Social Secretary Report – February 2015
Beer Survey Trips
10 members went on the survey trip on Saturday 7th February, including two first-timers, and visited the Fisherman’s Rest, Broadholme, the Queen’s Head, Rifleman’s Arms, George & Dragon and The Tavern at Belper and the King William IV at Milford.
The following beers were noted -
Fisherman’s Rest – Marston’s Pedigree, Sharps Doom Bar and Atlantic
Queen’s Head – Caledonia Deuchers IPA, St Austell Tribute, Wadworth 6X, Marston’s Draught Bass
Rifleman’s Arms – Springhead Maid Marion and Robin Hood, Marston’s Pedigree, (Jennings) Riflemans Gold
George & Dragon – Tower East Mill, Marston’s Draught Bass, Whim Hartington IPA, Greene King Abbot Ale, Church End Fallen Angel, Camerons Strong Arm + Lilleys Pigswill
The Tavern – Full Mash Whistling Dixie, Marston’s Pedigree, Wychwood Gold, Rebel Brewing Co Cornish Sunset
King William IV – Timothy Taylor Landlord and Boltmaker, Milestone Loxley, Sharps Doom Bar, Marston’s Draught Bass, Greene King Abbot Ale + Westons Old Rosie, Thatchers Cheddar Valley
The next survey trip will be on Saturday 14th March and we already have the maximum number booked on the trip with six people on reserve in case anyone drops out. Some members book in advance before we have advertised the trip by email and this has led to others being disappointed by not finding out about it in time. Two days prior to the February trip, there were only 7 members booked on it, so I was only too pleased to let people pre-book for the following month. However, I realise this could be construed as an unfair way to organize it so from next month I will not take any bookings until the trip has been advertised by email then they will be taken on a first come, first served basis. The trips are also advertised in local CAMRA magazines, newsletters and websites.
Trip to Oakham Brewery Tap, Peterborough – Saturday 31st January
26 people went on the trip and it was very successful, apart from some complaints about the bus being too cold. We had not used a 33 seater bus from the company before so didn’t know what it would be like until it was too late. Should we ever need to book a bigger capacity bus again, we would obviously not use the same one. We presented Oakham Ales with a certificate for their Green Devil IPA winning “Beer of the Festival” at our festival at Strutts last September. Our hosts, Nigel Wattam (Marketing Manager) and Jo Coleman (Northern Regional Sales Manager) made us very welcome, as did
Warren Ball, the Peterborough CAMRA Branch Chairman. Everyone enjoyed sampling the wide range of Oakham beers and delicious hot Thai buffet generously provided by the brewery. Afterwards, the group took the opportunity to visit other GBG pubs in the city and particularly enjoyed Charters, a converted Dutch grain barge on the River Nene. We made a brief stop at the Three Crowns, Wymeswold, Notts on the way home where we were made very welcome and this rounded off a very enjoyable day out.
Anne Kennedy organised a walk which took place on Saturday 21st February - details were circulated via the Google Group.