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2016 Events

Christmas Party

In mid-December branch members gathered in the back room of the Yarborough Hunt in Brigg for the annual Scunthorpe & District CAMRA Christmas party. A tasty DIY buffet was enjoyed by those attending, washed down with a few draughts of Christmas real ales including the Tom Wood offering Christmas Cheers. The traditional brain-teaser Christmas quiz was won by Christine, Colin, Mike & Sue from Barton on a tie-break, and they were presented with a pack of Christmas bottled beers for their efforts.

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Later some members chose to have a wander around Brigg to try other pubs such as the Nelthorpe, White Horse, Britannia and Dexters, but most people found the ambience at the Yarborough hard to resist!


Thanks to all for coming along for a very enjoyable evening. Thanks also to Beverley for organising the event.

Leeds Christmas Pub Crawl

A small group of branch members made the journey to Leeds in early December for a Christmas pub crawl. Wearing their most garish Christmas jumpers and hats they stumbled around an impressive array of city centre pubs including The Hop, Midnight Bell, Cross Keys, Northern Monk Refectory, Tapped, Whitelocks, North Bar and Mr Foleys Cask Ale House for a very enjoyable day out!



Grimsby Beer Festival 2016

A good contingent of Scunthorpe & District CAMRA members made it to the 3rd Grimsby Beer Festival held at the Matrix Bar in November. Some choice ales were sampled including Rowett Six Hour Lunch, Mr Grundys Bullet and Abbeydale Mandarin Claw of Death, followed by a few beers in the nearby, newly refurbished, Yarborough Hotel. An enjoyable day out!


Pub of the Season Autumn 2016
The River Don, Eastoft

We presented our Autumn Pub of the Season award to River Don licensees Gordon Crowe and Karen Burdett on Bonfire Night.


Five excellent real ales were on offer for the presentation including Roosters Birdman, Dark Star Hophead and Rudgate Barleys Angel. Gordon and Karen also laid out a tasty buffet for the occasion which was appreciated by the Scunthorpe & District CAMRA group and other pub customers.

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We congratulate Gordon & Karen on their well deserved award for this village free house and wish them every success for the future.

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19th Scunthorpe & District Beer Festival,
29th September - 2nd October 2016

The 19th Scunthorpe Beer Festival took place at the Royal Hotel in the town centre from 29 September to 2 October. If you were there you'll have your own ideas about how it went, but if not here's our view of proceedings.


The real ales we put on were well liked by the majority of people attending - in fact more than one person thought this was our best range of beers ever. Our main focus was on beers from Greater Manchester and the North West, and Cloudwater Session IPA (4.5% ABV) from Manchester itself was voted the beer of the festival by those attending. The handpulled beers on the front bar, including Marble, First Chop and Seven Brothers, as well as Cloudwater, proved to be among the most popular. Other well liked beers included Brewsmith Bitter (3.9%), Coach House Blueberry (5.0%), Millstone Tiger Rut (4.0%) and Vocation Bread & Butter (3.9%), plus the beers on the Dark Beer Trail including Binghams Vanilla Stout (5.0%), the current CAMRA Champion Beer of Britain.

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The tombola got people spinning and winning and our prizes of bottled beers, books, beer glasses and other beery stuff had to be restocked on Saturday morning, but we did manage to keep it going until late on the Saturday evening. We sold out of the limited edition stemmed half pint souvenir glasses, and we intend to offer a limited edition festival glass again next year. The new 2017 CAMRA Good Beer Guides also sold very well, and the beer of the festival free prize draw for one of the guides was won by Bob Burns of Barton.


There was a relaxed, enjoyable atmosphere throughout the festival, and a chance to discuss the merits of the beers on offer with customers. We had many favourable comments about the beers, which was appreciated and a vindication of all those hours spent poring over suppliers' beer lists to select the festival beers!

Having said that the overall number of people attending over the four days was well down on last year, and this aspect was particularly disappointing. We put a lot of effort as a branch into bringing you the best beer festival we can within our budgetary strictures, and hence the old adage, 'use it or lose it', could apply!

Before we start sounding too despondent, we'll be working hard on the 2017 Scunthorpe Beer Festival with this being our 20th anniversary event, and hope to bring you one or two surprises - watch this space for further details. We'd just like to thank all those who came along to the festival this year, our suppliers and those who lent us equipment. And special thanks go to all the CAMRA volunteers who gave up their time to set up and run the festival, often working long hours in the process - we couldn't have done it without you! See you again in 2017.


Pub of the Season Summer 2016
King William IV, Scawby Brook


Since taking over Pete and Vida Carter, have completely refurbished this pub, making it a very warm and welcoming place to visit. The food comes highly recommended and the prices are very favourable.


Normally there are two regular ales on - Greene King Abbott and Jennings Cumberland Ale. The other two pumps are rotated between a varied selection of beers. There's always a warm welcome and the staff are trained to produce a very good pint of real ale.

Pub of the Season award presented on Saturday 6th August. For more details visit the Pub of the Season page.


