Have Your Say & Help Choose 2017 Champion Beer of Britain:

 

CAMRA’s Supreme Champion Beer of Britain 2016 Binghams’ Vanilla Stout, brewed in Berkshire, was named Supreme Champion Beer of Britain at this year’s Great British Beer Festival. Chris Bingham is delighted with the interest the award has attracted, saying: ‘The Gold award in Supreme Champion Beer of Britain 2016 means a huge amount to Binghams Brewery and has created a surge of interest in Vanilla Stout and our other beers from not only the public at our brewery shop but also pubs and wholesalers.’

 

Now to 2017…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.

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Tritton Tank

Cathedral Heights brewer, Steve Marston and Lincoln CAMRA committee member, Ashley Sewell, mashing the Festival ale Tritton Tank, brewed to mark 100 years since the first operational use of the tank, during the First World War.  The Tank Mark 1 was based on “Little Willie” (The Lincoln Machine) which was built at William Foster and Company of Lincoln.
The tank-themed beers at the festival are:

  • Tritton Tank (the Festival ale) from Cathedral Heights Brewery at Bracebridge Heath.
  • Challenger II from Newby Wyke Brewery at Grantham.
  • Tank Ale from Pheasantry Brewery at East Markham.

 

Dambusters Inn is Lincoln CAMRA Pub of the Year

The Dambusters Inn at Scampton has been named as the Lincoln CAMRA Branch Pub of the Year for 2016.

The competition was divided into two categories, with CAMRA members voting for their favourite city pub and their favourite from the villages in the Branch area. Four judges then visited the top three pubs in each category to assess the quality of the beer, the atmosphere, service and community focus.

The Dambusters reflects the two great passions of landlord, Greg Algar – real ale and RAF wartime history. The pub is crammed with RAF memorabilia, and an entire wall is dedicated to the men of 617 “Dambusters” Squadron. But this is no a sterile museum; it is very much a thriving community local with real ale at its heart. Greg has installed a microbrewery in an outbuilding, and his beers are served alongside ales from small breweries across the UK.

The runner-up and Lincoln CAMRA City Pub of the Year is the Dog and Bone on John Street. The other city pubs in the final were the Strugglers Inn and the Golden Eagle. The Butcher and Beast in Heighington and the Three Horseshoes in Waddington were the other country finalists.

Lincoln CAMRA chairman, Aaron Joyce, said, “Since taking over, Greg has worked tirelessly to develop the pub. And that hard work is really paying off. Last year, the Dambusters was our Country Pub of the Year and, now, it’s taken our top award.”

The Dambusters now goes forward to the Lincolnshire round of the competition, where it will be up against the winners from the Gainsborough, Grimsby, Scunthorpe, Louth, Grantham and Fenland branches.

Beer – the healthy option?

by Steve Renshaw

You can hardly open a newspaper these days without finding an article about the harmful effects of sugar and fat in our diet. Given the impact of obesity on the nation’s health and the potential cost implications for the National Health Service, we should all be concerned.

So I was pleasantly surprised recently to read some myth-busting facts about my favourite tipple. Granted they were on the “There’s a Beer For That” website that is run by the British Beer Alliance, so we may have to take them with a pinch of salt. (Or is that unhealthy too?) However, they are taken from a study by nutritionists into some of the misconceptions the general public has about beer. Continue reading “Beer – the healthy option?”