in Reading. Binghams Brewery is now running a recycling scheme covering many items not collected at the kerbside. Just drop into the shop and deposit items in the clearly marked bin during opening hours: Monday to Thursday 10am to 6pm, Friday 10am to 7pm and Saturday 11am to 5pm. Items collected include crisp packets and Pringles tubes; coffee pods; biscuit, chocolate and sweet wrappers; bread bags; spray trigger heads; pens and markers. See their poster for the full list. Binghams will be opening their Twyford brewery on three Saturdays in December (7th, 14th and 21st) from 11:30 - 16:30 for anyone who'd like to sit in and have a drink, and maybe buy some beer to take away. In the run up to Christmas they will be going over to the dark side with the following seasonal specials: October : Peppercorn Porter, a smooth 5% porter brewed with warming spicy peppercorns. November : V Old Ale, 5%, dark, malty and smooth. And for December : The Warmer, a 5% dark mahogany Winter Ale. 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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Patron Saints of Beer and Brewing By Anthony Springall By Anthony Springall
We We may may be be aware aware that that a a name name for for yeast yeast in the Middle Ages was “Godisgoode” in the Middle Ages was “Godisgoode” when when the the mechanics mechanics of of yeast yeast was was not not fully understood but it seems fully understood but it seems appropriate appropriate to to mention mention that that beer beer and and brewing brewing has has not not one one but but five five patron patron saints: saints:
Nevertheless, Nevertheless, St. St. Gambrinus Gambrinus embodies embodies the the joyful enjoyment of alcohol, and joyful enjoyment of alcohol, and has has even even been been credited credited by by some some with with being being the the inventor of beer. Other say he learned inventor of beer. Other say he learned the the art art of of brewing brewing from from the the gods, gods, and and still still others others say say he he simply simply was was a a man man who who could could down down epic epic amounts amounts of of beer. beer. Regardless, Regardless, he he is is famous famous in in European European folklore folklore for for typifying the merriment brought typifying the merriment brought by by the the blessed blessed brew. brew.
St. St. Augustine Augustine -- The The Doctor Doctor of of Grace Grace is is
the the patron patron saint saint of of many many things, things, not not the the least least of of which which is is those those who who practice practice the the art art of of brewing. brewing. While While it it is is unclear unclear how how he he achieved achieved this this distinction, distinction, it it is is likely likely through through his his profound profound conversion conversion in in which which he he was was transformed transformed from from a a wild, wild, drunken drunken and and dissipated dissipated soul soul into into a a holy holy and and temperate temperate bishop. bishop.
St. St. Luke Luke the the Evangelist Evangelist – – Yes, Yes, this this is is St. St. Arnulf Arnulf of of Metz Metz – – Perhaps Perhaps the the most most
famous famous of of brewing brewing patrons patrons is is St. St. Arnulf Arnulf of of Metz. Metz. St. St. Arnulf Arnulf was was a a bishop bishop and and advisor advisor to to king king Theudebert Theudebert II II of of Austrasia. Austrasia. After After his his death death at at Remiremont Remiremont Abbey, Abbey, parishioners parishioners from from his his former former diocese diocese of of Metz, Metz, who who already venerated him as a saint, already venerated him as a saint, went went to to recover recover his his body. body. The The journey journey was was during during a a particularly particularly hot hot part part of of the the year, year, and and the the travellers travellers were were ready ready to to faint faint of of thirst. thirst. One One of of the the parishioners, parishioners, by by the the name name of of Duc Duc Notto, Notto, cried cried out, out, “By “By his his powerful powerful intercession intercession the the Blessed Blessed Arnold Arnold will will bring bring us what we lack.”Miraculously, their us what we lack.”Miraculously, their supply supply of of beer beer was was replenished replenished and and lasted lasted until until they they returned returned home. home.
St. of all, all, St. St. St. Gambrinus Gambrinus – – First First of Gambrinus Gambrinus is is not not really really a a saint. saint. In In fact, fact, it’s it’s unclear unclear whether whether he he was was a a real real person person or or simply simply a a myth myth based based on on real real personages. personages.
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St. St. Luke Luke who who wrote wrote the the Gospel Gospel of of Luke. Luke. This This holy holy man man is is the the patron patron of of everything everything from from goldsmiths goldsmiths to to lace lace makers makers to to sculptors—and sculptors—and he he is is also also another another patron patron saint saint of of brewers. brewers.
St. St. Wenceslaus Wenceslaus – – Known Known for for his his heroic heroic alms giving and compassion for alms giving and compassion for outcasts, outcasts, St. Wenceslaus was venerated St. Wenceslaus was venerated immediately immediately upon upon his his martyrdom martyrdom in in 935 935 A.D. may have have heard heard of of this this good good king king A.D. You You may before before due due to to his his holy holy life life being being celebrated celebrated in song Good King Wencelaus last looked looked in song Good King Wencelaus last out out on on the the feast feast of of Stephen), Stephen), but but you you probably probably didn’t didn’t know know he he is is also also a a patron patron saint saint of of brewers. brewers. A A phrase phrase attributed attributed to to Benjamin Benjamin Franklin Franklin is is “God “God made made beer beer because because he he loves loves us us and and wants wants us us to to be be happy” happy” and and he he has has chosen chosen the the saints saints above above to to continue continue the the tradition!. tradition!.
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The Beer Festival Guide Updates on our website at seberkscamra.org.uk/localfestivals st
31 October – 3 November 2019: 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. th
8 – 9 November 2019: Woking Beer Festival wokingbeerfestival.co.uk This beer festival is organised by our neighbours in Surrey Hants Borders CAMRA. There should be over 60 ales, plus ciders and foreign beers. Entry is by advance ticket and some are still available at the time of going to press. CAMRA members can obtain a free pint by presenting their card at the membership stand. th
12 – 15 December 2019: Marlow RBL Winter Fest rblmarlow.co.uk The Winter lull in the local beer festival calendar gets a welcome reprieve with this festive event. The Royal British Legion club is located right next to Marlow station (direct trains from Maidenhead). Expect around 14 carefully selected ales including some Winter warmers. Free entry. 10 – 12 January 2020: Perseverance, Wraysbury thepercy.co.uk The infamous Percy Pie and Porter Festival kicks-off 2020. Expect around 8 seasonal porters to wash down delicious home-made pies of various flavours. The Percy is easily accessible from Wraysbury station (change at Staines on the Waterloo line from our area). 4th to 8th February 2020: Great British Beer Festival Winter winter.gbbf.org.uk CAMRA invites festival lovers to enjoy ‘ales of every season’ at Birmingham’s first Great British Beer Festival Winter. Not to be confused with a festival for winter beers alone, beers of every style and shade will be available, served in cask, KeyKeg and bottle – from dark to ruby brown and golden ales, plus world beers, real ciders, gins and more. 21st & 22nd February 2020: Alton Winter Beer Festival altonbeerfestival.co.uk The regular Winter beer festival at Alton College should offer around 60 ales and 20 ciders & perries. Customers are requested to bring their own lined half pint beer glass in an environmental initiative.
