No I haven’t disappeared off the face of the earth, but have had two attempts at communicating via the CAMRA HQ distribution list. Despite the fact that it was programmed to go to members in GL1-4, HQ managed to send the first one to members in Stroud, and the second to those in Tewkesbury! So I have also sent this update via email, I have resorted to the list I inherited from Alan, plus a few I have added since. As ever, if you do not wish to receive these emails, please let me know and I will take you off the list.
Since I last sent one of these, a lot has happened, we have a few changes in the pub scene and developments in our breweries. As ever we continue to offer a range of events, I know they are mainly mini pub crawls, but that is part of the fun, and it would be really good to see more of you come along on the trips. It can be quite soul destroying to put in the effort of organising things, for very few people to turn up. Some have a dozen or so attend and others only one or two. If the programme doesn’t suit, then please make suggests (only polite ones please!)
We now have two excellent breweries on our patch, and we have adopted one, whilst not on our patch, the brewer/owners are Gloucester members, so we have adopted a little patch of the Cirencester sub branch and moved it – no mean feat!
Gloucester Brewery seem to go from strength to strength, as does their brewery tap, TANK. Gloucester Brewery run a range of events, including brewery tours and tutored tasting evenings. As CAMRA members you can get discount on some of the evenings, and I can highly recommend them. Steve and I have been to three of the tutored tasting evenings and have had a realy enjoyable evening of beer and information. The depth and breadth of styles and flavours of ale reinforces my belief that I am such a novice, but I am really enoying learning and finding out more, and particularly about what and why I like the ones that I do, and why there are some I just cannot get on with. Gloucester Brewery website has all the details about both the tours and the tasting evenings. Next month (12th), the tutored tasting is on IPAs and APAs.
Before I move onto another brewery, please come along and say hello at the Gloucester Brewery Sausage and Ale Festival happening this coming weekend, from noon on Friday 25th April through the whole Easter weekend. A few CAMRA members will be meeting up at the festival on Friday, the programme says 2.30 but if you can get there a bit earlier that would be great. I have had a look at the beer list, and apart from an extensive range of their own beers, there are some really interesting craft ales from around the country. I may have to make more than one visit!
Brewhouse and Kitchen – Opened in the late summer, B&K brew on site in the premises by the Quays/docks. Even with a relatively small plant, they brew a wide range of beers which they rotate regulary. One or two of the beers can even be seen in other local pubs. B&K also put on a variety of events such as a beer masterclass, and brewing days. If you haven’t been to look yet, it is definitely worthwhile.
TAP – Tim, Andrea and Pete own TAP brewery which is based on the Marsden Estate at Rendcomb. Tim and Pete both live in Gloucester and their beers make regualr appearances in some of our pubs including the Dick Whittington and the Black Horse at Cranham. TAP are sponsoring the glasses at the 4th Gloucester CAMRA Beer and Cider Festival, so we say a huge thank you to them for that, and we hope you will give their beers a try when you see them.
Some of the changes that have happened, some new some not so new, but the Old Elm at Churchdown is well and truly open now. Providing food plus events such as quiz nights, the pub is re-establishing itself as a place to go. The Sword has opened in Westgate Street, better known as the Union, more recently Molly’s Bar, Sword has launched itself as a cider house and ale bar. So far there have been very positive reports, so again pop in and say hello, and let me know how you get on. After a shaky start, the Lord High Constable of England (must find a snappier name!) seems to have got into its stride and serving a decent range of ales. Sad that it seems to be at the cost of the Water Poet which has maintained some really good beers whilst trying to get the message out that it is well and truly still open for business. There has also been change at the Black Horse, Cranham. However the food still seems to be delicious and so does the beer.
Pub of the Year – The Pelican was awarded once again this year with the Gloucester sub branch City Pub of the Year. The Rural pub went to the Three Horseshoes at Frampton on Severn (see events below). The Pelican was also named as our Cider Pub of the Year, and although not stated in the Tippler, we do have a Club of the Year, and once again it goes to the GALA Club.
As a reminder to help us get a good idea about what is going on in all our pubs, please fill in a green card, or if you don’t have any there are two ways to do this – one come along to events and pick some up, or if that is too much, then go on line to What Pub or the members area of the Gloucestershire Branch website and complete the beer scoring form on line. Thank you.
For the coming month the following events are planned:-
Friday 25th March 2.30pm (or earlier) Gloucester Brewery Sausage and Ale Festival. Meet at the Brewery
Saturday 2nd April 7.30pm The Three Horseshoes. Presentation of our certificate for Gloucester area Rural Pub of the Year
Weds 13th April 8.00pm Social meeting at the Pelican. Relaxed evening on our build up to our beer festival
Fri/Sat 22/23rd April 11.30-11.00 each day Gloucester Beer & Cider Festival at Blackfriars.
4th Gloucester Beer and Cider Festival 22nd and 23rd April at Blackfriars. I can’t believe that you will not have attended one of the last three, but just in case you haven’t had a chance, then you must come along. If you have been before you know how good it is. There are a couple of great pictures in the Tippler this quarter, including the front cover (wow), and a great article by yours truly (well someone has to say it is!) inside. As usual we have around 100 beers from Gloucestershire and beyond, plus 35 or so ciders. There will also be hot food available as well as the Gloucestershire cheeses, and maybe even some wine for those who want to enjoy a drink but don’t like beer or cider. If you have volunteered at previous events you should have had an invite for this year, or will get one very soon, but if not, drop me an email.
Finally, please do talk to me, by email if not in person. I would love to hear that there are people out there. One or two of you do comment that either you have missed seeing my email or wondering if I am not around anymore, but the vast majority remain silent and I don’t even know who this reaches, so is there anybody out there………?