Stratford-upon-Avon Beer Festival

With seventy different beers and up to thirty ciders and perries under the theme of “Shakespeare’s favourites” (ours not his!) this will be the biggest beer festival held within the Shakespeare branch area.

Judging to determine the West Midlands Golden beer of the Year will be held on the Friday night and all six shortlisted beers will be available for general consumption at the festival. Will your choices be in the final competition?

The festival is being held at Stratford Racecourse on June 13th – 14th, and will offer visitors the chance to try locally brewed beers from within the branch such from Patriot Brewery (Whichford), North Cotswolds Brewery (Shipston), Purity Brewery (near Alcester) along with the new Whale Brewery (Brailes).

The Hook Norton dray and horses will be advertising the festival around Stratford itself on the Friday.

The venue is easy to find as there are brown tourist signs to Racecourse on all roads in and around Stratford and full over night camping facilities are available, booking via the racecourse website. There will be a shuttle bus operating from the train station on a first come first served basis.

Further details, including all the intended beers and ciders, are available on the festival website – www.stratfordbeerfestival.org.uk

Look forward to seeing you there and as we are relatively close I hope that you do not feel me to presumptuous in possibly suggesting that it may be an opportunity for a social activity for the branch.

Best wishes,

Lloyd Evans Chairman Shakespeare CAMRA Branch

June Update

Hello folks,

Things seem to be very busy in the beer world at the moment with great sounding beer festivals almost on a weekly offering. This weekend the Pelican celebrate its 2nd birthday with a beer fest, and on Saturday their is the one at Pauntley. For those looking for something bigger, Cardiff hosts the biggest Welsh event, though unfortunately because of the excellent two locally, Cardiff has not quite made it to the top of my list.

Not festival related, but very important none the less, is that our Summer Pub of the Season goes to The Fountain Inn, in Westgate Street. I am hoping to arrange with landlord, Ben McCullough, the presentation of his certificate in the next couple of weeks. Look out for the details.

So to recap – the Pelican Beer Festival opens Friday 6th June at 11.00 am and again on Saturday. Loads of lovely beers, about 30, to choose from, and no lager!

On Saturday, Camra in Gloucester in conjunction with the Stroud RE group, are going to the Pauntley Festival. There are some spaces left on the bus, so we can take some last minute bookings, contact me in the first instance please. There are various pick up points, information available on our website, and we aim to get to Pauntley for 2.00 pm, leaving around 6.00 pm. www.camraingloucester.org.uk

On Wednesday (11th) night we have our Social in the City, which will start this month at 8.00 pm at the Northend Vaults, and then onto some other pubs in the vicinity. This is a change to the original venue if you have been looking in the Tippler. For anyone who has not attended a meeting, do come along and meet some of members. The meeting usually starts with us catching up on pub and brewery news and information on trips, in an informal way, over a couple of beers. It would be good to welcome some different faces.

Next weekend, 14th May, is the second day of the Stratford Beer Festival. Gloucester Beer Festival had a number of visitors from Stratford and it would be good to return the favour. Tewkesbury are running a bus, which they are happy for us to join in with. If anyone is interested in this trip, please contact me soon, as I need to agree a pick up point. At the end of the email is the invitation from Stratford.

Friday 20th June, we have a minibus trip to the Forest. Booking is essential for this trip and there are some spaces. Departure 6.30 pm from the Imperial.

Next month is the Cotswold Beer Festival at Postlip. Tickets are available on line but also through other sources, see website for details. If you have trouble with this, please let me know and I will see what I can sort out. Buses run from Cheltenham, but we are also sharing this trip again with the Stroud RE group, where the tickets are available with the price of the bus. This is a Friday evening visit (18th July) to Postlip, departure times depend on pick up point, again see the website. Bookings to me please unless you are in contact direct with the bus group. There is currently a recruitment campaign for anyone wishing to volunteer to help at Postlip, if interested please go to the website or come back to me.

Just before I sign off, The Tippler is due out in the next few days, so look out for it soon. Possibly even tomorrow night at the Pelican if they arrive from the printers in time.

Margaret