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 Heanor, & Wild Rave, Salamander Hazy Summer, Cotleigh Red Fire, Gaol Ales On Parole, Spire Jailbreak, Welbeck Abbey Cavendish, Hairy Brewers Devils Whiskers, Bottlebrook Old Skool and Spring Hop, Frothblowers Riverside Stout
Traveller’s Rest – Marston’s Draught Bass, Sharp’s Doom Bar
Spotted Cow – Whim Arbor Light, Shiny Happy People, Totally Brewed Slap in the Face, Thwaites Wainwright, Marston’s Pedigree, Wychwood Hobgoblin
Dead Poets – Blue Monkey Infinity, Exmoor Beast, Oakham Citra, Black Iris Endless Summer, Sharp’s Doom Bar, Castle Rock Harvest Pale
The Wheel – Titanic Plum Porter, Oakham Green Devil, Theakstons Old Peculiar, Thwaites Wainwright, Marston’s Draught Bass, Timothy Taylor Landlord
The next free minibus survey trip will be held on Friday 8th September.
Chesterfield Pub Walk – Saturday 29th July
Every year we seem to fall lucky for a sunny day in Chesterfield and this was no exception.
13 members met in the White Swan, called at the Rutland then walked out to the Neptune and Chesterfield Arms and back to the Chesterfield Alehouse where some opted out after a couple, whilst others had a walk up Chatsworth Road to The Tramway Tavern and finished off at a Wetherspoons. We had some lovely beers and, once again, the Neptune and Chesterfield Arms were well worth seeking out although they are outside the town centre.
Derby Pub Walk – Saturday 19th August
Ten members met in the Furnace and walked out to the Five Lamps on Duffield Road, then to the Seven Stars, Golden Eagle on Agard Street, Lord Nelson on Friargate, Old Bell on Sadlergate, Flowerpot and Silk Mill. A hardy few continued to the Exeter and Smithfield. We found good beers in all of the pubs and took the opportunity to leave our festival posters and flyers as we went along. We particularly enjoyed The Golden Eagle and Lord Nelson which we hadn’t visited on a CAMRA walk before – both very welcoming and a good selection of beers including some Titan ones at the Golden Eagle that are brewed on the premises.
Ripley Pub Walk – Monday 28th August
17 members joined a very hot and sunny afternoon pub crawl / beer survey around Ripley, starting at the Red Lion at 1pm then visiting the Thorn Tree where Chris Rogers presented the landlady and staff with a certificate for winning the Amber Valley section of the Mild Trail. We found the Pear Tree to be out of real ale apart from Green King IPA after a busy, sunny weekend (usually have 3 Littleover beers on) so we moved on to Ripley’s Little Alehouse (previously the Bear and Monkey) on Oxford Street which had just opened a few days before and had a good selection of beers and ciders. They will be open from Thursday to Sunday each week. Our next stop was the Cock Inn where we sat out in the beer garden and last stop was the Talbot where, again, we sat out in the sun and enjoyed the wide selection of beers and ciders including, for the bravehearted, a 10% triple IPA!!
The next pub walk will be on Saturday 16th September around Burton on Trent – details to be announced.