- KINGSTON VISIT
Saturday 30 April 2022
On Saturday 23rd April, three intrepid, OK thirsty members met up by Kingston Bus Station. Original intention was to head straight to the St George's Day Beer Festival weekend at the Willoughby Arms in the nearby back streets.
However, Steve had a great idea, so we first visited the Park Brewery Tap Room in an industrial unit in Hampden Road. It looked closed from the outside, but we were daring, and tried the door handle which gained us entry. Taproom is up a flight of stairs above the brewery, which of course we also visited. There was a mix of keg and cask available, and between us we tried several including Dawn Pink Brut IPA, 1637 Pils, Field Haze Pale Ale, Saw Pit West Coast Pale, and Ballet Loop Table Beer.
Before we got too comfortable, we moved on to the award winning Willoughby Arms as originally planned. Beers from over 20 independent breweries were available, too many to mention, so here is list WilloughbyArmsBeerListPDF23-04-22 with apologies for beer stains.... Fortunately reasonably priced pizzas were available to soak up some of our liquid refreshment. Very much a locals pub, and if you want to watch sport, there must have been half a dozen screens in the other bar area. All in all, a really great day.
- 36th EGHAM BEER FESTIVAL
Tuesday 19 April 2022
Now in it’s 14th year, the Egham Beer Festival at the award winning Egham United Services Club featured over 60 ales plus ciders, a BBQ and other hot & cold food. Branch members enjoyed a Branch Social on the Preview, with many paying more than one visit thereafter.
There was also live music, and the Steve Whalley Band in particular went down a storm on the Saturday night. Here's looking forward to the 37th Egham Beer Festival, due to run from Thursday 28th to Sunday 30th July 2022 2022..
- CASK MARQUE UPDATE
Friday 1 April 2022
What is Cask Marque? Well since 1997, Cask Marque (which is an industry, not a CAMRA scheme) has been checking that the ale in subscribing pubs is in good condition according to their criteria. Each year their 60 assessors make over 20,000 visits to pubs in England, Scotland, Wales, Europe and the U.S to check the temperature, appearance, aroma and taste of Britain’s favourite drink, including checking out cellarmanship. If pubs don't renew their subscription or fail to meet their standards, they're deleted from their database.
Two of our Branch pubs recently suffered this fate, both coincidentally similar in name, the Old Red Lion near Staines Station, and the Red Lion on the river in Shepperton. The good news is that the Rose & Crown in Thorpe has achieved Cask Marque standards and been added.
Of course we have 100,00+ assessors in CAMRA and Cask Marque does not just check real ale. Why not check them out yourself and score their beers or drop us a line via WhatPub, or via Contact Branch. Cheers!
- ANOTHER GREAT BEER FESTIVAL
Monday 21 March 2022
The Happy Man in Harvest Road, Englefield Green held it's first Beer Festival for some time (due to you know what) from 16th-20th March 2022. The stillage was in the covered rear courtyard in the rear as usual, and the weather was generally kind.
Several members from our Branch and elsewhere popped along, including one from East Hampshire; well done Tony D. We were able to sample some excellent ales and ciders, details Happy Man BeerFest Beer List 2022. If you were there, what was your favourite? Let us know via Contact Branch.
Let's hope it's not too long until the next one. Meanwhile, the Happy Man has an ever changing range of interesting ales, so why not pop along?
- PERSEVERANCE BEER FESTIVAL
Sunday 30 January 2022
The Perseverence, Wraysbury once again held their excellent Pie & Porter Beer Festival from 14th-16th January 2022. Nick produced 100's of delicious pies to absorb the great porters & stouts on offer.
Several Branch Members managed to get along to join members from our neighbouring Berkshire South East and Slough Windsor & Maidenhead CAMRA Branches.
As well as meeting up, the reason we were of course was ..... the Perseverance Pie & Porter Beer List. The nice thing about this festival is not all ales are available on the first day .... so you have to go back!
Picture was taken at a previous festival, must remember to take a piccie next time.
- News & Ale published
Thursday 9 December 2021
Our countywide CAMRA magazine News & Ale has not appeared in hard copy form for quite a while due to you know what. Well good news, the Winter 2021 has now been published, and will start to appear in local pubs and clubs in near future.
To see online edition, click on News & Ale - Surrey CAMRA Magazine