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CAMRA will be promoting Mild throughout May and celebrating National Mild Day on Saturday 10th May to support one of Britain's finest styles of beers. Locally, we are encouraging North East Derbyshire landlords to put on a Mild on that day and see what their customers think. Many pub companies’ beer lists still contain a Mild. Why not bring this to the attention of the landlord in your local and & D T ask if they are able to include a Mild? A GH Several pubs have advised that they will have a Mild on the bar on 10 May. John Norman, CAMRA Light & Dark PP ORTE Supporters spokesman said "I urge all beer drinkers to try a pint of real Mild this month to celebrate one of Britain's finest styles of beer. We need to do as much as we can to save this wonderful drink from disappearing from British pubs." Why not join us for our local Mild Day of Action on Saturday 10th May? See page 3 for further details of a 'Mild evening' bus trip.

Also in this issue: Arkwright Arms - Pub of the Season Pubs In & Around Brimington Two new local breweries? CAMRA champion beers Grouse & Claret, Rowsley Charles Darwin


Where Has All The Mild Gone

Nick Lister

For the century preceding the 1950s Mild was the most popular beer in Britain, easily outselling bitter, but now it faces extinction. Why did it reach such heights of popularity and what lead to its downfall? Until quite recently all beer was brown in colour. The reason was simple: malt was cured in wood fired kilns, which were difficult to control. Malt was invariably scorched which drastically reduced extraction and gave a characteristic brown colour and burned taste to the beer. Pale malts were beyond the technology available. It was not until the late 18th and early 19th centuries and the introduction of coke fired malt kilns, that a pale alternative became available. The rapid growth of towns and cities during the industrial revolution created vast new markets for brewers, but their beer had to be cheap as the market was composed almost entirely of a new impoverished urban working class. In Britain, brown malt remained the most popular malt, for the simple reason that it was far cheaper than pale malt. Coal was heavily taxed whilst wood was not, although later improved malting techniques would largely overcome its drawbacks. The middle of the 18th century also saw a spectacular growth in the market for Porter. Porter, or Entire as it was known, was a mixture of several beer types, and brown malts and brown beer were a vital element in its production. It was from the success of porter that a new type of brown beer, “Mild” was to emerge. In the industrialised towns and cities, brewers struggled to meet demand for Entire. They needed a beer that was cheap and quick to produce, and the brown blending beers fitted the bill. These immature beers lacked the acrid sourness of Entire and were dubbed “Mild”. Mild ale quickly became a regular part of brewer’s range. It was cheaper to produce than Porter, which made it popular with the urban poor, and its quality improved in the 19th century when brewers were able to use pale malt, now made on a large commercial scale from coke-fired kilns. The beer was darkened using roasted malts and caramelised sugars in order to retain its familiar colour. New hop varieties, such as the Fuggles and the Goldings also gave more pleasant flavours to the beer. At the same time pale malts were also leading to the introduction of Pale Ales, but these expensive beers were not for the working classes. As drinkers moved away from porter and stout, the better off took to drinking the new Pale Ales, whilst the poor stayed with Mild. They appreciated its fullness of flavor, slight sweetness and low price. Brewers deliberately formulated their Mild recipes to suit the sweet taste buds of their customers by adding oatmeal and chocolate malt. They also introduced bottled versions which they called “Brown Ale”. Today there an is image that Mild means weak. This certainly was not the case in Victorian Britain, when Mild averaged around 7% ABV. Although this dropped slightly, it was not until World War One that the strength of Mild really fell. In order to maintain beer supplies to the manual workers, strength was reduced to around 3%. After the hostilities beer strengths rose, but Mild had become a quaffing beer. Its customers were often carrying out heavy hot manual jobs and were looking to replace lost body fluids. A low strength beer was just what they needed. Between the wars Mild was still the top selling beer in Britain. Even in 1959 it still accounted for 42 percent of total beer consumption in Britain. Twenty years later, this had fallen to 10 percent, and today its sales are insignificant. To quote Michael Jackson “Mild ale became victim to the inexorable rise of Pale Ale and the creation of giant national brewers who could not be 2


bothered with small volume brands. “Brewers wanted national brands: they wanted to sell the same beer to the suits in London that they produced for the steel men of Sheffield. Mild had no place in such a plan because it was perceived as having an old-fashioned working class image. The de-industrialization of Britain in the 1980s was a final body blow for Mild as its captive, blue-collar market disappeared. Now one of its few remaining strongholds is the Black Country. It would be a sad day if such an important British beer type disappeared because of prejudice, especially as Mild is now less of a drink for the working classes than lager. Light hopping is what separates Mild from Bitter, not colour or strength. Many of the regional brewers still produce distinctive brews ranging in colour from pale to dark, and in strength from 2.9% to 6% ABV. They can usually be found at beer festivals, but if you come across Mild in a pub give it a try. You never know it might be your last chance.

Come and join us for Chesterfield CAMRA’s Mild Day of Action on Saturday 10th May and sample some fine Mild ales. A coach will be leaving Chesterfield in the evening and we will be enjoying the delights of several pubs, finishing at a staunch outlet of Mild ale, The Hay at Shirland which will be offering a selection of Milds. Pick-up points :Derby Tup - 7.30 Comet store, Chesterfield Centre (for the Rutland) - 7.40 To book you place on the coach (fare £2.50), please contact Geoff Carroll on 01246 567247 (email: geoffcarroll@hotmail.com)

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Make Mine A Mild...

John Hassall

Mild, to put it …er… in a nutshell (or preferably a pint pot), has something of an image problem: ‘Aye, you was lucky … we ‘ad ter sup 5 pints o’ Mild, then lick road clean on t’ way ‘ome. Road were tastier, mind.’ Locally, availability is sparse. These are the current regular outlets in our area:Crispin, Ashgate - Kings Head, Bonsall - Parkhouse, Danesmoor - Boathouse, Matlock - Duke William, Matlock - Bulls Head, Monyash - Hay, Shirland - Mallet & Chisel, Whitwell - George, Youlgreave. Occasional milds are also available at the Black-a-moor, Troway and the Barrow Boy, Derby Tup, Rutland and Victoria in Chesterfield. Then again, sometimes you’re drinking Mild without realising it – Black Cat, Black Dog, Man in a Boat, Pressed Rat & Warthog. Question: why can’t more of our local free houses have a Mild on, at least every now & again? Okay, we don’t expected things to change overnight & suddenly be awash with the stuff – but lunchtime drinkers or folk who can’t quite take to the more hoppy beers (for example) might appreciate the choice of a lower gravity, less bitter beer. We recognise that locally CAMRA has not always been successful promoting milds. Cast your minds back a few years to the light & dark themed beer festival – a great choice, but at the end many of the lower gravity, dark beers remained. This has no doubt put us off somewhat at subsequent festivals. That said, the Campaign still needs to ‘bang the drum’, reminding the drinking public that Mild exists – at the Winding Wheel, during May Mild Month & throughout the year. An important thing to realise is that Mild doesn’t necessarily mean a wishy-washy pint – the style is a relative concept: less hopped than the brewery’s bitter. Take Holt’s Mild for example (a personal favourite) - not as uncompromisingly bitter as their Bitter, but it still packs a punch! Serve this locally (please!) & folk may begin to revise their opinion of Mild. We’re up against it locally right now – Whim Magic Mushroom is only brewed in small quantities & Townes aren’t keen – so we need to redouble our efforts in combating the decline of Mild. Hopefully by this time next year, local drinkers might find Mild more widely available – that’s our benchmark. Okay, at the end of the day, even a significant revival in Mild’s fortunes will still only make it a ‘niche’ product – but better a niche than nowt.

