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2010 Events

Mamy events were enjoyed in 2010

Trip to Wakefield

We travelled to Wakefield to visit their 20th Beer Festival at Lightwaves Leisure Centre not to mention stopping for award-winning pies as we made our way there from the station.

There was a much better selection of beers than the previous year when these had been very picked over by the Saturday although the range of food was much reduced.

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Following this we made a tour of some well-known Wakefield establishments once we had navigated the challenging maze of town centre building developments. We first visited the Red Shed where the beer quality was superb and the lingering aroma as we remembered. This was followed by our old favourite of Fernandes where the Cherry Stout went down a little too well unwisely followed by a Belgian beer in the beautiful Bier Keller.


There was a third port of call although I personally don't remember where it was but a fabulous day out all in all.

Pub of the Season, Autumn 2010 - The Blue Bell, Scunthorpe

Our Autumn Pub of the Season award goes to the Blue Bell on Oswald Road, Scunthorpe, part of the J D Wetherspoon organisation.


This popular pub has a strong commitment to real ale, helped in no small part by the enthusiasm of manager Paul Ferguson and staff.

For more information read the report on the Pub of the Season page.

Gainsborough Beer & Folk Festival

Branch Members enjoyed a Saturday afternoon at Gainsborough Beer Festival in the Great Hall, a late 15th century half-timbered manor house which is a beautiful building inside and out.

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This made an unusual setting for a beer festival and branch members could only marvel at the food and entertainment on offer.

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There was a range of 40 beers and six ciders plus perries to be sampled with an England vs. Scotland theme running though the festival.

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A good time was had by all but, even on a sunny day and despite a roaring fire, the Great Hall is not for the faint-hearted so for future festivals visitors should remember to wrap up, or bulk up like Henry.

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Beer_Festival_Logo Many thanks to everyone who visited the

13th Scunthorpe Beer Festival

For more information please read the Scunthorpe Telegraph report

A sample of beer festival photos and for more please visit the Festival Gallery.                                                                                                             

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Many thanks to Lincoln and Gainsborough CAMRA for their support.


to Paul Williams, our Membership Secretary who recently raised over £1000 for LIVES - Lincolnshire Integrated Voluntary Emergency Services. More details can be found on page 11 of August's What's Brewing.


Summer Pub of the Season Presentation
The Wheatsheaf, Barton-upon-Humber

Our summer Pub of the Season award goes to the Wheatsheaf, Barton-upon-Humber with a presentation on the evening of Tuesday August 31st.

Jim and Sarah Woodhouse, the licensees, are constantly striving to improve the pub with their most recent improvement being a very impressive hand carved wood panelled fireplace and log burning stove in the main room of the pub.

On the beer side they have six hand-pulled ales and are making full use of the SIBA scheme, enabling pubs to access ales from small independent brewers and Jim has recently worked very hard on temperature control in the cellar enabling the Wheatsheaf to be awarded the Cask Marque accreditation.

The award was presented to Jim and Sarah by branch member Carol Goodman, a regular of the Wheatsheaf.


For more information visit the Pub of the Season page.

Hawkshead Beer Festival

The end of July saw a somewhat intrepid bunch of members set out on an expedition to the Lake District with a final destination of The Beer Hall at Staveley for Hawkshead Brewery's 4th Summer Beer Festival.

With some cunning planning en route there was also the opportunity to visit two excellent pubs: the New Inn at Clapham and the Watermill Inn, Ings.

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Then it was two nights in a camping barn with the opportunity to sample homebrew, some of the delights of Windermere and the festival on the Saturday evening.

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Sunfest_Logo July saw the branch's annual pilgrimage to worship at the Abbeydale altar.

The event had doubled its beer list from previous years meaning that members managed to try the vast majority of beers that had earmarked and our chairman made it a mission to sample and seek out beers for our forthcoming beer festival.

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After a heart-stopping display of extreme sword-dancing followed by a somewhat half-hearted Moonshine Boys' performance the group finished off the day much as it started in the superb Sheffield Tap at the station, the highlight for some being a draught Sierra Nevada Big Foot ale at an impressive 9.6%.

