Champion Beer of Britain (CBOB)

This year’s voting window for the Champion Beer of Britain Competition (CBOB) is now open, and will close at midnight on 1st November.

The voting site can be accessed at: www.cbobvoting.org.uk

How the Champion Beer of Britain (CBOB) and Champion Winter Beer of Britain (CWBOB) competitions work

 All cask conditioned beers available for 3 months, during a calendar year, can be entered into the selection process that starts during September and October, when members can vote for their favourite beers in each of CAMRA’s style categories. Voting is by region, so all the nominated beers listed for members of this Branch will be from breweries located in the West Midlands CAMRA region (principally Shropshire, Herefordshire, Worcestershire, West Midlands, Staffordshire & Warwickshire). These nominations are then ranked and the top selections go forward to the Area competitions, where Area category winners are selected and forwarded into the final CBOB and CWBOB competitions. This ensures that there is an even spread of beer styles from all regions of the UK.

 Our overwhelming preference is that these beers which go forward should be judged at regional beer festivals. This adds some objectivity and integrity to the process as the majority of the judges will be CAMRA trained, and the tastings are blind. All coordinators are urged to get as many beers judged at festivals as possible – preferably all of them, including the bottled beer category. This takes place over the year following the votes, (so for the current voting round it will be done from about March 2018 to February 2019). The winners go forward to the 3 national competitions – NWAF for the winter beers (CWBOB), GBBF for the rest of the beers and the BBC Good Food Show Winter, in November, for the bottled beers. So, at NWAF in Norwich next February, the beers being judged will be the regional winners from the voting from September/October 2016. This long timescale is frustrating, and can lead to issues with beer availability/continuity, but if we are to judge at festivals then there is no way round it for now.

 At the Great British Beer Festival (GBBF), the final CBOB category judging of the Area winners takes place, with 1 winning beer from the Golden Ale, Speciality Beer, Mild and Strong Bitter categories, coupled with 2 each from the Bitter and Best Bitter categories proceeding into the final round in order to judge the Supreme Champion, which is crowned the best beer in Britain. The reason for 2 beers each from the Bitter and Best Bitter categories is to accommodate for the proportionate share of the commercial beer market these beer styles command.

 Four beers that are fast tracked to the final round are the winners of each category of the Champion Winter Beer of Britain competition, held at the National Winter Ales Festival in January/February each year. As these beers were judged to be the Champion Beers of their style earlier in the year, they are entered automatically into the final round of CBOB. The CWBOB competition is similar in its structure to CBOB, as the final round of judging is made up of beers having reached this stage via the process of CAMRA local branch and tasting panel nominations, followed by Area competition success. The categories in this competition are Old Ale/Strong Mild, Porter, Stout and Barley Wine/Strong Old Ale. (The 2017 Shrewsbury Beer Festival hosted the judging of the West Midlands Stout of the Year category, the winner will be announced at the annual CAMRA WM awards event in December.)

 Please note there is a separate competition for the Champion Bottled Beer of Britain (Real Ale in Bottle). Like CBOB and CWBOB, the structure of the competition relies upon CAMRA local branch and tasting panel nominations, followed by the Area competitions, with the final held at the BBC Good Food Show in November.

What can breweries do to get their beer submitted for consideration?

 Aside from ensuring their beers are of a consistently excellent standard throughout the year, brewers can consult their respective CAMRA Brewery Liaison Officer (BLO) to gain clarification on whether their beer fits the criteria defined by the categories in CAMRA’s Beer Styles Guidelines. When a list of eligible beers has been established, it is the role of the BLO to supply this list for reference to the respective CAMRA Area Competition Organiser. If brewers have any questions whatsoever regarding their beer’s eligibility, they are asked to consult their BLO for clarification; if they are unable to help then brewers should contact their Area Competition Organiser, details of whom are available from CAMRA HQ.

 To help breweries ensure they have the maximum opportunity to progress in the competition there are several other things they need to know. Firstly beers are categorised according to their ABV, as it now is considered this is more reflective of style, and easier for most beer drinkers to understand. To be eligible for CBOB, a cask conditioned Bitter, Best Bitter, Strong Bitter or Golden Ale must be available for 7 or more months of the year, and a cask conditioned Mild or Speciality Beer must be available for 3 or more months of the year, or else the cask conditioned beer must be one of the beer styles associated with the Winter season (Old Ales, Strong Milds, Barley Wine, Strong Old Ale, Porter or Stout). The BIS has five categories for availability: 12 months of the year; 7-11 months; 3-6 months; 1-2 months; and On Demand.

