This is the home page of the Somerset Branch which covers most of the county of Somerset.
The website is new and developing so please bare with us whilst we go through the inevitable teething problems. The aim is to provide members with all the information about the branch activity in this area and nationally.
It will also provide visitors with information on the pubs, breweries and beers and ciders in the area and supporting information to enable the visitor to enjoy this beautiful and often ignored area.
Please use the menu on the left to navigate to the page of interest, the site will include multiple hyperlinks to other sites of interest including breweries, pubs, tourist sites etc. Hyperlinks will be shown in Blue and underlined just use the mouse to click on the link and you will be taken to the appropriate site, this will also work within the website.
STOP PRESS SOMERSET CAMRA TO HOLD 2016 BEER FESTIVAL AT QUANTOCK BREWERY
The festival will be held on the second weekend in September at Quantock Brewery which is next to the West Somerset Railway Station on Broadgauge Business Park, Bishops Lydeard, Taunton, TA4 3RU.
FRIDAY 9th SEPTEMBER and SATURDAY 10th SEPTEMBER 2016
Yes folks there will be a Somerset CAMRA beer and cider festival this year so get the dates in your diary NOW. The festival will be held on the dates above and will be held at QUANTOCK BREWERY. We should have around 50 beers and 10 ciders on offer. The festival will start at 4.00pm to 11.00pm on Friday 9th September and 11.00am to 11.00pm on Saturday 10th September. Watch this space for further details and please try to come and support it.
VIVARY PARK WILL NOT HAPPEN THIS YEAR BUT LOOK OUT FOR 2017
It is with regret that we have to announce that the Somerset CAMRA Real Ale and Cider Festival will not take place in Vivary Park, Taunton, as we were hoping and planning for this year. Due to circumstances beyond our control we were unable to obtain the necessary permissions in an acceptable time frame.
We are still working with Taunton Deane Borough Council and planning to hold the festival in 2017. This will give us more time to plan the festival, and it should be better than ever.
We are working towards holding a small festival in September 2016. Please watch this space for further news.
We are sorry to disappoint our regular followers and we are sure you understand the difficult circumstances we have been working under the last year. We are but a small group of volunteers. Thanks you all for bearing with us.
2000 - RIP - MINEHEAD - 2015
The end of an era! Why did it have to come to this? What’s to become of Somerset Branch Real Ale & Cider Festival !!?
16 years is a long time to hold a festival at one location. The first and oldest to be held at a Heritage Railway site, and many others followed.
The Minehead Railway had grown into a unique and enjoyed event, like everyone say’s, Real Ale and steam trains go together, so why did it have to end?
A lot of things have been said back and forth, but in the end the only losers here are Real Ale, Cider and train loving punters, who every year came and had an enjoyable day out. It is a pity really in one sense, the festival had outgrown the site due to the popularity, and the mighty “Health & Safety” laws took over. In another way it has been said that financially the festival wasn’t making any profit for the site owners. In our eyes the festival was always safe and very well attended with visitors coming from all over the country even Switzerland and America.
We were very lucky with the weather, I am sure if we would have had inclement weather the festival would not have gone on for so long.
Over the years a very dedicated team had put on the best possible Festival. It was what we thought the public would want, and from the comments that I got every year it was definitely what they wanted. So where do we go from here you ask......?
We want to put on a Real Ale & Cider Festival this year and are working hard already to make this happen. It will be the same weekend, but Friday afternoon/evening and all day Saturday 9th & 10th September, it will be a ticket Festival, just to see how many people would be interested and to know numbers for beer and cider ordering.
Information will be posted on the Branch website www.somerset.camra.org.uk – for ticket purchase and venue.
I would like to thank all those involved with the Festival from W.S.R. at Minehead over the years, and lastly I would like to thank very much all the volunteers past and present from Camra, who helped out with the Festival and hope you will support the Festival at it’s new site.
CONGRATULATIONS TO THE BREWERS ARMS WINNER OF PUB OF THE YEAR 2016
Congratulations to the Brewers Arms at South Petherton who after being runner up so many times have very deservedly won the title 2016 Somerset Pub of the Year, well done all involved in this fantastic village pub. There will be a presentation on Saturday 13th February at 1:00pm see branch diary for further details. A more detailed article will be posted on the Branch Pub Awards page shortly. So please come along and help celebrate on the 13th.
CONGRATULATIONS TO THE WYVERN CLUB , SOMERSET CLUB OF THE YEAR FOR 2016
Below is a photograph of the presentation, congratulations again.
EXMOOR BREWERY NEWS and TRIP see Branch Diary
Exmoor Gold has won the GOLD award in the Golden ales category in the 2015 Champion Beer of Britain, South West Regional Competition. This is Exmoor's first award since the move to the new brewery and follows on from their SILVER award received last year for Exmoor Stag in the Strong bitter category, which was brewed at the old brewery.
Exmoor Ales which is Somerset's largest brewery are congratulated by Somerset branch of CAMRA on receiving this award.
Also, Exmoor Ales have brewed a special beer for the upcoming Wetherspoons beer festival. It is called Exmoor Gold Export at 5.5 %. This is based on the bottled Exmoor Gold recipe, but stronger in alcohol. It is brewed with four hops, namely Celeia, Challenger, Fuggles and Goldings. Wetherspoons tasting notes state “This new, golden beer has been brewed exclusively for this Wetherspoons real ale festival, with a juicy malt aroma, hints of citric hops, plus a bittersweet, intensely hoppy finish.”
