Welcome to Amber Valley CAMRA


A big warm CAMRA welcome 

We are one of many regional branches that form part of the national organisation, CAMRA (the Campaign for Real Ale). We focus on promoting real ale, cider and perry in our area.

Contrary to certain myths, we are not paid staff, but a group of enthusiastic volunteers who do this in our spare time.

We became a full branch in our own right in December 2012 having previously been a sub-branch of Derby. We cover a wide area of villages and rural communities within Amber Valley and incorporate the three main towns of Belper, Ripley and Alfreton.

We undertake various functions and activities from pub campaigning and beer surveys to organising and running our own annual beer festival and helping other branches with theirs.

One of the regular social activities is a monthly survey trip by minibus which enables members to visit some of the more remote pubs in our area. The purpose of the trips is for members to meet up and enjoy social drinking with a group of like-minded people and also to collect scores for the National Beer Scoring Survey (which helps decide which pubs are entered into the Good Beer Guide). We also encourage members to input their own scores for beers at any time via the What Pub website or phone app.

For those who prefer the outdoors, we have regular Sunday afternoon “Amber Rambles” around the local countryside, obviously calling at a few real ale pubs along the way, and also Saturday afternoon pub crawls around towns and cities such as Derby, Nottingham, Chesterfield, Burton and Sheffield.

We hold monthly branch meetings at different pubs where we discuss pub news, what's happening in our area and things we can do to help promote real ale locally. All members are welcome to attend these meetings.

We organise an annual competition to choose the Amber Valley Pub of the Year which all members are encouraged to participate in by nominating their favourite pubs and also to take part in the judging if they wish to do so.

In line with national CAMRA promotions, we also encourage the pubs in our area, and our members, to take part in competitions and trails to promote specific drinks at specific times of the year, such as our Cider Trails, Mild Trails in May and our Winter Ales Competitions..

The main event of our year is always the Amber Valley Real Ale and Cider Festival and our eight one took place in September 2017 at Strutts in Belper. It was a great success and our monthly planning meetings for this year's event are well underway.  We encourage you to get involved in whatever capacity you are able to as we run it as volunteers and always appreciate your input or an extra pair of hands to share the workload.

All members are welcome to attend any of the meetings or events outlined above. As social surveys are done via minibus trip and places are limited you need to book your place in advance by contacting our social secretary, Jane Wallis - details can be found on the “contact us” page.

If you have any feedback on our website then please contact our Webmaster, Sean McKeown at webmaster@ambervalley.camra.org.uk.

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Socials & Survey Trips

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 For details of the previous survey trips please read the various posts on our blog. We are proposing the following dates for free minibus beer survey trips in 2018 – all Friday nights and all having the first pick up at either Alfreton or Belper at 7.15pm and Ripley at 7.30pm, depending on who is coming and the route we are taking.  The […]

Belper Goes Green

Belper goes Green 2018 Beer & Cider Festival Belper Rugby Club, Derby Road, Belper, Derbyshire, DE56 1UU Friday 1st June to Sunday 3rd June 2018 The sixth Belper Goes Green Beer & Cider Festival is to be held at the Belper Rugby Club, Derby Rd, Belper, Derbyshire, DE56 1UU this year. The beer festival will again be supported, staffed and organised by the Amber Valley […]

Pub of the Year

Amber Valley – Pub Of The Year 2018 Winners – White Hart, Bargate For the second year running, Sean and his team take the Amber Valley CAMRA Pub of the Year crown – Congratulations ! Amber Valley Branch have completed their pub of the year judging and are pleased to announce the results:- 1st White Hart, Bargate 2nd Talbot, Ripley 3rd Old Oak, Horsley Woodhouse Congratulations […]

Beer Festivals

9th Amber Valley CAMRA Beer & Cider Festival 2018 The 9th Amber Valley CAMRA festival will be held at Strutts on Derby Road, Belper from Thursday 27th September to Sunday 30th September 2018. The venue has its own car park, with the railway and bus stations only a short walk away. The festival will be held in the main hall and various “classrooms” of this […]

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Anatomy of a Beer Festival Part 19 – The Good, The Bad and The Beer List

What a week.  I’d forgotten just how crazy it can get because I only experience it once a year, fortunately.   This week’s main tasks were to finish the beer order, the beer list and tasting notes and make the final edits to the programme.  It sounds relatively straightforward in theory but not quite so in practice.   Monday started with a local brewery returning […]

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Social Secretary Report – June

Social Secretary Report – June

Nine members joined the minibus survey trip on Friday 8th June and visited the George and Dragon in Belper, the Canal Inn at Bullbridge, Hurt Arms at Ambergate, Fisherman’s Rest at Broadholme, King William at Milford and Holly Bush at Makeney. The following beers were noted – George & Dragon – Abbeydale Moonshine, Marstons Draught Bass, Greene King Abbot, Old Sawley 4 Fools Mosaic, Dukeries […]

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Social Secretary Report – April/May

Social Secretary Report – April/May

8 members visited the Wagon and Horses, Victoria and Handlebar in Alfreton, the Red Lion and Greenhill Tavern in Riddings and the Gate Inn at Swanwick.  Notable beers were Sharp’s Juniper Rising at the Victoria, Abbeydale Moonshine and Deception at the Red Lion and a Landlocked Treacle Stour and Burton Heritage Masterpiece IPA at the Handlebar. On Friday 11th May 10 members joined the trip […]

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