Also excluded are beers with misleadingly promoted geographical origin or brands with non- cask versions misleadingly promoted using CAMRA awards

Good years for Shropshire breweries:

2017 Golden Ale
Gold Blue Monkey Infinity Nottingham
Silver Fyne Ales Jarl Argyll
Bronze Oakham Citra Peterborough
  Ludlow Gold Shropshire
2017 Strong Bitter
Gold Greytrees Afghan Pale Ale Wales
Silver Barngates Red Bull Terrier Cumbria
Bronze Salopian Automaton Shrewsbury
2016 Bitter Gold – Timothy Taylors, Boltmaker
Silver – Tiny Rebel, Hank
Joint Bronze – Hawkshead, Bitter & Salopian, Shropshire Gold
2016 Best Bitter Gold – Surrey Hills, Shere Drop
Silver – Salopian, Darwin’s Origin
Joint Bronze – Colchester, Colchester No.1 & Tiny Rebel, Cwtch
2015 Best Bitter Gold – Tiny Rebel, Cwtch
Silver – Highland, Scapa Special
Joint Bronze – Barngates, Tag Lag & Salopian, Darwin’s Origin
2015 Strong Bitter/Ale Gold – Dark Star, Revelation
Silver – Salopian, Golden Thread
Bronze – Grain, India Pale Ale
2014 Supreme Champion Gold – Timothy Taylors, Boltmaker
Silver – Oakham, Citra
Bronze – Salopian, Darwin’s Origin
2014 Best Bitter Gold – Salopian, Darwin’s Origin
Silver – Red Willow, Directionless
Joint Bronze – Purity, Mad Goose & Langton, Inclined Plain Bitter
2014 Golden Ale Gold – Oakham, Citra
Silver – Hawkshead, Cumbrian Five Hop
Bronze – Salopian, Hop Twister
2012 Bitter Gold- Purple Moose, Snowdonia Ale (from Porthmadog, Gwynedd)
Silver- Tintagel, Castle Gold (from Tintagel, Cornwall)
Joint Bronze- Flowerpots, Bitter (from Cheriton, Hampshire)
Joint Bronze- Fuller’s, Gale’s Seafarers Ale (from London, W4)
Joint Bronze- Salopian, Shropshire Gold (from Shrewsbury, Shropshire)
2012 Best Bitter Gold- Green Jack, Trawlerboys Best Bitter (from Lowestoft, Suffolk)
Silver, Salopian, Hop Twister (from Shrewsbury, Shropshire)
Joint Bronze- Oakwell, Senior Bitter (from Barnsley, South Yorkshire)
Joint Bronze- Milton, Pegasus (from Milton, Cambridgeshire)
2012 Golden Ale Gold- Dark Star, American Pale Ale (from Horsham, West Sussex)
Silver- Cumbrian Legendary Ales, Langdale (from Hawkshead, Cumbria)
Bronze- Hobsons, Town Crier (from Cleobury Mortimer, Shropshire)
2012 Mild Gold- Rudgate, Ruby Mild (from York, North Yorkshire)
Silver- Hobsons, Hobsons Mild (from Cleobury Mortimer, Shropshire)
Bronze- Son of Sid, Muckcart Mild (from Little Gransden, Bedfordshire)
2011 Supreme Champion Mighty Oak, Oscar Wilde (Gold)
Marble, Chocolate (Silver)
Salopian, Shropshire Gold (Bronze)
2011 Bitter Salopian, Shropshire Gold (Gold)
Teignworthy, Reel Ale (Silver)
Triple fff, Altons Pride & Potton, Shannon IPA (Joint Bronze)
2007 Supreme Champion Hobsons Mild (Gold)
Mighty Oak Maldon Gold (Silver)
Green Jack Ripper (Bronze)
2007 Mild Hobsons Mild (Gold)
Nottingham Rock Mild (Silver)
Brain’s Dark (Bronze)
2005 Strong Bitter/Ale Hanby Nutcracker (Gold)
Bullmastiff Son of a Bitch (Silver)
Fullers ESB (Bronze)
1999 Bottle-conditioned Beers Young’s Special London Ale (Gold)
Salopian entire Butt (Silver)
Hampshire Pride of Romsey (Bronze)
1999 Stout and Porter (CWBOB) Salopian Ironbridge Stout (Gold)
1997 Supreme Champion Mordue Workie Ticket (Gold)
Bateman’s Dark Mild (Silver)
Hobson’s Best Bitter (Bronze)
1997 Bitter Hobsons Best Bitter (Gold)
Ruddles Best Bitter (Silver)
Goddards Special & Hydes Bitter (Bronze)

 

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Shrewsbury Beer Festival Beers List 2017

Beers are listed below in alphabetical order by Brewery.

Please note that not all beers can be guaranteed in any session. We’ve done our best on accuracy, but the beers aren’t in the hall and tested yet!

