Social Secretary Report – Summer 2019

JUNE/JULY/AUGUST 

For the June survey we arranged to meet up at the Victoria Inn, Alfreton, where we found a couple of Real Ales, both in fairly good condition. We then headed to the White Hart at Moorwood Moor for a choice of 3 beers, not bad quality if a little cool. The Olde Yew Tree at South Wingfield was our next port of call, again with a choice of 3 beers, and again of decent quality. Staying in South Wingfield, we paid a visit to the Social club there, to find a couple of real ales, and then went on to the Amber Hotel at Oakerthorpe, again enjoying a couple of beers in good nick. Our final pub saw us return to Alfreton and What’s Your Poison Alehouse, which had 6 beers on offer in a variety of styles and strengths, all quite good quality.
For the July trip we met at the newly-reopened Railway Hotel in Belper, which is now a Lincoln Green pub, albeit with guest beers, and 8 ales were on offer. We then called at the Fisherman’s Rest in Broadholme for a choice of 4 beers, and the Bulls Head at Belper lane End, where we found 3 beers. The Bear Inn at Alderwasley also offered 3 beers, while the Black Swan at Idridgehay, which reopened in 3017 after being closed for several years, had four beers on offer. Finally, we made our way back to Belper and the George and Dragon, which had a choice of 6 real ales on offer, in interesting trip with plenty of beers to sample.
The August trip started in the Tavern in Belper, which recently changed hands, and had a couple of ales on offer. We then moved the short distance to the Old Kings Head, which offered us a choice of 4 beers. We headed for the Ripley area after this, calling at the Holly Bush in Marehay, where there were 5 ales to choose from before visiting Tom Said, Ripley’s newest micropub, which had only opened the day before, and where there were 4 real ales – having been in on opening night, I noted that one of the ales on offer then had sold out and been replaced. Ripley’s Little Ale House, with another 4 ales available, was the next pub we visited, and the last call of the night was the Talbot in Ripley, with 8 more ales to choose from.

The next beer survey will be on Friday 11th October.

Trevor Spencer

Social Secretary

Amber Valley CAMRA

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