Welcome to the website of the Campaign for Real Ale (CAMRA) for Reading & Mid Berkshire branch!
CAMRA is the pub-goer's champion. We promote fine beers, ciders and perries in great pubs and defend the rights of the drinker. If you drink beer, cider, perry or like pubs CAMRA is the place for you!
More Reading CAMRA news.
Our next social event
- First Thursday of the Month Social Thursday 6th April 2017 8:00 pm Park House (University of Reading), Reading
Our next branch meeting
- Branch Business Meeting Tuesday 11th April 2017 8:00 pm Castle Tap, Reading
For more details on the events above, including location and maps, click on the event name. More information on other branch events can be found in the Branch Diary.
What is CAMRA?
Do you enjoy Real Ale, Real Cider or Real Perry in Real Pubs? Do you prefer to drink cask-conditioned ale to mass produced, mass market keg beer and lager? Does the continued threat against the unique flavours of real ale worry you? CAMRA is a national organization devoted to promoting real ale, cider and perry in real pubs, and Reading & Mid-Berkshire CAMRA, the local branch, is active both in campaigning for real ale, cider and perry, but also socially.
If any of these sound like you then CAMRA, the Campaign for Real Ale, may be just up your street. If you live in or near Reading, then Reading & Mid-Berkshire CAMRA are busy working to protect your pleasure. This website will show you who we are, what we do and how to join us. If you don't live in this area please visit the National Website.
- To maintain consumer rights
- To promote quality, choice and value for money
- To support the public house as a focus of community life
- To campaign for greater appreciation of traditional beers, ciders and perries as part of national heritage and culture
CAMRA is a volunteer organisation with over 175,000 members. CAMRA exists to promote good quality cask ales in good pubs. CAMRA has been described as the most successful consumer organisation in Europe.
More importantly than all of this, though, is that being a member of CAMRA is fun. Enjoying the finest quality cask ales, real cider and perry in Britain's best pubs is both a pleasure and a hobby. The fact that we are saving our unique heritage happens almost by accident.
CAMRA turned the tide of bland keg beer in the 1970s, when it looked likely that real ale might cease to exist. We have helped in the fight to stop breweries and pubs closing, and were instrumental in the introduction of all-day opening.
We are by no means complacent though. There are many fights still to be won - getting a full pint, or cutting the excessive UK duty on beer. You can help by joining CAMRA today. Our voice is listened to by government because we have so many members. Joining will further strengthen that voice.
If you want to carry on drinking good beer, cider and perry in great pubs, join CAMRA and protect your pleasure.
You can even get involved by becoming one of our Branch Officers, why not read the volunteer roles available here > (requires CAMRA member login)
Twitter / ReadingCAMRA
- Wednesday, 20:58 : RT @dpgregory: 18th beer on the @ReadingCAMRA with @ItchenValley pure gold @thebutlerpub pic.twitter.com/itQkng7MMr
- Wednesday, 19:29 : RT @dpgregory: 17th beer on the @ReadingCAMRA ale trail with hoppy pint of @Darkstarbrewco Hophead Mosaic @NagsHeadReading pic.twitter.com/2XWLFrPECK
- Wednesday, 18:16 : RT @dpgregory: 16th pint on @ReadingCAMRA ale trail. Good pint of @TimothyTaylors Landlord @ Forrester's Arms pic.twitter.com/WcRvKASYZW
- Wednesday, 12:24 : RT @binghamsbrewery: A lovely write up of our Space Hoppy, cheers @beeryeti twitter.com/beeryeti/statu…
- Wednesday, 11:22 : Want to volunteer for the 2017 Reading Beer & Cider Festival? Learn more and sign up at readingbeerfestival.org.uk/index.php/volu…
Twitter / readingbeerfest
- Sunday 1st May 2016, 16:25 : RT @slowpokesam: Another brilliant @Readingbeerfest done. Surpasses itself every year. Great effort from all the volunteers. pic.twitter.com/QodemP4SAv
- Sunday 1st May 2016, 10:53 : 159 different ales on sale with more on the way, 60 ciders, a great selection of foreign beers, wines and mead. Should be a great day today!
- Saturday 30th April 2016, 20:09 : Outlaw Blue at #rbf16 #rdgbeerfest pic.twitter.com/T3oFL7ZkNC
- Saturday 30th April 2016, 19:23 : Many thanks to our new publicity partner for 2016 @reading_buses pic.twitter.com/XEc7v5AoXJ
- Saturday 30th April 2016, 19:14 : A good range of hot food available for those feeling a bit peckish. pic.twitter.com/CvZZbK4uU4
Twitter / CAMRA_Official
- Wednesday, 19:05 : Heading to the Members' Weekend? Sponsors @BrewhouseUK are hosting a welcome event on the 6th April at their Bournemouth venue. Come along!
- Wednesday, 19:05 : The lead sponsor for the Members’ Weekend, AGM and Conference in Bournemouth will be @BrewhouseUK: ow.ly/GoRy30a9bnZ
- Wednesday, 13:35 : Time is running out to cast your vote in the National Executive election, which closes this Friday at midnight: ersvotes.com/CAMRA2017
- Wednesday, 10:18 : Want info on beer, cider, pubs and breweries in the West Midlands? Follow the new @CAMRAWestMids feed
- Wednesday, 00:30 : Looking for a different beer festival to try this year? Why not try one of our newest festivals: ow.ly/kHbf309R5Yu
Twitter / camrabooks
- Wednesday 1st March, 11:07 : An added attraction at @HuntsCAMRA St Neots beer fest 16-18 March: Mark Fryday signing copies of his pub-based nove… twitter.com/i/web/status/8…
- Wednesday 22nd February, 12:48 : The @theslipinnyork plans to brew its own beer, as reported by @yorkpress bit.ly/2m7hPNO. Check them out o… twitter.com/i/web/status/8…
- Wednesday 22nd February, 09:31 : Join @CamraHWI for a fab day up a mountain, with added #pubs. Cairn Gorm event marks the launch of Wild Pub Walks… twitter.com/i/web/status/8…
- Tuesday 21st February, 12:07 : New #Swansea microbrewery and bar seeks name - suggestions invited. So reports the @SWEveningPost @YoulePost… twitter.com/i/web/status/8…
- Tuesday 21st February, 11:00 : RT @CAMRA_Official: Congratulations to Buster Grant at @BreconBrewing - influential and tireless CAMRA volunteer and now new @SIBA01 chairman.