Dear Ale Lover
Well we are into September already and the schools have all gone back meaning winter is on its way. Beer wise that is quite good news for me as many of you know I am more partial to the “dark stuff” rather than the light but very hoppy numbers which one tends to find in the summer months. Talking of dark nights, it is also a time to be thinking of the Christmas Party, and this is in the process of being finalised, however do put the date in your diary, 10th December, and remember to book your place with me. This is important to ensure that the buffet caters for the right number of people.
Our social programme for the Autumn is now in place, and we start Wednesday evening at the Lower George.
Next week (17th) we will be presenting Sharon, Landlady of the Englands Glory with her certificate to mark the pub being nominated as CAMRA in Gloucester Pub of the Season. As you will now be aware, this is nominated by members and this makes it more special for the publicans. Do come along if you can.
If you are interested in purchasing a copy of the Good Beer Guide 2015 please let me know as soon as possible as I have a limited number available at just £10 per copy.
In October, our visit to the Water Poet sees the start of the Winter Ales Festival. Emma and her staff will be organising a charity evening, which costs £5 and includes some ale sampling with sausage matching. Sounds interesting! We are holding our social meeting there to coincide with this event, but bookings are required for the tasting, so again, bookings to me please, or direct from the Water Poet.
Coming soon (but not like in Weatherspoon!)
Please visit our Events calendar for full details
It has been a bit quiet on the pub front, unless you know any different of course! I am sure you will all have seen the article in the Citizen regarding Queens. Queens was the Cross Keys in Barnwood Road, and has opened very recently as a Fish and Chip Bar and Restaurant. If you have been in there please let us know how you got on, and if they have any real ale.
For those of you who have been members for some time, you will probably have come across “green cards”. These are used to tell us what pubs have been visited and what the quality of the ale was like, in your opinion of course. If you need any green cards we usually have some available at the social meetings, but you can also complete them on line. This is an invaluable source of information for us, as it is impossible for me to get to all the pubs on the patch on a regular basis.
Hillside Brewery is holding a Coffee & Brewery morning in aid of Macmillan Cancer Support. This will take place on Saturday 27th September between 10.00 and 16.00. This is an excellent idea to support such a great charity.
A couple of things going on elsewhere
As you know Cheltenham have now become a Branch in their own right. We have received an invitation to join in their “Launch Event” on Saturday 4th October starting at 7.00 pm at the Sandford Park Ale House. We have been asked to book with them if we wish to attend so that they can cater appropriately. If you would like to join in, please book through me, or direct with the Cheltenham Branch.
Cheltenham have also notified us that they are visiting Gloucester on Wednesday 8th October, if anyone would like to join in their mini tour of Gloucester, they will be arriving on the 94 bus around 7.50 pm in Market Parade, and we will take it from there!
Again another advance notice for the diary, Tewkesbury Winter Ales Festival CAMRA evening will be on Thursday 5th February. We will hope to run the minibus for this event.
I think that is it! I always press the send button then realise I have forgotten something!