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12% and Two Years Old

Tony Springall

The prospect of drinking a beer which is 12% and has been matured in an oak vat for two years is a tempting one but it is not available to many. It has been sampled by GBG editor Roger Protz who described it as oaky (naturally) spicy, tart and fruity. Where is this beer? It is known as Old 5X brewed in Bury St Edmunds by Greene King and used to blend with fresh beer to create amongst others Winter Ale and Strong Suffolk Vintage Ale. It is the latter that I am going to describe as whilst it is available on cask rarely (The Fat Cat in Sheffield has previously dispensed it) the bottled version is more widely available although not in a bottle conditioned version (come on Greene King and give us a bottle conditioned example). The 5X is brewed to 12% then run into the oak vat, lidded and covered with the local chalk and clay soil known as Suffolk marl. Greene King have recently (2001) commissioned a new vat to keep up with demand to add to the existing two with a capacity of 100 barrels and which date from the 19th century. The vats are kept well away from the main brewhouse as the wild yeasts could play havoc with Abbot, IPA etc. The beer is then added to a young 5% brew called BPA to give Strong Suffolk Vintage Ale at 6%. The beer is flavoured by Challenger, Target and Northdown hops and possesses a peppery fruit cake nose. It tastes oaky, rich, malty, complex with an iron like finish and it has been said that it can be enjoyed with pickled herring, a stiff challenge indeed. This beer keeps alive a tradition of blending old ‘stale’ beer with fresh young beer to give a classic interpretation of a beer style prevalent in the 18th and 19th centuries. The next time you fancy taking home a bit of history, look out for Greene King Strong Suffolk Vintage Ale.

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X-cellent B-eer!

Andrea Waterhouse

Bateman’s Brewery is based in Wainfleet, Lincolnshire; just down the A52 from Skegness. It is a small independent business that was set up, back in 1874, by farmer George Bateman and his wife Suzanna. The present chairman, also called George, is the founder’s grandson; keeping Bateman’s as a family concern, despite threats of buy-outs from larger companies. Bateman’s produce a variety of good quality beers and are respected producers of cask ales. George Bateman & Son Ltd own around 60 pubs and also supply bottled and cask beers nationwide ~ they even had the concession to supply beer to Skegness Butlins! They brew regular, seasonal and speciality beers; these include the wickedly named Miss Whiplash (4.2% ABV), the dark and rich Salem Porter (4.7% ABV) and the wonderfully flavoursome Dark Mild (3% ABV). Bateman’s XB weighs in at 3.7% ABV and is brewed using Challenger, Goldings and Liberty hops. The relatively modest alcohol content makes it an ideal strength for a session ale too. Looks wise, it is a light to mid-brown colour, with a slight golden tinge when held to the light. The head is a light cream hue; it is quite tight and lasted throughout the pint. The texture of the beer is slightly on the fizzy side, but it is still pleasant and very easy to drink. XB is quite a hoppy beer so, not surprisingly, the predominant aroma is that of hops. There is a little maltiness along with a little lemony fruitiness lurking in there. Taste wise, XB isn’t one of those beers that you speak of with flowery language and poetic metaphors: It is a good, typical bitter, not something to wax lyrical about! I suppose the main point is that XB is refreshing, tasty and well balanced. The hoppy element could have a tendency to dominate but, due to an underlying maltiness and a pleasant warming PEBLEY sensation, this doesn’t happen. What you get is an HE T • REE HOUSE F interesting balance of hops, malt and fruit. There is • a nice refreshing and bitter flavour in the finish, leading to a warm lingering after taste that tempts you to drink more (so we did!). We sampled our XB down at the Rugby Club on Stonegravels in Chesterfield; a great place to get good reasonably priced beers. They usually have a couple of guest beers on offer, the atmosphere is relaxed and the staff are friendly. The location and the excellent Bateman’s XB added to our enjoyment A TRADITIONAL FREE HOUSE of our Charity Quiz night. Our pints (of which we Chris & Andrea Dennis Welcome You had a few) cost us £1.75 each ~ a thoroughly Ever changing range of guest ales drinkable ale at a reasonable price! It went well with served in oversized glasses our steak and red wine pies too because its flavour Good selection of Malt Whiskies didn’t drown out the taste of the food. Fresh home-cooked food available: I would definitely recommend Bateman’s XB as an Wed-Sat 12-2pm & 5-9pm, Sun 12-3pm (full menu available) easy drinking and pleasant bitter that can be Large Beer Garden • Dogs & Children Welcome enjoyed at any time of year… and at £1.75 a pint it Rotherham Road, Barlborough didn’t break the bank either. Nr. Chesterfield S43 4TH Telephone: (01246) 810327 If you have any comments, or suggestions for beers or We are on the A618 between Killamarsh - Barlborough pubs to try, email me at a.d.waterhouse@btinternet.com 6


National Audit Office Backs Honest Pints, too CAMRA supported calls by the National Audit Office for a modernisation of Weights & Measures legislation to stop beer drinkers being served short measures in pubs. The report, ‘Regulation of Weights and Measures', claims that licensees are selling an extra 200 million pints of beer each year than they buy in with a wholesale value of £130 million. CAMRA’s own research shows that 9 out of 10 pints sold in British pubs are less than 100% liquid and that 1 in 4 pints are less than the industry’s own guidelines of 95% minimum liquid. Mike Benner, Head of Campaigns and Communications said, “It’s quite clear that new legislation is needed to protect Britain’s 15 million beer drinkers from short measures in pubs. The current system of self-regulation has failed and consumers are paying through the nose for beer they are not receiving. We need a law which protects consumers by defining a pint of beer and cider as 100% liquid, making it an offence to serve short measures." CAMRA has been campaigning for ‘an honest pint law’ for many years, but current Government proposals for a 95% minimum pint rule will still leave beer drinkers shortchanged by millions of pounds every week and will be difficult to enforce. Mike Benner said, “The National Audit Office report is a welcome step forward and we now need to see action in the form of new legislation which guarantees that beer drinkers get what they pay for - a full liquid pint every time.”

