Local CAMRA Timeline 1971-1999

1971

March 16th – Formation of the Campaign for the Revitalisation of Ale (CAMRA) by four friends while on holiday in Ireland. (The name changed slightly to the Campaign for Real Ale two years later).

1972

CAMRA Good Beer Guide 1972CAMRA Good Beer Guide 1972

November – Pilot edition of the CAMRA Good Beer Guide (GBG) produced by the few pioneers around at this time. Only contained 3 Shropshire pubs (all in Bishop’s Castle).

1974

CAMRA Good Beer Guide 1974

First official CAMRA Good Beer Guide published, contained 15 pubs in the Shrewsbury & West Shropshire area.

 

 

April 30th – Formation of Shrewsbury Branch of CAMRA.

1977

CAMRA Good Beer Guide 1977

 

GBG 1977. Marked the final GBG appearances for the Old Bush (Abbey Foregate, Shrewsbury) & the Plough (Castle Foregate, Shrewsbury), both have since closed permanently.

1978

CAMRA Pub Guide 1978

 

First Shropshire CAMRA Pub Guide published.

1985

CAMRA Good Beer Guide 1985

1990

Fox, Cross Houses (1990)

GBG 1985. Featured a rare appearance by the Fox, Cross Houses, which permanently closed in 2007.

1987

CAMRA Good Beer Guide 1987

 

GBG 1987. Marked the only GBG appearance of the Plume of Feathers, Whitchurch, which was demolished c2009.

 

 

1987

 

 

Shrewsbury Pub Guide published.

1988

CAMRA What's Brewing 1988

 

As reported by CAMRA What’s Brewing, a glimmer of good news following the closure of the Wem Brewery.

 

1990

CAMRA What's Brewing 1990

 

A typical CAMRA What’s Brewing diary entry of the time.

 

camra-1990-shrewsbury

Shropshire Star 1990

Shrewsbury Beer Festival 1990

 

 

Publicity for the first Shrewsbury Beer Festival.

 

 

 

Shrewsbury Beer Festival 1990

Shrewsbury Beer Festival 1990

Beer menu & T-shirt from the 1st Shrewsbury Beer Festival.

 

1991

Shrewsbury Beer Festival 1991

 

Flyer for the second Shrewsbury Beer Festival.

 

1993

 

Shrewsbury Beer Festival 1993

 

Glass from the 4th Shrewsbury Beer Festival.

 

 

1995

1998

Horseshoe Inn 1998

 

First Shrewsbury & West Shropshire CAMRA Pub of the Year competition – won by the Horseshoe Inn, Bridges.

 

 

 

June – First Shropshire winner (Coalbrookdale Inn, Telford) of the CAMRA National Pub of the Year competition.

1996

 

CAMRA Pub Guide 1996

 

New edition of the Shrewsbury Pub Guide published.

 

 

 

 

Ticket for the 7th Shrewsbury Beer Festival.

1997

CAMRA What's Brewing 1997

What’s Brewing

 

The Shrewsbury & West Shropshire Pub of the Year 1996, the Railway Inn, Yorton, makes the final of the CAMRA National Pub of the Year competition.

 

 

 

 

White Lion (Ash Magna) 1997

 

The White Lion, Ash Magna wins the Shrewsbury & West Shropshire Pub of the Year competition.

 

August – A Shropshire beer (Hobson’s Best Bitter) wins the Gold medal in the CAMRA Champion Beer of Britain (Bitter Class) competition (and also the Bronze medal in the overall competition)

1998

CAMRA Good Beer Guide 1998

 

GBG 1998. The 25th edition, it marked the 20th GBG appearance of both the Loggerheads, Shrewsbury and the Cross Keys, Selattyn.

 

1998

CAMRA What’s Brewing 1998

 

As reported by CAMRA What’s Brewing, Salopian Brewery survives a shaky start thanks to the intervention of Wilf Nelson.

 

 

 

Shrewsbury Beer Festival 1998

 

Programme for the 9th Shrewsbury Beer Festival.

1999

Salopian Ironbridge StoutSalopian Entire ButtSalopian Ironbridge Stout wins the Gold medal in the CAMRA Champion Winter Beer of Britain (Stout & Porter Class) competition.

Salopian Entire Butt wins the Silver medal in the CAMRA Champion Bottled Beer of Britain competition.

1999

 

 

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