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 are more than 150,000, many thousands of whom volunteer large quantities of their time in furtherance of CAMRA's aims. As an independent body we represent the consumers, not the business interests of any brewery or trade organisation.
If you have been to London, you may well be familiar with the Nicholson's chain of pubs. These are traditional pubs, often quite fine architecturally, well restored and serving an interesting range of real ales.
There will shortly be a Nicholson's pub in Cardiff. The O'Neill's pub in Trinity Street is currently closed and undergoing alterations. When it reopens on Thursday 4 December it will be named the Old Market Tavern.
Hopefully, it will make another fine addition to Cardiff city centre's growing pub scene.
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.
Urban Tap House, 26 Westgate Street.
From now until 30 November, if you are a CAMRA member, you can vote in the Champion Beer Of Britain competition.
To do so, visit the www.cbobvoting.org.uk and log in as a member. Once in, just follow the instructions.
The initial stages of the competition are based on regions and Welsh members will be asked to vote for beers brewed regularly in Wales. Your votes will help determine which beers will be judged during special tastings at the Great Welsh Beer and Cider Festival next year.
Saturday 12 July is a day of beer festivals, with festivals taking place at both Hereford and Bishop's Castle, in Shropshire, and Cardiff CAMRA is offering the opportunity to visit either. Our coach will be leaving Cardiff at 0930 and will arrive at Hereford around 1100 giving those who want to attend Hereford CAMRA's Beer On The Wye festival an hour to explore the city of Hereford before the festival opens at 1200.
One of the best-known faces of Welsh brewing has retired. Don Jeffrey has called time on a career of more than 40 years.
Don, who has worked for Brains in Cardiff for 17 years, was responsible for the recipe of Reverend James, originally a Crown Buckley brand, which has become one of Brains' best-selling cask beers.
Cardiff CAMRA secretary, Brian Francis said: "He has been a friend of local CAMRA branches since his days at the now defunct Buckley's brewery."
The Lansdowne, in Lansdowne Road, Canton has been voted by CAMRA as Cardiff's top pub and an award ceremony recently took place there.
This comes close on the heels of the pub being highly commended in CAMRA's national award for the best pub refurbishment.
Not long ago the future for the Lansdowne looked grim. It seemed yet another under-performing back street pub set for permanent closure.