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).
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).
First official CAMRA Good Beer Guide published, contained 15 pubs in the Shrewsbury & West Shropshire area.
April 30th – Formation of Shrewsbury Branch of CAMRA.
GBG 1977. Marked the final GBG appearances for the Old Bush (Abbey Foregate, Shrewsbury) & the Plough (Castle Foregate, Shrewsbury), both have since closed permanently.
First Shropshire CAMRA Pub Guide published.
GBG 1985. Featured a rare appearance by the Fox, Cross Houses, which permanently closed in 2007.
GBG 1987. Marked the only GBG appearance of the Plume of Feathers, Whitchurch, which was demolished c2009.
Shrewsbury Pub Guide published.
As reported by CAMRA What’s Brewing, a glimmer of good news following the closure of the Wem Brewery.
A typical CAMRA What’s Brewing diary entry of the time.
Publicity for the first Shrewsbury Beer Festival.
Flyer for the second Shrewsbury Beer Festival.
Glass from the 4th Shrewsbury Beer Festival.
5th Shrewsbury Beer Festival
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.
New edition of the Shrewsbury Pub Guide published.
Ticket for the 7th Shrewsbury Beer Festival.
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.
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)
GBG 1998. The 25th edition, it marked the 20th GBG appearance of both the Loggerheads, Shrewsbury and the Cross Keys, Selattyn.
Programme for the 9th Shrewsbury Beer Festival.
Salopian Entire Butt wins the Silver medal in the CAMRA Champion Bottled Beer of Britain competition.