Home page of the Westmorland Branch of the Campaign for Real Ale.
There will be an additional branch meeting on Monday 31st October at the Brewhouse at Burgundy's in Kendal at 8pm.
The 2016 Westmorland beer festival will be held from Wednesday 9th November to Saturday 12th November.
The Festival will be held in Kendal Town Hall in the centre of Kendal. The festival will be open from 12 noon to 11 pm each day, and is free entry at all times.
There should be over 50 real ales and a large selection of ciders and perries on offer, along with local food.
Souvenir glasses can be hired and returned, or kept if preferred, and tokens will be used to buy the beers.
There will be music on Thursday evening from Phantom Voices and on Saturday evenings from Cartoon Food. There are more details on the Festival page.
The post of Branch Treasurer is currently vacant. The role is as described under Volunteer Roles in the CAMRA national website. Our auditor is deputising on a temporary basis. No professional qualifications are required, just good numerical skills and a basic knowledge of Excel. Further details from Jill Clarkson, Branch Contact at email@example.com.
The Hawkshead Brewery at Staveley has won two awards in CAMRA's Supreme Champion Beer of Britain. The NZPA won Silver in the stong bitter category and the Bitter won Bronze in the bitter category. Many congratulations to them.
The overall winner was Bingham's Vanilla Stout from Berkshire. Full details should be here.
Now that we have crowned this year's Champion Beers it's time for you to consider the beers you want to nominate for the next Champion Beer of Britain (CBoB) competition.
All CAMRA members have the chance to nominate beers from their local area via the CBoB voting website. This means that beers from all parts of the country have an equal chance to be nominated.
You can nominate up to five beers in each of the eleven categories to be put forward for the CBoB competition, but if you only want to nominate beers in one category, or even just one beer, that's fine. The more votes we get, the better the results will be.
You do not have to nominate all the beers in one go. You can alter your selections anytime up to the deadline on 1st November.
Not all beers are eligible for CBoB; mainstream beer styles like Bitters, Best Bitters, Strong Bitters & Golden Ales have to be available for at least 7 months of the year. Other beer styles have to be available for a lesser period depending on the rarity and seasonality of the beer style.
Initial nominations for CBoB are made at a local level so only beers that are produced in the area near you (based on your registered address) will be available for nomination. We realise that some of you will drink beers from a wider area, but many members find very long lists of beers with which they are unfamiliar very off-putting.
So vote for your favourite beers at http://www.cbobvoting.org.uk.
The Mortal Man at Troutbeck near Windermere has now become the CAMRA West Pennines Cider and Perry of the year for 2016. This makes it the best in Cumbria, Lancashire and the Isle of Man. Congratulations to the team there.
It is with great sadness that the branch has learnt of the passing of active branch member John Stafford after a short illness. He will be greatly missed, and our sympathies to John's family at this difficult time.
The Beer Hall, Staveley
Westmorland CAMRA is delighted to announce that their 2016 Pub of the Year is the The Beer Hall in Staveley.
The Beer Hall is, of course, the brewery tap for the Hawkshead Brewery. Congratulations to Chris and the team.
This year's Cumbria Pub of the Year judging trip will take place on the 23rd April. This is a visit to the Pub of the Year winners of the three other Cumbrian CAMRA Branches, which this year are the Drovers Rest at Monkhill, the Strands at Nether Wasdale and the Prince of Wales at Foxfield. There will be a minibus from Kendal for this trip which is normally a very good day out, see Tony Jackson for a place.
Mortal Man, Troutbeck
The Westmorland CAMRA Cider and Perry Pub of the Year for 2016 is the Mortal Man at Troutbeck near Windermere. This is the second year in a row for the pub, so congratulations to the team there.
A couple of Westmorland pubs have reopened recently. They are the Union Tavern in Kendal after nearly three years of being closed, and the New Crown Inn in Bolton near Appleby, which is the renovated former Eden Vale Inn. Westmorland CAMRA wishes both success.
The Westmorland CAMRA Spring Pub of the Season for 2016 is the Factory Tap in Kendal. Well done to Les and the team.
Westmorland CAMRA currently has just one pub registered as an asset of community value (ACV) with South Lakeland District Council. However, we are in the process of adding The Castle Inn, Kendal and Punchbowl Inn, Underbarrow to the list. CAMRA have made the process very much simpler recently and the forms for submitting arrive via email with much of the required information already filled in. We are finding this very encouraging, and look forward to more members submitting suggestions of pubs that would benefit from ACV status. This is just one measure that can help us protect pubs that provide a great service to the community around them, but is becoming an important focus for CAMRA as a campaigning organisation.
We now have copies of the latest version of the Breweries of Cumbria Poster available. More details here.