Scunthorpe and District
We are a small and friendly local branch of CAMRA,
a national consumer organisation which campaigns on behalf of UK drinkers on subjects such as choice,
value for money, good beer and good pubs.
We have regular meetings in local pubs, plus a programme of social activities including
visits to beer festivals and breweries. CAMRA members and prospective members are welcome
to attend our meetings and socials.
Details can be found here on the website, in the members' newspaper, 'What's Brewing',
or the branch newsletter, 'Iron Brew'; the latter is free and distributed to many
real ale pubs in our area on a quarterly basis and can be downloaded from this page.
For information on pubs local and national, visit WhatPub,
Camra's online pub guide.
Dog & Gun Autumn Pub of the Season Presentation
There was an excellent turnout of local members for the Autumn Pub of the Season presentation to the Dog & Gun
at East Butterwick in early November.
The pub has retained its traditional stylings under new owner Andy Clarke,
and sympathetic refurbishment has taken place gradually. The DarkTribe beers have been retained courtesy of
brewer Richard Storrs, and both regular, archive and new DarkTribe beers have been produced. Good value meals
have recently been available on Thursday through to Sunday, and even more recently Sunday lunches have been on offer.
Members enjoyed a range of three DarkTribe beers on the night and enjoyed a winning participation in the pub quiz,
no doubt buoyed up by the tasty beef stew that was served up at the halfway point. We congratulate Andy and
all staff at the Dog & Gun on their well deserved award.
Grimsby Beer Festival
A small group of members made their way over to Grimsby by train in late November for the first day of the
4th Grimsby Beer Festival held at the Matrix Bar near the rail station, and were joined by Anne & Stef from Grimsby CAMRA.
They were able to enjoy a varied range of ales all in good condition and thought two beers were outstanding -
Rowetts Vermont, a hazy East Coast style pale ale and Little Critters Nutty Ambassador, a gorgeous hazelnut stout.
Our selection was vindicated when these two beers were voted first and second in the beer of the festival voting.
The day was rounded off with a late lunch at Wetherspoon's newly refurbished Yarborough Hotel next door and a
couple more beers. Good to support a neighbouring branch and many thanks to Grimsby & N E Lincolnshire CAMRA
for putting on another enjoyable event.
Christmas Pub Crawl of York
Our annual Christmas pub crawl took place in early December in the fair city of York. Wearing our most garish
Christmas jumpers and hats we visited the York Tap, the Maltings, Three-Legged Mare, Eagle & Child, Pivni,
the Hop and Brew York Brewery Tap, before a last half at the Draughtsman's Alehouse on Doncaster Station on
the way back.
A very enjoyable day out with good and varied beers throughout, good company and good cheer.
The Eagle & Child, a new pub to most of us located near the Minster, was particularly good with a range of
Leeds Brewery beers and Christmas guest beers plus excellent lunchtime food. We also enjoyed sharing
pizzas later on in the afternoon at the Hop. A good start to the festive season.
Trip to York Beer Festival
A group of Scunthorpe & District CAMRA members recently made their way by train and bus across
to the York Beer Festival held on York racecourse for the first full day of this year's event.
Despite the dismal weather a good day was had by all, and we made some small inroads into the
phenomenal beer choice of over 500 ales! We were also joined by Anne & Stef from Grimsby CAMRA.
The festival was bookended by visits to the excellent York Tap and Draughtsman Alehouse at Doncaster Station.
The 20th Anniversary Scunthorpe Beer Festival - Royal Hotel, Doncaster Road, 5th - 8th October 2017
Follow the link for further details on this year's Beer Festival, please download
and distribute the poster to help promote the event
and enjoy the beer and cider list and other information.
Well the last cask has been tapped, the last half of real ale drunk, and the 20th Anniversary Scunthorpe Beer Festival
is finally over. The festival was really well received this year, judging by the many positive comments made to festival
staff members, and the beers were enjoyed right across the range. We sold more beer than last year, which is encouraging,
and all the sessions seemed to be relaxed but busy, with none of the long periods with hardly any customers that were
occasionally evident last year.
The Friday and Saturday evening sessions were our busiest periods and a challenge
to the bar staff to keep everyone's glass filled up. There was a distinct lack of response to our call for fancy dress
on the Saturday however, but at least some of the festival staff got to put on their best costumes!
The Beer of the Festival award, voted on by people attending, was shared jointly by Atom Schrodinger's Cat (3.5% ABV)
and Titanic Cherry Dark (4.4%). We hope to arrange a brewery visit to present the award to at least one of the
Thanks to everyone who came along to our 20th Anniversary event. We hope you enjoyed yourselves and we really value
Thanks also go to Phil White and the team from Radio Humberside for their entertaining radio broadcast from the
festival on Thursday lunchtime - you can listen to this again on BBC i-Player. And while we're on the subject,
thanks go to Gainsborough and Doncaster CAMRA branches and the River Don Tavern for loaning us equipment and a big,
big thank you to all the volunteer staff who worked very long hours to keep the festival running smoothly -
as ever we couldn't have done it without you!
Some online comments received during/after the festival were:
Visited last night. They had some great beers on (Neil Poole, Pooleys, Facebook)
Enjoyed my visit. Thanks Mark and the team (Karl Thomson, Gainsborough CAMRA, Facebook)
Robyn and I had a really good time. Thanks Mark and all of Scunthorpe & District CAMRA (Kevin Taylor, Gainsborough CAMRA, Facebook)
Pub of the Season, Honest Lawyer, Scunthorpe
A good turnout of Scunthorpe & District CAMRA members for the summer Pub of the Season presentation
to the Honest Lawyer, Scunthorpe on Saturday 19 August. Pictures show Branch Chairman Mark Elsome
presenting the framed Pub of the Season certificate to Honest Lawyer manager Danny Wilson,
with branch members, friends and regulars in the background.
