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.
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.
The Queens Vaults in Westgate Street has been been named by Cardiff CAMRA its Cider and Perry Pub Of The Year.
In an award ceremony, Cardiff CAMRA Chairman, Rick Zaple, said how far traditional cider and perry had come during the past 30 years. Key to this was the existence of excellent pubs to sell traditional cider and perry.
He said that in the vanguard is the Queens Vaults with its eye catching and attractive stillage behind the bar serving a range of six fine ciders and perries.
Following on from their success with the beer duty petition CAMRA have launched a new petition aimed at Vince Cable the Secretary State for Business.
The pub scandal petition calls for the government to stick to it's promise and introduce a pubs watchdog to prevent at risk pubs from closing as a result of unfair practices within the industry.
The case for action:
• In a 2013 survey, the majority (57%) of publicans renting pubs from the large pub companies reported earning less than £10,000 a year.
I hope you all had an excellent Christmas and New Year, Attached is a copy of the branches first newsletter of the year for you to download.
See you at a meeting or social soon!
Cardiff CAMRA Membership Secretary