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The Campaign for Real Ale
Campaign for Real Ale
(CAMRA) is an independent voluntary consumer organisation headquartered in St Albans, England, which promotes real ale, real cider and the traditional British pub. With over 190,000 members, it is now the largest single-issue consumer group in the UK,[1] and is a founding member of the European Beer Consumers Union (EBCU).


1 History 2 Aims 3 Organisation 4 Events and publications 5 Festivals 6 Awards 7 National Beer Scoring Scheme 8 Pub
heritage group 9 LocAle 10 Investment club 11 See also 12 References 13 External links


CAMRA logo on a bar towel

First National CAMRA Beer Festival held at Covent Garden, London, 1975

The organisation was founded in 1971 in Kruger's bar in Dunquin, Kerry, Ireland[2][3] by Michael Hardman, Graham Lees, Jim Makin, and Bill Mellor, who were opposed to the growing mass production of beer and the homogenisation of the British brewing industry. The original name was the Campaign for the Revitalisation of Ale.[4] Following the formation of the Campaign, the first annual general meeting took place in 1972, at the Rose Inn in Coton Road, Nuneaton. Early membership consisted of the four founders and their friends. Yet interest in CAMRA and its objectives spread rapidly, with 5,000 members signed up by 1973. Other early influential members included Christopher Hutt, author of Death of the English Pub, who succeeded Hardman as chairman, Frank Baillie, author of The Beer Drinker's Companion, and later the many times Good Beer Guide
Good Beer Guide
editor, Roger Protz. On 31 March 2016, founder Michael Hardman returned to chair a Revitalisation Project Steering Group. The aim of the Revitalisation Project is to review the organisation's purpose. Consultation meetings took place in the spring and summer of 2016,[5] and further discussion took place at the Bournemouth AGM and Conference in spring 2017 leading to possible refinement of proposals then subject to a final vote of all members at spring 2018's AGM and Conference. Aims[edit] CAMRA's stated aims are to:

Protect and improve consumer rights. Promote quality, choice and value for money. Support the public house as a focus of community life. Campaign for greater appreciation of traditional beers, ciders and perries as part of our national heritage and culture. Seek improvements in all licensed premises and throughout the brewing industry.[6]

CAMRA's campaigns include promoting small brewing and pub businesses, reforming licensing laws, reducing tax on beer, and stopping continued consolidation among local British brewers.[7] It also makes an effort to promote less common varieties of beer, including stout, porter, and mild,[8] as well as traditional cider and perry.[9] CAMRA does not support the promotion and sale of keg based craft beer in the UK. CAMRA's Internal Policy document states that real ale can only be served without the use of additional carbonation. This policy means that "any beer brand which is produced in both cask and keg versions" is not admitted to CAMRA festivals if the brewery's marketing is deemed to imply an equivalence of quality or character between the two versions.[10] Organisation[edit]

The CAMRA office building in St Albans

In 2009, CAMRA announced that it had reached the 100,000 members mark and subsequently went on to pass the 150,000 members mark in 2013.[11] Member benefits include a monthly newspaper, What's Brewing
and a quarterly BEER magazine, and free or reduced price admission to CAMRA-organised beer festivals. In recent times CAMRA has obtained benefits for its members from some commercial organisations and increasingly some licensed premises offer members price reductions on real ale (and sometimes cider and perry). CAMRA is organised on a federal basis, with numerous independent local branches, each covering a particular geographical area of the UK, that contribute to the central body of the organisation based in St Albans. It is governed by a voluntary unpaid national executive, elected by the membership.[12] The local branches are grouped into 16 regions across the UK, such as the West Midlands or Wessex.[13] Events and publications[edit] CAMRA publishes the Good Beer Guide, an annually compiled directory of its recommended pubs and brewers; the Good Cider
Guide, an occasionally compiled directory of pubs that sell cider; the Good Bottled Beer Guide, an occasionally compiled review of real ale in a bottle. CAMRA members receive a monthly newspaper called What's Brewing
and a quarterly colour magazine called Beer. It also runs the Great British Beer Festival, a yearly event held in London
at which a large selection of cask ales and ciders are tasted. It also maintains a National Inventory of Historic Pub
Interiors to help bring greater recognition and protection to Britain's most historic pubs. In 2013 CAMRA launched public access to a national pub database website called Whatpub.com. Festivals[edit]

