Social Secretary Report – August 2016

10 members joined the pub walk around Chesterfield on Saturday 30th July – we had a lovely afternoon and the warm sunny weather meant we were able to appreciate some nice beer gardens.  We met at the White Swan, St Marys Gate where we were unexpectedly joined by Pauline and Lorna from Chesterfield branch who had already given us some tips on pubs to try that we hadn’t visited before. The Rutland Arms was second on the list, then a walk out of town to two very good pubs with excellent beer choices – the Neptune and the Chesterfield Arms.  We then walked back into town to the Chesterfield Alehouse micropub and out on the Chatsworth Road to the Barlow Brewery Tap and Tramway Tavern (Brampton Brewery).


The 13th August survey trip was fully subscribed with 16 members, including two first timers, visiting the Waggon & Horses, Alfreton, the Boot & Slipper, Swanwick, the Sir Barnes Wallis, Ripley, Holly Bush, Marehay, Dead Poets, Holbrook and Holly Bush, Makeney.


Beers noted –

Waggon & Horses – Falstaff Good Bad & the Drunk, Black Hole Supernova, Exmoor Gold, Burton Bridge No Escape, Trumans Iponaema, Sharps Doombar, Ruddles Bitter, GK Abbot Ale

Boot & Slipper – Ringwood Boondoggle, Jennings Cumberland Ale

Sir Barnes Wallis – Everards Old Original, Tiger, Beacon Hill + Brunswick Offilers Nut Brown

Holly Bush, Marehay – Sharps Doombar, GK Abbot Ale, Bottlebrook Mellow Yellow, Lincoln Green Sherwood, Exmoor Ale, Marstons Draught Bass

Dead Poets – Dukeries Gunsmoke, Dark Star Hophead, Oakham Citra, Batemans XXXB, Lacons Highlight Ale, Moreland Golden Hen

Holly Bush, Makeney – Marstons Pedigree, GK Abbot Ale, Timothy Taylor Landlord, Fullers London Pride, Salopian The Bends, Abbeydale Dr Mortons Olympit Gains, Coteleigh Barn Owl, Howard Town Wren’s Nest


On Bank Holiday Monday, August 29th, we had another sunny day for the walking survey trip of Ripley pubs when 13 members (and Milo the dog) visited the Red Lion, Thorn Tree (strong ale festival on), Pear Tree, Crompton Arms (beer festival on), Bear & Monkey (newly opened micropub), the Keys, the Midland and Old Cock Inn.    


Beers noted –

Red Lion – GK Abbot Ale, Thornbridge Jaipur, Roosters Cream Ale, Whitehorse Blowstone, Pheasantry Pale Ale, Lincoln Green Tuck Porter, Ruddles County, Sharps Doombar

Thorn Tree – Shiny Affinity, Pentrich Black Ale, Leatherbritches Scary Hairy & Goodnight, Oakham Bona Nox + approx. 10 strong ales outdoors at festival

Pear Tree – GK Abbot Ale & IPA

Crompton Arms – GK Abbot Ale, Marstons Draught Bass + approx. 8 festival beers

Bear & Monkey – Amber Bear and Monkey, Triple F Moondance, Dancing Duck Ay Up, Shiny Wrench, Rat Phantom Ratsberry Blower, Salopian Darwins Origin

Keys – Wychwood Hobgoblin, North Star Pathfinder

Midland – Leadmill Suzie Q & Sadder Butweiser, Flipside Clippings IPA

Old Cock Inn – Pentrich Revolution, Thornbridge Crackendale, Wychwood Hobgoblin, Caledonian Flying Scotsman


On Saturday 3rd September we will be having a pub walk around Burton on Trent – details have been circulated.


The next free minibus survey trip will be on Saturday 10th September.


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Jane Wallis

Social Secretary – Amber Valley CAMRA


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