Draught beers on for the presentation
were Timothy Taylor Landlord, Axholme Resistance IPA, Tom Wood Bomber County and Milestone Ruby Red,
all in good condition. Thanks to all who attended the presentation and many congratulations to Danny
and all Honest Lawyer staff on their award.
Pub Crawl of Cleethorpes
On a sunny Saturday in August, branch members made their way by train to Cleethorpes for a crawl of
selected seaside hostelries. We went to No.2 Refreshment Rooms, Coliseum Picture House
(where we were able to enjoy the sunshine on the roof terrace), Tale of Two, the Nottingham,
People's Bar & Kitchen, Message in a Bottle and Willy's. With a fish & chip lunch eaten on the seafront,
it was a very enjoyable day out.
A small group of Scunthorpe & District CAMRA members travelled by train over to Sheffield
in early July to attend one of their favourite beer festivals - the Sunfest event at the Rising Sun pub.
Sunfest had over 100 beers and ciders including 30 keg taps, and the choice was phenomenal.
We were joined on the day by Roger & Sue Stow, ex-Barton-on-Humber residents,
but now living in Dronfield, Derbyshire, and it was great to catch up with them.
The sun shone all day to enhance the outdoor drinking experience, and a thoroughly good time was had by all.
The trip was bookended with visits to the excellent Sheffield Tap on the station.
Pub of the Year Presentation, The White Swan, Barton
The Scunthorpe & District CAMRA Pub of the Year was awarded to the White Swan. Since reopening some four years ago,
the White Swan has been well received locally both in terms of an excellent drinking venue and in seeing
a beautiful old building and traditional pub back up and running.
At the time of the presentation to licencees Greg and Lisa Robson by local Camra members Colin and Christine Andrew,
the real ales on offer were Lincolnshire Brewing Company - Friendly Rottweiler 4.5%,
Inveralmond - Thrappledouser 4.3% and Horncastle Ales - Wicked blonde 3.9% from an ever-changing selection.
The pub has gone from strength to strength and continues to develop for the future and a full report
can be found in the latest edition of Iron Brew, downloadable from the link at the top of the page.
Pub of the Season Presentation, The Yarborough Hunt, Brigg
The Scunthorpe & District CAMRA Spring Pub of the Season was awarded to the Yarborough Hunt in Brigg.
The photo below shows Branch Secretary Mark Elsome presenting the commemorative certificate to Yarborough
Hunt licensee Lucy Fensome, flanked by branch members and friends.
Congratulations go to Lucy and all staff at the pub.
Trip to Leeds Beer Festival
Good day at the Leeds Beer Festival in March. Five members made their way to the Civic Hall
at Pudsey to enjoy an excellent and extensive range of cask and keykeg beers situated over
two floors at the hall.
A LocAle card scheme was also in operation where after drinking
five Locale beers the sixth could be had for free. This was the last year at this venue
as the upper floor is being converted into office space. Leeds CAMRA are planning to move
the festival to a university students union in 2018.
About mid-afternoon we caught the
train back into Leeds city centre to visit a few Leeds pubs and round off the day.
These included the Scarborough Arms, Horse & Trumpet, Mr Foleys, Tallboys and Whitelocks,
where some excellent beers were sampled.
Trip to Derby Beer Festival
A small group of Scunthorpe & District Branch members made their way to the first full day
of the Derby Winter Ales Festival held at the Roundhouse near Derby Rail Station,
and were joined by Stef from Grimsby CAMRA. An excellent venue with a great range of
real ales and ciders, spoiled slightly by the lack of available seating.
Standout beers included Blue Monkey Centennial, Bad Seed Seville Orange IPA,
Tiny Rebel Juicy and Wild Millionaire. Around mid-afternoon we took the free 'beer bus'
to the city centre and visited a few choice Derby hostelries including Ye Olde Dolphin,
Silk Mill, Flowerpots, Alexandra and the Brunswick before boarding the train home.
Thanks to Brian for the pub tour. Overall a very enjoyable day. Roll on the Leeds Beer Festival next month!
Winter Pub of the Season Presentation
The Wheatsheaf, Barton-upon-Humber
Some excellent beers on offer at the Winter Pub of the Season presentation to the Wheatsheaf at
Barton-upon-Humber on Saturday 28 January, including Moorhouses White Witch and Lancaster Black.
Also a chance to catch up with old friends.
Congratulations to Gee, Debbie and staff at the pub - a well-deserved award.
Manchester Beer & Cider Festival
In mid-January a small group of Scunthorpe & District CAMRA members met up at
Manchester Central Convention Complex for the Manchester Beer & Cider Festival.
This is one of CAMRA's biggest festivals of the year, with over 600 real ales
and over 80 traditional ciders and perrys.
The scale of the event was breathtaking and the range of cask ales was brilliant.
As well as plenty of session strength ales, there were also one or two stronger,
lunatic brews such as Cloudwater's Christmas Cake Imperial Stout at 11.8% ABV
(which we just had to sample naturally!).
There was lots of well-spaced out seating and good quality food stalls as well -
both improved upon since last year. All in all a superb beer festival and enjoyed
by all branch members who attended.
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