SOMERSET PINTS OF VIEW WINTER 2016
This is the home page of the Somerset Branch of the Campaign for Real Ale (CAMRA) which covers most of the county of Somerset.
The website is new and developing so please bear 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, so just use your mouse to click on the link and you will be taken to the appropriate external website. This will also work within the website for internal hyperlinks.
NEW SOUTH WEST REGION WEBSITE
There is now a new web site for the whole of the South West Region this can be found using the link SOUTH WEST CAMRA WEBSITE, check it out
CAMRA 4 PINT TAKEAWAYS
The following pubs now have 4 pint takeaways For you to able to enjoy your Real Ales/ Cider/Perry in the comfort of your home.
Cross Keys, Lydford-on-Foss ~ Farmers Arms, Combe Flory ~ Halfway House, Pitney ~ Quantock Brewery Bar, Bishops Lydeard ~ Ring of Bells, St James Street, Taunton.
Ask at the Bar and enjoy.
NEW J. D. WETHERSPOON PUB HAS OPENED IN WELLINGTON
The Iron Duke opened at the end of August 2016 in Wellington. JD Wetherspoon has spent £2.3 million developing the new pub, at the site of the old Town Hall Building in Fore Street, which was built in 1833. Features include one bar, a roof-top beer garden and a side roof-top terrace. as well as being wheelchair accessible.
THE FARMERS ARMS, COMBE FLORY IS CURRENTLY CLOSED DUE TO A ROOF FIRE SEE STORY BELOW
A fire started around 15:20 on the 11th January due a spark from a wood burner, the fire destroyed part of the roof and caused extensive water damage however the kitchen and cellar were saved and just need a good clean. The insurers have been very helpful and it is hoped that a pop up pub probably using a marquee should appear in around 4 weeks to keep the business operating whilst full renovations are made. WATCH THIS SPACE FOR FURTHER DETAILS AND WHEN THE POP UP PUB WILL BE OPEN. The branch wishes Tim and is staff the best of luck during these difficult times and look forward to drinking at the Farmers in the not too distant future.
THE VOTES ARE IN AND PUB OF THE YEAR 2017 IS THE CROSSWAYS AT WEST HUNTSPILL CONGRATULATIONS.
A full article will appear shortly
QUANTOCK BREWERY NEWS
Many of you may have heard that Quantock Brewery is currently in administration but the brewery will CONTINUE TO OPERATE AS NORMAL so please support the brewery and visit the tap for a drink on Fridays and Saturdays. It is hopeful that a buyer will be found to keep the brewery going. The branches support and thoughts are with Cheryl,Rob and staff during this difficult time and many thanks for the support for CAMRA that the brewery has given. LONG MAY THEY KEEP ON BREWING.
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
- Saturday, 18:20 : The @LDbeerfest is coming! All draught beers will be from the London Brewers Alliance or brewed in the city: ow.ly/rYze309hBmw
- Saturday, 13:30 : The UK pays the second highest rate of beer duty across the EU, that's why we're calling for a 1p cut to beer duty: ow.ly/QnFJ308QsLy
- Saturday, 10:50 : CAMRA is calling on Northern Ireland Assembly candidates to pledge support for brewers and beer drinkers: ow.ly/2c56309f54v @camra_ni
- Friday, 19:10 : Who will it be? @gndhudswell @sallyatham @StanfordArmsPub or The Swan with Two Necks #POTY
- Friday, 19:05 : One week left until one of our four finalists is crowned CAMRA's National Pub of the Year.