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Mad Cow Featured Pub
Marston’s Marston’s have have invested invested £3m £3m in in The The Oakingham Oakingham Belle Belle on on Oak Oak Avenue, Avenue, Wokingham, Wokingham, which which oppened oppened its its doors doors in in September, September, and and bucks bucks the the nationwide nationwide trend trend of of pub pub closures. closures.
The The pub pub is is named named after after a a local local Wokingham Wokingham barmaid barmaid inspired inspired by by the the 18th 18th century century poem, poem, who who was was also also known known as as the the Oakingham Oakingham Belle. Belle. So, So, who who was was Molly Molly Mogg Mogg and and why why was was a a about her? her? about
“Molly “Molly Mogg” Mogg” poem poem written written
Molly Molly Mogg Mogg was was the the daughter daughter of of John John Mogg, Mogg, who who owned owned the the original original Rose Rose Inn Inn which which was was on on the the north north side of of the side the Market Market Place. Place. The The pub pub was was frequented frequented by by John John Gray, Gray, who who wrote wrote the the “Beggars “Beggars Opera”, Opera”, Alexander Alexander Pope Pope and and Dean Dean Swift, Swift, author author of of “Gullivers “Gullivers Travels”. Travels”. On On one one visit visit in in 1716, 1716, they they were were forced forced to to stay stay in in the the inn inn longer longer than than planned planned due due to to a a storm. storm. To To pass pass the the time, time, they they wrote wrote verses verses about about Molly, Molly, the attractive attractive eldest eldest daughter daughter of of the the landlord. landlord. The The subsequent subsequent ballad, the ballad, Molly Molly Mogg Mogg or or the the Fair Fair Maid Maid of of the the Rose Rose became became famous famous when when published published in in Mists Mists Weekly Weekly Journal. Journal. The The poem poem alludes alludes to to the the mood mood of of Edward Edward Standen, Standen, the the heir heir to to Arborfield Arborfield Manor Manor and and customer customer of of the the inn, inn, who who had had fallen fallen in in love love with with (and (and was repeatedly repeatedly rejected rejected by) by) Molly. Molly. was “Of “Of joys joys as as my my sweet sweet Molly Molly Mog. Mog. II feel feel II am am in in love love to to distraction, distraction, My My senses senses all all lost lost in in a a fog, fog, And And nothing can nothing can give give satisfaction satisfaction But But thinking thinking of of sweet sweet Molly Molly Mog” Mog” The The poem poem does does not not refer refer to to Oakingham Oakingham Belle, Belle, however however The The Welsh Welsh ballad ballad "Gwinfrid "Gwinfrid Shones" Shones" (published in (published in 1733) 1733) also also mentions mentions Mogg: Mogg: “Some “Some sing sing Molly Molly Mogg Mogg of of the the Rose, Rose, And And call call her her the the Oakingham Oakingham belle; belle; Whilst Whilst others does ferces compose, On beautiful Molle Lapelle”. others does ferces compose, On beautiful Molle Lapelle”. Molly Molly was was born born in in 1699 1699 and and never never married, married, despite despite her her beauty. beauty. She She died died a a spinster spinster at at the the age age of of 67 67 in in 1766. 1766. Her Her death death record record named named her her as as "Mary "Mary Mogg" Mogg" and and described described her her as as "advanced "advanced in in years years but but in in her her youth youth a a celebrated celebrated beauty beauty and and toast, toast, possessed possessed of of a a good good fortune fortune that that she she has has left left among among her her relations". relations".
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Featured Pub Special
By Barry Fenton
In addition to our regular Landlord’s Witter on page 26, Barry also made time to meet with Chris Cannan, manager of Wokingham’s newest pub, Marston’s Oakingham Belle…
special for the Rugby World Cup, Sweet Chariot (4.8%). I can choose from a list of 110 ales from Marstons, so these will all change. I will take into account the time of year, suggestions from customers and growing experience of what goes well. What are your impressions of CAMRA in the area? Many members have been in to check us out. I love their enthusiasm and knowledge. I can learn from them. What is craft beer? It suddenly became fashionable, appearing in pubs. I don’t really know what it means! What are your thoughts on the success of craft beer? It will do the rounds, it’s good now. But then we’ll move on. It’s not for ever.
Tell me about your new pub. A pub doing food, not a restaurant, however, being owned by Marstons, a brewer, the emphasis is on beers. Before we opened we spent much time and money on training with the priority on excellent service. This is our shared objective. What is your target market? Prior to opening I expected it to be 30 year olds and up to retirement. However, with the experience since opening, I would now say we don’t need to have a target, all are welcome. How long have you been in the pub business? For seven years, I ran two pubs in Exeter, but in hospitality, on ships and in hotels and restaurants for about 20. So I know that it’s all about guest, guests, guests, service, service, service. What plans have you got for your pub in the next year? As a new pub, we will all be learning from our experiences in the first year, making adjustments as we go along. How important are real ales & cider to your pub? In this type of pub, very important. What real qles are you selling today and how does this change? Hobgoblin (4.5% abv), Pedigree (4.5%), Wainwright’s Gold (4.1%), and a Marston’s
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What would you like to get over to our readers to encourage them to come into your pub? Come in to relax, to eat for a special occasion or just because you can’t be bothered to cook. 90% of our food is fresh, we even make our own tartare sauce and bread. Apart from the ales, we have six white wines and six red plus a range of rose wines. It’s interesting to see how the market for these is expanding. We sell a good variety of gins and rums. Are spiced rums going to be the next big thing? Of special interest to CAMRA members will be our prices, Monday to Friday between 4 & 7pm. All real ales at £2.50 a pint. For others we have house wine, at the same time, for £3.00 a glass and two cocktails for £10. What do you most like about the pub trade? The whole industry and meeting people, staff and guests. And the least? Early mornings are hard. I’m nearly 40 and I feel it after a busy night! What wrong would you most like to put right in the pub trade? Give pubs a second chance. Many people have written them off as smokey, tired and down market. But since the smoking ban they have improved so much, especially for families. Which celebrity would you most like to work behind your bar and why? Jethro. We are both from the South West and he makes me laugh. Although I think that he might have retired.
