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 to the Holly Bush in Makeney, a classic pub again with a good choice in beer. We then went to Holbrook and the Spotted Cow, after which we called at the Dead Poets Inn, both fine pubs and each with a selection of tasty ales. Our final destination was the Beer Festival at Arkwright’s Real ale Bar in Belper, which had 16 ales on sale, and adding them to the beers we’d seen earlier made a total of 42 beers to choose from on the night.

The April trip saw us meet at the Miners Arms in Alfreton once we’d picked everyone up, after which we visited the Prospect Street Micropub, also in Alfreton. Staying fairly local we headed for Riddings, taking in 3 pubs in the village – the Red Lion, Seven Stars and Moulders Arms before heading for our final pub of the evening, the Steampacket Inn at Swanwick. Understandably there weren’t as many beers available on this trip as on the March one, but we still had a choice of 20 over the 6 pubs visited, and the beer quality was generally quite good.

The May trip began at the Angels Micro Pub in Belper, where we met having picked up in Alfreton and Ripley. As usual the beer quality at the Angels was excellent, as it was at our next pub, the Thorn Tree Inn on Chesterfield Road, Belper.  We then headed back towards Ripley and the Beehive Inn/Honeypot on Peasehill Road, after which we visited the Thorn Tree Inn at Waingroves. The Beehive and the Thorn Tree are the only pubs left in an area that once boasted 6, and both served good quality beer, as did our next pub, the Codnor Inn on Jessop Street. Our final destination took us just over the border into Nottinghamshire and the Poachers Ale House in Jacksdale, a micro pub which opened last year and which very few of us had been to before. Once again, as it had been all night, the beer quality there was excellent. The overall total number of beers available on the night was 33, so plenty of choice as well as quality.

The next beer survey will be on Friday 14th June.

Trevor Spencer

Social Secretary

Amber Valley CAMRA

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