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Good Beer Guide 2014


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Triple-decker social trip to Saltaire Brewery

The destination of our next social trip is Saltaire Brewery in West Yorkshire on Friday, 30th May.

We'll be attending the infamous 'Beer Club' - a mini beer festival, featuring 3 bars and 13 pumps (+ 4 keg fonts) serving a range of Saltaire beers plus guest breweries which have included Dark Star, Thornbridge, Buxton, Liverpool Organic, Crouch Vale, Acorn,  Titanic, Marble, to name a few. What's more, all beer is just £2 a pint !!!!

We'll also be presenting the Beer of the Festival award to Saltaire Brewery. As a token of appreciation, Saltaire have waived the entrance fee (normally £5pp) to the Beer Club for our party.

We'll be leaving The Anvil around 11.30am and arriving back around 9.30pm.

Our first stop will be for a quick pint at CAMRA's National Pub of the Year - the Swan with Two Necks in Pendleton.

We'll then be stopping for a couple of hours in Skipton - plenty of time to sample the town centre pubs or take-in the Skipton CAMRA Beer Festival.

The cost of this trip is just £10 per person. There is a limit of 30 places on this trip. To reserve your place, please contact Roy, our Social Secretary, at This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Note : on April 20th there are just 9 seats remaining for this trip.

Other social trips

We are now taking reservations for the following social trips :-

Saturday June 28th - Brewery double-header : Magic Rock & Hand Drawn Monkey breweries then the pubs of Huddersfield (Branch Members = £20). Trip restricted to 30 people due to capacity of breweries.

Sunday August 3rd - Spitting Feathers Brewery, near Chester (Cost £30 - may seem expensive but this is a 5-hour extravaganza with lots of 'free' food, beer, entertainment and an interactive brew day).

For further details or to reserve your place e-mail This e-mail address is being protected from spam bots, you need JavaScript enabled to view it

Wigan Beer Festival 2014

That's it ..... Wigan Beer Festival is over for another year !!!

Thanks to everyone that helped to make it yet another rip-roaring success. Special thanks goes to all the volunteers who worked the socks off putting the event together and making sure everything ran smoothly during the festival. However the biggest thanks goes to you lot .... Joe Public, for turning up in droves and drinking all our lovely ales and ciders. You almost drank us dry .... but not quite !!

Here's to 2015 for the next Wigan Beer Festival .... make a note in your diaries,
5th-7th March 2015.

Branch Awards 2014

At the AGM of Wigan CAMRA Branch on 15th January 2014, voting took place to determine our prestigious annual awards. The results are as follows :-

Pub of the Year
CROOKE HALL INN, Crooke, Standish Lower Ground
(2nd - The Anvil, Wigan ; 3rd - The Raven Hotel, Wigan)

Community Pub of the Year
CROOKE HALL INN, Crooke, Standish Lower Ground

Club of the Year

Cider Pub of the Year

Best New Cask Outlet of the Year

Double cheer for the Masons Arms in Billinge

The Masons Arms in Billinge was presented with their latest two awards on 27th January 2014 - 'Pub of the Season, Winter 2013' and 'Cider Pub of the Year 2013'.

Pub of the Season Winter 2013

Cider Pub of the Year 2013

Robin Hood in Orrell awarded LocAle certificate

The Robin Hood in Orrell becomes the latest pub in our branch area to be awarded a LocAle certificate, in recognition of serving good quality beers from local breweries.

Robin Hood, Orrell

Booze News - Wigan CAMRA's Members Bulletin

Click on the links below to view our latest publicaions :-

  • Booze News, Issue 89 : Dec 2013 / Jan 2014 [view
  • Booze News, Issue 88 : October/November 2013 [view]
  • Booze News, Issue 87 : September 2013 [view]
  • Booze News, Issue 86 : August 2013 [view]
  • Booze News, Issue 84(b) : July 2013 [view]
  • Booze News, Issue 84(a) : June 2013 [view
  • Booze News, Issue 83 : May 2013 [view]
  • Booze News, Issue 82 : April 2013 [view]
  • Booze News, Issue 81 : March 2013 [view]
  • Booze News, Issue 80 : February 2013 [view] 
  • Booze News, Issue 79 : January 2013 [view]

Click here to view all previous editions of Booze News.

In the local papers .....

Click on links below to view recent beer-related stories in the local newspapers :-

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