COUNTRYSIDE WALK WITH A PUB! Binfield Binfield -- The The Hill Hill Farm Farm Lane Lane Circuit Circuit 2.5 2.5 miles miles // 4.0 4.0 kilometers kilometers // 1 1 hour hour + +
The The walk walk starts starts and and finishes finishes at at the the car car park park of of the the Jack Jack o’ o’ Newbury Newbury Pub Pub on on Terrace Terrace Road Road North North in in Binfield Binfield – – grid grid reference: reference: SU845718 SU845718 – – what3words: what3words: cases.kicked.recent cases.kicked.recent On On leaving leaving the the pub pub turn turn right right and and follow follow the the pavement pavement to to the the first first turning turning on on the the right right into into Wicks Wicks Green. Green. After After approximately100m approximately100m take take the the public public footpath footpath into into the the field field on on your your right. right. Follow Follow this this field-edge field-edge path path to to its its junction junction with with another another footpath footpath and and turn turn right right keeping keeping to to the the field field edge edge for for nearly nearly 400m 400m until until you you exit exit into into Carters Carters Hill. Hill. Turn Turn right right along along the the road road and and take take the the first first public public footfootpath on on your your left path left after after 150m. 150m. This This is is a a private private drive drive as as well well as as a a public public footpath footpath but but don’t don’t be be put put off off -allow allow yourself yourself to to linger linger and and admire admire the the fine fine views views across across the the rolling rolling wooded wooded countryside countryside to to the the east. east. Just Just past past the the large large house house take take the the footpath footpath through through the the hedge hedge on on the the left. left. It’s It’s easy easy to to miss, miss, so so as as you you pass in in front front of of the the house house keep keep your your eyes eyes peeled! peeled! pass Follow Follow this this field field path path down down to to its its junction junction with with Billingbear Billingbear Lane. Lane. Turn Turn right right and and follow follow the the road road for for apapproximately 400m proximately 400m to to its its junction junction with with the the Twyford Twyford Road. Road. Go Go almost almost straight straight across across into into Hill Hill Farm Farm Lane, Lane, an an unsurfaced unsurfaced track track which which heads heads uphill uphill to to Hill Hill Farm Farm and and then then turns turns right right onto onto a a tarmac tarmac road. road. Carry Carry on on downhill downhill past past private private houses, houses, the the Binfield Binfield Archery Archery Club Club and and Football Football Club Club to to a a t-junction t-junction with with Stubbs Stubbs Hill where where you you will will see see the the cemetery cemetery opposite. Hill opposite. Turn left turn into Turn right right here here and and the the bear bear right right to to join join the the pavement pavement in in Church Church Lane. Lane. Take Take the the next next th left turn into th Terrace Road century. The The Terrace Road North, North, next next to to Binfield Binfield All All Saints Saints Parish Parish Church, Church, which which dates dates from from the the 14 14 century. Jack Jack o’Newbury o’Newbury pub pub will will then then appear appear on on your your right right and and you you can can sample sample some some of of its its delicious delicious refreshrefreshments. ments.
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Craft Beers at 'Crafty Prices' By Anthony Springall By Anthony Springall
Anyone Anyone who who has has seen seen the the array array of of brightly coloured cans of craft brightly coloured cans of craft beer beer on on supermarket supermarket shelves shelves must must wonder wonder what what all the fuss is about and taken all the fuss is about and taken a a sharp sharp intake of of breath breath when when looking looking at at the the intake prices. prices. They They generally generally range range from from approximately approximately £1.80 to an eye watering £1.80 to an eye watering £3.00 £3.00 per per 330ml 330ml can, can, this this equates equates to to over over £5 £5 per per pint pint for for a a supermarket beer, and may be supermarket beer, and may be a a disincentive to to try try new new beers beers and and styles. styles. disincentive There There is is however, however, a a more more economical economical way way to try try a a variety variety of of these these beer beer styles styles which which to often often focus focus upon upon West West Coast Coast USA USA hops hops to to provide a tropical fruit taste. A visit provide a tropical fruit taste. A visit to to the the main discounters discounters of of Aldi Aldi and and Lidl Lidl will will main provide provide a a good good selection selection of of beers beers at at 99p 99p to to £1.29 per per can can and and is is a a great great way way to to dip dip a a £1.29 toe toe into into the the whole whole craft craft beer beer scene. scene. All All these these beers beers were were purchased purchased in in August August 2019 2019 and and may may not not necessarily necessarily be be available available in in every every shop. shop.
Lidl Lidl Three beers beers are are on on offer offer here here at at 99p 99p per per Three can, can, and and these these are are labelled labelled “Hatherwood “Hatherwood Beer Beer Company” Company” which which is is a a Lidl Lidl own own brand, brand, previously previously brewed brewed by by Marstons Marstons but but Shepherd Shepherd Neame Neame are are brewing brewing the the main main beers under under the the brand brand although although there there is is no no beers indication indication who who the the brewer brewer is is for for the the crafty crafty beer range. range. The The company company is is to to be be beer commended commended on on the the information information provided provided on on ingredients ingredients however. however.
Bitterness Units Units where where the the higher higher the the Bitterness number, number, the the more more bitter bitter the the beer). beer). Bitter Bitter Iron Iron IPA, IPA, A A 5.4% 5.4% golden golden IPA IPA with with a a citrus aroma and bitter finish. Brewed citrus aroma and bitter finish. Brewed using using Pale Ale, Ale, Light Light Munich Munich and and Crystal Crystal 150 150 Pale Malts Malts with with Herkules, Herkules, Admiral, Admiral, Columbus, Columbus, Cascade and and Chinook Chinook hops. hops. It It has has a a Cascade bitterness bitterness of of 40 40 IBU. IBU. Twisted Twisted Knots Knots American American IPA, IPA, A A 5.5% 5.5% West West Coast inspired citrus IPA. Brewed Coast inspired citrus IPA. Brewed using using Pale, Medium Medium and and Dark Dark Crystal, Crystal, Caramalt, Caramalt, Pale, Munich Munich and and RYE RYE Pale Pale Malts Malts with with Herkules, Herkules, Columbus, Columbus, Chinook, Chinook, Cascade, Cascade, Citra, Citra, Centennial Centennial and and Amarillo Amarillo hops. hops. It It has has a a bitterness bitterness of of 46 46 IBU. IBU.
