Day Trip Report: Stroud and Around

Our intended itinerary for Saturday 4th January was The Village Inn at Nailsworth , Clothiers Arms and Ale House both in Stroud and finally the Star at Whiteshill. As it turned out this changed quite a bit on-the-day, more of which later. Travel tip of the Day:

Buy a Group Explorer ticket if there are blocks of four of you travelling. All day in the area for all four people for the princely sum of £15. Bargain! Just ask the driver.

Leaving Gloucester on the 11.15 No.93 to Nailsworth we arrived at the first pub – The Village Inn. We spoke with the head brewer of 2 years, Eimhin Hawes (pronounced Evan). The 6-barrel brewery was established in 2006 which allows the pub to offer its own ales (in a bid to maintain exclusivity) together with other local guests  – they have recently started bottling too. Originally a Blacksmiths the building had its own 50ft deep well, flowing from the Brecons, which provides an ideal water source for brewing. Make sure you head downstairs (en-route to the loo anyway) to take in a view of the brewery/ 2nd Travel Tip of the Day:

You may bring your own food into the pub. So may we recommend a visit to the chip shop next door for what could only be described as “whale and chips” for £6.30.

Beers: The Mayors Bitter 4.2%, The Amber Skipper 4.5%, The Red October 4.9%, Severn Vale: Severn Swans 4.9%, Alestock 3.6%

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CAMRA Gloucester City Pub of the Year 2014, The Pelican

Each year CAMRA in Gloucester award “Pub of the Year” to a pub in the GL1-4 postal area. This year, after a unanimous decision, we are very proud to announce that the award for Gloucester City pub of the year for 2014 has gone to The Pelican, St. Mary’s Street in Gloucester ~ owned by the Wye Valley Brewery and run by Mike Hall. Here are just a few of the telling images from the star-studded ceremony held on Wednesday 11th December …

CAMRA in Gloucester XMAS Party ~ Wed. December 11th

Come along and join us at The Pelican on Wednesday 11th December from 8pm to celebrate the CAMRA in Gloucester Christmas party. Cost of the evening is only £5 per head to include buffet and all are welcome. We’d love to see CAMRA members both current and (hopefully) future 🙂

Come along and say hello to your local CAMRA committee and who knows, there may be a few surprises as well …

Welcome to new look CAMRA in Gloucester

Welcome to the new website for CAMRA in Gloucester. Proudly supporting Real Ale in Gloucester since 1991 as the first of what would become eight (now seven) sub-branches of CAMRA Gloucestershire. Its inaugural meeting was at the Old Crown, Westgate Street, Gloucester on 15 October 1991 (the pub sold cask ales in those days!), and nine members attended out of forty nine in GL1- 4 at the time. The latter figure has now grown to over 350, and meets are regularly attended by between twenty and thirty

October Update

They say time flies when you are having fun!  Well all I can say is that I must have been really enjoying myself as it does not seem a month ago since I last emailed you all.  Much has happened in the last month and I would really appreciate hearing from any of you about your “beer news” or anything you think it might be helpful for the sub branch to know.

Pub news

Today as I passed by the ex Pig in the City, a painter and decorator was busy restoring the “The Lower George Hotel” banner.  The small pub sign for the Pig remained suspended at the top of the building but the Pig name banner has gone.  Does this mean we have signs of an imminent event?  Does anyone know anything?

The Fountain Inn has changed hands with Peter and Joy moving to the Three Horseshoes near Alcester.  We wish them well, as we do to Ben McCullagh as the new Landlord.

I am sure you have all heard about the Union and the well publicised action of Enterprise in bringing about the sudden departure of Richard and Matt.  Lets hope that Richard and Matt go on to better things and that Enterprise can find a new tenant for the Union.  This is a time when Camra’s Pub co campaign really comes home.

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Cheltenham Pub visit Sunday 22nd September 2013

On Sunday 22nd September several commitee members visited a couple of pubs in Cheltenham town centre: The Kemble Brewery and The Sandford Park Alehouse. A good selection of ales were on offer at each pub:

The Kemble Brewery Fullers London Pride, Wye Valley Butty Bach 4.5%, Enville Brewery Kasitra 3.5%, Otter Orchard Ale 4.0%, Whale Ale Pale Ale 3.6% and Malvern Hills Green Pear at 4.2%. To come on next: Ramsbury Gold and Slaters Maravilla Raspberry Beer

Sandford Park AleHouse Art Brew Energi Burgesson 6.0%, Dartmoor Jail Ale 4.8%, Oakham Inferno 4.0%, Citra 4.2%, Plain Ales Incognito Port Stout 4.8%, The Durham Brewery Evensong Ruby Porter 5%, Wood St. Brewery (WSB) Chokecherry 4.5% and Wye Vally Butty Bach at 4.5%