August Update

Dear All,

Each month I seem to say how quickly it has gone but this month has been as busy and quick in passing as any and before we know it, August is upon us, and our next round of events.

Coming up

On Saturday there is a day trip to Worcester on the train. Meet at Gloucester station at 11.20 for the 11.36. Worcester has usually been a popular destination on the past, unfortunately due to grandparenting duties in Newcastle, we will be unable to make it, however, if you can go along I am sure there will be some cracking pubs on the agenda.

Wednesday 13th August is our social meeting, and this month we will start off in the Pelican at our usual time of 8.00 pm.

As the GBBF is held in August, and a number of you enjoy a trip up to London for it, we do not have an away visit. For those interested in going to the GBBF, Steve from Cheltenham has organised a coach including admission tickets, and details can be found on the Cheltenham Camra website. If you have a day to spare and have never done this trip, it is a must do at least once event.

On Saturday 30th August, Cheltenham Camra have organised a trip to Derby, running a coach from Cheltenham. If you are interested in joining in with this trip please let me know in the next week or so and I will pass your details on. The coach leaves Royal Well at 9.30 with a pick up in Tewkesbury at 10.00.

What you have missed (or maybe you didn’t)!

We started the month with a visit to the Fountain Inn to present Ben with his certificate for the pub winning our Summer Pub of the Season. A good evening was had by all, and we would like to thank Ben for the hospitality shown by him and his staff. As usual a wide range of beers were on offer, and for those who ate there, the food was also very good.

Our social meeting in July started at the York House. Two excellent beers were on offer and as always we were made very welcome – thank you. As most of you know we try to fit in a couple of pubs in our social night, so a short walk to the Englands Glory followed. Whislt this pub only serves Wadsworth ales, they were all in top condition, with the rum finished Swordfish proving to be a great favourite.

It was a busy week in Gloucester, so on the Friday night a small but select bunch met at the Water Poet venturing into the world of cider for the start of their festival. Not being a big cider drinker, I decided on trying thirds, and found myself quite partial to the Ginger and Chilli cider (but can’t remember where from), which tasted very much like ginger beer! We have an invite already to the Winter Ales festival starting in October, date to be confirmed, where Emma, the manager is hoping to do some food and beer matching for us – something about sausages and Oktoberfest come to Gloucester! Watch this space.

As if that wasn’t enough, around 60 of us descended on Cotswold Beer Festival on the Friday evening. The evening was very warm, and lots of people enjoyed a tempting range of beers and ciders. Saturday wasn’t quite so good weather wise, so well done to everyone who turned out for the Saturday lunchtime session in the pouring rain accompanied by thunder and lightning. Tewkesbury Town Band provided a rousing “last night at the proms” and their was a real party atmosphere. Apart from a few damp clothes, the rain went unnoticed. Roll on next year.

Pub and brewery news

The Fox and Elms has reopened under new management.Stephen, Nat and Lisa are looking forward to welcoming you to the pub and are hoping to host a mini beer festival over the August Bank Holiday weekend. If you are in the area please pop in and say hello, and let me know what you think.

The Cross Keys in Gloucester (by Barclays), is also under new management. Sue Bull and son Mikey have taken on the lease for this free house and are ambitious for the future of ales in the bar. The “antiques” have gone, and the bar has been reinstated. Once again, do go and say hello and enjoy a beer there.

The other Cross Keys at Barnwood seems to be nearing its refurbishment but the partially covered signs outside seem to indicate a name change to Queens Fish & Chip Bar and Restaurant. If anyone knows anymore please let us know.

Hillside Brewery – although not on our patch, we have sort of adopted this one, we wanted to congratulate them on getting a beer into the Houses of Parliament. Having become aware of the process when Gloucester Brewery were successful with their Gloucester Gold, it is no mean feat to achieve this, so well done to Hillside.

General

Just when Alan thought he was safe, the Committee of Camra in Gloucester has been considering the reintroduction of the News Views and Events leaflet which used to be distributed with the Tippler. There are two aspects to this, the first is whether members would like to see this happen, and secondly, whether anyone would be interested in writing an article to go with it. There are four editions a year, so it would not be a big commitment for anyone willing to write one article, that would only be four people in the year with plenty of notice. Please could you let me know your views on this idea, and if anyone would be prepared to contribute something what it might look like. Thank you.

