Local CAMRA Timeline 1971-1999


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).


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).


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.


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.


CAMRA Pub Guide 1978

First Shropshire CAMRA Pub Guide published.


CAMRA Good Beer Guide 1985

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


CAMRA Good Beer Guide 1987

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


Shrewsbury Pub Guide published.


CAMRA What's Brewing 1988

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


CAMRA What's Brewing 1990

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


Shropshire Star 1990

Shrewsbury Beer Festival 1990

Publicity for the first Shrewsbury Beer Festival.


Shrewsbury Beer Festival 1991

Flyer for the second Shrewsbury Beer Festival.


Shrewsbury Beer Festival 1993

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.


CAMRA Pub Guide 1996

New edition of the Shrewsbury Pub Guide published.

Ticket for the 7th Shrewsbury Beer Festival.


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)


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.

Shrewsbury Beer Festival 1998

Programme for the 9th Shrewsbury Beer Festival.


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.


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