360° – Sheffield Park, East Sussex
Single Hop Simcoe Light Pale 4.1% Bar 1 Handpull 1
APA Pale Ale 5.0% Bar 1 Gravity
1648 – East Hoathly, East Sussex (Kings Head brewpub)
Lammas Ale Bronze Bitter 4.2% Bar 1 Handpull 2
Royal Brittania Pale Gold 3.9% Bar 1 Handpull 3
Anarchy – Morpeth, Northumberland
Unshackled Pineapple 5.0% Bar 1 Gravity
Ayr – Ayr, Ayrshire, Scotland
Leazie Lundie Pale 3.8% Bar 1 Handpull 4
Scaur O’ Doon Golden 3.6% Bar 1 Handpull 5
Battlefield – Shrewsbury, Shropshire (Main Sponsor)
Sabut Jung Dark Amber 5.6% Sponsor Bar
Citrus Pale 4.2% Sponsor Bar
American Pale Ale Pale 4.5% Challenge Bar
Tanner & Southam Amber 4.2% Sponsor Bar
Shropshire Lager Lager 4.2% Sponsor Bar
Beath – Cowdenbeath, Fife, Scotland
Born Slippy Lager 4.3% Bar 1 Handpull 6
Living is Easy Red Citra 5.3% Bar 1 Gravity
Beowulf – Walsall, West Midlands
Dragon Smoke Stout 4.7% Stouts Bar
Bexley – Erith, Kent
Five Arches Golden 3.8% Bar 1 Gravity
Session Gold Golden 3.6% Bar 1 Handpull 6
Black Lodge – Liverpool, Merseyside
Summer Ale Pale Ale 3.8% Bar 1 Handpull 8
Brew Buddies – Swanley, Kent                 (Note: both are unfined & vegan friendly)
Wokka APA Pale Ale 4.8% Bar 1 Handpull 9
DIPA IPA 6.0% Bar 1 Gravity
Campbells – Peebles, Borders, Scotland
Gunner Blonde 4.5% Bar 2 Handpull 1
Flintlock Golden 3.7% Bar 2 Handpull 2
Canterbury Ales – Chartham, Kent
Kent Triple Special TBC% Bar 2 Gravity
Pardoners Pale 3.8% Bar 2 Handpull 3
Chapel – Criftins, Shropshire
Equinox IPA 6.0% Bar 2 Gravity
Bailey Head Black Black IPA 5.0% Bar 2 Handpull 4
Holy Grail APA 5.0% Challenge Bar
Church End – nr Atherstone, Warwickshire
Stout Coffin Stout 4.6% Stouts Bar
Clun – Clun, Shropshire
Solar Golden 4.5% Challenge Bar
Crafty Devil – Cardiff, Wales
Dreadlock Holiday TBC 3.8% Bar 2 Handpull 5
Dark Star – Partridge Green, West Sussex
Not Into Yoga Pale Ale (hazy) 4.8% Bar 1 Handpull 6
Dorking – Dorking, Surrey
Pacific Gold Gold 3.8% Bar 2 Handpull 7
Lunar White Wheat Beer 4.6% Bar 2 Handpull 8
Downlands – Small Dole, West Sussex
Motueka IPA 4.6% Bar 2 Gravity
Dark Life Stout 4.5% Bar 2 Handull 9
Enfield – Enfield, London
Citralicious Pale 3.8% Bar 2 Gravity
London Pale Ale Pale 5.0% Bar 2 Gravity
Fintry – Fintry, Stirling, Scotland
Clachertyfairlie Amber Ale 3.9% Bar 3 Handpull 1
Dunmore IPA 4.2% Bar 3 Handpull 2
Fixed Wheel – Blackheath, West Midlands
Blackheath Stout Stout 5.0% Stouts Bar
Franklins – Bexhill-on-Sea East Sussex
North Shore IPA 5.5% Bar 3 Gravity
Mama Knows Best Best Bitter 4.1% Bar 3 Handpull 3
Hand Brew – Brighton, East Sussex
Tickler Red Ale 4.2% Bar 3 Handpull 4
Dry Hop Azzaca, Citra, Mosaic 4.6% Bar 3 Gravity
Harbour/Zipline – Bodmin, Cornwall
TBC TBC TBC Bar 3 Gravity
Hawkshead – Staveley, Cumbria
Tropical Pale Pale 4.0% Bar 3 Handpull 5
Hobsons – Cleobury Mortimer
Motueka Pale Ale 4.2% Challenge Bar
Hop & Stagger – Bridgnorth, Shropshire
Lovin Summer Golden Ale 4.3% Bar 3 Gravity
Dark Horse Mild Dark Mild 3.8% Bar 3 Handpull 6
London Pale Ale Pale 5.0% Bar 3 Gravity
Howling Hops – Hackney Wick, London
New England IPA 6.9% Bar 3 Gravity
Kelburn – Barrhead, East Renfrewshire, Scotland
Misty Law Amber Ale 4.0% Bar 3 Handpull 7
Dark Moor Dark Strong Mild 4.5% Bar 3 Gravity
Goldihops Golden 3.8% Bar 3 Handpull 8
Sunriser Pale 3.8% Bar 3 Handpull 9