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Postbag died around 15 years ago, although I believe his wife carried on with the pub. However the interesting bit is that Malcolm previously worked for the family business “Wheatley & Bates”. They ran the Dantzig Brewery on Napier Street, directly behind Ward’s Brewery. It was opened by John Wheatley early in the 19th century and closed down in the 1940s. In its latter years the brewery was more famous for its Hop Bitters and soda syphons than the beer it brewed, and presumably its fortunes mirrored those of the Temperance Movement. After the brewery closed Malcolm inherited the recipe for the non alcoholic Hop Bitters, and around 1980 was in negotiation to set up a brewery (if that is the right word) to supply the stuff to Saudi Arabia. Although I believe a few trial brews were made, he died before anything substantial came to fruition. It is great to think that a proper “beer” brewery is to be built in the pub that he and his wife ran for years. Perhaps an appropriate beer name would be Dantzig Bitter. Nick Lister ======================== There is a certain irony in the websites headline stating 27% of adults never visit pubs. You only have to look at the letters in your online magazine to realise why. It seems that customers are complaining of short measure, high prices, lack of non smoking rooms, and no one is listening. Any business that ignores the opinions of its customer base and increases its prices whilst the opposition is reducing theirs is heading for disaster. One day the pub industry will wake up and realise that its customers are drinking at home out of preference. Just look back to what happened to our cinemas 40 years ago. Derbyshire Action on Smoking have produced a guide entitled 'smoke free 2002/3 Derbyshire' available from North Derbyshire Health Promotion, Scarsdale, Newbold Road, Chesterfield, Derbyshire, S41 7PF

We are not members of CAMRA, but enjoy beer. My boyfriend obtained tickets for your beer festival from the Derby Tup and insisted that I went with him and I am glad that I did. The music was good and the atmosphere was great although the place was rather crowded. Then I found this free Innspire magazine and got reading it. All was fine until I came across the Return to the Source of the ‘Woppa’. I have read it twice and still have no idea what it was all about. It is certainly not written in any mother tongue native to this country. I have concluded that CAMRA is a secret society where people walk around with rolled up trouser legs talking in coded language. A society from which the public is excluded. John insists that CAMRA is about promoting beer drinking but surely if that is the case it is nesessary to communicate with non members in a language that they can understand. Please do tell and send an English translation if it is available. Valerie Webb Believe it or not, the article was written by a non-member! Please feel free to come along and join us at one of our regular social gatherings and you will see that we’re just ordinary folks with neither rolled up trouser legs nor funny handshakes and who enjoy fine beer, hearty banter and are passionate about protecting our pleasure - Ed. ======================== I was fascinated to read that the Queens Arms at Taddington is to reopen and incorporate an on site brewery. The Queens Arms was one of my frequent watering holes around 20 years ago. The landlord at the time was Malcolm Wheatley, who also shared an office with me at our “daytime” jobs in Sheffield. Malcolm was a real “mine host”. The pub never got busy before 11pm and he would use every excuse to obtain extensions into the early hours. I had several engagement parties and birthdays at the pub. Some I even went to. Malcolm must have had incredible stamina as he turned in for work in the centre of Sheffield at 8am despite keeping his pub open until around 2am most nights. Unfortunately he ~ ~~~~~~ `~~~~~~~~~~~~ ~ ~~ ~~~~~~~~~ ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ ~~~~~~~~~~~~ ~~ ~~~ ~~~ ~ ~

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CAMRA Champion Winter Beer of Britain 2003 ‘Old Growler’ from Nethergate Brewery in Clare, Suffolk was named as the Supreme National Champion Winter Beer of Britain 2003 by a panel of judges at CAMRA’s national winter celebration of beer. The beer also won in 1997. The 5% ABV porter is described in the 2003 edition of the Good Beer Guide as a ‘complex and satisfying porter, smooth and distinctive. Sweetness, roast malt and fruit feature in the palate, with bitter chocolate lingering. The finish is powerfully hoppy’. At the announcement, Richard Perry, Organiser of the National Winter Ales Festival congratulated Nethergate on their ability to produce beers to perform on the national stage with companies a hundred times their size. He said, “It’s great that this prestigious competition has taken place in Burton, the home of brewing. Old Growler is a fantastic beer with a wonderful balance & complexity in each mouthfull. A truly lovely beer.” On hearing the news Dick Burge, Managing Director of Nethergate, said, “We are delighted. It’s a great tribute to the skill and dedication of our brewing team. It was the second beer we ever brewed way back in 1989 and it’s been a favourite ever since. Interestingly one of our biggest customers for Old Growler uses it in Christmas Puddings which are exported around the World.” The silver prize went to Horndean based Gales with their superb Festival, and the Bronze award went to Wentworth brewery from Rotherham for their Oat Meal Stout. A panel of CAMRA experts and beer writers at the National Winter Ales Festival (Burton Town Hall, Burton, Staffordshire) judged the competition. The Winners Supreme Champion Nethergate Old Growler 2nd - Gale’s Festival Mild 3rd - Wentworth Oatmeal Stout Category Winners Old Ales & Strong Milds category Gold - Gale’s Festival Mild Silver - Sarah Hughes Dark Ruby Mild Bronze - Woodforde’s Norfolk Nog Stouts & Porters category Gold - Nethergate Old Growler Silver - Wentworth Oatmeal Stout Bronze - RCH Old Slug Porter Barley Wines category Gold - Woodforde’s Headcracker Silver - Harveys Christmas Ale Bronze - Robinson’s Old Tom

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Early day Motion urges MPs to support local pubs

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Ashok Kumar, MP for Middlesbrough South and East Cleveland, led the call for MPs to support their local pubs during CAMRA’s 229 Mansfield Road National Pubs Week which started on Saturday Winsick, Chesterfield 22nd February. Telephone: 01246 273727 CAMRA launched National Pubs Week to ••• encourage people to use their local pubs Newly Refurbished following research which revealed that 20 ••• pubs close every month and 27% of people never use pubs. LIVE ENTERTAINMENT MPs from across the country have backed EACH SATURDAY EDM 674 which recognises the importance of WITH TOP ACTS pubs in the lives of many people. Mike Benner, Head of Campaigns and Communications, said, “judging by the support from thousands of pubs and coverage in the media for National Pubs Week, people really do care about the future of the British pub. It’s wonderful that so many pubs have risen to the challenge and used National Pubs Week to promote themselves.” Ashok Kumar MP said, “For many people pubs are an essential part of the local community and are used for local meetings and social occasions, Meals For Two - £4.90 as well as providing a lifeline to people without From the Blackboard other support networks in place.” “I am saddened that so many good local pubs are forced to close each year and am happy to Plus Sunday Carvery give my support to CAMRA’s campaign.” £4.50 The full text of EDM 674: Bookings Advisable That this House notes the launch by CAMRA, the Campaign for Real Ale, of their first ever PENSIONERS’ SPECIAL National Pubs Week on Saturday 22nd Choice of Five Main Meals, Sweets and February; is dismayed to learn from CAMRA’s Tea or Coffee - Served 12 noon to 3pm new research that an astonishing 20 pubs Monday to Saturday - Only £2.50 close every month and over a quarter of adults, 27 per cent., never visit a pub; gives its support to publicans throughout the UK for NO SMOKING AREA NOW AVAILABLE maintaining an important element in the lives of many British drinkers and non drinkers alike; encourages pubs throughout Britain to GUEST BEERS take part in National Pubs Week; and urges Courage Directors both members of the public and honourable John Smiths Members to support their local public houses always available during National Pub Week. 11