Aldi Aldi There are are significantly significantly more more cans cans available available There at at Aldi Aldi with with the the key key price price point point being being £1.29. £1.29. A A number number are are their their own own brands brands brewed brewed under under spurious spurious names names but but also also they they stock stock recognisable brands which can be recognisable brands which can be found found in in
Plunged Plunged Orange Orange Pale Pale Ale, Ale, A A 6% 6% orange orange infused pale pale ale. ale. Brewed Brewed using using Pale Pale Ale Ale infused Malt Malt and and Rakau, Rakau, Admiral, Admiral, First First Gold Gold and and Mandarina Mandarina Bavaria Bavaria hops. hops. It It has has a a bitterness bitterness of of 35 35 IBU IBU (International (International
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www.seberkscamra.org.uk other supermarkets but here at a significantly cheaper price. The cans are unfortunately not as informative as their main rivals.
Own Brands Ghost Dance Pale Ale, A 5.3% New World Pale Ale brewed using Galena, Amerillo and Chinook hops. Freak Aleworks Phantom Pale Ale, A 4.8% Pale Ale brewed using Citra, Mosaic, Topaz, Ella and Galaxy hops. Odyssey Craft Brewery Lunar Lager, A 4.6% Lager brewed using Northern Brewer and Aurora hops.
Magnum, Savinjski Goldings and Cascade hops. Innis and Gunn Session IPA, A 4.6% West Coast inspired IPA brewed using Extra Pale Malt with Super Styrian, Citra, Simcoe, Centennial and Cascade hops. Innis & Gunn Mangoes on the Run, A 5.6% mango infused fruity IPA brewed using Pale Malt, Roasted Barley and Munich Malt with Herkules, Citra and Simcoe hops. I hope this article may inspire you to try some of these beers. They are not all world beating classics but may give a small (and cheap) insight into the marketing hyped craft beer market.
Half Pipe Session Pale Ale, A 3.9% session Pale Ale brewed using Cascade, Goldings, Admiral, Centennial and Columbus hops. Buckhorn Brewery Stateside IPA, A 5.5% IPA brewed using Cascade, Admiral, Summit, Citra, Nelson Sauvin and Hellertau Blanc hops. Hop Foundry Underground Ales Orange Infused Pale Ale. As its name suggests an orange peel and coriander 4.2% pale ale brewed using â€œNew Worldâ€? hops.
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Williams Brothers Rubus Grapefruit IPA, A 5.5% fruit infused IPA brewed exclusively for Aldi using Lager Malt, Vienna Malt, Munich Malt with Cascade, Nelson Sauvin, Citra and Simcoe hops. Williams Brothers Benno Craft Lager, Another Aldi exclusive, this is a 4.4% lager named after Benno Scharl, the German brewmeister using Lager Malt with
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Landlord’s Landlord’s Witter Witter By By Barry Barry Fenton Fenton
An An interview interview with with a a landlord landlord from from a a local local pub. pub.
Barry Barry chats chats with with Charlotte Charlotte Langston, Langston, the the new new manager manager at at the the Rose Rose & & Crown Crown in Sandhurst. in Sandhurst. How How long long have have you you been been in in the the pub pub business and at the Rose & Crown? business and at the Rose & Crown? I’ve I’ve worked worked here here for for six six years, years, previously previously for tenants Michelle & Peter, for tenants Michelle & Peter, and and recently recently II was was appointed appointed Manager Manager with with Punch Punch Taverns. Taverns.
What What do do you you most most like like about about the the pub pub trade? trade? II enjoy enjoy the the social social aspect, aspect, meeting meeting and and engaging with different people. engaging with different people. Also, Also, for for me, me, the the six six years years have have been been a a huge huge learning learning curve. curve.
And the the least? least? And The The continual continual increase increase in in prices prices and and having to explain that to customers. having to explain that to customers. II hear hear that that there there are are some some changes changes coming at the Rose & Crown. coming at the Rose & Crown. Can Can you you tell tell me me about about them? them? The pub will have a complete The pub will have a complete refurbishment, refurbishment, inside, inside, outside outside and and the the toilets. Also the kitchen is to have toilets. Also the kitchen is to have a a refit. refit. No No structural structural changes. changes. Sky Sky Sports Sports will will return, return, but but it it will will not not dominate dominate the the pub. pub. We’re We’re having having a a feature feature wall, wall, which which will will show show the the history history of of Sandhurst Sandhurst and and the the pub. pub.
Will Will there there be be a a change change in in the the customer customer base? base? No. No. We We hope hope to to appeal appeal to to all all demographics. demographics. The The theme theme will will be be “Our “Our Local.” Local.” How How important important are are real real ales ales & & cider cider to to your pub? your pub? Massively. I’m I’m aware aware of of the the history history and and that that Massively. the the pub pub has has been been CAMRA’s CAMRA’s Pub Pub of of the the Year. Year. Can Can you you see see the the pub pub being being Pub Pub of of the the Year again, under your control? Year again, under your control? It’s It’s something something that that II would would like like to to work work towards. towards.
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How How will will Real Real Ales Ales feature feature in in the the pub’s pub’s future? future? The The Pubco Pubco are are also also aware aware of of the the pub’s pub’s history and and have have taken taken this this into into account. account. history The The number number of of pumps pumps is is decreasing decreasing from from seven to four. Marstons seven to four. Marstons is is the the main main supplier, supplier, however, however, other other brewers brewers are are on on a a beer list from which I can choose which beer list from which I can choose which ones ones are are to to go go on on sale. sale. Will Will the the Beer Beer Festivals Festivals and and the the CAMRA CAMRA discount discount continue? continue? We We will will have have one one beer beer festival festival a a year, year, with with the first first in in the the first first half half of of next next year. year. II am am the still still waiting waiting for for confirmation confirmation on on the the discount. discount.