Kissingate – Lower Breeding, West Sussex
Powder Blue Blueberry Porter 5.5% Bar 4 Handpull 1
Murder of Crows Strong Ale (1/3 only) 10.0% Bar 4 Gravity
JW Lees/Cloudwater – Manchester, Lancashire
Red Ale Bitter 5.0% Bar 2 Gravity
Lines – Caerphilly, Wales
Acid Mosaic Blonde 4.3% Bar 4 Handpull 2
Long Man – Litlington, East Sussex
Best Bitter Bitter 4.0% Bar 4 Handpull 3
Long Blonde Blonde 3.8% Bar 4 Handpull 4
Ludlow – Ludlow, Shropshire
Whiskey Well Golden 6.0% Challenge Bar
Marble – Manchester, Lancashire
Table Beer IPA 2.7% Bar 4 Handpull 5
Neptune – Maghull, Merseyside
Aegir Pale Ale 3.8% Bar 4 Gravity
Big Sur APA 4.5% Bar 4 Handpull 6
New Brew – Newport, Shropshire
IPA IPA 6.0% Bar 4 Handpull 7
Nova Pale Ale Pale 4.2% Bar 4 Handpull 8
North Riding – Scarborough, North Yorkshire
Comet APA 4.0% Bar 4 Gravity
Offa’s Dyke – Trefonen, Shropshire
Offa’s Pride Bitter 3.8% Challenge Bar
Old Dairy – Tenterden, Kent
Uber Brew Pale 3.8% Bar 4 Handpull 9
Dark Side of the Moo Imperial Porter 7.0% Bar 4 Gravity
One Mild End – Tottenham, London
Tinker’s Cuss Rye IPA 5.2% Bar 4 Gravity 5
Pig & Porter – Tunbridge Wells, Kent
Secrets We Share Strong Pale 5.2% Bar 5 Handpull 1
Lost Colony APA (Hazy) 4.8% Bar 5 Handpull 2
Pin-Up – Southwick, West Sussex
Fernie Red Red Ale 4.7% Bar 5 Handpull 3
Session IPA IPA 4.1% Bar 5 Handpull 4
Rowton – Rowton, Shropshire
Area 51 Pale Ale 5.1% Challenge Bar
Chocolate Orange Mild 3.3% Bar 5 Gravity
Chocolate Mint Mild 3.3% Bar 5 Gravity
Chocolate Mint Stout 4.5% Stouts Bar
Scorpion Death Stout 4.5% Stouts Bar
Chocolate Orange Stout 4.5% Stouts Bar
Salopian – Hadnall, Shropshire
Oracle Gold 4.0% Challenge Bar
Automaton IPA 7.0% Bar 5 Gravity
Six Bells – Bishop’s Castle, Shropshire
Summer Lovin Golden Bitter 3.8% Challenge Bar
Slater’s – Stafford, Staffordshire
Smoked Porter Porter 4.8% Bar 5 Gravity
Stonehouse – Weston, Shropshire
Zaffir Pale 4.2% Challenge Bar
Cambrian Gold Gold 4.2% Bar 5 Gravity
Strathaven – Strathaven, South Lanarkshire, Scotland
Ebony Stout 4.4% Stouts Bar
Old Mortality 80/- (bitter) 4.2% Bar 5 Handpull 5
Target – Roden, Shropshire
Raven’s Bowl Porter 4.6% Bar 5 Gravity
Three Legs – Brede East Sussex
TBC Either Red OR Pale TBC Bar 5 Handpull 6
Three Tuns – Bishop’s Castle, Shropshire
Elderflower Power Speciality 3.6% Bar 5 Handpull 7
Cleric’s Cure Light Tan 5.0% Challenge Bar
Tiny Rebel – Newport, Monmouthshire, Wales
Mohito Sour Sour 3.5% Bar 5 Handpull 8
Titanic – Burslem, Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire
Stout Stout 4.5% Stouts Bar
Tonbridge – East Peckham, Kent
Rustic Bitter 4.0% Bar 6 Handpull 1
Blonde Ambition Blonde 4.2% Bar 6 Handpull 2
Wantsum – Hersden, Kent
Montgomery Amber 4.0% Bar 6 Handpull 3
Yellowtail Pale 4.5% Bar 6 Handpull 4
Westerham – Westerham, Kent
Endeavour Pale 4.5% Bar 6 Handpull 5
Viceroy IPA 5.0% Bar 6 Handpull 6
Whitstable
Oyster Stout Stout 4.5% Stouts Bar
Native Bitter 3.7% Bar 6 Handpull 7
Wild Beer – Evercreech, Somerset
Wild In The Cask Sour 3.6% Bar 6 Handpull 8
Wild Weather – Silchester, Hampshire
Perun TBC 7.4% Bar 6 Gravity
Mystery TBC 5.0% Bar 6 Handpull 9
Wood – Wistanstow, Shropshire
Born n Bred Pale Ale 3.8% Bar 5 Handpull 6
Wye Valley – Stoke Lacey, Herefordshire
Wholesome Stout Stout 4.6% Stouts Bar
Wylam, Necastle Upon Tyne, Northumbria
Slackjaw IPA 6.0% Bar 6 Gravity

