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!

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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.

CAMRA exists:

  • 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)

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  • Saturday, 20:59 : Although we still have a couple of hours left of this evening, don't forget we are open tomorrow from 12pm (noon). £7 on the door entry.
  • Saturday, 20:36 : Don't forget we have crisps available on the bars and products stall. pic.twitter.com/15PMdUj5w1
  • Saturday, 18:29 : National cider and perry awards PERRY 🍐 Winner: Nempnett - Piglet's Perry 2nd place: Waulkmill - Moosheid Perry 3rd place - Hartland Perry
  • Saturday, 18:28 : The National cider and perry awards CIDER 🍏 Winner: Countryman-Medium 2nd: Salt Hill-Autumn Gold 3rd: Gwatkins-Captain Watkin's Rum Cask
  • Saturday, 18:26 : The festival is now open for the evening session. Plenty of beer and cider left and great bands on tonight. pic.twitter.com/XJOa5U3ItX

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  • Saturday, 15:54 : More information on the silver and bronze winners will be made available shortly
  • Saturday, 15:53 : Further congratulations to Nempnett, Piglet's Perry which scooped gold in the perry category! 🍐
  • Saturday, 15:52 : Big congratulations to Countryman, Medium which has taken gold in the cider category! 🍏🍎
  • Saturday, 15:50 : The results of the National Cider and Perry Championships are in...
  • Saturday, 13:24 : Judging has begun! #RBF17 pic.twitter.com/RbYyNrWnlO

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