About CAMRA in Gloucester

Objectives

CAMRA in Gloucester objectives are: To encourage pubs and other social venues in GL1-4 to stock well-kept real ale and to encourage members to support those that do. To encourage pubs and other social venues in GL1-4 to support local brewers. To maintain a record of all pubs in GL1-4, and to ensure that the Real Ale in Gloucestershire database is accurately updated. To assess the quality of ales in GL1-4 pubs, and to make proposals for inclusion of the best pubs in the next edition of the Good Beer Guide. To campaign to increase CAMRA membership in GL1-4. We aim to recruit landlords of real ale pubs. To provide for members in GL1-4 a programme of interesting and enjoyable social activities.

Meetings

CAMRA in Gloucester meets monthly in the City, usually on the second Wednesday. We usually spend an hour at the meeting venue and then walk on to other pubs.

Social Activities

In addition to the monthly meet, we travel away by public transport on most first Saturdays of the month, and evenings out by minibus take place on most third or fourth Wednesdays of the month. The minibus trips may be brewery visits or pub tours, often billed as mystery evenings. Newcomers are welcomed with a free pint at the first social meet that they attend.

Pub Assessments

We encourage members to report on their drinking experiences in Gloucestershire pubs. Such feed-back is essential if we are to ensure that we select the best ale houses annually for inclusion in the Good Beer Guide. Our Pub Assessment System is probably as good as any in the country. Members are encouraged to raise and submit Green Cards during or following visits to ale houses anywhere in the county: alternatively they may enter assessments at: www.gloucestershirecamra.org.uk and then look for Green Cards when logged in. Additionally sub-branches complete Gold Assessments at least three times per year for all pubs worthy of Guide consideration: these assessments are based on the welcome and atmosphere encountered in each pub and on the condition and price of ALL ales then on sale.

Availability & Prices

We conduct an annual spring survey of all pubs and hotels within the City. The aim is to monitor the advance of real ale locally, to compare prices across the City, and to maintain a record of pub survival, management and ownership.

Publicity

We produce a regular update on all things CAMRA in the GL1-GL4 area, check our Blog/News section to read the latest update. For the benefit of ale lovers visiting the City we provide up-to-date assessments of pubs within walking distance of The Cross.

Committee

Our small volunteer committee is elected at the AGM in September of each year.

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