Cider, Perry, Country Wine and Fruit Juices
See tubs for further details including variety, ABV, Dryness index & Prices

Cider Producers

Riddenden (Kent)

Cleeve Orchard (Herefordshire)

Green Valley Rum Tiddly (Devon)

Hecks of Glastonbury Port Wine (Somerset)

Janet’s Jungle Juice (Somerset)

Newton Court (Herefordshire)

Olivers (Herefordshire)

Old Monty (Montgoveryshire)

Perry’s cider (Somerset)

Sevensider (Gloucestershire)

Skyborry (Shropshire)

Stonehouse Sweeney Mountain (Shropshire)

Weston’s Rosies Pig (Herefordshire)

 

Perry Producers

Cleeve Orchard, (Herefordshire)

Gwynt y Ddraig (Glamorgan)

Old Monty (Montgomeryshire)

Skyborry (Shropshire)

Weston’s Country (Herefordshire)

Apple juices from Teme Valley Fruit, including single varieties, and a wide range of Lyme Bay Winery country wines (wines made from fruits or, occasionally, vegetables or flowers) are also available.

David Morgan RIP 1942-2017

Funeral arrangements – click here 

 

David in one of his favourite places (the old Stonehouse Brewery in 2012), sampling his beloved Station Bitter. A good friend, one of the greatest Welsh ambassadors I have ever met, cheers David.                                Steve Wood

 

 

This one shows his other interest – steam trains – goes with the territory of being an older member of CAMRA!  It was the time of the CAMRA members weekend in Eastbourne in April 2009.  The “gang” are riding on the Romney, Hythe & Dymchurch light railway.  David’s criteria for going to AGM’s was that they had to be by the sea so I think his last one was the following year when we went to the Isle of Man (or possibly Torquay in 2012).                                                                                                              Tim Hockenhull

 

Working with David (& Roy Hope) at the 2015 Ludlow Food & Drink Festival.                Ian Everall

 

 

 

David will always remind me of the goodness in people. He was a gentle man with wit and humanity in bundles. Blessings to all the family.                      Ruth Andrew

 

Branch Meeting at the Admiral Benbow, Shrewsbury

PTG trip at the Griffin, Oswestry

 

Despite what he looks like in some of these photos, David was unfailingly friendly, particularly to new members (including me when I moved to Shrewsbury) and worked constantly to support pubs and improve the Branch. It’s a shame I don’t appear to have one of David with the folks from the Cross Keys at Selattyn, as that was another of the pubs he constantly advocated, and supported the new landlord taking over from Phil. Mainly, these photos just show how embedded David was in the activities of the Branch, and how sadly missed he will be.                                                                                                  Norrie Porter

 

 

An excursion on the Cambrian Heritage Railway during the 2015 Oswestry Ale & Rail Festival.             Roy Hope

 

 

We were lucky enough to meet Dave on the day we opened the Bailey Head in Oswestry, March 8 2016. Dave was unfailingly supportive, helpful and funny. He was a regular visitor when his health permitted, and obviously so long as his modest public service pension could support his Lapsang Souchong and pork pie/cheeseboard habit.

Many hours were spent in good natured time here and Dave told us tales from his career in Local Government Audit and assorted other stories.

He was always a charming and interesting visitor to our pub. We will miss him, and send our condolences and love to Sue and family.                                                                                                      Grace Goodlad & all at the Bailey Head, Oswestry

 

 

 

Lunch at the Bailey Head, Oswestry (2016)                                      Tim Hockenhull

 

 

 

Acknowledgement of 2017 Beer Festival donation to Myeloma UK in David’s name.

Cider & Perry Trail 2017

Starting on Saturday 1st July, this year’s Cider & Perry trail is bigger and better than ever. Not only are there 79 pubs on the list, but the trail will be open for July AND August. 72 Shropshire pubs plus 7 from neighbouring counties are taking part. Click on the apple logo for more information about cask Cider & Perry.

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Click on the pictures below to see a sample of the pubs taking part:

 

 

 

 

 

 

Corrections:

Clun – White Horse (14)                                                                                                 Wrongly listed under Cleobury Mortimer on Quick Pub List (page 22)
Much Wenlock – Pottery (32)                                                                                               No longer participating
Shrewsbury – Vaults (53)                                                                                                 No longer participating

NOTE: Although the quoted deadline is 4th September, it will not be strictly enforced. Anyone still collecting in the last week of August will be allowed a couple of weeks to return their passport.

Some examples of reported Ciders & Perries:

