The Campaign for Real Ale is the leading consumer organisation that campaigns for real ale and the rights of those who drink it. CAMRA's membership is drawn from across the world and now stands at almost 150,000, many thousands of whom volunteer large quantities of their time in furtherance of CAMRA's aims.
From now until 31 December, if you are a CAMRA member, you can vote in the Champion Beer Of Britain competition.
To do so, visit the CAMRA website, camra.org.uk and log in as a member. Once in, click on "Go to My CAMRA" and then, from the list on the left hand side of the screen, select "CBOB Voting". Then follow the instructions.
Cardiff CAMRA is currently deciding what will be its next Pub Of The Year and, if you are a CAMRA member living in Cardiff, we would like your help.
A shortlist of candidates has been drawn up as follows:
City Arms, Quay Street.
Gwaelod y Garth Inn, Gwaelod y Garth.
Lansdowne, 71 Beda Road, Canton.
Pen and Wig, 1 Park Grove.
Urban Tap House, 26 Westgate Street.
Do you know that if you are a CAMRA member you can help select the Cardiff pubs to be included in the 2015 Good Beer Guide?
Cardiff CAMRA covers the whole of the City and County of Cardiff and, during the next few months, will be selecting up to 14 pubs to go in the next edition of the Guide. This will be done on the basis of the quality of the real ale in each pub.
CAMRA members can have a say by logging into Whatpub.com. Having been to a pub and tasted its real ale, visit that pub's detailed Whatpub entry and complete the form towards the right hand side of the page.
September sees the launch of not one but two new pub guides.
The First is an old favourite, the Good Beer Guide. First appearing in 1974 is now in its 41st issue. GBG remains the only guide listing pubs selected by a nationwide team of thousands on the basis of the quality of the pubs real ale. It also contains a unique list of all the real ale breweries currently operating in the UK, which now numbers well over a thousand.
Every year, CAMRA organises a beer festival at Minehead Railway Station in Somerset. The station forms the western terminus of the West Somerset Railway which, at over 20 miles long, is the longest heritage railway in Britain. This year, on Saturday 7 September, Cardiff CAMRA will be running a coach trip to the festival.
In 1988, CAMRA set up APPLE, its organisation tasked with campaigning for real cider and perry. On 16 May, APPLE celebrates its 25th anniversary, which includes a special cider-tasting social at the Queens Vaults in Westgate Street. Everyone is welcome to attend the event, which starts at 2000 hours.
Over the years, APPLE has been active in many areas including running cider and perry festivals, running cider and perry bars at beer festivals, assisting in the publication of CAMRA's Good Cider Guide and arranging annual Cider and Perry Of The Year competitions.