Welcome to Amber Valley CAMRA

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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 seventh one took place in September 2016 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

For details of the previous survey trips please read the various posts on our blog. As explained in recent monthly Social Survey reports, we have had difficulty booking transport for the beer survey trips on Saturday nights so have changed the nights to Friday for 2017.   As usual, there is a free minibus from Ripley Market Place at 7:30pm and other pickups are available on request.  […]

Belper Goes Green

Belper goes Green 2017 Beer & Cider Festival Belper Rugby Club, Derby Road, Belper, Derbyshire, DE56 1UU Friday 2nd to Sunday 4th June 2017 The fifth Belper Goes Green Beer & Cider Festival is to be held at the Belper Rugby Club, Derby Rd, Belper, Derbyshire, DE56 1UU this year. The festival will again be supported, staffed, and organised by the Amber Valley Branch of […]

Pub of the Year

Amber Valley – Pub Of The Year 2017 Winners – White Hart, Bargate A judging process which started back in November 2016 saw members of Amber Valley CAMRA nominate up to 5 of their favourite watering holes. The shortlist of 8 pubs with the most nominations were visited by volunteer judges during the months of December and January and judged on CAMRA core principles. The outstanding […]

Beer Festivals

Amber Valley CAMRA Beer & Cider Festival 2017 We are pleased to announce that this year’s event will take place on Thursday 28th September  – Sunday 1st October 2017.  We will be returning to Strutts again for the fourth year and our eighth festival. More details to be announced soon.   Amber Valley CAMRA Beer & Cider Festival 2016   Our 7th beer festival took place September […]

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Social Secretary Report – March 2017

Social Secretary Report – March 2017

Eleven members joined the survey trip on Friday 3rd March. We visited the Hunter Arms, Kilburn, the Marquis of Ormonde, Codnor Inn, French Horn and Poet and Castle, Codnor and the Thorn Tree, Waingroves. We found a very good selection of beers all in good condition. At the Poet and Castle we were told that the present managers would be leaving very soon as the […]

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Social Secretary Report – February 2017

Social Secretary Report – February 2017

Sixteen members joined the survey trip on Friday 3rd February.  We visited the Cross Keys, the Grapes and the George & Dragon in Belper then drove out to the Fisherman’s Rest at Broadholme, the King William at Milford and finished at Arkwrights in Belper. The following beers were noted –  

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Social Secretary Report – January 2017

Social Secretary Report – January 2017

On Thursday 29th December, 16 members met up in Nottingham and spent the afternoon/evening visiting some of the City’s best real ale pubs.  We visited the Organ Grinder (Blue Monkey), John Borlaise Warren (Lincoln Green), A Room with a Brew (Scribbler’s Ales), The Barrel Drop (micro pub), The Lord Roberts (Flipside), The Peacock and The Lincolnshire Poacher.  We found a very good selection of beers […]

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