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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.

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For information on pubs local and national, visit WhatPub, Camra's online pub guide.

2018 Events

Spring Pub of the Season Presentation

We had a good turnout of members and friends for our Spring Pub of the Season presentation to the Lord Nelson at Brigg in May.

This large Old Mill Brewery tied house (now the only one in the branch area), has benefited from a major refurbishment and re-opened for business again in March this year.

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At the helm are father and son Richard and Jordan Smith - Richard is also the pub's chef. They feature four Old Mill real ales on handpump - Bitter, Blonde Bombshell, Old Curiosity and a monthly seasonal beer. They also offer lunchtime and evening meals and accommodation in twelve rooms.

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Pictures shows Branch Chairman Mark Elsome with the Pub of the Season certificate, flanked by Richard and Jordan Smith and branch members and friends in front of the Lord Nelson pub.

We wish Richard and Jordan all the best for a prosperous future.

Trip to Doncaster Brewery & Tap Easter Beer Festival

On the Thursday before Good Friday, branch members made their way by train to Doncaster for the annual Easter Beer Festival at the Doncaster Brewery & Tap located on Young Street in the centre of town.

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We arrived at the Tap just after opening, and were able to get seats for all the group. We then waded into the eighteen cask beers, eight keg taps and six traditional ciders. The front bar in the pub itself offered six handpulled ales and six ciders, with the remainder available from bars erected in the brewery itself to the rear.

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Some of the favourite beers sampled included Tiny Rebel Dutty (4.2% ABV), James & Kirkman Rum Aged Triple Chocolate Porter (5.6%), Atom Planck's Constant (5.6%) and the Wiper & True Later Song at an immense 8%!

To keep hunger at bay, pork pies and Bratwurst rolls were available, and the whole event was run in a relaxed and enjoyable atmosphere.

Congratulations to Ian and Alison Blaylock of Doncaster Brewery for organising such an excellent pub-based festival.

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By late afternoon we decided to stretch our legs and investigate one or two of Doncaster's other pubs including the Queen (Crafthouse and Kitchen), the Red Lion (Wetherspoon) and the Draughtsman's Alehouse, the latter on Doncaster Station, Platform 3b. An excellent day out!

In addition to the organised branch trip, several members not able to attend on the Thursday, plus friends from other branches, spent several enjoyable hours at the festival on the Saturday where a large range of beers and ciders were still available.

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All in all a great show of support for the event!

Winter Pub of the Season Presentation

A good turnout of Scunthorpe & District CAMRA members and friends gathered at the Red Lion in Broughton on a Saturday lunchtime early in February for the branch's Winter Pub of the Season presentation. The Red Lion has benefited from a major refurbishment instigated by owner Darren Lince, and is now a comfortable and appealing village local, which is developing a good reputation for its excellent meals and choice of beers.

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The award was presented to Red Lion manager and head chef Shane Jarman by Branch Chairman Mark Elsome, with other Red Lion staff present.

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Members then enjoyed a choice of four real ales - Lincolnshire Craft Brewery's Scrumptious and Lincoln Gold, Robinson's Trooper and Sharp's Doom Bar, all in top condition, before opting for tasty, good value meals from the extensive lunchtime menu.

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We had an enjoyable visit and congratulate Shane and all Red Lion staff on their award.

Manchester Beer & Cider Festival Visit

Only four Scunthorpe & District CAMRA members boarded the through train to Manchester Piccadilly in late January for the first day of the Manchester Beer & Cider Festival, as others who were planning to go were laid low with flu. The festival is staged in the cavernous interior of the Manchester Central building (a former railway station, also previously known as the G-Mex Centre), but the huge space allowed for the setting up of many bars, food and souvenir stalls and ample seating.

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The choice of beers and ciders was phenomenal with many rare brews and one-off collaborations available. A number of breweries had their own bars and craft beer aficionados were not forgotten with a handful of keg beer bars and a bar featuring craft beers from Barcelona!

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After sampling a range of the excellent beers on offer we headed off into Manchester later in the afternoon and called at Brewdog and the Cloudwater Brewery Tap to round off an enjoyable day out.

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Atom Brewery Visit

On a cold winter's day in January a group of Scunthorpe & District CAMRA members travelled to Hull by bus to visit Atom Brewery. The occasion was to present them with a Beer of the Festival certificate from last year's 20th Scunthorpe Beer Festival for their beer Schrodinger's Cat.

We were met at the brewery by Atom founder Allan Rice who provided us with samples of Atom's beers straight from the conditioning tank, before telling us about the brewing processes and philosophy of the company. Atom brew an eclectic range of beers for cask, keg, bottle and can and have a strong educational ethos, encouraging students to attend the brewery and learn about science by studying the brewing operation.

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Head brewer Jack then showed us the Atom kit and described some of the beers brewed recently. A highlight of the sampling was the deliciously dark and rich Neutron Star a 12.6% ABV imperial stout. We rounded off our visit with the presentation of the Beer of the Festival award and after thanking all at Atom for their hospitality, we bade them farewell and caught the bus back to the city centre.

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We just had time to visit a couple of Hull pubs including the excellent Furley & Co. for more Atom beers before making our way home. A very interesting and enjoyable visit.

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Mild Social, Blue Bell, 22nd May
Doncaster Beer Festival, 7-9 June
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Lincoln CAMRA
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