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CAMRA survey shows strong consumer support for licensing reform Results of a major survey commissioned by CAMRA of public views on pub opening hours shows that the majority of adults in England and Wales support the Government’s plans to reform outdated liquor licensing laws by introducing more flexible opening hours for pubs. The survey shows that 75% of adults believe a pub should be able to open when the publican pleases, providing the local community is protected from excessive noise and nuisance. 60% of adults believe there would be less disorder in town centres if pub closing times varied and 67% think adults should be treated as adults and should have the opportunity to drink in pubs at any time they choose. Mike Benner, Head of Campaigns and Communications at CAMRA said, “We carried out this survey to get a true picture of public opinion on Government plans to reform licensing law in light of the concern expressed in many parts of the media about possible increases in disorder and problem drinking if pubs are allowed to open longer hours. It’s clear that the majority of adults do not have these concerns and are supportive of reform.” Mike Benner added, “The results show that the majority of adults support longer hours, but it’s interesting that older people are more supportive than younger adults. I think this indicates that, while many older people currently feel alienated from town centres late at night, they believe reform will help reduce binge drinking and disorder and make late night pub-going a reality for all age groups. At present older people don’t have as many options which meet their needs as so many pubs target younger drinkers. It’s clear that women are less in favour of longer opening hours than men. I think this may be because women use pubs less than men at the moment, but this is changing fast. I think people are starting to take on board the likely outcome that reduced binge drinking due to phased closing times in town centres will benefit everyone through a more relaxed approach to enjoying alcohol. It’s perhaps predictable that in a large city such as London people may be less concerned about longer opening hours, but it’s significant that even in Yorkshire a large majority of 63% of adults support longer hours. It’s important that people who have concerns about the impact of longer hours on local communities are aware that the Government’s plans will give residents, as well as the Police, the right to object to longer opening hours for pubs where it will have a detrimental effect on the lives of people who live close by. It’s quite likely that most pubs will simply open for an extra hour or two at weekends. Some larger town centre pubs and bars may open throughout the night, but it is very likely that they’ll close at different times thereby reducing disorder and stresses on public services.”

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Charles Darwin – The Teenage Years In a recent series on BBC television, it was discussed over a number of weeks as to who the Greatest Briton in history was. Brunel, Nelson, Churchill, (the eventual winner) and Florence Nightingale were amongst names assessed. One of the names tendered was Charles Darwin. It is my belief that Darwin’s name should never have considered, on the grounds that what is publicly accepted as his ‘Magnum Opus’, a work called the ‘origin of species’, is fundamentally flawed, and incomplete. Darwin’s travel and observation over, many miles and years, asserted that man had evolved from the ape, and that over millenia, differing strains of each animal species had evolved according to its surroundings and environment. It seems entirely appropriate, that a manual such as this, is the place to tender an argument against his incomplete theory. All forms of evolution are to be found in Derbyshire’s pubs. I put it to you, that Darwin had completely overlooked ‘reverse evolution’. His work as far as I am aware, makes no allowance for the time when ‘homo sapiens’ defies thousands of years of forward evolution, and, over a period of eight or nine years, actually reverts back to ‘ape-like’ behaviour, language, and movement. These are ‘The Teenage years’ During the first five or so years of its life, a human baby develops an ability to eat, walk upright, and start the first stages of its mind, character and personality development. As its grows, it fits into school classes, and at the age of about five, is generally as bright as a button. Anyone who has ever hosted a kiddies birthday party will understand hyperactivity. Inquisitive minds, a lack of fear to ask questions (no matter how embarrassing an adult), an early sense of humour and good speech development are all clear Homo sapiens traits. (All documented nicely by Mr. Darwin.). At approximately age twelve, something goes sadly awry. As a child, it was dependent on its parents for wisdom, help and judgement. By the time its fourteen it knows everything. It doesn’t want help, and won’t give it either. What was once a fresh faced, outward-going child, dressed in bright colours, and as happy as larry, has become a spotty, introverted, sullen and morose individual. Any form of question or conversation is met with a neolithic grunt. It appears to have lost all powers of speech. In evolution, apes arms got shorter and they started to walk more upright. The teenager in comparison, starts to slouch, withdrawing its arms into extremely baggy, black coats. Ape hair got shorter, teenagers longer. During daylight the ape learned to forage, the teenager retreats to a darkened bedroom to play loud rock music. (I use the word music in its loosest possible sense here.) As I stated above, I put it to you that Darwin got it wrong. (What’s more, Brunel should have won instead of Churchill!) There may be people out there who are offended by this article and its ideas. To you, I tender my unreserved apologies. No slur is meant to apes, orangutans or baboons anywhere. They are considerably more advanced than most teenagers, in manners, communication, and attitude. Timothy Taylor’s Housekeeper 13


Pub of the Season, Spring 2003 - The Arkwright

Andrea Waterhouse

The Arkwright Arms in Sutton-cumDuckmanton has done it again! The family partnership of Paul and Judy Chadwick, along with their son John, have achieved the accolade of “Spring Pub of the Season” to add to similar awards gained in Spring 1999 and Winter 2001. Paul and Judy have been running this Free House since August 1989 and have built up an excellent establishment with a good friendly atmosphere. They also provide a well kept and extremely varied selection of beers, thanks to John; who is the cellarman. 1 You’ll find The Arkwright Arms on the A632, ⁄2 a mile east of New Arkwright, mid-way between Chesterfield and Bolsover. It’s easily accessible by car (and in our case by taxi) and is also on a bus route (it’s on the Clowne and Langwith routes, when travelling from Chesterfield). There is a good sized car park, but with all the beers on offer I would highly recommend that you find some other way of getting there and leave your car at home! The Arkwright Arms, or “Bottom Duck” as it is fondly known due to its location at the bottom of the hill near Duckmanton, started life as The White Swan. It closed in 1871, when it failed to get its licence renewed, and re-opened some 14 years later, courtesy of William Arkwright (a descendent of the famous industrialist). In this incarnation it was known as Arkwright’s Arms and eventually settled on the name we know it by today. The distinctive “tudoresque” black and white façade appeared in 1927, following a major re-build by Brampton Brewery, which also involved the pub being set further back from the road. At the moment this impressive frontage is obscured by scaffolding, but thankfully this is only temporary. When you enter the pub itself you will discover a comfortable bar and lounge layout, with welcoming coal fires, and a good sized dining area to the rear (also with a roaring fire). Meals are served every lunchtime and on Friday and Saturday evenings, so we didn’t get a chance to have one. Judging by the buffet we had however, and by the reports of other visitors, the meals are well worth trying and range from sandwiches and snacks to full main meals. During our visit we sampled a good number of the beers on offer. Their regular beer is Pedigree, supplemented by at least three regularly changing Guest Ales; all of which range from the £1.80 to £2.00 a pint mark. We had some Daleside Stout, Mowbrays Mash, Moonshine and Arbor Light between us, all of which were of consistently high quality. It was our first visit to The Arkwright and we were suitably impressed! The Chadwicks seemed genuinely pleased to be presented with this award and this was reflected in the warm welcome we received. The bar was full of regulars, as well as CAMRA members; a good sign of a popular local! If, like Alun and me, you haven’t visited the “Bottom Duck” before, I recommend you call in for a pint or two. They even have a popular Beer Festival each year if you want to sample a few more of their excellent beers. The Arkwright Arms is well worth a visit. If you don’t pop in and check it out you’ll be missing out on a treat! 14


Pub of the Season - Summer 2003

The Black-a-Moor Troway (Nr. Eckington)

The Boat Cromford

VOTE NOW FOR PUB OF THE SEASON! Four nominations were made at the March Branch meeting for the Summer 2003 Pub of the Season award. You can vote by attending the Branch Meeting at the Speedwell, Staveley on Thursday 1st May. To vote by post send details of the pub you wish to win the award, together with your name and full postal address and CAMRA membership number to Rhoda Waygood, 28 Chesterfield Road, Eckington, S21 4BD. Alternatively e-mail these details to Rhoda at rwaygood@onetel.net.uk All entries must be received by 5pm Wednesday 30th April 2003 and will be included in the vote the at the Branch Meeting the following night.

