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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 social event
- First Thursday Social Thursday 2nd January 2014 8:00 pm Three Guineas
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
- Autumn Statement 2013: Pub industry to benefit from business rate cut
Last Thursday George Osborne’s Autumn Statement revealed positive steps forward for the pub industry as the Chancellor announced a string of measures to ease business rate burden on pubs.
- It's time for pubcos to reassess their approach - by Mike Benner
This piece by Mike Benner, CAMRA's Chief Executive, first appeared in the Publican's Morning Advertiser. Campaigning activity on pubco reform has intensified as the Government’s decision grows near. CAMRA
- Over 200 MPs back CAMRA’s Pubco Reform campaign
A total of 201 MPs have pledged their support for our Fair Deal for Your Local campaign. Thanks to the commitment of 7715 CAMRA members who have lobbied their
- Please help CAMRA lobby Vince Cable to do the right thing on Pubco Reform
The Government is set to announce their response to the pubco reform consultation in a matter of weeks. Your support in getting us this far has made all the difference.
Twitter / readingCAMRA
- Wednesday, 23:23 : Call from @GingerBeerd to nominate Berkshire's Best Beers 2013: getreading.co.uk/lifestyle/food…
- Tuesday, 00:29 : The annual Reading CAMRA strategy meeting: complete. A good turnout at Fox & Hounds, Caversham, followed by a quick visit to Baron Cadogan
- Friday 6th December, 22:05 : Pro Tip: It was definitely a mistake to start with a porter then move on to lighter ales.
- Friday 6th December, 21:28 : The Baron Cadogan in Caversham has a remarkable selection of ales. Enjoying a Russian Winter porter style. Their food... we'll see. :-)
- Friday 6th December, 20:41 : RT @getreading: Police appeal for help finding missing teenage girl: bit.ly/1iGTji7 #rdgnews
Twitter / CAMRA_Official
- Thursday, 12:47 : RT @EricPickles: Congratulations to pub regulars @TheBraveNelson in successfully listing their Brentwood local bit.ly/Jhkj8y
- Thursday, 11:39 : RT @Lasercroft_Ltd: @CAMRA_Official We've just supplied @BrassCastleBeer with new brewhouse #flooring. Any chance of a RT http://t.co/7HVcc…
- Thursday, 11:31 : RT @RogerProtzBeer: Pubco pockets millions from sale of 2 London pubs: protzonbeer.co.uk/news/2013/12/1… @FairDeal4Locals @Lifelandlady @bearbrewing @…
- Thursday, 11:05 : Whats your favourite pub lunch? check out whatpub.com and find a gem near you! #whatpub #publunch
- Thursday, 09:32 : RT @sgloslibdems: Lib Dem motion on protecting community pubs, amended to mention @CAMRA_Official 's List Your Local campaign passes unanim…
Twitter / readingbeerfest
- Wednesday 27th November, 15:41 : RT @LetThereBeBeer: We're looking for a pub landlord to help us interview UK celebrities! RT to nominate yours! T&Cs apply. http://t.co/Xtw…
- Thursday 21st November, 13:08 : The 2014 festival will be open from Thursday 1st May until Sunday 4th May. Prices and opening hours to be confirmed.
- Wednesday 13th November, 00:33 : RT @SirenCraftBrew: We are very excited to be running a tap takeover at the Nags Head in Reading on the 27th of this month. Planning on so…
- Friday 25th October, 13:49 : 20 years of RBF- If anyone has any photos, memorabilia e.g T-shirts, glasses or even memories of early events (b4 2007),please get in touch!
- Thursday 17th October, 13:38 : Planning has now started for Reading Beer Festival 2014. Some information coming soon.