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