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2015 Events

It's Christmas!

Branch members enjoyed some festive fun at the annual Christmas Party, this year held at the Royal Hotel in Scunthorpe.

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Plus a festive pub crawl through Doncaster one December Saturday.

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18th Scunthorpe and District Beer Festival

The 18th Scunthorpe Beer Festival took place in the function room of the Royal Hotel on Doncaster Road in the centre of Scunthorpe from 24-27 September.


This was a new venue for the festival but was well received by those attending. There was also lots of praise for the range of beers and ciders. Nearly all the beers proved popular and comprised twelve handpulled beers from Yorkshire on two separate bars, supported by some great beers from London and the South and our own region of the East Midlands.

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The Friday evening festival session was exceptionally busy, Saturday evening less so, but overall we're happy with how it went. Beer of the festival was Orange Choco Stout (5.2% ABV) from Nook Brewhouse based in Holmfirth, followed by Wild Gravity (5.2%) from BAD Co in Dishforth in 2nd place, and a tie for third between Captain Oates Mild (4.5%) from Selby's Brown Cow Brewery and Grand Havana Smoked Porter (5.0%) from Brighton Bier in Brighton (where else?).

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The festival food provided by the Royal Hotel was also excellent and proved popular with customers throughout.

Many thanks to all those who came along to enjoy the beers and ciders, and to our sponsors for their valuable support. And finally a huge thank you to all the hardworking CAMRA volunteers who helped to set up and run the beer festival - we couldn't have done it without you! All being well we'll see you again at the Royal for the 2016 beer festival.

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Some post festival comments received are shown below:

"Well done to all who organise and run what is a great little festival with a really good range of well served beers, just a pity we couldn't have stayed longer, and yep, the Choco Orange Stout was particularly lovely." (Andy Bill Brader, Facebook)

"Quick note to say congratulations on yet another excellent beer festival! Some really good beers on offer this year to suit most tastes. Just a shame we didn't get the usual support this year, the rugby on Saturday evening must have been to blame. As long as we broke even or even made a couple of bob it gives us hope for next year!!" (Keith Dixon, Scunthorpe & District CAMRA by e-mail)

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2015 Events

Trip to Magic Rock, Huddersfield

After a very enjoyable and informative trip to Magic Rock's original brewery early in the year the branch was very excited to hear about further developments and to visit the new brewery complete with their first Brewery Tap.

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A great day was had and please read up about developments at Magic Rock

Summer Pub of the Season Presentation
The Horn Inn, Messingham

Our Pub of the Season award for Summer 2015 went to the Horn Inn in Messingham. This open-plan village local has been refurbished to a high standard and opened up again for business on 8th April this year after a period of closure.


The pub is leased from Enterprise Inns by licensee Adam Kaye, who also runs two other pubs. Manageress at the Horn Inn is Kate Boswell, who offers Black Sheep Best Bitter as a stock real ale at the pub, plus up to five rotating guest real ales and a real cider. There is an extensive food menu comprising pub classics and gastro dishes plus cocktail and quiz nights.

It's good to see the Horn Inn thriving again, and we congratulate Kate and all staff on their award.

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For more information visit the Pub of the Seasonlink.

Trip to Sunfest

A beautiful Saturday in July saw a merry group of members attend one of the branch's favourite events of the year at the Rising Sun in Sheffield.


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Pub of the Year

Scunthorpe and District's Pub of the Year 2015 was awarded to The Royal Oak, Snitterby. A previous winner, the Royal oak continues to serve an excellent range of quality ales and branch chairman, Mike Sayers, was pleased to present the award to Licensee, Dave Murray.


Spring Pub of the Season Presentation
The Nelthorpe Arms, Brigg

This renowned Brigg hostelry, also known as 'Scanlons', was closed down in January 2014 then taken over by Sue Rainton and Phil Harrison, both involved in engineering, who took a shine to the pub and its stock of outbuildings.

The Nelthorpe reopened in June 2104 and the Toll Bar restaurant was added in 2015, which was named after the historic Brigg toll once located at the nearby bridge over the Ancholme.

Chris Saddington was appointed General Manager, after experience gained in running pubs in Hull.

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Four real ales are generally offered - Greene King IPA and Abbot are regular beers and guest beers from the likes of the Yorkshire Brewing Co, Springhead, Thornbridge, Black Sheep and Batemans plus real ciders and craft bottled beers. Real ciders are featured from Aspalls, Westons and Gwynt-Y-Ddraig.

Beer festivals and live acoustic music have become features.

This well-deserved award was presented on Saturday 9th May and for more information visit the Pub of the Season page.


Mild in May

CAMRA designates May as Mild month. The branch held a social at the Blue Bell, Scunthorpe and the Chairman presented the pub with a Mild Award certificate to show our appreciation of them featuring draught milds during May.


Trip to Doncaster Beer Festival

Despite no interest in a planned Saturday trip it would seem many of our members (clearly of a certain age and/or disposition ; ) had time on their hands to independently migrate there on the Friday to enjoy a full selection of beers. Something to take into account for next year.

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Some select members were chosen to take part in the tasting panel to decide the winning festival beers.


Trip to Leeds Beer Festival

A select group of gentlemen branch members thoroughly enjoyed a trip to Leeds Beer Festival in March followed by a tour of some fine city pubs.

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Winter Pub of the Season Presentation
The Haven Inn, Barrow Haven


A previous Pub of the Season, the Haven Inn underwent extensive refurbishment last year in a dramatic fashion, due to being a victim of the tidal surge of 5th December 2013 which devastated large parts of the local area.

Closed for five months, the Haven Inn opened its doors again on Friday 2nd May 2014 for drinks and was packed out with regulars eager to return.

We congratulate landlady, Gillian Bayram, and her staff on their resilience, hard work and well-deserved success with the presentation of the award on Saturday 7th March.

Read more on the Pub of the Season page.

Branch Trip to Magic Rock Brewery in Huddersfield

We presented Joe, the brewer, with a certificate celebrating their beer 'High Wire' being voted Beer of the Festival at the 2014 Scunthorpe and district Beer Festival.


This was followed by a tour of the brewery.


Then several of our members felt it necessary to 'feel the magic'.


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