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 6th July 2017 8:00 pm Bramshill Hunt, Arborfield
Our next branch meeting
- Branch Business Meeting Thursday 20th July 2017 8:00 pm Three Guineas, 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 & 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.
- 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)
Twitter / ReadingCAMRA
- Sunday, 18:08 : We have heard that @EldonArmsPub is re-open! Why not go check it out and let us know what you think?
- Monday 19th June, 20:45 : RT @NHS_Martin: A fine publication, and not afraid to venture an opinion on beer quality (Sulhamstead) rather than just count hand… twitter.com/i/web/status/8…
- Sunday 18th June, 18:54 : The latest edition of our Branch magazine, 'Mine's a Pint', Issue 42 is out now! yumpu.com/en/document/vi…
- Saturday 17th June, 11:37 : RT @NagsHeadReading: Today we have @ReadingBK in until 3.30. Fix up your bike and have some tasty Real Ale at Berkshire's CAMRA Pub of t… twitter.com/i/web/status/8…
- Saturday 17th June, 10:16 : RT @binghamsbrewery: Specials Viennese Whirl & Wai-iti Cascade are both pale and hoppy. Ideal with blue skies and BBQs! Binghams shop op… twitter.com/i/web/status/8…
Twitter / readingbeerfest
- Sunday 30th April, 16:12 : The Scottish Pipe Band @ Reading Beer Festival 2017 pic.twitter.com/MNc1oQwK2W
- Sunday 30th April, 14:06 : Plenty of beer still available at #RBF17 so why not come and join us! pic.twitter.com/21sJrJznl9
- Sunday 30th April, 11:31 : The festival opens for the last time in 2017, in 30 minutes time.
- Sunday 30th April, 09:33 : Entry today is £7 on the door, children under 18 are free entry.
- Sunday 30th April, 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?
Twitter / CAMRA_Official
- Monday, 19:15 : The @ScottishStores won the Conservation award in the 2017 National Pub Design Awards. Will your pub be next? camra.org.uk/pub-design-awa…
- Monday, 15:15 : Have you got a pub sign with an interesting history that needs to be repaired or restored? The 'The Repair Shop' te… twitter.com/i/web/status/8…
- Monday, 13:23 : RT @PlunkettFoundat: With help from #MTAP funded by @CommunitiesUK @peoplesbiz three more pubs are set to open under community-ownership… twitter.com/i/web/status/8…
- Sunday, 20:21 : RT @WeMadeABeer: S2Ep3 is freshly tapped - all about cask beer & real ale w/ the awesome @tinyrebelbrewco & Katie @CAMRA_Official… twitter.com/i/web/status/8…
- Monday, 09:05 : Happy Monday! If you sent us a message over the weekend we'll be back in touch as soon as possible
Twitter / camrabooks
- Monday, 16:15 : Introducing our newest book, CAMRA's Home-Brewing Problem Solver by @topfermented, which is available to pre-order:… twitter.com/i/web/status/8…
- Tuesday 13th June, 08:55 : Thanks for the review @RichardColdwell - Historic Coaching Inns of the Great North Road is available now:… twitter.com/i/web/status/8…
- Wednesday 7th June, 23:12 : RT @alanhinkes: Gnarly walks @OGBeerMag @RogerProtzBeer @CAMRABooks @gbbf 🗻😊🍺 pic.twitter.com/Sn5TKeHbXC
- Tuesday 6th June, 07:33 : RT @CampWithStyle: Wild About Walking? CAMRA’s Wild Pub Walks Is For You! bloglovin.com/blogs/camping-… on @bloglovin
- Tuesday 30th May, 14:48 : Don't forget, Wild Pub Walks is available now: shop.camra.org.uk/wild-pub-walks… … twitter.com/Splodz/status/…