Pints of View Autumn 2017
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.
Sad Farewell to Paul Davey
It is with deepest regret we have to announce the passing of Paul Davey on 22nd October 2017. He was one of the hardest workers in the Somerset branch of CAMRA for many years, running the excellent Pub Trail almost since its inception and more recently taking on the role of editor of Pints of View alongside running the advertisements. He traveled widely distributing Pints of View to many pubs and surveying them for the Good Beer Guide. He will be sadly missed. Our thoughts are with his wife, Sally.
We will be having a committee meeting at the end of November about how we are going to cover Paul’s many roles. In the meantime, if you have any queries please contact the branch secretary Katie Redgate at firstname.lastname@example.org. Also, if anyone would be interested in helping with Pints of View distribution and pub surveying in the central and east part of the branch area please contact Katie.’
Beer Writer of the Year
Beer Writer of the Year has been presented to a long standing friend of many in the Somerset branch. Adrian Tierney-Jones, a well known beer writer and once very active member of our branch as he lived for many years in Dulverton, has been presented with the ‘Beer Writer of the Year 2017’ award by the British Guild of Beer Writers. Use the link to view the press release. Congratulations to Adrian for a tremendous achievement after many years of beer writing. https://www.beerguild.co.uk/news/best-beer-writing-recognised-annual-awards.
Chug to a Pub in February
This February 2018 why not visit the Portsmouth Arms Pub in Devon on a Sunday by train on the Tarker line? See Public Transport page for details.
NO SOMERSET CAMRA BEER & CIDER FESTIVAL 2017
It is with great sadness and not a little frustration and annoyance that the branch must admit defeat and announce that there will be NO Somerset CAMRA Beer & Cider Festival this year. Watch this space for details, as hopefully we will be bringing you a fantastic Somerset festival next year.
CAMRA Somerset Branch needs YOU
How about getting more involved in the running of your local branch? There are several vacancies on the committee and we need people to make things happen, such as doing the groundwork for the annual Beer Festival. If you can spare a bit of time, or can offer any knowledge or expertise then come along to the next Branch Meeting (see Branch Diary page) or contact our Branch Secretary - Katie Redgate (see Contacts page).
We also need your help to keep our What Pub database up-to-date and fully comprehensive. See the WHAT PUB (LOCAL) page to see how you can help by supplying information, photographs and beer ratings.
Exmoor Gold is a finalist at GBBF 2017
Finalist…sadly not winner this year….however The Original Golden Ale gathering more and more drinkers every year. Looks like it blows your head off!
QUANTOCK BREWERY NEWS
Unfortunately a section in the last "Pints of View" newsletter was printed under the "Thoughts of Chairman Mick" stating that Quantock Brewery had gone into liquidation. This was a mistake and should have read administration, and as we all know there is a massive difference. Quantock Brewery are now out of administration and moving forward. Quantock Brewery made the statement, "We are extremely pleased to announce that following a short period of administration the business and assets of QB LTD have been purchased. This fresh investment will protect and build on Quantock Brewery's success and will enable us to implement a large range of exciting plans for our future."
It should be known that Quantock never faltered during this time and are still brewing to capacity with new and exciting brews in the making like the new QPA a stunning 4% Pale ale and with new brews to come.
Check out their website at http://www.quantockbrewery.co.uk, or even better, make a trip to the brewery tap to try the beers on offer.
Somerset CAMRA apologise for any confusion caused during this time.
Pub and Club of the Year Presentations in Watchet
It was a great day for Watchet on Saturday 1st April 2017 when the Somerset Branch of CAMRA made presentations for Cider Pub of the Year to Pebbles Tavern, Joint Club of the Year to the Esplanade Club and for 15 years inclusion in the Good Beer Guide for the Star Inn.
March 2017: New Management at the Blue Ball Inn, Triscombe
Tim Young from the Farmers Arms, Combe Florey, has now taken over the Blue Ball Inn at Triscombe. He had an opening party at the Blue Ball on the 10th March 2017, where Mick presented Tim with his certificate and Glen presented him with his trophy for Beer of the Festival 2016 (Kiwi No Pants IPA).
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 ~ The Dolphin, Wellington ~ Halfway House, Pitney ~ Quantock Brewery Bar, Bishops Lydeard ~ Ring of Bells, St James Street, Taunton.
Ask at the Bar and enjoy.
THE FARMERS ARMS, COMBE FLORY IS CURRENTLY CLOSED DUE TO A ROOF FIRE
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!
See their website for full details: http://www.thecrosswaysinn.com.
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 AND JOINT WINNER (WITH THE ESPLANADE CLUB) 2017
Below is a photograph of the presentation last year, so congratulations again.
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