Newbury Real Ale Festival 2017

Final preparations are underway for the 14th Newbury Real Ale Festival which will be held on Saturday 9th September at Northcroft Fields. Although not a CAMRA event this is one of our favorite festivals. Organised and run by Newbury & Thatcham Hockey Club as a non-profit venture, it raises funds for numerous charities which this year include Thames Valley Air Ambulance and Ark Cancer Centre. Advance tickets (recommended) are now on sale through the festival website and the drinks lists are coming together… (more…)


40th Great British Beer Festival 2017

The 40th Great British Beer Festival is now underway at Olympia in London. The festival runs through Saturday 12th August. Many local CAMRA branches organise social gatherings on at least one of the festival days. For example: Berkshire Southeast will meet on Thursday 10th; while West Berkshire will meet on Friday 11th. Check branch websites or social media for details…


Wild Weather/NZ Beer Collective Midsummer Christmas Party

Despite pretty miserable weather feeling more like December than the end of July, a decent crowd nevertheless showed up yesterday at Wild Weather HQ for the Midsummer Christmas party. Although Mr & Mrs Fueled by Beer chickened out of taking a gamble with the bus, an intrepid band of West Berkshire CAMRA members do deserve major props for taking the train from Newbury to Aldermaston then hiking across country via Padworth to the brewery… (more…)

Wild Weather’s Midsummer Christmas Party: A Public Transport Option

Could there be anything worse than attending Wild Weather Ales’ upcoming Midsummer Christmas Party as a designated driver? OK, perhaps choosing not to go at all, rather than accept the DD role, might be worse. Fortunately, for those coming from Reading, however, it does not have to be this way: they have the tadRed bus service. Interested? Then read on… (more…)

East Bristol Brewery Trail #4

Following the mega-fun-time Mr & Mrs Fueled by Beer had at event #3 back in April it now gives us great pleasure to pass the word that East Bristol Brewery Trail #4 will be happening over the upcoming summer Bank Holiday weekend: 26/27 August. As with the previous three events, Bristol’s very own ‘beer mile’ will comprise event organiser Good Chemistry Brewing; plus Moor Beer, Left Handed Giant, Dawkins and Arbor. There will be much munching, pouring and partying at each of the five breweries. We’ll be there; why not come and join us as we once again ‘do the trail’…