CAMRA Good Beer Guide 2020 launch

Warwick Heskins (Catherine Wheel), Hugh & Maryjane Macaulay (Bell, Aldworth), Ally Lucas (WBB Taproom), Andy Pinkard (CAMRA), Marie McConnon and Dave Broderick (Hungerford Club) [photo: Richard Lock]

West Berkshire Brewery Taproom and Kitchen, hosted West Berkshire CAMRA’s launch of CAMRA’s Good Beer Guide 2020 (GBG) on 12 September, 2019.

Branch chairman Andy Pinkard presented GBG packs to representatives of featured venues including the Taproom, Hungerford Club and the Bell Inn, Aldworth.

Copies of the Good Beer Guide can be purchased from Mike Avery ( or from the CAMRA shop.

Cheers to Beer!

A group of West Berkshire CAMRA members gathered at the Cow & Cask micropub in Newbury on Beer Day Britain (Saturday 15 June, 2019) to say Cheers to Beer!

There were a few latecomers so a further photo was taken a bit later

Thanks to Ian Batho for hosting our event. Thanks also to Caroline and Les of Two Cocks Brewery who provided a growler of 1643 Leveller for donations to the micropub’s chosen charity – Thames Valley Air Ambulance.

2019 Good Beer Guide Launch

 King Charles Tavern – Good Beer Guide 2019 launch

The opportunity to discuss beer and brewing with brewers or cider and perry making with cidermakers has benefited visitors to recent CAMRA events held in Newbury.

Local brewers Kevin Brady (Indigenous) and Richard Marshall (Hermitage) were at the King Charles Tavern for the launch of CAMRA’s 2019 Good Beer Guide (GBG) on 25 September.

Branch Chairman, Andy Pinkard, explained that West Berkshire has only 11 GBG entries despite a revival in the quality of our real ale pubs. Beer scores, recorded by CAMRA members, are a vital part of the GBG selection process. Andy said ‘Cask ale is a live product. You have to look after it. We’re here to celebrate those pubs that do the right stuff.’

In the main bar, applause greeted the publicans as Andy introduced them and presented their GBG documentation. Afterwards, Joshua Khan led a group to the smaller front bar to pose for a photo, holding the Guide.