Just one week after being named Best Cask Ale Pub by Heineken-owned Star Pubs & Bars, Lincoln’s Strugglers Inn has won another award. The Lincoln Branch of the Campaign for Real Ale has chosen The Struggs as their Pub of the Year for 2019.
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. Five judges then visited the top three pubs in each category to assess the quality of the beer, the atmosphere, service and community focus.
Standing in the shadow of Lincoln Castle, the Strugglers Inn is big on character and conversation, and a warm welcome from the staff is assured. The ceilings of the main bar and snug are adorned with pumpclips of beers that have appeared on the bar. There is regular live music on Sunday teatimes.
Lincoln CAMRA chairman, Aaron Joyce, said, “The Struggs is a classic community local. And with ten handpumps on the bar, it’s a magnet for real-ale drinkers from near and far.”
The runner-up and Lincoln CAMRA Country Pub of the Year is the Dambusters Inn in Scampton. The other city pubs in the final were the Cardinal’s Hat and the Jolly Brewer. The Butcher and Beast in Heighington and the Ivy in Wragby were the other country finalists.
The Strugglers Inn 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 CAMRA Branches.
The Mayor of Lincoln, Cllr Keith Weaver officially opens the 2018 Lincoln Beer Festival by pulling a pint of the festival beer, watched by festival organiser Lauraine Compton and deputy organiser John Watkinson.
Planning is well underway for this years Lincoln Beer Festival. It’s shaping up to be another great event, but as usual we can not run it without your help!
Jobs include; getting people admitted into the festival, dispensing glasses to thirsty attendees, serving on one of our three bars, assisting the volunteering team, selling products at our CAMRA shop & signing up new members to the campaign on our membership stand. No experience? Don’t worry! Our core team of volunteers are happy to show you the ropes.
Benefits of working include;
- Free Refreshments
- Free Beer
- Food Subsidy
(Terms & conditions apply)
Any time you can spare is much appreciated be it one shift, one day or more!
Please visit Lincoln Beer Festival Volunteering for the volunteering form.
Volunteers needed on the following days on the following areas, these are the times of the day we need people, you do not have to do a full 12 hours, any time you can offer in any of the following areas is much appreciated, be it 3/4 hours or more!
Festival Set up;
Wednesday 23rd May 3-5 volunteers (Lunch provided)
Ale Bar 18:00-Close 5 volunteers
Door (Admissions) 15:00-17.00
Products/membership 17:00-24:00 1 volunteer
Ale Bar 18:00-19:00 5 volunteers 19:00-24:00 6/7 volunteers
Imported Bar 17:00-24:00 1 volunteer
Door (Admissions) 16:00-19:00 2 volunteers
Gate 17:00-18:00 1 volunteer
Glasses 16:00-17:00 1 volunteer
Products/Membership 16:00-19:00 1 volunteer
Ale Bar 17:00-19:00 5 volunteers, 19:00-21:00 6, 21:00-close 7 volunteers
Imported Bar 12:00-15:00 2 volunteers
Gate 17:00-20:00 1 volunteer
Door 11:15-13:00 1 volunteers, 16:00-18:00 2 volunteers, 18:00-21:00 3 volunteers
Products/Membership 17:00-19:00 1 volunteer
Glasses Counter 18:00-24:00 2 volunteers
Sunday 27th 8 volunteers that can move scaffolding
Tuesday 29th 5 volunteers to load scaffolding (Breakfast roll and soft drink/coffee provided)
The Mayor of Lincoln, Cllr Chris Burke, opens the 2017 Lincoln Beer Festival.
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.