Albrighton – Platform Ale House (1)  Hogan’s Panking Pole Cider
Bridgnorth – Railwayman’s Arms (9)  Celtic Marches Loubi Lou Cider
Church Stretton – Housmans (11)  South West Orchard Cider
Coton – Dog & Bull (17)  Stonehouse Sweeney Mountain Cider
Habberley – Mytton Arms (20)  Cruck Mill Farmhouse Scrumpy Cider
Hengoed – Last Inn (21)  Lilley’s Pickled Parrot Perry
Leighton – Kynnersley Arms (23)  Celtic Marches Lily The Pink Cider
Little Stretton – Green Dragon (24)  Lilley’s Crazy Goat Cider/Perry
Maesbrook – Black Horse (27)  Weston’s Rosie’s Pig Rusted Wheel Cider
Maesbury Marsh – Navigation (28)  Stonehouse Sweeney Mountain Cider
Market Drayton – Hippodrome (29)  Worley’s Mendip Hills Cider
Marton – Lowfield (31)  Henry Weston’s Farmhouse Reserve Cider
Oswestry – Bailey Head (33)  Stonehouse Sweeney Mountain Cider
 Orchard Pig Reveller Cider
Oswestry – Wilfred Owen (34)  Mr Whitehead’s Toffee Apple Cider
Queens Head – Queens Head (35)  Stonehouse Sweeney Mountain Cider
Selattyn – Cross Keys (36)  Stonehouse Sweeney Mountain Cider
Shifnal – Plough Inn (38)  Weston’s Rosie’s Pig Flat Tyre Cider
Shifnal – White Hart (39)  Hurst View Jibber Jabber Cider
Shrewsbury – Abbey (40)  Lilley’s Mango Cider
 Lilley’s Somerset Scrumpy Cider
Shrewsbury – Admiral Benbow (41)  Henry Weston’s Country Perry
 Rosie’s Triple D Triple D Cider
 Rosie’s Triple D Wicked Wasp Cider
 Rosie’s Triple D Black Bart Cider
Shrewsbury – Anchor (42)  Weston’s Old Rosie Cider
Shrewsbury – Bricklayers Arms (43)  Thatcher’s Stan’s Trad Cider
Shrewsbury – Coach & Horses (44)  Weston’s Old Rosie Cider
Shrewsbury – Dolphin (45)  Weston’s Old Rosie Cider
Shrewsbury – Montgomery’s Tower (46)  Orchard Pig Hogfather Cider
Shrewsbury – Prince of Wales (47)  Weston’s Rosie’s Pig Cider
Shrewsbury – Red Barn (48)  Weston’s Old Rosie Cider
Shrewsbury – Royal Oak (49)  Lilley’s Apple & Blackberry Cider
Shrewsbury – Salopian Bar (50)  Renshaw’s Strawberry Fields Cider
Shrewsbury – Shrewsbury Hotel (51)  Weston’s Old Rosie Cider
Shrewsbury – Three Fishes (52)  Weston’s Rosie’s Pig Cider
Shrewsbury – Wheasheaf (54)  Weston’s Rosie’s Pig Cider
Shrewsbury – Yorkshire House (55)  Weston’s Old Rosie Cider
Wellington – Pheasant (63)  Bottle Kicking Scrambler Cider
Wellington – Wrekin Inn (65)  Gwynt y Ddraig Farmhouse Scrumpy Cider
Welshampton – Sun Inn (67)  Henry Weston’s Country Perry
Whitchurch – Black Bear (69)  Weston’s Old Rosie Cider
Whitchurch – Percy’s (71)  Farmer Jim Mango Cider
Church Stretton – Old Coppers (BONUS)  Orchard Pig Navelgazer Cider
Little Stretton – Ragleth (BONUS)  Woodhalls Wizard’s Sleeve Cider
Shrewsbury – Armoury (BONUS)  Thistly Cross Whisky Cask Cider
Shrewsbury – Dog & Pheasant (BONUS)  Weston’s Rosie’s Pig Handbrake Cider
Wellington – Haygate (BONUS)  Thatcher’s Cheddar Valley Cider

 

Pub of the Year Presentations 2017

 

Overall winner for 2017 is the Prince of Wales, Shrewsbury

Winning for a third straight year, the Prince had the accolade of appearing in the West Midlands Regional final in 2016. Pictured is Vicki & Ian with Nigel Bevan (local CAMRA Area Officer).

 

The runner-up (and also Market Town Pub of the Year) was:

 

Bailey Head, Oswestry    Presentation of the award for Branch Pub of the Year runner up and also the award for the Branch Market Town Pub of the Year by local CAMRA Chairman Dave Roll to Duncan and Grace. Excellent achievement considering they only took on the pub just over a year ago.

 

Market town runner-up was:

Black Lion, Oswestry   Terry tweeted:

Another CAMRA award thanks to all the customers that support us and thanks to sawscamra

Cheers Terry

 

 

 

Whitchurch runners-up presentations to the Black Bear and Percy’s.

 

 

Cider Pub winner was:

Admiral Benbow, Shrewsbury  Presentation of the certificate to Claire by Sally Lavender (West Midlands CAMRA Regional Cider Coordinator)

 

See here for the full list of winners and also winners from previous years.

Mild in May 2017

Our Mild in May Month started on Monday 1st of May with 63 pubs throughout the county taking part. Find a local that is displaying our poster and ask for a passport listing all the pubs that are joining in this Tour of Traditional Milds .