The Lathkil Hotel Over Haddon (Bakewell)

The Victoria Brampton (Chesterfield) 15


Pubs In and Around Brimington

Jim McIntosh

Situated two miles to the north east of Chesterfield, the development of Brimington’s inns and pubs has been influenced by its transport links. Early travellers used the stagecoaches to and from Gainsborough and Manchester that passed through the village whilst the Chesterfield Canal, built in the late 1770s, passes nearby. Two further events occurred in 1841 when Brimington Common was enclosed and the road to Calow surveyed. Many of the pubs built to serve these travellers have survived into the 21st century, the grandfather of them all being the Three Horseshoes, a coaching inn that can be dated back to the 18th century. Ark Tavern Originally a Wesleyan Methodist Chapel built in 1808 (the date is engraved in a stone in one of the gable ends). The premises were converted to a beerhouse, owned by Tennant Brothers’ Brewery of Sheffield. The building’s previous use could be the source of the ‘Ark Tavern’ name with its religious link. Brickmakers’ Arms A Stones pub that opened as a beerhouse in the 1860s. Bugle Horn A coaching inn that dates back to the 18th century, it was one of only two pubs in Brimington in 1828. At that time it was run by John & Mary Greaves who had been licensees since the early 1800s. The pub was situated on Hall Road and closed in 1927, whilst owned by Chesterfield Brewery, and the licence transferred to the Hollingwood Hotel. After closure the premises were converted to a private dwelling house before being demolished. Brimington Clinic now occupies the site. The picture shows a group photograph taken 1910-14 outside the Bugle Horn, courtesy of Mr. A.P. Harrison and the Local Studies section, Chesterfield Library.

Butchers’ Arms First listed in 1852. The name is derived from the fact the first known licensee, William Siddall, was also a butcher. The pub was originally a Richdales’ House and via takeovers ownership passed in turn to Hammonds, Northern United Breweries and Bass Charrington. Canal Tavern A beerhouse found next to the Chesterfield Canal (north bank), at the side of Staveley Works. When it closed in 1963, the Derbyshire Times faithfully recorded the event. It was reported that this ‘halfforgotten’ pub was due to close on 4 April and was then to be demolished. The landlord at that time was a Mr. Alfred Ernest Crane. The pub, which sold Gilmours Brewery beers, also had stabling for four horses and these were no doubt used when boatmen rested at the Tavern for the night. In terms of location, Staveley Works was said to be ‘in the pub’s backyard’ and the pub came right up to the edge of the canal. 16


Corner House Converted from a shop and opened in July 1998. Markham Arms William Stones pub that opened in 1957. Hidden away on Dorset Drive, New Brimington. Mill Previously known as the New Inn (until 1903/4) and Great Central (until 1991), situated next to the Chesterfield Canal. A gruesome murder occurred near to the pub in March 1886. The victim was Mr. Herbert Crookes, a businessman who lived near Cutthorpe. On the night in question, Mr. Crookes was heading home along the canal towpath from Clowne. A boy at ‘the nearby New Inn’ heard screams about 11.30pm. Whilst it is known that robbery was the motive for the attack, the murderers were never caught. Miners’ Arms First mentioned in Trade Directories in 1857 as a beerhouse run by William Salmon and situated at Brimington Common. By 1864, it held a full licence, with Salmon still as licensee. The pub’s 20th century history includes being owned by the Chesterfield Brewery until taken over by Mansfield Brewery in 1935, which in turn sold it to Burtonwood Brewery in 1989. Prince of Wales Opened in the 1860s as a beerhouse and originally sold Scarsdale Brewery beers. The pub has changed name three times. The first change came in the late 1960s/early 1970s when it became known as the Brimington Tavern. Then in the late 1970s, a further change was made and the pub became known as ‘The Warren’, until another owner finally saw some sense and reverted back to its original name in 1984. Now an outlet for Oakwell Brewery beers from Barnsley. Red Lion The second oldest surviving pub in Brimington, having first been listed in 1835. ExChesterfield Brewery. Three Horseshoes The oldest surviving pub in Brimington, it can be traced back to the 18th century using licensing records. Brewery ties have included Chesterfield and Mansfield Breweries. It was originally a coaching inn, a fact confirmed by the ‘Three Horseshoes’ name that has long been associated with coaching inns. In his book, ‘British Inn Signs’, author Eric Delderfield offers the following explanation: “Inns bearing the sign of THREE HORSESHOES are numerous and more often than not they are to be found after a long stretch of road without habitation. Probably the inn grew up as a neighbour to a blacksmith, who could always find business in replacing a missing shoe”. Victoria Hotel Situated on King Street. Renewal of its licence was refused in 1869 when the licensee was George Steel. Getting There – Frequent buses from Chesterfield using the following services - 17, 47, 70, 72 & 77. References – ‘A history of Brimington from the Domesday Survey to 1937’ – Vernon Brelford & ‘Brimington – the changing face of a Derbyshire village – Brimington Parish Council. Thanks to John Hirst for supplying additional pub information.

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Pub Feature - The Barley Mow, Bonsall Have you ever had the feeling you were being watched? For landlord Alan Webster and landlady Ann Webster at the Barley Mow in Bonsall this is has become an everyday experience. The area has recently become a hot spot for UFO sightings in the UK and many residents have reported seeing strange lights in the sky or unusual airborne objects. In one 4 month period alone there were over 20 sightings in the Bonsall area, with the total figure over the past 30 years being well over a hundred. People have travelled from all over the world to learn more about the Bonsall UFOs and Alan is pleased to tell them the best places for sightings and give information on what to look for. The first Barley Mow UFO walk was featured on the BBC’s Country File programme and more recently Alan, who is now something of an expert on the subject of UFOs, was interviewed by Ian McCaskill for the BBC Morning Show. The International Bonsall UFO society meet at the pub every month and Alan keeps a record of all sightings reported to him. The Barley Mow is famous for its annual Hen Race, held on the first Saturday of August each year. It is free to watch and anyone with a hen can enter. It is equally famous for its landlords walks which are held every Bank Holiday Monday with an extra one in June. There are stops at various points on the way to give interesting information on the history and wildlife of the area and the entertaining Alan, a born story-teller, weaves his own magic with colourful accounts of crime, passion and just about everything else. The walks start at 11.00 am and are about 3 - 4 miles of easy walking, taking approximately 2 hours. Saturday night is music night and Ann and The Dale, Bonsall Alan choose from the best pub performers. The lights are dimmed and a stage is put in Matlock. DE4 2AY place to create an atmosphere that is Tel: 01629 825685 intimate and exciting. www.barleymowbonsall.co.uk The Barley Mow serves an extensive range of home-cooked food and many of the meals come from recipes handed down from grandparents and great-grandparents and are prepared on the premises, in the traditional way by Ann and her excellent team of staff. There are vegetarian, vegan and gluten-free meals, a snack menu and also a tiny tots menu. The Barley Mow is warm, friendly and inviting and has a unique style of its own. It has a cosy log fire in a traditional stone A family owned village pub with fireplace, gleaming brasses, beamed ceiling a friendly atmosphere and unusual memorabilia. It is an ~ unforgettable experience for anyone who Home to the International visits - from however far away and from Bonsall UFO Society whatever galaxy.