Great British Beer Festival
Great British Beer Festival

CAMRA supports and promotes beer and cider festivals around the country, which are organised by local CAMRA branches. Generally, each festival charges an entry fee which either covers entry only or also includes a commemorative glass showing the details of the festival. A festival programme is usually also provided, with a list and description of the drinks available.[14] Members often get discounted or free entrance to CAMRA festivals. The Campaign also organises the annual Great British Beer Festival
Great British Beer Festival
in August. It is now held in the Great, National & West Halls at the Olympia Exhibition Centre, in Kensington, London, having been held for a few years at Earl's Court as well as regionally in the past at venues such as Brighton and Leeds. Awards[edit] CAMRA presents awards for beers and pubs, such as the National Pub
of the Year, in which approximately 4,000 active CAMRA members from 200 local branches vote for their favourite pub of the year. The branch winners are entered into 16 regional competitions which are then visited by several individuals who select the ones they like best. There are also the Pub
Design Awards, which are held in association with English Heritage
English Heritage
and the Victorian Society. These comprise several categories, including new build, refurbished and converted pubs. The best known CAMRA award is the Champion Beer of Britain,[15] which is selected at the Great British Beer Festival, other awards include the Champion Beer of Scotland and the Champion Beer of Wales. National Beer Scoring Scheme[edit] CAMRA developed the National Beer Scoring Scheme[16] (NBSS) as an easy to use scheme for judging beer quality in pubs, to assist CAMRA branches in selecting pubs for the Good Beer Guide. The person filling in the form records their name, date, the pub, the beer and the score. CAMRA members may also input their beer scores on line via the CAMRA website Whatpub.com. Pub
heritage group[edit] The CAMRA Pub Heritage Group
CAMRA Pub Heritage Group
identifies, records and helps to protect pub interiors of historic and/or architectural importance, and seeks to get them listed.[17] The group maintains two inventories of Heritage pubs, the National Inventory (NI), which contains only those pubs that have been maintained in their original condition (or have been modified very little) for at least thirty years, but usually since at least World War II. The second, larger, inventory is the Regional Inventory (RI), which is broken down by county and contains both those pubs listed in the NI and other pubs that are not eligible for the NI, for reasons such as having been overly modified, but are still considered historically important, or have particular architectural value. The NI contains 289 pubs as of June 2009[update].[18] LocAle[edit] The LocAle scheme was launched in 2007[19][20][21] to promote locally brewed beers. The scheme functions slightly differently in each area, and is managed by each branch, but each is similar: if the beer is to be promoted as a LocAle it must come from a brewery within a predetermined number of miles set by each CAMRA branch, generally around 20 , [22] although the North London
branch has set it at 30 miles[23] from brewery to pub,[20] even if it comes from a distribution centre further away;[22] in addition, each participating pub must keep at least one LocAle for sale at all times.[22][23] Investment club[edit] CAMRA members may join the CAMRA Members' Investment Club which, since 1989, has invested in real ale breweries and pub chains.[24], though all investors must be CAMRA members. [25]. See also[edit]

Beer portal United Kingdom portal

Society for the Preservation of Beers from the Wood Society of Independent Brewers Independent Family Brewers of Britain Real Ale Twats


^ England My England: A Treasury of ... – Google Books. books.google.co.uk. 2005. ISBN 978-1-86105-893-5. Retrieved 2009-07-17.  ^ "Key Events in CAMRA's History". Archived from the original on 19 September 2012. Retrieved 25 July 2013.  ^ Low, Harry (31 March 2016). "Should there be a crusade to save British pubs?". BBC News. Retrieved 2016-03-31.  ^ Neill, Richard (9 November 2000). "Still bitter after all these years". The Telegraph. London. Retrieved 2009-07-17.  ^ "CAMRA's Revitalisation Project Events - CAMRA". CAMRA. Retrieved 2016-04-25.  ^ "About Us – CAMRA". Retrieved 26 October 2011.  ^ "Campaigns – CAMRA". Retrieved 26 October 2011.  ^ "Different Styles". Archived from the original on 29 July 2013. Retrieved 25 July 2013.  ^ "About Cider – CAMRA". Archived from the original on 22 January 2012. Retrieved 26 October 2011.  ^ "Cromarty, CAMRA and crazy cask cancellation". I might have a glass of beer. March 15, 2013.  ^ What is CAMRA?, CAMRA, 4 April 2012, archived from the original on 6 April 2012, retrieved 4 April 2012  ^ "What is CAMRA?". CAMRA. Archived from the original on 10 January 2011. Retrieved 27 October 2011.  ^ "CAMRA Near You". CAMRA. Retrieved 26 October 2011.  ^ List of upcoming CAMRA beer festivals ^ Champion Beer of Britain, Campaign for Real Ale, retrieved 25 July 2013  ^ Laniosh, Brett (12 January 2006), National Beer Scoring Scheme, Campaign for Real Ale, retrieved 25 July 2013  ^ Heritage Pubs – An Overview, Campaign for Real Ale, retrieved 2009-05-05  ^ " Pub
Heritage, the Campaign for Real Ale". www.heritagepubs.org.uk. Archived from the original on 2009-06-29. Retrieved 2009-07-17.  ^ 'Check your beers urges LocAle creator' , What's Brewing, August 2010 issue ^ a b 'LocAle boosts local tourism', What's Brewing, September 2010 issue ^ CAMRA LocAle (accessed 25 July 2013) ^ a b c LocAle – More Information & Downloads for Licensees Archived 22 September 2013 at the Wayback Machine. (accessed 25 July 2013) ^ a b CAMRA North London – LocAle (accessed 6 September 2010) ^ "Company Information". Companies House. Retrieved 18 December 2017.  ^ "Club rules". CAMRA Member Investment Club. Retrieved 18 December 2017. 

External links[edit]

CAMRA website Campaign for Real Ale
Campaign for Real Ale
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Heritage Group – Official Site

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