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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 in great pubs and defend the rights of the drinker. If you drink beer or like pubs CAMRA is the place for you!
More Reading CAMRA news.
Our next branch meeting
- Branch Business Meeting Wednesday 20th August 2014 Butler
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 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 in real pubs, and Reading CAMRA, the local branch, is active both in campaigning for real ale, but also socially.
If any of these sound like you then CAMRA, the Campaign for Real Ale, may be a just up your street. If you live in or near Reading, then Reading & Mid-Berkshire CAMRA are busy working to protect your pleasure. This web site 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 organization with over 130,000 members. CAMRA exists to promote good quality cask ales in good pubs. CAMRA has been described as the most successful consumer organization in Europe.
More importantly than all of this, though, is that being a member of CAMRA is fun. Enjoying the finest quality cask ales 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 in great pubs, join CAMRA and protect your pleasure.
National CAMRA News
- Government Announces Pub Company Reform: CAMRA Celebrate Campaign Win!
Thousands of licensees will be protected from unfair business practices in the pub industry and our nation's pubs protected following today’s Government announcement which unveils plans for a Pubs Adjudicator
- Listen: York publican speaks out on pub company reform
In a podcast interview broadcast last week, York CAMRA member Nick Love speaks with licensee Paul Crossman to discuss the “desperate need” for pubco reform. You can listen to the
- 2014 European Election results a hit for beer drinkers
Last week the European Parliament Election results were announced, with 24 of the 73 newly elected MEPs pledging support for community pubs, real ale and consumer rights in Europe. Among
- Petition delivered to Government on pubco reform
Thanks to the overwhelming response from CAMRA members, activists and licensees, our petition calling on the Government to "End the Great British Pub Scandal" secured over 44,000 signatures before being
Twitter / readingCAMRA
- Tuesday 12th August, 23:24 : You have been warned! RT @Eastreadingcom: @readingCAMRA don't sign it and you could get a letter from tesco like this pic.twitter.com/ALiNG3eCia
- Tuesday 12th August, 23:00 : If you were a new #CAMRA member, which pubs would you visit to get an idea of the real ales and pubs worth learning more about, and why?
- Tuesday 12th August, 22:53 : Almost 30 pubs per WEEK are closing in this country. What are you going to do about it? Also: epetitions.direct.gov.uk/petitions/66572 #CAMRA
- Tuesday 12th August, 12:47 : RT @DT_S5: Save our Pubs, change the Planning Laws epetitions.direct.gov.uk/petitions/66572 #CAMRA #BEER @CAMRA_Official @RealAleLive @readingCAMRA @gbbf #gbbf
- Monday 11th August, 18:04 : Outstanding! Enjoy yourself at the GBBF :) @timofnewbury: @readingCAMRA Yes!
Twitter / CAMRA_Official
- Tuesday, 12:30 : RT @LiverpoolCAMRA: @caskaleweek Pubs breweries @CAMRA_Official CAW emptybelly posters logos available to download caskaleweek.co.uk/info-media/dow… hpic.twitter.com/vfPuaiHA6d
- Tuesday, 10:55 : Heard today's @BBCWomensHour focusing on wine, it would be great to have a piece on British Real Ale- we'd be happy to help!
- Monday, 16:13 : Excellent article highlighting the need for Pubco Reform to protect hard working licensees: theguardian.com/global/comment… #fairdeal4locals
- Friday 15th August, 11:31 : RT @GBBFMembership: Packing more membership packs ready for today's sessions. Great to see so many people have joined @CAMRA_Official this …
- Friday 15th August, 11:23 : Interesting article in from @Independent today. Something we've known for a while #realale ow.ly/AlZl9
Twitter / readingbeerfest
- Friday 25th July, 20:15 : RT @readingCAMRA: Public meeting to discuss local pub closures, this Monday, Eldon Arms, 8pm. If you care about the future of Reading pubs …
- Wednesday 28th May, 22:39 : Please spare a few moments to complete our belated 2014 festival survey: docs.google.com/forms/d/16SkiT… Non attenders - opinions welcome on survey.
- Sunday 4th May, 16:50 : After a great day and lots of thirsty customers, we are now closed to new customers. You've nearly drunk it all! pic.twitter.com/mDd3q26Mye
- Sunday 4th May, 16:08 : RT @adamlinstead: Having a great day in the sunshine at @Readingbeerfest
- Sunday 4th May, 15:42 : Getting busy out in the garden, soaking up the sun on this lovely afternoon. pic.twitter.com/lC10btlrED