What What are are your your impressions impressions of of CAMRA CAMRA in the area? in the area? II know know that that a a lot lot of of CAMRA CAMRA people people use use the the pub. We’re known for Real Ales, pub. We’re known for Real Ales, with with a a good good history history of of Beer Beer Festivals. Festivals.
What What would would you you like like to to get get over over to to our our readers readers to to encourage encourage them them to to come come into into your your pub? pub? Although the the interior interior will will change, change, we’re we’re not not Although changing changing the the style style of of pub. pub. We We will will have have a a brand brand new new food food menu. menu. II want want the the pub pub to to be be the the hub hub of of the the community. community. We We hear hear that that there there are are two two new new houses houses to to be be built built at at the the rear rear of of your your car car park. park. Have Have you you an an update? update? Yes. Yes. Planning Planning permission permission has has been been granted and the pub refurbishment granted and the pub refurbishment will will be be coordinated with some of the coordinated with some of the housebuilding. housebuilding. What What wrong wrong would would you you most most like like to to put put right in the pub trade? right in the pub trade? It It would would be be good good to to see see prices prices in in pubs pubs and and supermarkets supermarkets more more equal. equal. Which celebrity celebrity would would you you most most like like to to Which work work behind behind your your bar bar and and why? why? Tom Tom Hardy. Hardy. II just just love love Tom Tom Hardy. Hardy. “Thanks Charlotte. I wish you “Thanks Charlotte. I wish you and and the the Rose & Crown all the best in the Rose & Crown all the best in the future, future, and and II look look forward forward to to revisiting revisiting the the pub pub when it reopens in mid November”. when it reopens in mid November”.
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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
Come and join us over the festive period, we have a lovely open fire to keep you warm 5 Real Ales 5 Real Ciders
Draft Beer & Cider Guiness Proud to serve local beer & cider
Spirits Soft drinks
Real Cider in the South East Berkshire Area October October is is one one of of CAMRAâ€™s CAMRAâ€™s Cider Cider months months and and is is a a month month spent spent advertising the the merits merits of of real real cider cider and and perry perry and and trying trying to to get get advertising people people into into pubs pubs to to try try real real cider. cider. CAMRAs CAMRAs definition definition of of real real cider cider requires requires it it to to be be made made from from the the freshly freshly pressed pressed juice juice of of apples, apples, not not from fruit fruit syrup syrup and and not not to to have have been been pasteurised pasteurised or or artificially artificially from carbonated. carbonated. Unlike Unlike real real ale ale production, production, which which can can happen happen at at any any time time of of the the year, year, real real cider cider and and perry perry can only only be be made made when when the the fruit fruit is is ripe ripe and and is is tied tied to to a a natural natural cycle cycle of of the the apple apple and and pear pear can trees trees found found in in orchards orchards around around the the country. country. October October is is a a very very active active time time for for cider cider makers makers when when production production is is in in full full flow flow and and most most cider cider producers are are harvesting harvesting the the fruit. fruit. Many Many producers pubs pubs are are limited limited to to what what beers beers they they can can stock but but bag bag in in box box real real ciders ciders are are widely widely stock available. available. It It may may be be worth worth asking asking in in your your local if if they they have have access access to to bag bag in in boxed boxed local cider. cider. Unlike beer beer which which must must be be drunk drunk within within Unlike days days of of starting starting a a new new barrel, barrel, a a bag bag in in box box Cider can can be be served served for for over over a a month month and and Cider sometimes sometimes longer longer without without degrading degrading the the quality. quality. One One of of our our local local pubs, pubs, the the Dog Dog and and Duck Duck in in Emmbrook held held a a cider cider and and sausage sausage Emmbrook festival festival over over the the August August bank bank holiday holiday weekend. Ten Ten different different real real ciders ciders were were weekend. sold sold from from an an outside outside bar bar over over that that weekend weekend on on one one of of the the hottest hottest days days of of the the year, year, accompanied by by Bratwurst Bratwurst sausages. sausages. accompanied The Dog Dog and and Duck Duck landlord, landlord, Peter Peter The Biancheri, Biancheri, has has promised promised to to keep keep serving serving bag in in box box ciders ciders all all year year round. round. This This will will bag earn earn him him an an entry entry in in What What Pub Pub as as a a real real cider cider pub. pub. Mike Mike Lee Lee SE SE Berks Berks Cider Cider Representative Representative mailto: mailto: email@example.com firstname.lastname@example.org
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The Church Fights Back !! By Anthony Springall
In the last edition we looked at the number of beers which have been named after “Old Nick” and here we will look at the church fighting back with a long heritage of brewing tradition.
Castle Church Brewing, Orlando A brewery connected to a Community church in Florida which has grown to include its own taproom.
Whilst beer is not served during services, it is available afterwards and certainly makes a change from the normal tea & coffee. It features a 20 barrel craft brewhouse, tours, tastings and an indoor beer garden with food, games and entertainment.
St Mary's Brewery, Primrose Hill Launched in 2016 following the removal of an old boiler in the crypt of the church it focuses on Faith, Hops and Charity. A variety of beers are brewed including an American Pale Ale called Crypt, Holy Smoke Porter, New Rose IPA, Percy Deamer Abbaye Tripel and St Arnold Milk Stout along with Saison St M shown below. It says it has three passions, namely a passion for great beer, a passion to build a thriving community and a passion for the youth work of St Mary’s Primrose Hill !
Rectory Ales, Hassocks Started by the vicar Godfrey Broster in East Sussex in 1996 to pay for £50,000 worth of repairs to the churches in his parish. It brewed Rectors Pleasure, Rectors Light Relief, Rectors Revenge ! and Parsons Porter. The local CAMRA website advises that brewing is currently suspended.
