LocAle Breweries, Pubs & Shops
What is LocAle?
CAMRA LocAle is an initiative that promotes pubs stocking locally brewed real ale. The scheme builds on a growing consumer demand for quality local produce and an increased awareness of 'green' issues. Everyone benefits from local pubs stocking locally-brewed real ale:
- Public houses as stocking local real ales can increase pub visits
- Consumers who enjoy greater beer choice and diversity
- Local brewers who gain from increased sales
- The local economy because more money is spent and retained locally
- The environment due to fewer 'beer miles' resulting in less road congestion and pollution
- Tourism due to an increased sense of local identity and pride - let's celebrate what makes our locality different.
The idea of the scheme is very simple: pubs are eligible to sign up if they permanently serve at least one beer from at least one local brewery. For the Reading scheme, we define a local brewery as one that is within thirty miles of central Reading (specifically we measure from Reading Town Hall square). The actual beer and brewery can change; it does not have to be the same beer all the time, which enables a pub to rotate a local beer, should they so wish.
- Accreditation is issued for one calendar year. It does not automatically roll-over to subsequent years but may be renewed if appropriate.
- Accreditation is at the sole discretion of the branch.
- The method of dispense is not material to accreditation. Hence beer served from a cask, keycask, keykeg, bottle or by any other method is acceptable as long as it conforms to CAMRA’s definition of real ale.
- Beer quality is not material to accreditation. Nevertheless, as accreditation is discretionary, the branch may elect to not accredit a venue with poor beer quality if to do so would harm CAMRA’s image.
- A venue is not disqualified from accreditation if real ale is temporarily unavailable for any of the following reasons:
- A missed or wrong delivery
- Unexpectedly high levels of trade leading to beers running out with no replacements available
- A cask being changed
- Breakdown of equipment
- Any other exceptional circumstances that may arise on an unplanned and irregular basis.
CAMRA has been a major supporter of the Sustainable Communities Act in its successful passage and this scheme will help to realise its aspirations. It should attract new customers to pubs and in general the scheme is also helping to reduce the environmental impact of transport and promote the local economy.
Our decision to base LocAle accreditation on distance from a specific central point (Kings Meadow, Reading) means that we are able to supply a list of breweries whose beers qualify as LocAle for Reading & Mid Berks pubs:
- Adkin (est. 2007) - Wantage, Oxfordshire
- Andwell (est. 2008) - Andwell, Hampshire
- Ascot Ales (est. 2007) - Camberley, Surrey
- Aylesbury (est. 2011) - Aylesbury, Buckinghamshire
- Barn Owl (est. 2016) - Gozzard's Ford, Oxfordshire
- Bellinger's (est. 2012) - Grove, Oxfordshire
- Bell Street (est. 2013) - Henley, Oxfordshire
- Betteridge's (est. 2014) - Hurstbourne Tarrant, Hampshire
- Binghams (est. 2010) - Ruscombe, Berkshire
- Black Pig (est. 2015) - Warfield, Berkshire
- Bond Brews (est. 2016) - Wokingham, Berkshire
- Butts (est. 1994) - Great Shefford, Berkshire
- Chiltern (est. 1980) - Terrick, Buckinghamshire
- Decent (est. 2016) - Addlestone, Surrey
- Dickens (est. 2015) - Reading, Berkshire
- Elusive (est. 2016) - Finchampstead, Berkshire
- Farnham (est. 2006) - Farnham, Surrey
- Flowerpots (est. 2006) - Cheriton, Hampshire
- Frensham (est. 2012) - Frensham, Surrey
- Hogs Back (est. 1992) - Tongham, Surrey
