Conscious that I have not done a newsletter for a month or so, I thought that I really ought to issue one this week just to remind everyone that it is the 2nd CAMRA in Gloucester Beer and Cider Festival this Friday and Saturday 4th /5th April. We have a greater capacity this year, so consequently a few more beers too. When we open on Friday morning we will have around 100 beers on sale, many from new breweries, but some old favourites too. For those not so keen on ale, there are ciders, perries, and even some wine. There will even be some Gloucestershire cheese to tempt you.
Everyone has been working hard getting Blackfriars ready, but remember this year when you come along, that the entrance will be off Commercial Road through the Language Immersion Centre. Doors open at 11.30 am and we go on through to 11.00 pm on both days.
If anyone was thinking that they may like to help out, there is always room for a few more volunteers but you do have to be a CAMRA member. It would be helpful to know to expect you as we will be somewhat busy, but please do think of helping out even for just a short while. Just drop me an email with the times you might be free.
Other events in April
9th April – Wednesday sees us catch the number 12 bus down to Quedgeley for a little walkabout. 19.45 seems to be the favoured bus time from Gloucester, and we will start at the Little Thatch around 20.00.
11th April – Friday and we are off to the Salutation at Ham with a pub stop on the way. If interested bookings are necessary, please contact me. Minibus will leave from opposite the Imperial, Gloucester at 18.30.
25th April – Friday evening by no. 24 bus to Mitcheldean and the Bespoke Brewery. Meet at Bus Station 18.00 for 18.15. We appreciate there is a later bus 18.55 but obviously there will be less time to enjoy the beers.
Advance warning for May
3rd May – Saturday trip by bus for a stroll in Cheltenham. Meet 12.00 at the Bank House
Early May Bank holiday weekend – beer festival at the Fountain Inn, Westgate Street
14th May – Wednesday social in the City, and we meet 20.00 at Café Rene, then a look round the area.
There a few things changing in Gloucester, we have the Northend Vaults opening on 4th April. The Union is also due to reopen very soon.
The Severn Bore have signed up for Locale recognition and received their 2014 window sticker as are the other supporters of our local breweries.
Behind the scenes work is going on in preparation for the opening of Inn the Round, and we have also been informed that the Red Lion, Wainlode Hill is hoping to open before Easter with a new owner.
Finally our first pub of the season (Spring) was the King Edward VII at Longlevens. We will arrange a visit soon to present them with a certificate. In the meantime, please remember to nominate your pub of the season for Summer on the Camra in Gloucester website.
Mayhill Brewery has been operating under new owners and has changed its name to Hillside. We are looking forward to trying some of their beer at the Beer Festival this weekend, but CAMRA in Gloucester members will have an opportunity to try it out first hand as we have been invited to join them for a visit to the brewery. A date is being organised so watch this space!
As ever, please remember to tell me of any pub news in your area, never assume we will already know. The Citizen have been very busy in Gloucester recently with the news of the City Council’s decision to review their processes to help make it easier for the pubs to become registered as Assets of Community Value (ACV) following the successful application by the Ridge and Furrow. The City Council has gone further and committed to requesting that Central Government step up the planning permission requirements before a pub can be converted to alternative use such as supermarkets and petrol stations.
That’s it for now, but hope to see as many of you as possible over the weekend, and don’t forget CAMRA members will get a free pint on production of their current membership card.
Happy (responsible) drinking