Finally, just a reminder that the Camra in Gloucester AGM is booked for 1st October 8.00 pm start in the Fountain, and that the Gloucestershire AGM is also due in October, date to be confirmed, but it will be the first one without Cheltenham. All committee positions will be available so start thinking about your nominations now. For our own meeting in Gloucester, again all positions will be open for nominations. Gloucester has a great membership with over 400 members, but only a few are active. By active we mean attending meetings as well as volunteering for things, please consider how you can support Camra particularly in Gloucester and help us support our local pubs.

As always, if you have any news on pubs in Gloucester please pass them on to me.

Best wishes

Margaret

The Fountain receives Pub of the Season Award ~ July 2014

CAMRA in Gloucester’s popular Pub of the Season award is gathering pace. This season the coveted certificate has been awarded, by you the drinking public, to the Fountain in Gloucester city centre. 23 year-old Ben McCullough can be seen receiving his award from CAMRA in Gloucester chair, Margaret Wilkins.

Since Ben took over, the Fountain has seen a welcome expansion in its guest ale selection to complement it’s national standards and hosted a very successful weekend-long beer festival and all of this since October 2013.

Pub of the Season is an excellent way for local CAMRA members to show their appreciation of a good pub and a good pint. Voting is now open for the new season and you can cast your vote here.

July Update

Dear Reader,

Hard to believe that June is nearly at a close, and then we are into July and time for the Cotswold Beer Festival at Postlip, but more of that later.

Our June meeting started out at the Northend Vaults where we enjoyed the ales they had on – Otter Ales, Wottershot; Wye Valley HPA; Fullers ESB and Dartmoor Jail Ale.   Moving on up Northgate Street, we popped into the Imperial, The Abbey, The New Inn and ended up a little “off piste” at the Fountain, with a wide range of ales available.  Later on in June, 15 of us headed off in a minibus, to take in the delights of some of the Forest pubs. Once again a good evening had by all, visiting the Rising Sun at Moseley Green; The Fountain at Parkend; and the Miners Arms at Whitecroft.  If you haven’t come along on a trip before or had a break, please consider joining us for an evening.  If the venues aren’t what you would like, then let us know as we will be designing the Autumn programme soon and all ideas are welcomed.

As you will know by now, we have introduced Pub of the Season into our calendar, and in my last update I announced The Fountain as the winner for Camra in Gloucester’s Summer Pub of the Season.  We have agreed with Ben, the landlord the best date for the presentation, and it will be on Friday, 4th July.  Well done Ben.  Voting is open for nominations for our Autumn pub, and you can find the voting form on the website www.camraingloucester.org.uk  If for any reason you have a problem with voting on line, you can let me or another member of the committee know, and we will register your nomination.  Please put your best pub forward and give our pubs the recognition they deserve, it means a lot to the pub when they win.

Cotswold Beer Festival is put together by Gloucestershire Camra, and is on track to produce another cracking event.  Tickets are available on the Gloucestershire website www.gloucestershirecamra.org.uk/cbf/   Anyone interesting in volunteering to help at the festival would be most welcome.  Even if you can only offer one session, or help with the take down on the Sunday, every little helps to spread the load.  Again you can volunteer through the website, or get in contact with me and I will pass your information on.  First session is on Friday 18th July, and there are two sessions on Saturday, lunchtime and evening.  Sunday is available but is very much subject to what beer is left.  Camping is available this year too.

So July is going to be a busy month, there are a few things we have planned, or some events are just on in the area that you might want to consider visiting.

Frid 4th July                  8.00 pm ~ Presentation to The Fountain Inn, Westgate Street, as our Summer Pub of the Season.

Wed 9th July                 8.00 pm ~ Social meeting.  Start at York House and move next door to Englands Glory

Fri 11th July                  8.00 pm ~ Extra meeting this month at the Water Poet for their Cider Festival.  For those who aren’t keen on cider, there will still be ale available

11th – 13th July              Hereford Beer Festival.  If anyone is interested in getting a group together to go to the festival on the 12th at lunchtime, let me know.

18th-20th July                Cotswold Beer Festival at Postlip.  Our bus is full for this event, but buses are available from and back to Cheltenham for all sessions.

26th Jul – 3rd Aug          Rhythm and Blues Festival at the Cafe Rene and venues around the city are participating with other events.  Not an organised Camra visit but one for the diary.

2nd August                   Train out to Worcester.  Check the website for timings, or watch out for my next update which will be before the trip.

Things have been a bit quiet on the pub news this month, so if you know of anything you wish to share, please get in touch.

Look forward to seeing a few of you on Friday night at the Fountain.

Best wishes

Margaret