- Hope Springs (est. 2016) - Wendover, Buckinghamshire
- Hoptimists (est. 2013) - Wormley, Surrey
- Indigenous (est. 2014) - Chaddleworth, Berkshire
- Itchen Valley (est. 1997) - Alresford, Hampshire
- LAM Brewing (est. 2014) - Sandford-on-Thames, Oxfordshire
- Little London (est. 2016) - Little London, Tadley, Hampshire
- Loddon (est. 2003) - Dunsden Green, Oxfordshire
- Longdog (est. 2011) - Basingstoke, Hampshire
- Loose Cannon (est. 2010) - Abingdon, Oxfordshire
- Malt The Brewery (est. 2012) - Prestwood, Buckinghamshire
- Marshall's Beers, Hermitage Brewery (est. 2013) - Hermitage, Berkshire
- Mash (est. 2014) - East Stratton, Hampshire
- Moogbrew (est. 2013) - Taplow, Berkshire
- Old Bog (est. 2005) - Headington, Oxfordshire
- Ramsbury (est. 2004) - Marlborough, Wiltshire
- Rebellion (est. 1993) - Marlow, Buckinghamshire
- Ridgeway (est. 2003) - South Stoke, Oxfordshire
- Sherfield Village (est. 2011) - Sherfield on Loddon, Hampshire
- Shotover (est. 2009) - Horspath, Oxfordshire
- Siren Craft (est. 2013) - Finchampstead, Berkshire
- Stardust (est. 2016) - White Waltham, Berkshire
- Tillingbourne (est. 2011) - Shere, Hampshire
- Thame (est. 2009) - Thame, Oxfordshire
- Thames Side (est. 2015) - Staines, Surrey
- Tring (est. 1992) - Tring, Hertfordshire
- Triple fff (est. 1997) - Four Marks, Hampshire
- Twickenham (est. 2004) - Twickenham, London
- Two Cocks (est. 2011) - Enborne, Berkshire
- Uprising (est. 2014) - Windsor, Berkshire
- Vale (est. 1994) - Brill, Buckinghamshire
- West Berkshire (est. 1995) - Yattendon, Berkshire
- White Horse (est. 2004) - Stanford in the Vale, Oxfordshire
- Wild Weather (est. 2012) - Silchester, Berkshire
- Windsor and Eton (est. 2010) - Windsor, Berkshire
- XT (est. 2011) - Thame, Oxfordshire
- Zero Degrees (est. 2007) - Reading, Berkshire
LocAle accredited pubs in Reading & Mid Berks
The pubs marked as LocAle in our pub database appear below:
- Castle Inn Church Hill Hurst RG10 0SJ
- Alehouse 2 Broad Street Reading RG1 2BH
- Allied Arms 57 St. Mary's Butts Reading RG1 2LG
- Bel & the Dragon Gas Works Road Reading RG1 3EQ
- Biscuit Tin Station Hill Reading RG1 1NF
- Butler 85-91 Chatham Street Reading RG1 7DS
- Castle Tap 120 Castle Street Reading RG1 7RJ
- Great Expectations 33 London Street Reading RG1 4PS
- Greyfriar 53 Greyfriars Road Reading RG1 1PA
- Lyndhurst 88 Queens Road Reading RG1 4DG
- Nags Head 5 Russell Street Reading RG1 7XD
- Zerodegrees 9 Bridge Street Reading RG1 2LR
- Shurlock Row
- Shurlock Inn The Street Shurlock Row RG10 0PS
- Spring Inn Bath Road (A4) Sulhamstead RG7 5HP
- Crown Inn 2 Church Street Theale RG7 5BT
- Three Mile Cross
- Swan Basingstoke Road Three Mile Cross RG7 1AT
- Greyhound High Street Wargrave RG10 8BU
Of course, just because a pub does not appear on this list does not mean you'll never find a local beer there. Many pubs have guest ales which rotate on and off, some of which are local. The LocAle scheme is intended to promote those pubs where you can always find a locally brewed beer.
LocAle accredited shops
We're lucky to have one LocAle accredited shop in our Branch area, The Grumpy Goat in Harris Arcade, Reading where you will find an impressive range of local (as well as national and foreign) beers.
LocAle at the Reading Beer Festival
Until 2013 the beer festival had a separate LocAle bar, featuring beers from breweries within 30 miles of the site. In 2013 this featured 159 beers from 36 different breweries.
Usually judging takes place to find the best of these locally produced beers at the festival. For various reasons these did not take place in 2013, but previous results can be found on the LocAle of the Festival Winners page.