Welcome to Reading & Mid Berkshire CAMRA

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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  • Sunday 30th April 2017, 16:12 : The Scottish Pipe Band @ Reading Beer Festival 2017 pic.twitter.com/MNc1oQwK2W
  • Sunday 30th April 2017, 14:06 : Plenty of beer still available at #RBF17 so why not come and join us! pic.twitter.com/21sJrJznl9
  • Sunday 30th April 2017, 11:31 : The festival opens for the last time in 2017, in 30 minutes time.
  • Sunday 30th April 2017, 09:33 : Entry today is £7 on the door, children under 18 are free entry.
  • Sunday 30th April 2017, 09:32 : Open today from 12pm to 8pm. 300+ beers, 100+ cider and perries, good range of foreign beers and wines still available, why not join us?

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  • Sunday, 14:15 : There's still time to be a part of CAMRA's Members' Weekend, AGM and Conference. To register to attend or to find… twitter.com/i/web/status/9…
  • Sunday, 11:20 : 📚 If you fancy a spot of Sunday shopping, we've got two new titles available for pre-order at an exclusive price on… twitter.com/i/web/status/9…
  • Friday, 17:05 : We're now out of the office for the weekend - if you have any questions for us please do ask them and we'll pick them up on Monday
  • Friday, 13:35 : Time is running out if you want to apply to join us as a Campaigns Manger - the deadline for applications is Sunday… twitter.com/i/web/status/9…
  • Friday, 12:43 : Response from Colin Valentine, CAMRA National Chairman, to the recent Derby Drinker magazine crossword. pic.twitter.com/7J5EUAzbuP

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  • Monday 12th February, 18:00 : RT @LDbeerfest: As it's the end of an era next month becoming nostalgic. Here's the logo from 1991. pic.twitter.com/o3dMqveDhe
  • Monday 12th February, 12:28 : Pre-order The Good Beer Guide Belgium - advance discount price. The definitive guide to Belgian Beers sourced and t… twitter.com/i/web/status/9…
  • Monday 12th February, 11:27 : If only people could be like languages- Maleness and femaleness play no obvious semantic role, even though "Beer" i… twitter.com/i/web/status/9…
  • Wednesday 7th February, 10:54 : #PUB18 Christine Cryne held a very informative beer tasting here. Despite the thimble size receptacle which was dif… twitter.com/i/web/status/9…
  • Monday 5th February, 14:56 : Something a little "craft"y about the first logo. Who wants this on a T-shirt? Retro is all the rage apparently. pic.twitter.com/mFFo6MJ0BF