Mild Rosette

 

 

 

 

 

Corrections:

Oreton – New Inn (30)                  Missing from Quick Pub List (Page 21)

Oswestry – Bailey Head (31)   Wrongly listed under Oreton on Quick Pub List (Page 21)

Some examples of reported Milds:

Bishop’s Castle – Six Bells (5)  Six Bells Revive
Cardington – Royal Oak (14)  Hobson’s Mild
Clun – Sun (19)  Three Tuns Mild
Ellesmere – White Hart (20)  Hobson’s Mild
Harmer Hill – Red Castle (22)  Hobson’s Mild
Little Stretton – Green Dragon (26)  Hobson’s Mild
Ludlow – Church (28)  Hobson’s Mild
Oswestry – Bailey Head (31)  Castle Rock Henry Normal Golden Mild
 Magpie Four for a Boy
 Salopian Divine Comedy
 Spire Dark Side
 Long Man Mild Man
Oswestry – Wilfred Owen (32)  Wolf Woild Moild
Ratlinghope – Bridges (33)  Three Tuns Mild
Shrewsbury – Abbey (38)  Hobson’s Mild
 Six Bells Revive
Shrewsbury – Admiral Benbow (39)  Hobson’s Mild
Shrewsbury – Bricklayers (40)  Hobson’s Mild
Shrewsbury – Coach & Horses (41)  Hobson’s Mild
 Three Tuns Mild
 Salopian Divine Comedy
Shrewsbury – Dolphin (42)  Elgood’s Black Dog Mild
Shrewsbury – Montgomery’s Tower (43)  Naylor’s Velvet
 Wolf Woild Moild
Shrewsbury – Nag’s Head (44)  Six Bells Revive
 Hobson’s Mild
Shrewsbury – Prince of Wales (45)  Hobson’s Mild
Shrewsbury – Shrewsbury Hotel (46)  Arundel Black Stallion
 Rudgate Ruby Mild
 Wolf Woild Moild
Whitchurch – Black Bear (60)  Big Hand Little Monkey
 Castle Rock Henry Normal Golden Mild
Whitchurch – Old Town Hall Vaults (61)  Elgood’s Black Dog Mild
Bouldon – Tally Ho (BONUS)  Hobson’s Mild
Shrewsbury – Royal Oak (BONUS)  Black Country Pig on the Wall

Some examples of Stouts & Porters also seen in May:

Bishop’s Castle – Six Bells (5)  Six Bells Black Echo Stout
Clun – Sun (19)  Three Tuns Stout
Oswestry – Bailey Head (31)  Cornish Crown Chocolate Orange Stout
Oswestry – Wilfred Owen (32)  Purple Moose Dark Side of the Moose Porter
Shrewsbury – Bricklayers (40)  New Brew Stout
Shrewsbury – Dolphin (42)  Nethergate Old Growler Porter
Shrewsbury – Montgomery’s Tower (43)  Titanic Plum Porter
Whitchurch – Black Bear (60)  Dark Star Expresso Stout
 Shropshire Legends Raven’s Bowl Porter
Ludlow – Artisan Ales (BONUS) Salopian Far Side Stout
Ludlow – Rose & Crown (BONUS) Pershore Black Moon Porter
Shrewsbury – Armoury (BONUS) Shropshire Legends Raven’s Bowl Porter
Shrewsbury – Salopian Bar (BONUS) Dark Star Expresso Stout
Hop Back Entire Stout
Big Hand Spectre Stout
Shrewsbury – Three Fishes (BONUS) Young’s Chocolate Stout
Whitchurch – Wheatsheaf (BONUS) Goff’s Black Knight Porter

Mild in May 2016 summary

What We Drink 2017

  Brewery  Main BeerTotal no.of Beer Scores     Salopian   Oracle (155)                   533  
 Three TunsXXX (142)              355    
   Ludlow  Gold (159)                    321   
  HobsonsBest (109)           302   
   StonehouseStation (150)          262   
   Six BellsSpikey Blonde (50)  188  
 Wye Valley  Butty Bach (86)    177   
   Joule’sBlonde (47)   162   
   Banks’s  Bitter/Amber (101)  121  
 Battlefield1066 (44)  98  
 Tim Taylor  Landlord (80)     88  
   RowtonBitter (26)75  
    ClunPale (50)  75  
 A-B InbevBass (68)   68  
    Wood  Shrop Lad (29)    65  
  RingwoodBoondoggle (34)61  
Oakham  Citra (26) 61  
Thwaites  Wainwright (34) 59  
  Marston’s  Pedigree (11)        58   
   Monty’s     MPA (12)46  

 

Data from beer scores submitted 10/3/2016 to 10/3/2017

Just for fun – the current SAWS Good Brewery Guide (listed by average score, for Breweries with a minimum of 45 scores & Beers with a minimum of 30 scores over the past 12 months (No. of scores in brackets)):

 

Top Breweries
1Timothy Taylor (88)   
2Oakham (61)   
3Ludlow (321)   
4Salopian (533)   
5Battlefield (98)   
6Hobsons (302)  
7Wye Valley (177)   
8Clun (75)  
9Stonehouse (262) 
10Six Bells  (188)        

 

Top Beers
1Ludlow Blonde (58)   
2Salopian Hop Twister (32)   
3Timothy Taylor Landlord (80)   
4Three Tuns Stout (37)   
5Salopian Oracle (155)   
6Battlefield 1066 (44)  
7Salopian Lemon Dream (32)   
8Wye Valley Butty Bach (86) 
9Ludlow Gold (159)  
10 Ludlow Best  (35)        

 