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Trappist Trappist Ales Ales
Anyone Anyone with with even even the the slightest slightest interest interest in in beer will be aware of the Trappist beer will be aware of the Trappist tradition tradition of of brewing. brewing. The The famous famous names names associated associated with with brewing brewing includes includes Chimay, Chimay, Rochefort, Rochefort, Westmalle Westmalle and and Westvleteren Westvleteren (whose (whose Westvleteren Westvleteren 12 12 has has frequently frequently been been judged judged the the best best beer beer in in the the world, world, notwithstanding notwithstanding the the difficulty difficulty in in obtaining obtaining bottles bottles as as the the monks monks only only brew brew enough enough to to support support themselves themselves and and their their charitable charitable causes causes causing causing aa black black market market in in obtaining obtaining bottles much frowned upon by the bottles much frowned upon by the monks), monks), Mainly Mainly centred centred in in Belgium, Belgium, itit has has spread spread to to other other countries countries including including the the UK UK where where the the Cistercian Cistercian monks monks of of Mount Mount St St Bernard Bernard Monastery Monastery in in Leicestershire Leicestershire have have started started brewing brewing Tynt Tynt Meadow Meadow Trappist Trappist Ale Ale as as an an alternative alternative source source of of income income following following the the downturn downturn in in their their farming farming activities. activities.
Church Church Ale Ale
The The Parish Parish ale ale or or church church ale ale was was aa party party or or festivity festivity in in an an English English parish parish at at which which beer beer was was the the chief chief drink. drink. These These were were typically typically fundraising occasions for the fundraising occasions for the parish, parish, which which might might include include music, music, dancing dancing and and other other activities. activities. Very Very common common in in the the later later Middle Middle Ages, Ages, they they encountered encountered some some opposition opposition after the reformation, after the reformation, though though some some survived survived until until modern modern times times in in some some form. form.
Beers Beers with with aa Holy Holy Name Name
North North Peak Peak Brewery, Brewery, Archangel. Archangel. Hexagon Brewing, Hexagon Brewing, Chocolate Chocolate Jesus. Jesus. DuClaw DuClaw Brewing, Brewing, Sweet Sweet Baby Baby Jesus. Jesus. Evil Evil Twin Twin Brewing, Brewing, Even Even More More Jesus. Jesus. Tempest Tempest Brewery, Brewery, Drop Drop Kick Kick Me Me Jesus. Jesus.
From From the the previous previous article article regarding regarding the the devil devil having having the the best best beer beer itit isis now now apparent apparent that that the the church church has has fought fought back back to to provide provide aa fantastic fantastic choice choice of of “holy” “holy” beers. beers.
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Ascot Beer Festival 2019
I would like to say a big thank you to all of our wonderful, hardworking volunteers who made the 13th Ascot Beer Festival another great success at the beginning of October. We showcased around 280 real ales, ciders and perries and I am pleased to announce that Elusive Brewing from Finchampstead, Berkshire was voted Beer of the Festival with Morrisman, a 5% ABV double chocolate, dry stout. Elusive’s Andy Parker is a big supporter of the festival and this is a fitting tribute to his fantastic beer. Tutts Clump Cider from Bradfield, Berkshire, another longstanding festival supporter, was voted Cider of the Festival with their 7% ABV Royal Berkshire, a deliciously sweet traditional cider.
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CAMRA Volunteers were kept busy by an appreciative racing crowd on both festival days, although numbers were slightly down as a result of the engineering works on the London railway line. Our beer orderer, Simon Grist, was invited to the judging panel alongside the racecourse’s head chef for the inaugural Ascot Sausage Roll competition and after much munching awarded the title to a young lady from Reading College. Simon treated the judges to some Bond Brews Goldihops and Thames Side Heron Ale to help cleanse the palate between tastings.
It never ceases to amaze me and is always a great pleasure to see so many different people of different backgrounds and different ages coming together through a common love of beer to help put on this festival on and I really appreciate all the positive feedback we receive. Beer, racing and sausage rolls – it doesn’t get much better! Mike Smith
Great British Beer Festival Winter The The New New Bingley Bingley Hall, Hall, Birmingham Birmingham 4-8 4-8 February February 2020 2020 Opening Times Times Opening Tuesday Tuesday 4th 4th February February – – 13:00 13:00 – – 22:30 22:30 (CAMRA (CAMRA members members and and trade trade only only before before 17:00) 17:00) Wednesday Wednesday 5th 5th February February – – 11:00 11:00 – – 22:30 22:30 Thursday 6th 6th February February – – 11:00 11:00 – – 22:30 22:30 Thursday Friday Friday 7th 7th February February – – 11:00 11:00 – – 22:30 22:30 Saturday Saturday 8th 8th February February – – 11:00 11:00 – – 19:00 19:00 Last entry entry 30 30 minutes minutes before before close close Last
CAMRA CAMRA are are thrilled thrilled to to be be returning returning to to the the BBC BBC Good Good Food Food Show Show Winter Winter at at Birmingham's Birmingham's NEC NEC from the 28 November 1 December. from the 28 November - 1 December. Come and and join join one one of of our our beer beer tastings*, tastings*, check check out out our our stand stand for for some some beery beery samples samples Come and browse our merchandise and gifts. and browse our merchandise and gifts.
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Visit our branch website for the latest diary updates. We welcome your suggestions for a future social visit. Contact our social secretary, Clive Doran at: email@example.com
NOVEMBER Saturday 2
CAMRA Social at Egham United Services Club Beer Festival, 111 Spring Rise, Egham. TW20 9PE. Meet from 1pm. th
Saturday 9 November
CAMRA Social London Pub Walk. Start at Bishop & Bear, Upper Level, The Lawn, Paddington Station, London. W2 1HB. Meet from 12.00 noon. Organized by SWM CAMRA th
Thursday 14 November
Thirsty Thursday Minibus Trip to: • Prince, High Street, Crowthorne. • Tally Ho, Fleet Hill, Eversley. • Crooked Billet, Wokingham Without. • Golden Retriever, Nine Mile Ride, Bracknell. Members only – Contact Clive for reservation st
Thursday 21 November
CAMRA Afternoon Social with the U3A (University of the 3rd Age) Crispin, 45 Denmark Street, Wokingham RG40 2AY. Meet from 1pm. st
Thursday 21 November
CAMRA Social at Queen’s Head, 23 The Terrace, Wokingham. RG40 1BP. Meet from 8pm. th
Monday 25 November
CAMRA Lunchtime Social with the BRATS* at Old Manor, Grenville Place, Bracknell. RG12 1PB. Meet from 12 noon. th
Wednesday 27 November
Wobbly Wednesday Minibus Trip to: • Cricketers, Cricketers Lane, Warfield. • Old Hatchet, Hatchet Lane, Winkfield. • New Leathern Bottle, Jealotts Hill, Warfield. • Prince of Wales, Shepherds Lane, Bracknell. Members only – Contact Clive for reservation th
Saturday 30 November
CAMRA Social at the Stardust Brewing Autumn Open Day, Unit 5 Howe Lane Farm Estate, Howe Lane, White Waltham SL6 3JP. Meet from 12.00 Noon. Organized by SWM CAMRA. This is a ticketed event (see SWM CAMRA website)
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Wednesday 4 December
CAMRA Open Meeting at the Old Manor, Grenville Place, Bracknell. RG12 1PB. Meet from 8pm (members only). th
Saturday 7 December
CAMRA Social in Windsor. Meet from 1pm at the George, 77 High Street, Eton, SL4 6AF. Organized by SWM CAMRA. th
Thursday 12 December
CAMRA Pre-Christmas Social. Details TBA. th
Saturday 14 December
CAMRA Social at Marlow Royal British Legion Charity Beer Festival, Station Approach, Marlow. SL7 1NT. Meet from 1pm. th
Thursday 19 December
CAMRA Afternoon Social with the U3A (University of the 3rd Age) Crispin, 45 Denmark Street, Wokingham RG40 2AY. Meet from 1pm. th
Monday 30 December
CAMRA Lunchtime Social with the BRATS* at Old Manor, Grenville Place, Bracknell. RG12 1PB. Meet from 12 noon.
