Social Secretary Report – October 2014

Beer Survey Trips 

14 members went on the survey trip on Saturday 18th October, including a very new member who had only joined online two days before.  She was warmly welcomed by all and enjoyed her first Amber Valley Social.  We visited the Victoria Inn, Alfreton, Poet & Castle, Codnor, Sir Barnes Wallis, Holly Bush and Village Inn at Ripley/Marehay and finished at the Black Bulls Head at Openwoodgate.


The following beers/ciders were noted –

Victoria Inn – Sharps Doombar, Brains Atomic Blonde

Poet and Castle – Ashover Littlemoor Citra, Poets Tipple and Light Pale, Everards Original, Blue Monkey Scarlet Chimpanell, Oakham Citra, Magpie Flyer, Dancing Duck Dark Drake + 2 ciders

Sir Barnes Wallis – Everards Original, Tiger and Beacon, Oakham Citra, Brunswick The Usual.

Holly Bush – Leadmill The Beast (very popular!), Greene King Abbot and IPA, Falstaff Gaia + 2 ciders

Village Inn – Greene King Abbot and Moreland Old Golden Hen + 1 cider

Black Bulls Head – Oakham Green Devil, Bishops Farewell and Asylum, Blue Monkey Marmoset, Greene King Abbot, Castle Rock Black Gold, Leatherbritches Bespoke and Belter + 2 ciders


Chesterfield Trip

A group of us visited the Chesterfield CAMRA Market Hall Beer Festival on Saturday 25th October for the 11am-4pm session.  The renovated hall was very impressive and the beer list was too – we managed to sample the majority on offer between us and there were no complaints at all.  The strangest beer of the day went to Wood Street’s Devil’s Walking Stick which was a clear fluorescent green colour but didn’t taste as bad as it looked!  Thanks to David for walking around Chesterfield on a very rainy day to pick up enough tickets for us all from various outlets.


Amber Ramble

The Amber Ramble on Sunday 12th October led by Ian and Rob was a great success.  14 people went on the walk including some non-members who have now shown an interest in joining CAMRA.  The weather was great and the views from high above Belper and Duffield were apparently very impressive.  The group called at the Bulls Head, Belper Lane End, the Bluebell at Farnah Green, Pattenmakers at Duffield and, finally, an extra stop at the Holly Bush at Makeney by bus as there had not been any food available at the Pattenmakers.  Further walks are being planned and details will be circulated in due course.


Jane Wallis

Social Secretary – Amber Valley CAMRA

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