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Grafters Brewery

Grafters_pump_clip The branch recently took a bus trip to the Half Moon Inn and Grafters Brewery in Willingham-by-Stow near Gainsborough.                            

After many years as the Landlord, Phil Troop took to brewing, setting up his own brewery on the premises producing a range of excellent beers including 'Moonlight' voted Gold Medal Winner of in the 'Best beer from a new brewery' category at the Peterborough CAMRA beer festival 2008.


We were given a tour of the brewery and explanantion of the brewing process by Phil and brewery assistant Aaron Taylor followed by an excellent fish and chip lunch at the pub and a couple of hours sampling time of the splendid brews on offer.


As we prepared to leave we were presented with a box of commemorative Grafters brewery glasses and, had the hospitality not been fine enough already, Phil and Aaron joined us on our afternoon pub crawl of Gainsborough where we took in several real ale pubs.

We would very much like to thank Phil, Aaron and everyone else involved at the Half Moon for a fantastic trip and day out.

May saw a very busy month for members including:

Mild Social - The Malt Shovel
Pub of the season - The Butcher's Arms, North Kelsey
Brigg and Barton Lions' Beer Festivals

Malt Shovel Licensee Belinda Fisher pulling a pint of mild during CAMRA's 'Mild in May' month.


Branch members make the Pub of the Season presentation to Steve Cooper, Licensee of the Butcher's Arms, North Kelsey.


For further information visit the Pub of the Season page

Brigg and Barton Lions put on successful beer festivals again this year, sponsored by local businesses, which were well attended despite some torrential rain on the Saturday at Barton.

Both festivals provided a compreshensive range of beers and an increase in seating at both venues which was a very welcome addition.

At Brigg there was also an interesting cider selection including a selection from Thatchers and some from Lincolnshire which were particularly well-received.

Enjoyable entertainment was provided on the Saturday afternoon at Barton by the local Town Band.

Members enjoyed the local produce, generous half pint measures and soaking up the atmosphere, among other things.

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Doncaster Beer festival

Several branch members enjoyed a very pleasant Saturday afternoon in April at the Hub in Doncaster for the 20th Doncaster Beer Festival.


The beer choice featured many locally brewed ales in keeping with Camra's Locale policy plus a innovatiove regional focus, this year being Wales and the West Country.

Although several beers had run out due to record attendance the previous evening, there were still several excellent ales to be had and branch members took a very serious approach to this year's festival as opposed to last year's frivolity.

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Kelham Island Brewery and Sheffield Pub Crawl

After the 'Meet the Brewer'night at the Blue Bell in Scunthorpe last year the branch followed this up with a tour of Kelham Island Breweryin Sheffield.

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The brewers were very hospitable and the tour very enjoyable accompanied by the beers on offer in the visitor centre which were Pale Rider and Shindig and a buffet.

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Afterwards the group spent some time sampling the excellent range of beers on offer in the Fat Cat before moving on to several Sheffield pubs including the twice winner of Camra National Pub of the Year, the Kelham Island Tavern and the recently opened Sheffield Brewery Tap at the station.

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Rotherham Oakwood Beer Festival

The branch ran a successful minibus trip to Rotherham Oakwood Real Ale and Music Festival on Thursday 18th February, the evening set aside for CAMRA members and guest tickets only therefore experiencing the range or beers at its best before the busy weekend sessions.

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The festival, held in a secondary school has a very interesting layout making use of the school hall and canteens, a marquee on the yard and several classroom divided up according to local areas.

Pub of the Season, The Horn Inn Messingham

The Winter Pub of the Season Presentation was awarded to Dean & Michelle Swaby who took over at the Horn Inn in Messingham in August last year where this popular village local is fast improving.

Horn_Inn_Presentation A very good selection of beer was to be had, some from from breweries not too far afield including Wold Top and also Kelham Island, soon to be visited by the branch.

Branch member Paul Branton presented the award to Dean and for further details see the Pub of the Season page.

There was an excellent tun out from members who have provided great support for the branch and its events already this year depite being utterly incapable of grouping themselves for a photo. Horn_Inn_Presentation

National Winter Ales Festival


The branch kicked off 2010 with a trip to the National Winter Ales Festival in Manchester enjoying the selection of beers on offer and the new venue.


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