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 3rd March 2016 8:00 pm Bell & Bottle, Shinfield
Our next branch meeting
- Branch Business Meeting Thursday 18th February 2016 8:00 pm Three Tuns, 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 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 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, 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
- Monday, 08:55 : RT @AltReading: Will you be taking this year's @ReadingCAMRA ale trail? altreading.com/take-part-in-t… #rdguk pic.twitter.com/Li2WDVyj8Z
- Sunday, 14:01 : RT @AlehouseReading: A busy day today. The Reading Beer Festival Ale Trail is underway, and we have a supply of the booklets. The 6... fb.me/27zb7ZtAB
- Saturday, 16:53 : Absolutely packed @castle_tap for launch of the Reading Ale Trail today, hope you all enjoy the pubs!
- Friday, 11:16 : RT @getreading: The 2016 Ale Trail is ready to go around #rdguk getreading.co.uk/news/reading-b… pic.twitter.com/3QjGkbPqow
- Friday, 11:05 : RT @binghamsbrewery: Fancy a Rugby beer? Rucking Ale 4.0% available in pubs & Binghams shop. Deep copper ale with English malt & hops ow.ly/i/gsH7f
Twitter / CAMRA_Official
- Monday, 16:11 : Great News - @NorwichCC has listed @OwlSanctuaryNR1 as an Asset of Community Value! Thanks for the support @labourlewis @NorwichCAMRA
- Monday, 10:52 : Great example of a local paper supporting their CAMRA branch: ow.ly/Y49Tv
- Thursday 4th February, 15:25 : Fancy a cheeky after work pint? Why not head down to Stevenage Beer Festival at the Stevenage Arts and Leisure Centre!
- Wednesday 3rd February, 16:56 : VIDEO: Why pubs deserve a cut in beer duty! Lobby your MP today on our homepage. ow.ly/XTZ4i
- Wednesday 3rd February, 16:03 : Beer festival goers tell us why they love their local pub at last year's @gbbf youtu.be/3mte0JGj5zE ow.ly/XDLOI
Twitter / readingbeerfest
- Wednesday 16th December, 14:12 : RT @theonlysmithers: Does it count as being famous if I'm in @ReadingCAMRA mag collecting @ValeBrewery's @Readingbeerfest champion award? pic.twitter.com/6e52cYwqmn
- Thursday 10th December, 18:02 : RT @JournoFran: The @Readingbeerfest apply for license to move to Christchurch Meadow: getreading.co.uk/whats-on/food-… #rdguk @ReadingCAMRA pic.twitter.com/dZLY8ZxJND
- Thursday 10th December, 13:04 : Reading Beer & Cider Festival announces new location for first time in 20 years #moving #rdguk #rbf16 readingcamra.org.uk/viewnode.php?i…
- Tuesday 29th September, 20:47 : RT @ValeBrewery: Full house at @castle_tap tonight to be presented with @ReadingCAMRA Champion Beer of @Readingbeerfest award! pic.twitter.com/XeAhGuu363
- Thursday 20th August, 18:18 : Remember this? Pick of the Past: Hexagon Beer Festival 1980 getreading.co.uk/news/reading-b… (via @getreading)