Where We Drink 2017

       Pub Name  ScorersNo. of scores       
Three Fishes (Shrewsbury)         81339  
 Salopian Bar (Shrewsbury)     77225  
Coach &Horses (Shrewsbury)     56103  
Prince of Wales (Shrewsbury)      54122  
Nag’s Head (Shrewsbury)     50134  
Admiral Benbow (Shrewsbury)48143  
Three Tuns (Bishop’s Castle)     42121  
Montgomerys T (Shrewsbury)     41182  
 Queens (Ludlow)                     4154 
Six Bells (Bishop’s Castle)        39124  
Shrewsbury H (Shrewsbury)     3994  
 Railway Shed (Ludlow)           34101  
Rose & Crown (Ludlow)         33105  
Vaults (Shrewsbury)               3384  
Black Bear (Whitchurch)        3249
Bailey Head (Oswestry)         30199  
 Dolphin (Shrewsbury)             2980  
Blue Boar (Ludlow)                 2946
White Hart (Ellesmere)           2883  
 Castle Hotel (Bishop’s Castle)     2851 
 Old Vaults (Whitchurch)            2737
 Loggerheads (Shrewsbury)      26136  
Charlton (Ludlow)                      2637
 Abbey (Shrewsbury)               25127  
Green Dragon (Little Stretton)     2569  
Feathers Hotel (Ludlow)         2547 
Cock/Greyhound (Whitchurch)         2537
Oak (Oswestry)                      2532
Armoury (Shrewsbury)           2447 
Woodman (Shrewsbury)         2366  

 

Data from beer scores submitted 22/2/2016 to 21/2/2017
NOTE: This list gives a measure of pub popularity, NOT necessarily beer quality.

 

As you can see below, in total no. of scores order some of the pubs change:

          Pub Name ScorersNo. of scores
Three Fishes (Shrewsbury)         81339  
 Salopian Bar (Shrewsbury)     77225  
Bailey Head (Oswestry)         30199  
Montgomerys T (Shrewsbury)     41182  
Admiral Benbow (Shrewsbury)     48143  
 Loggerheads (Shrewsbury)      26136  
Nag’s Head (Shrewsbury)     50134  
 Abbey (Shrewsbury)               25127  
Six Bells (Bishop’s Castle)       39124  
 Prince of Wales (Shrewsbury)     54122  
 Three Tuns (Bishop’s Castle)     42121  
Rose & Crown (Ludlow)         33105  
Coach &Horses (Shrewsbury)     56103  
Railway Shed (Ludlow)           34101  
Shrewsbury H (Shrewsbury)     3994  
Vaults (Shrewsbury)               3384  
White Hart (Ellesmere)           2883  
Dolphin (Shrewsbury)             2980  
Green Dragon (Little Stretton)     2569  
Woodman (Shrewsbury)         2366  
Cross Foxes (Shrewsbury)                      1560  
 Queens (Ludlow)                     4154
Artisan Ales (Ludlow)             1354 
Castle Hotel (Bishop’s Castle)     2851 
Black Bear (Whitchurch)        3249
 Bricklayers (Copth, S’bury)                       2248 
Beacon (Shrewsbury)            1048 
Feathers Hotel (Ludlow)         2547 
 Armoury (Shrewsbury)           2447 

 

Where We Live 2017

A rough guide to where Shrewsbury & West Shropshire CAMRA members live by postcode prefix (as of Feb 2017):

SY10 (3%) OswestrySY12 (2%) EllesmereSY13 (7%) Whitchurch
SY11 (6%) OswestrySY4 (6%) Wem
SY1 (31%) ShrewsburySY2 (10%) Shrewsbury
SY3 (15%) ShrewsburySY5 (5%) Pontesbury
SY9 (2%) Bishop’s CastleSY6 (4%) Church Stretton
SY7 (3%) Clun ValleySY8 (5%) Ludlow(1%) Others

NOTE:
This is not a reflection of the total membership of our Branch area, it is just the 85% (approx) who have registered their email address.

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The more detailed coverage of each postcode area is as listed below:

SY1 SHREWSBURY Town Centre & North Shrewsbury
SY2 SHREWSBURY East Shrewsbury
SY3 SHREWSBURY South & West Shrewsbury, Bayston Hill
SY4 SHREWSBURY Baschurch, Bomere Heath, Nesscliffe, Shawbury, Wem
SY5 SHREWSBURY Atcham, Cressage, Condover, Minsterley, Pontesbury, Ratlinghope, Westbury
SY6 CHURCH STRETTON Church Stretton, Cardington
SY7 BUCKNELL, CRAVEN ARMS, LYDBURY NORTH Clun Valley, Craven Arms, Clunton, Clun
SY8 LUDLOW Ludlow, Bromfield
SY9 BISHOPS CASTLE Bishop’s Castle, Wentnor
SY10 OSWESTRY Oswestry, Gobowen, Maesbury, Weston Rhyn
SY11 OSWESTRY Oswestry, St Martin’s, West Felton, Whittington
SY12 ELLESMERE Ellesmere, Cockshutt
SY13 WHITCHURCH Whitchurch, Ash Magna, Prees Heath