The Barley Mow

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Britain’s Top-ten Pub Names As part of its National Pubs Week in the last week of February, CAMRA released research findings on a Top Ten for pub names throughout the UK. The results (numbers of pubs with the name in brackets) and some brief background to the names are: Crown (704) Used for over 600 years, losing favour during Cromwell’s period of power, and becoming popular again during the restoration. Red Lion (668) Earliest use by John of Gaunt, the most powerful man in England for much of the 14th century - also a heraldic reference to Scotland. Royal Oak (541) Named after Charles II’s novel trick to escape the Roundheads by hiding in a tree. Swan (451) Used since the 1300’s - usually refers to the bird or a coat of arms. White Hart (431) Richard II’s heraldic symbol. Railway (420) Very popular since the 19th century. Plough (413) Can refer to farming, although pub signs often show the group of seven stars known as ‘the plough’ White Horse (379) Widespread heraldic usage, also a symbol of the royal House of Hanover. Bell (378) Church and hand bells have been popular in Britain throughout history. Matlock Road, Spitewinter New Inn (372) Name usually given to a new (between Chesterfield & Matlock on A632) pub which replaced an old one. Tel: (01246) 568034 Locally, two names that also appear regularly are the Miners’ Arms (inspired by coal or lead mining) and the Devonshire Arms (due to the large parts of land formerly owned by the Duke of Devonshire in these parts). Quality Food To find out more about the origins of pub & names, a good starting point is ‘The Wordsworth Dictionary of Pub Names’ by Quality Beers - Three real ales Dunkling and Wright that contains details of Opening hours: the origins of nearly 5000 pub names. Monday to Saturday: 11.30am - 2.30pm 6.30 - 11.00pm Available by mail order from Beer-Inn Print, Sunday: 12.00 - 3.00pm tel: 01422 844437. 6.30 - 10.30pm

The Three Horseshoes

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The Grouse & Claret - Rowsley

Jim McIntosh

Wolverhampton and Dudley Brewery have recently submitted a planning application to Derbyshire Dales District Council for the Grouse & Claret at Rowsley to extend the existing public house and incorporate outbuildings at the side and rear into the bar/lounge area. The plan also necessitates removal of the taproom, popular with local people who want to meet and enjoy a drink, without eating. This has created an issue as many local people, and Rowsley Parish Council, do not wish to lose their only facility for meeting and enjoying a social drink (the other establishments in Rowsley are upmarket hotels, and are not considered suitable). The tap room has already been stripped of many fixtures and fittings in anticipation of the development. Chesterfield & District CAMRA has made a representation against the application, the key points being: 1) Pubs are meeting places and can offer important facilities to communities, particularly in rural areas. 2) The development could be contrary to the emerging Derbyshire Dales Local Plan (which states that a development will be only permitted provided that it does not result in the loss of important local services and facilities). 3) At the Crewe & Harpur, Longnor (another Wolverhampton and Dudley pub) the public bar was retained during a recent makeover, and is known to be very busy. At a meeting of the Planning Committee in early March the application was deferred to enable more time to uncover the history of the outbuilding that is to be incorporated into the main building under the application. However this may only be a temporary reprieve. Planning law is on the side of the Brewery as they do not require planning permission to make internal alterations. The Brewery have so far shown no sympathy towards the views of local customers (even if they can be found in pubs on wet Wednesday nights in November, when the tourist trade has stayed at home). We continue to monitor developments and to look at ways of getting the above arguments across in the knowledge that there is still time for a change of heart from the Brewery.

EACOCK I N P N HE TSchool Hill, Cutthorpe Chesterfield Tel: 01246 232834

Theakstons Best Bitter Charles Wells Bombardier Greene King Abbot Ale ~

Try our new Monday night Quiz :‘Peacock Puzzler’ (food available) ~

Bookings now being taken for Easter ~

Tuesday Night is Live Music Night Large childrens’ play area • Parties catered for • Function Room 20


Pub & Brewery News John Williamson has moved from the Rose & Crown on Whittington Moor to the Blue Stoops at Walton, Chesterfield (pictured). The pub is serving four cask ales - John Smiths, Pedigree, London Pride and Theakston’s Cool Cask. Meanwhile, it is still business as usual at the Rose & Crown. The new Licensee is Sylvia Laughton with partner John Williams. The pub is still serving two cask ales which rotate, and the policy is to offer a mix of a session beer plus a premium ale. When our roving reporters last visited, the Rudgate Viking and Battleaxe were on good form. Still at Whittington Moor, Lyndsey & Lee are coming out of the Red Lion and the new tenant is Maureen. We wish her all the success for the future. The Albert at Woodthorpe is now owned by Pubmaster and the range of beers available on the bar has changed with the regulars now being John Smiths Cask and Bank’s Bitter. The George at Eckington had some 5%ABV Crackle Porter from Barnsley Brewery available when we called in early February, and in nice condition to. One to keep an eye on. A new landlord and landlady have been in the Royal Oak at Whitwell for a few weeks and have settled in nicely. Apparently, they have been in the trade before in the Rotherham area.

The Owen Family & Staff Welcome you to..

The Winsick Arms COURSE OPEN DAILY 8 HAND PULLED CASK 3SENIOR FROM CONDITIONED BEERS CITIZEN 12 NOON LUNCHES ALWAYS AVAILABLE MON-SAT 12-3 £1.56 - £1.90 per pint HUGE FREE STARTER & SWEET GARDEN & TO THURSDAY : 6pm to 9pm PLAY MONDAY FRIDAY & SATURDAY : All day GROUND Mansfield Road : Winsick : Hasland : Chesterfield Tel: 01246 206847 Fax: 01246 221204

(On all full size main meals)

Probably the Best Home Cooked Sunday Lunches in the Area 21


Pub & Brewery News (continued) Further to our report in the previous Innspire, the Queens Arms at Taddington has indeed seen the new landlord, Nathan Gale, arrive at the pub in late February and both Nathann and his team are already putting in plenty of hard work at the pub. One of the first tasks was to restore the pub ‘feel’ to the establishment. The Queens Arms aims to be a traditional village local rather than a restaurant so customers are no longer greeted by a room full of place settings. The beer policy is three ever-changing guest ales which will comprise a session ale, a premium ale and a strong ale. Nathan is seen pictured on the left with his bar team, Sarah and Paul. Nathan is the proprieter of his own microbrewery - “Nathan’s Fine Ales” which was a one barrel brew-plant but is presently mothballed. It is hoped to move the plant to the pub by the end of the year. Finally, we would like to apologise for incorrectly reporting that the pub had permanently closed which we now understand was not the case. A recent tour of the Dales saw some intrepid explorers visit several pubs in the Matlock and Darley Dale area. The first port of call was a disappointment as the Red Lion at Stone Edge had no cask on (a solitary TT Landlord clip was turned round but we were assured it would be ‘back on soon”). Fortunately the next port of call, the Plough Inn, Two Dales saw TT

