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 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.
A venue has been found for the 2015 Great Welsh Beer and Cider Festival. This is The Depot, a converted warehouse in Dumballs Road, Cardiff and recently the venue for several street food festivals and Cardiff Brewfest (see opposite).
The Festival will take place from Thursday 5 to Saturday 7 November and will be open from 1100 (1200 Thu) to 2300. Entry will be £5, with a free beer token for CAMRA members.
Over 120 different beers are planned along with 60 ciders and perries plus an impressive selection of local award-winning street food.
Cardiff CAMRA recently agreed its main aims for the forthcoming year. These are:
1) To promote the Real Ale scene in Wales and Welsh Real Ale Breweries including developing further the Great Welsh Beer and Cider Festival.
2) To better interact with our members and the public particularly with the aim of encouraging members to play an active part in Branch activities regardless of whether they attend formal meetings.
3) To promote and protect Cardiff pubs, providing up to date information on them, and particularly the Real Ales, Ciders and Perries they serve.
On Saturday 5 September, Cardiff CAMRA is running a trip to the Severn Valley Railway. Highlight will be the annual beer festival held on Bridgnorth Station by Telford and East Shropshire CAMRA.
We will leave from the National Museum at 0830 and, after picking up at Gabalfa and Newport, plan to arrive at Kidderminster Station at 1045 so those who wish to can continue their journeys by train on the Severn Valley Railway. For those who don't, our coach will continue to Bridgnorth Station, arriving at 1130.
The Great Welsh Beer and Cider Festival will not now be held in the Millennium Stadium in June this year.
CAMRA had been in discussion with the Stadium management about holding the event but was unable agree suitable dates and terms.
In order to justify the cost of hiring such a large venue as the Stadium, the festival would have had to have been of such a size that CAMRA would not have had sufficient volunteers to organise it effectively.
Meanwhile we are now investigating the possibilities of a more modest event later this year and are also considering options for 2016.
CAMRA has named its top Cardiff pubs. For the first time ever, it is making “Pub Of The Year” awards to two pubs, one suburban and one city centre.
Suburban “Pub Of The Year” is The Lansdowne in Lansdowne Road, Canton, which was overall winner last year.
Manager, Binki Rees was delighted. “To have the award for the second year running, and it being a relatively new business is something I am totally over the moon about, and blown away” she said.
The Queens Vaults in Westgate Street, has been voted Cardiff's top Cider and Perry Pub. This is the second year running the Queens Vaults has received this award and it will now go on to compete in CAMRA's national Cider and Perry Pub Of The Year competition.
The pub has a special stillage behind the bar which allows it to serve six traditional ciders and perries from artisan producers. These include Gwynt Y Ddraig from Llantwit Fardre near Cardiff and many producers from elsewhere.