In addition to Exmoor's core range of beers (Ale, Fox, Gold, Stag and Beast), Exmoor currently have three seasonal beers available which are well worth seeking out.
Exmoor Silver Stallion 4.3% (extended due to promotional deal with M & B)
Exmoor Dark 4.2%, to coincide with Halloween
Exmoor Wild Cat 4.4%
NEWS FROM GYLE 59 BREWERY and TRIP see Branch Diary
Hello from Gyle 59 Brewery - and for those of you that don't know we are situated just inside Dorset on the Devon border and just a few miles from Somerset.
We enjoy a very rural location on the Sadborow Estate from where we produce our unfined beers made with spring water heated by a log burner. We believe that we are just one of a handful of breweries in the UK that use a log burner to heat our Hot Liquor Tank.
This year has been extremely busy for us as the business has developed and grown as nationwide sales have increased. In particular we have had a large extension added to our premises that incorporates a new office, kitchen, cask wash area as well as a dedicated bottling area and bottle conditioning room. This has freed up our old office which we are fitting out as a brewery tap and bottle shop. The tap room will be open on Saturday lunch times and we will use the bar during brewery tours and other events
Two events to note in your diary: -
We are hosting the eagerly awaited collaboration brew involving brewsters (female brewers) from Project Venus as we are lucky enough to have Emma Turner (our brewster) who is a member of this exclusive group. Brew day is on the auspicious date of Saturday 31st October but don't worry brewing will be completed by 4pm that day for the Rugby fans amongst you. Wide screen TV available at the Bottle Inn just up the lane. The brew (yet to be announced) will be available whilst stocks last in the lead up to Christmas.
The launch of our Brewery Tap is Saturday 21st November and we will have at least one beer on tap that has never been tasted before! Keep an eye out for further details which will be announced via our website www.gyle59.co.uk and social media (Twitter @Gyle59brew)
The Brewery, Sadborow Estate Yard, Thorncombe, Dorset TA20 4PW
Phone: 01297 678990 or 07833 204543
SARAH HUGHES DARK RUBY MILD WINNER OF BEER OF THE FESTIVAL 2015
This years winner at the Minehead Beer Festival was the always popular Sarah Hughes Dark Ruby Mild from the West Midlands, congratulations to the brewery and watch this space for the presentation trip in the New Year
The other results are:-
RUNNER UP :- BRISTOL BEER FACTORY Fuzzy Logic
JOINT THIRD :- MOOR HOPPINESS / STEEL CITY GREECE PROOF PAPER & GRAFTONS LADY RUBY CHERRY MILD
SOMERSET BEER OF THE FESTIVAL WINNER was RCH Somerset Camra 40th Anniversary Blackberry Porter
Congratulations to all the winners and watch out for any presentation trips details on this website.
RCH PRESENTED WITH CERTIFICATE FOR SOMERSET BEER OF THE FESTIVAL
RCH brewer Graham Dunbaven receives the Beer of the Festival award from Organiser Glen Willis and Chairman Phil Emond at the Christmas Social at the Halfway, Pitney
EXMOOR ALES CELEBRATES 35 YEARS
Exmoor Ales has a lot to celebrate this year not only 35 years of brewing but also moving to a new and larger home. To celebrate they have also brewed a new beer XPA 4.8% a golden hoppy beer with a transatlantic twist using two American Hops ( Willamette and Cascade ) for full details of the beer and the new brewery click on the link below.
Click here for Exmoor 35 Years Press Release
SOMERSET BRANCH 40th ANNIVERSARY YEAR 2015
This year sees the 40th anniversary of Somerset CAMRA and the plan is to make it a memorable one with a number of special branch activities to celebrate. We have created a special web page to keep you informed and hopefully show pictures of the events, just click on the link at the left hand side. Details will also appear in Pints of View. Please try to come along to the events and reminisce with old friends.
HALFWAY HOUSE PITNEY WINS SOMERSET PUB OF THE YEAR 2015
Congratulations to Mark Phillips and all the staff for being voted Somerset Pub of the Year (POTY) 2015. Over 150 members responded to the mail out and the Halfway was a worthy winner. The runner up was again the Brewers Arms, South Petherton, with the Cross Keys, Lydford-on-Fosse a close third. For full details of the winner see the Branch Pub Awards page ( full details on the branch diary page ).
Twitter / CAMRA_Official
- Tuesday 23rd August, 12:00 : We've just released the much-anticipated new edition of Britain’s Best Real Heritage Pubs ow.ly/1y9g303uBDb pic.twitter.com/fAUdrFN2TZ
- Monday 22nd August, 22:29 : RT @CRRosenstiel: @BBCRadio4 World Tonight @camcitco used Article 4 directions to protect its pubs several years ago. What kept Wandsworth? @CAMRA_Official
- Monday 22nd August, 19:14 : RT @lathkilhotel: @CAMRA_Official why not head out to the #peakdistrict for our #BeerFestival? #realale #livemusic #pubinthepeaks pic.twitter.com/0zwXudMuYC
- Tuesday 23rd August, 08:00 : Find out why the @shfCAMRA are campaigning to save the University Arms ow.ly/G9bj303uyHG
- Monday 22nd August, 17:58 : RT @TheNarrows13: @PrescottAles @WhiteHorseBrew @Adnams @SharpsBrewery @westberksbrew @CAMRA_Official today's ales pic.twitter.com/e6M1RAFL5E