The Blue Bell 57 High Street, Bolsover TRADITIONAL BEERS IN TRADITIONAL SURROUNDINGS

Separate Lounge & Games Room No Loud Music Quiz Nights Monday & Wednesday REAL ALES - BEER GARDEN - GUEST BEERS 22


Pub & Brewery News (continued) Landlords all round and the beer was on splendid form (Pedigree, Old Speckled Hen & Bass were also available). The new host, Tim, was very welcoming and the pub is definitely worth seeking out. The Grouse at Darley Dale offered Kimberley Best and the seasonal - Peddler’s Pride - on good form. Next up was the Church Inn and again the Kimberley Best was on good form, proving that one good ‘un is always better than several mediocre ones! The Sycamore can be found off Smedley Street in Matlock and offers an excellent pint of Bass along with Black Sheep and Greene King IPA. Finally, the ever popular Thorn Tree at Matlock (pictured) saw Whim Hartington Bitter on great form. Tetley Bitter is also available. The new tenants, Sue and Alan, have come from the Derwent Hotel at Bamford and we were assured that they will resist every attempt to have their very popular Hartington bitter taken out. A pub at one of the extremities of the Branch area is the Duke of York at Flagg. Jane Townsend, has recently taken over the 400 year old pub. Jane used to work at the Bull ‘i’th Thorn and is familiar with the area. A selection of Robinson’s cask ales, bar snacks and meals will be available. We wish her all the very best of luck for the future.

The T ravellers Rest

Darran & Linda Welcome You To The

ce of Wales PrinBrimington (01246) 231649

High Street, Apperknowle. Tel: (01246) 414363

Beers from Oakwell Brewery

Traditional English Free House

(Only Oakwell Brewery outlet in Chesterfield & District area)

Traditional Cask Conditioned Barnsley Bitter only £1.40 per pint Oakwell Premium Lager - 5%ABV - £1.80 per pint Acorn Lager £1.60 per pint

Cask Ales : Timothy Taylor Landlord John Smiths Cask Deuchars IPA Guest Ale.

~ Now serving real chips Two 8oz rump steak sizzler meals with chips & peas for only £5.99

~ Sunday Carvery £3.95 (eat what you can)

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Regular Theme Nights including free food Free room - free disco - buffets catered for

~ of beer and cash Sunday quiz - win a gallon Open the box ~

Traditional food served daily 12-2, 5-8 from £1.99

• Open All Day, Every Day • Live Music Every Sunday • Music Quiz Tuesday Night with Richard Spinks (Peak 107FM) • Range of Bottled Beers from £1 • Specialist outside bar service available 23


Pub & Brewery News (continued) Many readers will no doubt remember Peter & Sheila Kemp, formerly of the Boythorpe Inn, Chesterfield, a regular entry in the Good Beer Guide and branch Pub of the Year in 1999. They are now to be found at the Inn on the Wharf in Burnley, another Hardys & Hansons’ establishment. From a recent visit we can confirm that Pete is still keeping the beer in good condition (Kimberley Bitter plus the seasonal). If you are in the area, it is well worth checking out for both the beer and good value food. It is accessible by road or even better, from a canal boat on the Leeds & Liverpool canal (boat mooring available nearby). If driving, leave the M65 at junction 10 and take the A687 to Burnley Town Centre. The pub is situated on Manchester Road (it adjoins the canal), near to Burnley Manchester Road railway station. The Swan, Little Totham, Essex has been named CAMRA’s ‘National Pub of the Year’. The Good Beer Guide 2003 describes the Essex winner as a ‘Delightful Grade II listed cottage pub set behind a pleasant garden. A good selection of beers includes a house ale from Mighty Oak. Essex CAMRA Pub of the Year 2000 and 2001, the cosy saloon, with its low ceiling and beams is complemented by a traditional public bar with a 1950s bar billiards table. The new dining room offers good value meals. The hub of the village, it supports many local activities.’ Overjoyed Licensee John Pascoe said, “Today I am the happiest publican in the industry. To be awarded the highest accolade by CAMRA has been my aim since buying the pub in 1996. My thanks to all the villagers in Little Totham for supporting the Swan and making sure of its future. I would also like to thank Dengie CAMRA branch for their confidence in The Swan, all our staff for their hard work, and all of our regulars for their support.” Tony Jerome, CAMRA’s Press Manager said, ‘On behalf of the Campaign for Real Ale I would like to congratulate The Swan and John & Valerie Pascoe on winning CAMRA’s National Pub

Th e Ba rrow Boy

THE ROSE & CROWN

Low Pavement, Market Place Chesterfield Tel: (01246) 207707

SHEFFIELD ROAD WHITTINGTON MOOR CHESTERFIELD

Serving Thwaites Real Ales

Open 12 - 3 & 5 - 11pm Mon-Fri Open all day Saturday

Opening hours:

Market days: 9.00am - 11.00pm Non-Market days: 9.30am - 11.00pm Sunday: 12.00pm - 4.00pm

(depending on demand)

All new menu with fresh home cooked food

• • Parties and private functions catered for • Serving all day breakfast, tea & speciality coffee.

Sylvia & John invite you to sample their changing range of cask ales

Now featuring Internet Café & Playstation 2

HAPPY HOURS 12 - 4pm SAT & SUN FRIDAY FUN QUIZ NIGHT

Dave Samuels & Tristan Roberts welcome you to the Barrow Boy. 24


Pub & Brewery News (continued) of the Year award. This award not only considers beer quality but also atmosphere, campaigning, service & welcome, community focus, style and value for money. The key to their success is that they excel in all of these areas. The Swan and an ideal example of a pub that markets itself to its local area, offering its local community a pub that suits their needs. National Pubs Week has been designed to encourage more pubs across Britain to follow suit. If we are to reduce pub closures then pubs have got to learn to be more proactive and find out what their locals want from a pub. Over 15,000 pubs have come on board with National Pubs Week and CAMRA hope that all of the British pub industry will benefit from this new campaign.’ Great Britain has approximately 63,000 pubs that are eligible for the competition. The 200 volunteer CAMRA branches all nominated their own ‘Pub of the Year’ for their area and these were then entered into the national competition. Four pubs made it to the final with The Swan being voted the overall champion. The runners-up in the competition were: The Albert, Freuchie, Fife, Scotland : The Plough & Harrow, Monknash, Gwent, Wales : The Railway, Stockport, Cheshire. It would appear that a new brewery is being planned for the town of Bakewell and local freehouses in the Dales have already been contacted by the people involved inquiring about the prospects of them becoming outlets. Details are sketchy but we gather that the brewery premises are to be located at the former station industrial estate and that the prospective brewer has been trained at Cannon Royall, Worcestershire. We hope to bring further details in the next issue of Innspire. In addition, we gather that a new brewery to be called the Haywood Brewery is to open in the Ashbourne area.

& Phil Welcome you to

Glynn

ACORN WOOD CRAFT

THE JOLLY FARMER Pentland Road, Dronfield Woodhouse. Tel: 01246 418018 Open 11.00am. - 11.00pm.

