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 occasional 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 ninth one took place in September 2018 at Strutts in Belper. It was a success and our monthly planning meetings for this year's event have started.  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, Trevor Spencer - details can be found on the “contact us” page.

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

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Socials & Survey Trips

1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 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 2019 – 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 […]

Belper Goes Green

Belper goes Green 2019 Beer & Cider Festival Belper Rugby Club, Derby Road, Belper, Derbyshire, DE56 1UU Friday 31st May to Sunday 2nd June 2019 After a fantastically successful festival last year, we are planning for an even bigger and better Belper goes Green Beer & Cider Festival to be held from Friday 31st May to Sunday 2nd June at the Belper Rugby Club this […]

Pub of the Year

Amber Valley – Pub Of The Year 2019 Winners – The Talbot, Ripley The Talbot now hold both the Cider Pub of the Year and the Pub of the Year crowns; the first pub in our area to do so. Steve and Angela were most pleased to receive the award from Chris Rogers and will now represent Amber Valley at the regional heats of the National […]

Beer Festivals

  10th Amber Valley CAMRA Beer & Cider Festival 2019 We are pleased to announce that the 10th Amber Valley CAMRA Beer & Cider Festival will go ahead this year at the usual venue, Strutts Community Centre, from Thursday September 26th to Saturday 28th September. There will be a few changes which we hope will make the Festival even better. The Festival will be open […]

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Social Secretary Report – Spring 2019

MARCH / APRIL / MAY The monthly Survey Trips resumed on March 22nd after the Winter break with a trip to the Milford/Makeney/Holbrook area, finishing at the Beer Festival at Arkwright’s Real ale Bar in Belper.  Our first port of call was the King William in Milford, where we found a varied range of Beers in excellent form, after which we made the short journey […]

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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 2018

Social Secretary Report – June 2018

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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