The Campaign for Real Ale (CAMRA) is an organisation dedicated to fighting for the preservation of traditional British beer and traditional British pubs. Once described as 'the most successful consumer pressure group in Western Europe', the Campaign was formed by 4 journalists in 1971 who were horrified at the declining quality of British beer.
By the end of 2015, the total membership of CAMRA topped 175,000 members. These members are located throughout the United Kingdom organised into more than 180 branches similar to West Berkshire CAMRA.
Click on the links to learn about our branch and its area, about the people who run it, about our meetings and events, and about the best pubs for real ale in West Berkshire. You will also be able to see an online version of our Branch Magazine, learn the latest news, nominate a pub for the Good Beer Guide, and join CAMRA.
Have you ever wondered how pubs are selected for the CAMRA Good Beer Guide?
The National Beer Scoring System (NBSS) is a 0-5 (0 = No cask ale available) point scale for judging beer quality in pubs.
Find out more about the National Beer Scoring System.
Or watch the videos below.
|Pub of the Year|
This Christmas why not get your loved one a one year CAMRA gift membership package; the package includes a monthly copy of the What's Brewing newspaper, the quarterly BEER magazine and a discount on the best-selling CAMRA Good Beer Guide 2016.
This is the kind of present that they will be able to use all year round and will be forever grateful to you. The membership will only become live when it is activated and will be valid for a year and the recipient will have a chance to renew the membership at the end of the year.
The membership will give them 15% discount from National Express, £20 worth of Wetherspoons vouchers and discounts from some the UK's best attractions such as Alton Towers, Legoland, Blackpool, Sealife and many more.
See www.camra.org.uk/benefits for more information on the benefits of becoming a CAMRA member.
There is a variety of packages available to suit the recipient. We have joint memberships, ideal for Christmas wedding packages, or maybe a gift from the kids to the grandparents. We also offer deals for under 26s which can also be brought as a gift.
|Help make beer and pubs a priority in this election|
On the 8th of June, the UK will go to the polls for the General Election. We need your help to ensure that your local candidates know how important beer and pubs are to you as a potential voter.
This election gives us a chance to put forward CAMRA’s specific proposals to better support the UK’s beer drinkers and pub-goers. Together in 2015 we persuaded 1,160 candidates to pledge support for beer and pubs. As a result of this campaigning, we had 211 MPs who had promised to speak up in Parliament on our behalf.
Our campaigning efforts paid dividends: we’ve seen successes with a beer duty freeze in 2016, support for pubs facing high business rate bills and most recently on planning protection for pubs in England.
But there is more to do. We need to make sure these successes are protected and push the next Government to ensure beer drinkers and pub-goers get a good deal as Britain prepares to leave the EU.
CAMRA is asking election candidates to commit to do the following if elected:
Want to get more involved? If you’re on social media, make sure to thank your candidates on Twitter and Facebook by using the hashtag #pledgeforpubs and #ge2017 when they confirm support. You can also upload a short video at the pub about why candidates should pull together for beer and pubs this election and tweet @CAMRA_Official.
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