Berkshire South-East

Campaign for Real Ale

Campaign for Real Ale


  • Introducing our Newest Committee Member - Mike Dixon, Social Media Officer Friday 11 September 2020

    In our recent AGM I was voted in as the Social Media Officer for the branch, so wanted to take this opportunity to introduce myself. For a number of years I have enjoyed trying different beers and attending various beer festivals, however it was 2 years ago after the Ascot beer festival I decided to join CAMRA. Since then I have had the chance to learn more about beer, appreciating different styles, as well as visiting various interesting pubs and breweries. I was also able to attend the Ascot beer festival again, this time as a volunteer (though unfortunately not this year), and of course got to meet lots of other members of the branch!

    As Social Media Officer / Champion I have now taken over running the branch Twitter and Facebook accounts. I'd like to thank Simon Grist and Andy Ross for running these so proficiently until now. My initial plan is to keep up a similar style and level of communication. This will include providing updates from the local branch and committee members, as well as information from CAMRA and selected posts from local pubs and breweries.

    Currently of course a number of posts are related to how we are all coping with the ever changing situation, including new rules, opening hours etc. Hopefully over time things will return to some more level of normality at which point I aim to start providing more varied information on our pubs and what they are doing, as well updates on our events and what we have coming up. I also will look at how we can coordinate the information across both platforms a bit more where appropriate.

    In the meantime if you have any updates, or see any relevant external posts that you think should be shared with the branch, then feel free to let me know by emailing the Social Media Officer

  • Ascot Beer Festival 2020 Cancelled Monday 24 August 2020

    Ascot Beer Festival Logo 2019

    The CAMRA organising committee for the annual Ascot Racecourse Beer Festival have today issued the following statement regarding the 2020 running of the beer festival:

    "Sadly, as a result of the Government restrictions imposed following the outbreak of COVID-19 and the difficulties of maintaining a safe environment for our customers and volunteers we have taken the decision with the Racecourse to cancel the 2020 festival. We hope to be back in 2021."

  • Mad Cow Magazine Goes Online During Pandemic Friday 1 May 2020

    Issue 59 of the Mad Cow magazine

    With all pubs and clubs being shut due to the Covid-19 pandemic, it is not possible to distribute issue 59 of our Mad Cow magazine in printed form through these venues.

    Issue 59 has therefore gone online-only.

    Why not go ahead and view Issue 59 right now using the online reader? We hope that you enjoy it.

    A strong theme in this edition is CAMRA's #PullingTogether campaign, encouraging us all to support our local pubs, clubs and breweries as they innovate to trade in different ways during this difficult time.

    In you are interested in the back catalogue for the Mad Cow then previous editions can also be viewed and read from the branch page.

  • Pulling Together to Support Local Pubs and Breweries Friday 17 April 2020

    Pulling Together campaign logo

    The unprecedented restrictions introduced by the Government as a result of the Covid-19 outbreak have had a significant effect on all our lives, as well as on the business operations of pubs and breweries, with their very survival threatened.

    Pubs and breweries across the UK have risen to the challenge in the face of unprecedented levels of uncertainty while we all fight the spread of Covid-19.

    Pubs have been ordered to close, except for the provision of off-sales and deliveries.

    A number of pubs have chosen to adapt their businesses during this time to offer takeaway beer, cider and food. In fact, the Government has temporarily relaxed planning rules to enable pubs which wouldn’t ordinarily be permitted to serve takeaway food to do so.

    CAMRA is working to highlight how people can continue to support pubs and clubs and has teamed up with the Society of Independent Brewers to launch its #PullingTogether campaign. This brings together national information on which pubs and breweries are offering services to the public during the close-down.

    As part of that campaign, here in Berkshire South-East branch we have produced information on how to find LOCAL PUBS & BREWERIES OFFERING TAKE-AWAY OR DELIVERY SERVICES.

    Furthermore, CAMRA have launched the Brew2You app to provide a platform for online ordering of takeaway/delivery beer and cider during the Covid-19 crisis.