Social Secretary Report – November 2015

Beer Survey Trips


16 members, including two first-timers, joined the minibus survey trip on Saturday 14th November, visiting the Black Bull’s Head, Openwoodgate (coinciding with their first beer festival, although most of the festival beers had sold out by the time we got there), the Sir Barnes Wallis in Ripley, an unscheduled visit to the Talbot Taphouse as the George Inn, Lowes Hill were holding a leaving party for the current licensees (we understand that it will be under new management from next week), the Beehive/Honeypot and finishing at the Thorn Tree, Waingroves which had been taken over by Dave and Tracey Hawkins the previous week.


The following beers were noted –

Black Bulls Head – Greene King Abbot Ale, Oakham Green Devil and Bishops Farewell, Bathams Bitter, Castle Rock Black Gold, Dancing Duck Waikiki and Aye Up, Marstons Draught Bass, Shepherd Neames Bishops Finger, Siren Soundwave + several real ciders

Sir Barnes Wallis – Joules Pale Ale, Everards Tiger, Original, Beacon and Sunchaser

Talbot Taphouse – Pentrich Kiama, Amber Ales Barnes Wallis, IPA Ruby Stout, Session Pale Ale, Original Stout

Beehive/Honeypot – Batemans XXB, Falstaff Darkside, Leadmill Suzie Q and Fluffer, Landlocked Island IPA and Nelsons Secret, Leatherbritches Bespoke + several real ciders

Thorn Tree – Marstons Draught Bass, Landlocked Honeypot Pale, Exmoor Gold, Leadmill Slumdog + Old Rosie Cider


The next survey trip will be on Saturday 13th February 2016 – all dates for next year will be circulated separately.  Thanks to everyone who has supported the trips this year – we have had good numbers on all of them and been able to input beer scores for 64 different pubs in the Amber Valley branch area. Twelve members joined us on the trips for the first time this year.


Eight members braved the bitterly cold weather on Saturday 21st November and joined Chris on an afternoon/evening pub crawl around Burton upon Trent.  Everyone enjoyed the pubs we visited and we found a very good selection of beers at every one.  We started at the Derby Arms (Wentwell Brewery pub), then walked to the micro pub, the Middle Earth Tavern, which had only opened the previous night, on to the Borough Arms, the Coopers Tavern, the Crossing, the Fuggle and Nugget, another micro pub that had opened the week before, and finally The Dog.


We are hoping to plan a pub walk around Nottingham on a Saturday afternoon in January or February to coincide with presenting the Blue Monkey brewery with a certificate at their Organ Grinder pub for the Chocolate Amaretto Stout winning the Beer of the Festival in September.


The Beer Festival Volunteers’ Party will be held at the Strutt Club, Campbell St, Belper on Saturday 12th December – details to be confirmed nearer the time.  Anne will also be circulating details of a pub crawl around Nottingham on Saturday 12th December.


Jane Wallis

Social Secretary – Amber Valley CAMRA


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