Saturday 11 January
CAMRA Social at Perseverance Winter Beer Festival, 2 High Street, Wraysbury, TW19 5DB. Meet from 1pm. th
Thursday 16 January
CAMRA Afternoon Social with the U3A (University of the 3rd Age) Crispin, 45 Denmark Street, Wokingham RG40 2AY. Meet from 1pm. rd
Thursday 23 January
CAMRA Curry Night Social at the Crispin, 45 Denmark Street, Wokingham. RG40 2AY. Meet from 8pm. th
Saturday 25 January
CAMRA Social Pub Walk wark/Borough. Details TBC.
Monday 27 January
CAMRA Lunchtime Social with the BRATS* at Old Manor, Grenville Place, Bracknell. RG12 1PB. Meet from 12 noon. *BRATs are the Bracknell Real Ale Tipplers
CAMRA AGM 2020 CAMRA’s AGM will take place on the morning of Saturday 4th April 2020 at Central Hall, University of York. Around 1,000 members attend the Members’ Weekend each April, which incorporates the AGM and Conference, and is open to all our members. We’re proud to announce that the great city of York, with its wealth of history, pubs and beer, will be hosting next year’s Weekend. You can find more information on the dedicated CAMRA event page - about the venue, the area, travel and accommodation. Once registered to attend, you will be sent information about activities and organised trips nearer the time. Members can also register in person over the Weekend. Share your skills and discover new ones - volunteer to help at the event.
As with all CAMRA events, volunteers are needed to help make the weekend a great success. Whether it's behind the scenes, behind the bar, counting votes, on the CAMRA shop or registration, whatever time you can give is much appreciated. You can find out more and sign up here. We look forward to welcoming you to York next April.
Nik Antona CAMRA National Chairman
CAMRA comments on the sale of Greene King Following the news that Greene King has been sold to CK Asset Holdings, Nik Antona, CAMRA's National Chairman said: "The news that Britain's largest pub and brewery company has been sold to an international asset company is very concerning for our beer scene. "We are always wary of one company controlling a large share of the market, which is seldom beneficial for consumers. Greene King has been in operation for over 200 years and it is a very sad day to see such a well-known, historic and respected name exit the brewing and pub business. "We hope that Greene King will continue its operations as normal without any disappointing changes. We will be calling on the new owners to retain the current pub portfolio to safeguard thousands of pubs and jobs across the country."
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www.seberkscamra.org.uk v v v The CAMRA LocAle scheme helps to promote the pub as a place to enjoy a pint of quality, local real ale.
(Within 25 miles of Bracknell)
Andwell (Andwell, Hampshire) Ascot Brewing (Camberley, Surrey) Bell Street (Henley, Oxon) Big Smoke (Esher, Surrey) Bingham’s (Ruscombe, Berks) Bond Brews (Wokingham, Berks) Brightwater (Claygate, Surrey) Craft Brews (Frensham, Surrey) Crafty Brewing (Guildford, Surrey) Elusive Brewing (Finchampstead) Hogs Back (Tongham, Surrey) Little London (Tadley, Hampshire) Loddon (Dunsden Green, Oxon) Longdog (Basingstoke, Hants) Malt the Brewery (Prestwood, Bucks) MoogBrew (Taplow, Bucks) New Wharf (Maidenhead, Berks) Park (Kingston Upon Thames) Rebellion (Marlow, Bucks) Reunion Ales (Hanworth, Middx) 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)
19 9 14 20 9 5 22 20 17 9 16 21 13 25 22 10 13 22 15 21 19 9 6 12 12 21 21 24 19 10 13
Stocking local real ales can increase visits to public houses Consumers get to enjoy greater beer choice and locally brewed beer Local brewers increase their sales and get better feedback from consumers More money spent and retained in the local economy Fewer ‘beer miles’ results in less road congestion and pollution, reducing impact on the environment
Accredited LocAle Outlets Ascot Barkham Binfield Bracknell Eversley Jealott's Hill Sandhurst Warfield Winkfield Wokingham
Royal Foresters The Bull Jack o’Newbury Stag & Hounds Cannie Man Old Manor Tally Ho New Leathern Bottle Rose & Crown Cricketers White Hart Crispin Hope and Anchor Station Tap Queens Head
Your CAMRA Branch would love to receive your comments about the pubs you visit either by email to:
firstname.lastname@example.org or go to WhatPub at; www.whatpub.com and use ‘Submit Update’
For more information contact Barry Garber CAMRA BSE LocAle Officer email@example.com
If you believe a pub should be assessed for LocAle accreditation, please submit a request by email to our Locale Representative, Barry Garber 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).
Issue 57, Winter 2019
When the When the Munchies Munchies Strike Strike in in the the Pub Pub By Anthony Springall By Anthony Springall
(Part (Part 1) 1)
II am am sure sure we we have have all all been been there, there, when when after after a a couple couple of of drinks drinks you you feel feel slightly slightly peckish. peckish. Not Not for for a a full full blown blown meal meal but but instead instead for for nibbles nibbles that that will will complement complement the the drinks. drinks. The The pub pub over over the the years years has has offered offered a a variety variety of of foods foods to to soak soak up up the the drinks drinks from from pork pork pies pies to to pickled pickled eggs eggs but but the the most most likely likely pub pub snack snack today today will will be be crisps, crisps, peanuts or pork scratchings and this article looks at these ubiquitous snacks. peanuts or pork scratchings and this article looks at these ubiquitous snacks.
