At 29th January 2015
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With over 130 real ale pubs and clubs in our branch area, we have a pub for everyone.
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The list of LocAle pubs (28) and breweries (60) has been revised and updated as of 29th January 2015.
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Next social trip : North Wales on 9th May
1st April denotes the start of CAMRA’s Community Pubs Month so what better day to announce that our next social trip will have a heavy community bias - even though it is scheduled for Saturday, 9th May.
We’ll be visiting a community brewing company – Cwrw Ial brewery in North Wales, the only social enterprise brewery in the UK. The brewery is more than just a community project and collaborates with other local business, artists and social enterprises. Doug, the head brewer, will be providing a couple of casks for our consumption at the brewery – which, in his words, a big shed on a mountainside.
In keeping with the community theme, we’ll then visit a nearby pub which is owned and run by the local community – the Raven Inn at Llanarmon yn Ial. As well as serving real ales the pub it is also renowned for its real ciders.
We’ll also be visiting the Blue Bell Inn at Halkyn – another pub at the hub of the community which incorporates the local post office. It is also just happens to be the CAMRA Vale of Clwyd Branch Pub of the Year 2015 and a previous winner of North Wales Cider Pub of the Year.
As May is also CAMRA’s Cider Month, we may even get the chance to stop off at the farm shop of one of North Wales’ few cider producers – Rosies in Llandegla, where we may also get the chance to meet the cider maker, Steve Hughes.
If time permits, on our way back, we may call into Chester to sample a couple of their finest pubs.
Next Branch Meetings
Our next Branch Meeting will take place on Tuesday, 14th April 2015 starting at 8pm. The venue is the Robin Hood in Ashton-in-Makerfield. Voting will take place for the Pub of the Season (Spring 2015). All branch members are welcomed.
Dates for the remaining meetings in 2015 have also been set but the venues have not yet been confirmed. The meetings are :-
At the AGM on January 14th 2015, voting took place for our annual pub/club awards. The winners are as follows :-
Congratulations to all concerned.
New kids on the block
Real ale in the Wigan area continues to thrive which has resulted in two new local breweries commencing operations within the past six months.
Martland Mill Brewery commenced operations on 11th July 2014. For more information check out their website at Martland Mill Brewery.
Hophurst Brewery in Hindley commenced operations in October 2014. For more information check out their website at Hophurst Brewery.
There is also a trend of smaller independent bars opening within the past few months, both locally and across the Greater Manchester region. Some local examples of these include :-
All Gates and Prospect prosper again at regional beer competition
Congratulations to two of our local breweries, All Gates and Prospect, upon winning awards at the SIBA North-West Beer Competition held at Bolton Beer Festival on 15th October 2014.
Allgates won a silver award in the Best Bitter category with 'Dry Bones' (4.0%) whilst Prospect won a bronze award in the Bottled Speciality Beers category with 'Clementine' (5.0%).
Other local-ish breweries winning awards were Bank Top (Bolton) and Blackedge (Horwich).
Wigan CAMRA visit the Swan with Two Necks at Pendleton on 30th May, 2014
For more photos of the social trip to the Swan with Two Necks, Skipton and Saltaire Beer Club on May 30th, click here
In the local papers .....
Click on links below to view recent beer-related stories in the local newspapers :-
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