Trips & Events
Sheffield Trip February 2017
Calling at Devonshire Cat, Brewdog, Old House, Station Tap, wellington, Kelham Island, Fat Cat, Riverside, Harlequin, Shakespeare, Rutland Arms, Banker's Draft, Red Deer, University Arms and Beer Engine
Stourbridge Marking Social Thursday 15th December 2016
Calling at the Waggon & Horses, Red House Boutique, Scary Canary and Barbridge.
We have held a Members’ Night for about 10 years, at first in local pubs and as it grew to present levels, in larger premises such as Sadler’s Brewhouse and Bar or Badelynge Bar, Green Duck Brewery. 670 invitations were sent out, mainly by email but 277 by post, which takes a lot of time to prepare! Green Duck had been informed of numbers attending, ordered food, and booked the staff, 90 members had accepted and replied to. It was at this eleventh hour that the Regional Director of CAMRA intervened and informed us we could not use profits from our beer festival to host this kind of event. We pointed out that we had even been praised in the past for our success encouraging members to become more active through this kind of event, but to no avail. The morale of the branch committee was shattered. Chair Phil Zjalic had the arduous task of informing Green Duck of the sad news. Intent on saving the day, he miraculously managed to negotiate a successful outcome. Many thanks to the generosity of Green Duck, Scott Povey and Slot Catering. The evening went ahead, although the evening start time was 8pm there were quite a few members waiting to come in when the doors were opened. As they arrived they were issued a token each for their free pint courtesy of Green Duck. At around 8:30pm Phil welcomed everybody and explained the format of the evening. This was followed by Head Brewer Alex Hill, who gave a short talk about the beers available that night and then Tony Skirving gave instruction on how to obtain a password for the CAMRA websites and how to enter beer scores on WhatPub.com. There were a few technical hitches with the equipment but he got the message across. This was followed by an excellent social, meeting new members, intermingling with old, eating a splendid buffet and drinking a selection of superb Green Duck real ales. A very successful and enjoyable night.