Grimsby Pub Crawl

Several members enjoyed a summer Saturday's pub crawl of Grimsby's town pubs although did have to admit the selection of real ale in the town, with the exceception of Wetherspoons, left something to be desired!

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Sunfest 2016

A small group of Scunthorpe & District CAMRA members ventured forth to the Rising Sun in Sheffield on Saturday 9 July for their annual Sunfest beer festival.


They were joined by Stef and Anne from Grimsby branch and enjoyed sampling some tasty beers from the menu of almost 100 real ales, 20 craft kegs and 20 ciders. There was also a good food selection featuring a hog roast and barbecue and wood-fired pizzas, plus entertainment from the Loxley Silver Band and a troupe of belly dancers.

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Conditions were overcast for most of the day, but apart from the odd spot of rain, the weather didn't curtail the enjoyment of al fresco drinking. The day was rounded off with a few beers at the excellent Station Tap in Sheffield.

Branch Pub of the Year 2016
Pooleys, Messingham

Every year CAMRA runs a national Pub of the Year competition and invites branches to nominate a local pub of their choice. Lincolnshire CAMRA branch choices undergo a county judging round during May, and the winner then goes forward into the National competition proper.

Our Pub of the Year nomination for 2016 is Pooleys of Messingham. This free house owned and run by Neil and Sharon Poole, is a traditional village pub in every sense of the word. Initially opened as a tearoom selling local produce, the customer demand for locally produced ales to also be available persuaded Neil and Sharon to transform Pooleys into a pub. Only open in the evenings from Tuesday to Sunday, Pooleys offers  ever changing real ales drawn from customer favourites and requests such as Batemans XXXB, Everards Tiger & Original, Greene King Abbot and Marston's Pedigree, supplemented by occasional guest beers from the likes of Charnwood, Hydes, Lacons and Oakham among others.


The interior is rustic in style with three separate drinking areas free from unnecessary piped musak to allow conversation to  flow - in short, everything that a traditional local should be - and Pooleys is popular both with local Messingham residents and visitors from the surrounding area.


We congratulate Neil and Sharon on their award, presented on Wednesday 6 July.


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Pub of the Season Spring 2016
The Britannia, Brigg

Our Spring Pub of the Season award goes to the Britannia in Brigg. Following a complete refurbishment of the premises, the Britannia has reopened as a restaurant/pub serving an array of drinks including four cask ales.


Beers at the time of our visit were Wychwood Hobgoblin and Marston's Burton Bitter, EPA and the stronger Old Empire IPA (5.7% ABV).

The landlord is Calvin Dow, whose parents once ran the Britannia themselves, and landlady Tabatha Johnson received the award presented on Wednesday 4th May.


For more information visit the Pub of the Season (POTS) page.

Branch social, Nelthorpe Arms, Brigg

Scunthorpe & District Branch member, Rob Vevers, who now works for Springhead Brewery, updated attendees of the progress of the brewery and we hope to arrange a branch trip there at Laneham near Gainsborough in the summer.


The Nelthorpe provided a good selection of beers in tip-top condition including Black Hole Cosmic, Batemans XXXB and Acorn Gorlovka.

Leeds Beer Festival

A select group of members made a Saturday visit to Leeds Beer Festival.


A regular outing for the branch, members felt it to be improved this year with more seating, a good choice of beers and a new keykeg bar upstairs.

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The group went on to visit Leeds Brewery Tap, Tapped, The Head of Steam and Bundobust before returning home.


A very enjoyable day out overall.

National winter Ales Festival Trip,
Roundhouse, Derby

A stalwart group of members travelled to Derby to sample the winter selection on offer. Always a busy event and venue, being able to attend on the Thursday seemed somewhat of a blessing!

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From the photos, they clearly enjoyed the ales from the Dancing Duck Brewery leading to the purchase of several red ducks, the proceeds from which went to charity.

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At the event Marble's Chocolate Marble was crowned Champion Winter Beer of Britain.

Beer of the Festival Presentation Trip
Nook Brewery, Holmfirth

The 18th Scunthorpe Beer Festival took place in September and festival-goers chose Orange Choco Stout (5.2% ABV) from Nook Brewhouse based in Holmfirth as the Beer of the festival.


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Representatives from the branch visited the brewery in January to present an award and sample more of the ales on offer.


Pub of the Season Winter 2016
The George Hogg, Winterton

Dave & Jacquie Hogg reopened the George Hogg in 2010 after the pub had been closed for four years, making it a focal point of the local community.


The George Hogg has two regular beers - York Guzzler and Tom Woods Best Bitter - which are always available along with two rotating guest beers. The pub is a previous CAMRA award winner and has Cask Marque accreditation.


Opening hours are Monday - Thursday 2-11pm; Friday 12-11pm; Saturday 9.30-12pm; Sunday 12-11pm.

We congratulate Dave & Jacquie on their award, which was presented on the evening of Wednesday 13 January.


For more information visit the Pub of the Season (POTS) page Back

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