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 Visit the 2017 Beer Festival mini-site here The 8th Amber Valley CAMRA festival will be held at Strutts on Derby Road, Belper from Thursday 28th September to Sunday 1st October 2017. The former Herbert Strutt Grammar School is situated on the A6 just outside the town centre and has its own car park, with the railway […]

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Social Secretary Report – September 2017

Social Secretary Report – September 2017

11 members joined the free minibus beer survey trip on Friday 11th September when we visited the Boot & Slipper, Swanwick, the Dog Inn at Pentrich, White Hart at Moorwood Moor, the Social Club and Old Yew Tree at South Wingfield and the Amber Hotel at Oakerthorpe.  The landlord and landlady at the Boot & Slipper advised us that they would be taking over the […]

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Social Secretary Report – August 2017

Social Secretary Report – August 2017

14 members joined the free minibus beer survey trip on Friday 4th August when we visited the Old Oak at Horsley Woodhouse (found the Sitwell Arms closed), Traveller’s Rest at Kilburn, recently re-opened community pub, the Spotted Cow, the Dead Poets and Wheel Inn at Holbrook. Beers noted – Old Oak – Leadmill Old Oak Bitter, American Girl, Fluffer, Blue Morpho, Wish you were in […]

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Social Secretary Report – July 2017

Social Secretary Report – July 2017

14 members joined the minibus survey trip on Friday 14th July when we visited the Angels in Belper, Canal Inn at Bullbridge, George Inn at Lower Hartshay, Sir Barnes Wallis, George Inn and Talbot at Ripley.   The following beers were noted – The Angel – Titanic Plum Porter & Raspberry Wheat Beer, Oakham Citra, Old Mill Blonde Bombshell, Abbeydale Moonshine, Dancing Duck Dark Drake, […]

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