In normal circumstances, this would be the week that local members of the Campaign for Real Ale (CAMRA) prepared for the Lincoln Beer Festival. And, at the weekend, they would be serving over 100 real ales from independent breweries across the country to thousands of thirsty customers.
Of course, for the second year running, the event cannot go ahead. However, the difference this year is that pubs are now open and serving cask ales. So we are encouraging as many members and non-members as possible to visit our great local pubs over the bank holiday weekend to discover the range of real ales on offer.
We will be compiling a list of the real ales and real ciders that will be available over the weekend and where to find them. We’ll be interested to see whether the number of different ales matches what would have been available at the Festival.
Aaron Joyce, chairman of Lincoln CAMRA, said, “What makes the British pub unique is delicious, fresh cask beer. It’s a drink you can only enjoy in the pub – or at a beer festival. However, millions of drinkers across the UK have not been able to enjoy it for much of the last twelve months. So now pubs have reopened, I’d like to encourage everyone to get down to their local pub for a fresh cask beer, preferably from a local brewery. You’ll not only get a great-tasting beer but you’ll be supporting local independent breweries and our struggling pub-industry.”
Lincoln Beer Festival 2021 – at-your-local-beers
As CAMRA members we stand ready to support our locals once they reopen –but we need to make sure that pubs survive this crisis so they can thrive in the months and years ahead. Some pub companies have offered support to their tenants but most of the largest have not. They are still charging rent or, at best, deferring payments so tenants will still be billed for this period at a later date.Pub companies have lobbied for a long time for the principle of rent paid by their tenants being based on turnover. Now that pubs are closed, most have no turnover –therefore we at CAMRA believe it is only fair that their rent should be cancelled. Of the “Big Six” pub companies (those which have over 500 pubs with tied tenants), only Admiral Taverns has cancelled rent for the closure period. We need other companies to follow suit urgently and take the responsible and fair course of action. Please help us persuade them to do the right thing, by sending an email to all the Chief Executives of the “Big Six” who are still planning to collect rent from their tenants.
CAMRA in partnership with SIBA and Crowdfunder are “Pulling Together”, to help the industry through these challenging times. Use the link provided to see what this new initiative is all about and how you and your local can get involved.
Dates for your diary, the Festival will be open from Thursday 21st May to Saturday 23rd May 2020 at the Drill Hall, Lincoln. More details soon.