We are in the 2003 Good Beer Guide Regular Beers: Black Sheep Bitter, Ruddles County, Tetley Bitter plus 3 ever changing guest ales served from our glass fronted cellar behind the bar. Hoegaarden on draught. Large No Smoking area FUN QUIZ NIGHT EVERY SUNDAY & TUESDAY COME AND TRY OUR HOME COOKED FOOD FROM OUR ALL NEW MENU 25

Traditional Pub Skittles Full or Part Sets Available For information contact: Ivan Barlow Acorn Wood Craft 249 Nethermoor Road Wingerworth Chesterfield S42 6LW Tel: 01246 864494


Pub & Brewery News (continued) Staveley based Townes Brewery is doing its bit to help its cash strapped local Football League team, Chesterfield FC. A partnership arrangement over the last 18 months has proved very positive and now a new bottled beer entitled Spireites Ale will soon be launched with a donation from every bottle sold making its way back to the football club in order to improve the difficult financial circumstances the club found itself in before the supporters rallied around and took a controlling interest in the club. The beer is available direct from Townes brewery and the Derby Tup free house on Whittington Moor. Abbeydale Brewery in Sheffield is currently offering two seasonal ales to complement their regular portfolio. Vespers is a 4.2% dark porter style beer and the Richard the brewer has been told that it is even better than last year’s version! Resurrection is a 4.6% pale and tremendously hoppy brand new beer. All of the Abbeydale ales are available to the free trade across the region. Hardys & Hansons are in the process of rebranding and renaming their beers. By 1st April, Kimberley Classic will have been relegated to a seasonal beer - being replaced with a brand new 4.3% ABV beer called Olde Trip (completely different to the seasonal ale called Ye Olde Trip Ale, 4.8% ABV - which will now be discontinued). Best Mild will become Hardys & Hansons Kimberley Mild and Best Bitter will be Hardys & Hansons Kimberley Bitter.

The

Jane, Ken & staff welcome you to

Over Haddon, Nr. Bakewell

THE RUTLAND

Lathkil Hotel Tel: 01629 812501 Email: info@lathkil.co.uk

23 STEPHENSON PLACE CHESTERFIELD

www.lathkil.co.uk Chesterfield & District CAMRA Pub of the Year 2002

SUPERB CHOICE OF CASK ALES Food Served Daily Good Ale, Good Food, Great Atmosphere.

Situated Peacefully Above Lathkill Dale in the Heart of the Peak District National Park 26


Beer of the Festival 2003 Anybody that attended the Beer Festival this year should be able to tell you that there were a lot of northern beers and with that in mind we were looking forward to a jaunt maybe as far as Scotland to present a certificate for beer of the festival. No such luck! After the festival the votes were gathered together and counted, was it going to be Kletswater from Anglo Dutch? Could it be Yellowhammer from the Black Isle Brewery? No they were all pipped at the post by a local beer from Townes of Staveley White Riot. Alan Wood the brewer from Townes created this wheat beer as an occasional special. Will we see it again? We hope so. The beer not only collected the most votes, but it was also the first to sell out, so those people attending the beer festival on the Saturday evening didn’t even get a taste never mind a chance to vote for it. Peter Hayes Landlord of the Derby Tup who also had some of this brew commented “Alan has brewed a winner, It sold faster than any other beer on the bar at the time”. Pictured are some of the Beer Festival Team presenting the certificate to Alan Wood. The winner of the voting slip draw was Andy Allsopp of Halifax (voting, incidentally, for Top Hat “how bitter should taste”) who will be receiving a complimentary beer festval t-shirt

St. Brewster’s Beer Festival And it came to pass that in accordance to the good book (The Good Beer Guide) the great St. Brewster’s Beer Festival would take place at The B o a t I n n in the land of C r o m f o r d in accordance to the scripture and holy text of the good book on the weekend of

Friday 18th ~ Monday 21st April 2003 Holy Communion will consist of 18 Beers and 2 Ciders. Evensong will be led on Friday by Strange Brew at 9 pm and on Saturday by Switchblade at 9 pm. Sunday a Pub Quiz will be held by Kev and Reg at 8.45pm. Monday will be the Sup Up session (if there are any beers left!). There shall be FREE ENTRY to the Beer Festival. 27


Chesterfield Beer Festival 2003

Nick Lister

The Chesterfield Beer festival is one of my favourites. It is large enough to have a worthwhile selection of beer, but is also small enough that you can arrange to meet people… and have a reasonable chance of finding them. The venue too is ideal. The Winding Wheel is conveniently served with ample car parking for those unfortunate enough to be landed with the driving. Around 80 real ales were provided on draught, mostly served by gravity but with a good row of hand pumps providing a fence between drinkers and bar staff. There was also an astonishing selection of Belgian bottled beers, country wines and free soft drinks for drivers. This year’s theme was “Not so grim up North” reflecting the fact that the beers were from Northern England and Scotland. The entry fee of £5 provided a free glass as well as 2 beer tokens, so it was possible to get stuck in without having to queue for CAMRA currency. Beer festivals are not exactly thin on the ground these days. A few years ago they started to appear in our pubs. Now several pubs hold 2 or more each year. Enjoyable as these events are, they lack the essential vibrancy of the big event. It is the mind numbing array of beers and the sheer impossibility of sampling more than a fraction of them that makes the difference. Some people wander around making random selections, whilst others study the lists rationing themselves to a few chosen gems. There are also the hundreds of beer enthusiasts, many of whom you will recognise from past festivals, without knowing their names. They frequently acknowledge you as a fellow traveller, obviously struggling with the same dilemma over your identity. There are the old friends with whom you promise to keep in touch, but never do. But most of all there is the beer. Brewed by enthusiasts, served by enthusiasts, drunk by enthusiasts. How it is all brought together on the night is a mystery. If you have never been to a branch festival, you really don’t know what you are missing. The Chesterfield Festival is not just about beer drinking. It is a social event. On Friday night the music was provided by a band called “The Pitz”. It was a good choice. They played electric acoustic guitars that got people dancing, but never overpowered the event. There was also some great food. Beer sausages and burgers seem to go well with real ale, but my favourite is hot liver sandwiches. The only problem is walking around with an enormous butty in one hand and a glass of beer in the other. There was the usual array of bric-a-brac stalls for that essential pump clip, and CAMRA’s fund raising stalls supporting “Fairplay”, a voluntary project for children with special needs. All too quickly 11 o’clock arrived and it was time to go. The 550 who had paid to get in set off for home leaving the members to clean up. There were no arguments and no trouble, everyone simply filed out leaving a hall remarkably free from littered floors, broken glass or walked in food. A lesson for the pubs and clubs in city centres. Unfortunately I had no ticket for Saturday, but you can have too much of a good thing. Of around a dozen, sampled my choice for “Beer of the Festival” was Eastwood & Sanders ‘Beyond the Pale’, which left my mouth bursting with hops. My least favourite was Abbeydale ‘Redemption’. Somehow the ginger did not work for me, but what do I know, as my friend voted that his first choice! But essentially that is what a beer festival is all about. 550 people all disagreeing about beer, whilst remaining the best of friends. Many thanks to all who gave their time making my night an enjoyable one. I’ll see you all again next year. 28

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