Happy New Year to all our members!

Why not make your New Years resolution to become more active within the branch?!

There are many ways to do this Big & small!

The easiest way is to start beer scoring on whatpub.com , each time you visit a pub you can rate the quality of the real ale you’ve drank. You may even want to let us know what beer it was & how much it cost you. This information helps us in the Good Beer Guide selection process. Even just keeping is up-to date on events happening in your local

Want to meet the branch regulars? Why not come along to a branch meeting? Have an input on what the branch gets up-to throughout the year & keep up-to date with happenings of the Lincoln pub scene. Dates & locations on our calendar & also in What’s Brewing. Worry a meeting is too formal? Fear not the formalities are dealt with early on in the meeting & after that becomes a bit more relaxed while we run through the pub & brewery news. Also we run regular socials, either walking crawls, public transport trips, or even minibus jaunts!

We are often looking for new contributors for our branch magazine, ImpAle. Be it an informative article, a travel piece, a recipe or even a quiz/puzzle! Writing not your thing? We always welcome help in delivering the ImpAles once they reach us from the printers.

Lincoln Beer Festival 2016! Planning is well under way for Our annual beer festival in May. Why not join us at the meetings or more importantly volunteer some time during the week to help run our increasingly popular event. We welcome newcomers with open arms, provide informal training & volunteering looks great on a CV! Keep an eye out for the staffing form when it appears in the Beer Festival section on the site.

However you’d like to get involved we would love for you to join us for a Happy New Year in 2016!

Dog and Bone wins CAMRA Pub of the Year for the second year running!


The Dog and Bone on John Street has been named as the Lincoln CAMRA Branch Pub of the Year for the second year in succession. Having won the award in 2014, the Batemans’ pub went on to reach the last 16 of CAMRA’s national competition.

This year, the Lincoln branch competition was divided into two categories. Members voted for their favourite city pub and their favourite from the villages in the branch area. Then five judges visited the top three pubs in each category to assess the quality of the beer, the atmosphere, service, community focus and value for money.

The Dog and Bone, a hidden gem among the old terraced houses off Monks Road, came top of the judges’ vote. It is a thriving community local run, since February 2013, by enthusiastic husband and wife team, Chris and Sarah Sorrell.

The runner-up and Lincoln CAMRA Country Pub of the Year is the Dambusters Inn at Scampton. 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, “For the Dog and Bone to win the title for the second year in a row is credit to the hard work of Chris, Sarah, their staff and indeed their customers. But the competition was close and the award to the Dambusters Inn shows that we have great pubs right across our branch area.”

The Dog and Bone 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.