Ullage at the Great British Beer Festival 2023
CAMRA Podcasts
Bell Inn POTY 2023
GBG 2023 Launch
Hermitage Club – COTY
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Beer Day Britain 2024

Beer Day Britain is an annual celebration on June 15th for all beer lovers and it celebrates beer from mainstream lager to limited edition craft beer and everything in between no matter where it is brewed. 

June 15th is significant because that is also the date Magna Carta was sealed in 1215. The great charter mentions ale in Article 35.  

‘Let there be throughout our kingdom a single measure for wine and a single measure for ale and a single measure for corn…..’

Ale was so important in England in 1215 that it was cited in one of the most significant legal documents in history.  Today beer and pubs are still central to British life and seven out of 10 drinks sold in a pub are beer. 


Handpump Hijack

Carlsberg Marstons Brewing Company have announced plans to sell keg beer branded Fresh Beer through cask handpumps. CAMRA need your help to campaign against these misleading products.


Last Ullage

Due to health issues, Tim Thomas resigned as editor of Ullage in October after 15 years in the role. Anyone interested in taking over the role of Ullage editor will be offered full support.

He has made Ullage an outstanding newsletter bringing you news, information and stories about pubs, breweries and events in our area. We owe him a very big vote of thanks for all the work he has done.

We do need to find someone to step in as editor to allow us to continue publishing Ullage on a regular basis. If you are interested, I can reassure you that you won’t be on your own as you’ll have the support of an excellent deputy editor and members of the Branch committee. Contact Mike if you think this is something you can do.

Demands of the role need not be onerous as the magazine contents can be trimmed to reflect the time that you are able to commit to the role.

In the meantime, we will be producing this new publication:-


Your Local

Welcome to the first edition of ‘Your Local’ that replaces ‘Ullage’, at least for a while.

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Publish date 1 Feb 2024
A message from the Branch Chair
Richard Marshall
Pub & Brewery News
By Paul Worsley
Delphic Brewery and Taproom
Delphic Brewery and Taproom to open in Newbury

Events & Meetings

Festivals

GBBF 2024 update: “The Campaign for Real Ale’s Great British Beer Festival is taking a year off in 2024 but will return in 2025”. Read More >>>

Branch Magazines

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    Publish date 1 Feb 2024
    A message from the Branch Chair
    Richard Marshall
    Pub & Brewery News
    By Paul Worsley
    Delphic Brewery and Taproom
    Delphic Brewery and Taproom to open in Newbury
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    Publish date 1 Sep 2023
    Win 12 bottles of ale
    Hermitage Brewery Anniversary Competition
    Beer Festivals
    8+ local and nearby Autumn Festivals
    GBBF 2023
    Trip report with photos
    Website background
    How we use WordPress for our website
    End of an era
    This is our last Ullage for a while
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    Publish date 1 Jun 2023
    POTY 2023
    The Bell Inn, Aldworth
    COTY 2023
    The Hungerford Club
    Cider POTY
    Catherine Wheel, Newbury
    Local Beer Gardens
    By Emily Pennington
    Pub Profile #72
    The Wheatsheaf Inn, Thatcham
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    Publish date 1 Mar 2023
    London meetup
    Central Southern Region CAMRA meet in London
    The generation gap
    Emily Pennington
    Beer style guide
    Mild by Jeff Evans



Breweries and Cider Producers in West Berks

There is currently a lot of new brewery activity in West Berkshire. Visit the Breweries page for a list of the latest breweries in our branch area.

Recent additions: Delphic Brewing Co and Swamp Bog Brewery.