The The humble humble crisp crisp (or (or potato potato chip chip if if you you are are American) must be the archetypal pub food American) must be the archetypal pub food and and has has been been so so for for almost almost all all of of the the last last century. century. Frank Smith started the company Frank Smith started the company named named after after himself himself in in a a small small garage garage in in Cricklewood, Cricklewood, London London in in 1919, 1919, selling selling thinly thinly sliced sliced fried fried potatoes in greaseproof paper bags potatoes in greaseproof paper bags with with a a small small blue blue wrapped wrapped twist twist of of salt. salt. The The idea idea was was an an immediate winner and by 1934, 200 million immediate winner and by 1934, 200 million bags bags were were consumed consumed in in the the UK, UK, the the majority majority in in pubs pubs and hotels, of which 95% were made by and hotels, of which 95% were made by Smiths. Smiths. Demand Demand for for crisps crisps was was so so high high that that the the company purchased 8,000 acres of company purchased 8,000 acres of prime prime Lincolnshire Lincolnshire farmland farmland to to ensure ensure a a steady steady supply supply of of the the raw raw material. material. In In the the early early 1960's 1960's the the crisp crisp war war took took place place with with an upstart company, Golden Wonder which an upstart company, Golden Wonder which had had been been founded founded in in 1946 1946 by by Edinburgh Edinburgh baker, baker, William William Alexander Alexander snapping snapping at at the the heels heels of of Smiths, Smiths, who who still still had had a a 65% 65% market market share. share. In In 1960 Golden Wonder had been taken over by Imperial Tobacco (who would take 1960 Golden Wonder had been taken over by Imperial Tobacco (who would take over over Courage Courage Brewery Brewery in in 1972) 1972) and and they they invested invested heavily heavily in in advertising advertising to to enable enable them them to to become the market leaders by 1966 with 45% against Smiths 34%. become the market leaders by 1966 with 45% against Smiths 34%. In In the the mid mid 1960's, 1960's, paper paper bags bags were were replaced replaced by by cellophane cellophane bags bags to to prolong prolong the the shelf shelf life life of of the product and there was a huge growth in flavoured varieties with Cheese & Onion the product and there was a huge growth in flavoured varieties with Cheese & Onion and and Salt Salt & & Vinegar Vinegar being being the the first. first. Flavoured Flavoured crisps crisps had had been been invented invented by by the the Irish Irish company company Tayto in the 1950's but it was the marketing muscle of Golden Wonder that Tayto in the 1950's but it was the marketing muscle of Golden Wonder that created created the the explosion explosion of of flavours. flavours. In In the the background background to to the the crisp crisp war war there there was was a a small small regional regional supplier supplier of of crisps crisps from from Leicester who supplied the East Midlands with their favourite snack, namely Leicester who supplied the East Midlands with their favourite snack, namely Walkers. Walkers. Founded Founded by by Henry Henry Walker Walker in in 1948 1948 it it was was taken taken over over by by Pepsi Pepsi Co Co in in 1989 1989 and and has has grown grown to to be the dominant player in the market with around 56% of the market share. The factory be the dominant player in the market with around 56% of the market share. The factory in in Leicester Leicester is is the the largest largest crisp crisp production production facility facility in in the the world, world, turning turning out out 11 11 million million bags bags a a day. day. Since Since 1995, 1995, the the company company has has used used ex-England ex-England footballer footballer and and Leicester Leicester native native Gary Gary Lineker Lineker as as the the front front for for their their advertising. advertising.
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www.seberkscamra.org.uk In the UK we eat 6 billion packs of crisps per year and this shows no signs of diminishing therefore when you next pick up a bag of crisps in the pub, raise your glass to Frank Smith and the centenary of the potato crisp.
Quiz Name the flavour of Walkers crisps from the colour of the bag: v v v v v v v v v
Red Blue Green Pink Purple Black Maroon Dark Brown Light Brown
Next Edition â€“ Peanuts, Pork Scratchings and everything else. Answers to quiz:
Ready Salted (Red), Cheese & Onion (Blue), Salt & Vinegar (Green), Prawn Cocktail (Pink), Worcester Sauce (Purple), Marmite (Black), Smoky Bacon (Maroon), Beef & Onion (Brown), Chicken (Light Brown)
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CAROL & PETER welcome you to this Historic Public House A range of Real Ales, Lagers, Spirits, Wines and soft drinks Rear part-covered Beer Garden Issue 57, Winter 2019
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 The National National Beer Beer Scoring 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 assist assist CAMRA to CAMRA branches branches in in selecting selecting pubs pubs for for the the Good Good Beer Beer Guide Guide and and also also monitor monitor beer beer quality quality by by encouraging 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 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 If the quality quality of of beer in in the the pubs pubs you you visit. visit. If If you you are are not not a a member, member, why why not not join join Europe's Europe's beer 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 into the site using your CAMRA membership number and password. Once Log into the site using your CAMRA membership number and password. Once you you have have agreed agreed to to the the terms and conditions and found a pub on the site, you can start scoring. terms and conditions and found a pub on the site, you can start scoring. You You can can find find out out more more here here whatpub.com/beerscoring whatpub.com/beerscoring
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 barely drinkable drinkable to to drinkable drinkable with with considerable considerable resentment. resentment.
2. 2. Average Average
Competently Competently kept, kept, drinkable drinkable pint but but doesn't doesn't inspire pint inspire in in any any way, way, not not worth worth moving moving to to ananother other pub pub but but you you drink drink the the beer without without really really noticing. noticing. beer
3. 3. Good Good
Good Good beer beer in in good good form. form. You You may may cancel cancel plans plans to to move move to to the the next next pub. pub. You You want want to to stay stay for another another pint pint and and may may seek seek for out out the the beer beer again. again.
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 likely likely to ever to find. find. A A seasoned seasoned drinker drinker will will award award this 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 help in in the 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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Issue 57 of the Mad Cow - Magazine of the Berkshire South-East ("BSE") branch of CAMRA (Campaign for Real Ale)