Cider & Perry Trail 2018

This year’s Cider & Perry trail is underway. Once again the trail will be open for July AND August. 65 Shropshire pubs plus 7 from neighbouring counties are taking part. Click on the apple logo for more information about cask Cider & Perry.

List of participating Pubs







Page 16 (pubs 66-68) was omitted due to a printing error, the missing page should be attached to your booklet at the back.

Rose & Crown, Ludlow – BONUS PUB
Coracle Micropub, Ironbridge – BONUS PUB
Golden Lion, Bridgnorth – BONUS PUB

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.

West Midlands CAMRA Regional Summer Cider Trail

Saturday, August 25
Trip to Shrewsbury and surrounds. To take part in the Shropshire branches Summer Cider Trail. Make your own way by public transport to arrive by Noon. Beer drinkers welcome as are hats.

Shrewsbury Beer Festival Beers List 2018

Provisional list:

Brewery – Town (County)

All Day Brewing – Salle (Norfolk)
Arbor – Bristol
Black Iris – Nottingham
Black Lodge – Liverpool
Brass Castle – Malton (North Yorkshire)
Brentwood – Pilgrims Hatch (Essex)
Buffys – Tivetshall St Mary (Norfolk)
Burton Town – Burton Upon Trent (Staffordshire)
Byatt’s – Coventry
Campbells – Peebles (Borders)
Chapel – Duddleston Heath (Shropshire)
Church End – Nuneaton (Warwickshire)
Clavell & Hind – Birdlip (Gloucestershire)
Cliff Quay – Stowmarket (Suffolk)
Clun – Clun (Shropshire)
Dancing Duck – Derby
Dovecote Brewery – Denbigh (Denbighshire)
Earl Soham – Debenham (Suffolk)
Electric Bear – Bath (Somerset)
Elephant School – Pilgrims Hatch (Essex)
Elmtree – Snetterton (Norfolk)
Enefield – Enfield (London)
Green Jack – Lowestoft (Suffolk)
Hobsons – (Cleobury Mortimer) Shropshire
Holdens – Dudley (West Midlands)
Hopcraft – Pontyclun (Mid Glamorgan)
Howling Hops – Hackney (London)
Humpty Dumpty – Reedham (Norfolk)
JW Lees/Northern Monk – Middleton (Manchester) / Leeds
Kelham Island – Sheffield (South Yorkshire)
Kinver – Kinver (Staffordshire)
Kirkstall – Leeds (West Yorkshire)
Lacons – Great Yarmouth (Norfolk)
Lithic – Llangorse (Powys)
Ludlow – Ludlow (Shropshire)
Mad Dog – Penperlleni (Monmouthshire)
Magic Rock – Huddersfield (West Yorkshire)
Magic Rock / Wild Beer – Huddersfield / Shepton Mallet (West Yorks/Somerset)
Merchant City – Maryhill (Glasgow)
Mor Brewing – Kellas (Dundee)
North Riding / RAD – East Ayton (North Yorkshire)
Oakham – Peterborough (Cambridgeshire)
Salopian – Hadnall (Shropshire)
Siren – Finchampstead (Berkshire)
Sperrin – Nuneaton (Warwickshire)
St Anne’s – Lea Cross (Shropshire)
St Peter’s – Bungay (Suffolk)
Staggeringly Good – Portsmouth (Hampshire)
Stewart – Loanhead (Midlothian)
Stonehouse – Weston (Shropshire)
Swan – Leominster (Herefordshire)
Thornbridge – Ashford in the Water (Derbyshire)
Three Tuns – Bishops Castle (Shropshire)
Tiny Rebel – Rogerstone (Monmouthshire)
Twisted Angel – Beverley (East Yorkshire)
Tyne Bank – Newcastle Upon Tyne (Tyne & Wear)
Velvet Owl / Space Cadet – Caerphilly (Caerphilly)
Wild Beer Co / Left Handed Giant – Shepton Mallet / Bristol (Somerset/Gloucestershire)
Wilderness – Newton (Powys)
Windswept – Lossiemouth (Moray)
Wolf – Attleborough (Norfolk)
Wood – Wistanstow (Shropshire)

Real Ale Price Watch (Dec 2018)

In common with all areas throughout the land we see quite a range of Real Ale prices in this Branch area (Shrewsbury & West Shropshire). To illustrate this, some of the extremes of the last year are listed below (price charged per pint, Real Ale only). If you think this is an issue, feel free to give your examples in the ‘Leave a Reply’ box at the bottom of the page and they will be added to the list where appropriate (please do not include use of discounts/vouchers/loyalty cards).

Wilfred Owen (Osw’try) Ruddles Best 3.7% 1.85 (May 17)  
S’bury Hotel (S’bury) Ruddles Best 3.7% 1.89 (Dec 18)
Montgomerys (S’bury) Ruddles Best 3.7% 1.89 (Dec 18)
Olde Vaults (Oswestry) Offas Dyke Pride 3.8% 2.20 (Sep 18)
Loggerheads (S’bury) Jennings Sneck 5.1% 2.30 (Aug 18)

Tue only

Crown (Coleham, Sh) Banks’s Amber 3.8% 2.35 (Apr 17)
Albion Vaults (S’bury) St Annes Lea Cross 4.5% 2.40 (Dec 18)
Hop & Friar (Shrewsbury) Banks’s Amber 3.8% 2.40 (Feb 18)
Bull’s Head (S’bury) Banks’s Amber 3.8% 2.45 (Oct 18)
Coach & H (S’bury) Salopian Oracle 4.0% 2.50 (Nov 18)


Abbey (S’bury) Hobsons Postmn 5.0% 2.50 (Nov 18)

Mon only

Brick (AF, S’bury) Plan B Boscobel 4.8% 2.50 (Nov 18)
Castle Vaults (S’bury) Castle Rock Harvst 3.8% 2.50 (Oct 18)
Wheatsheaf (Frankwell Sh) Salopian Oracle 4.0% 2.50 (Jan 18)

Mon only

Beacon (Shrewsbury) Salopian Lemon 4.5% 2.50 (Jan 18)

Mon only

Dog & Pheasant (S’bury) Brakspear Oxford 4.0% 2.55 (Sep 18)
Inn on the Green  (Sbury) Marston’s Saddle 3.8% 2.55 (Jul 18)  
Coracle (Shrewsbury) Banks’s Amber 3.8% 2.55 (Jan 18)
Royal Oak (S’bury) BCA Pig on Wall 4.3% 2.60 (Nov 18)


Rock & Fountain (S’bury) Sharps Doom Bar 4.0% 2.60 (Sep 18)


Hole in the Wall (S’bury) Greene King IPA 3.6% 2.60 (Jun 18)
Plough (Oswestry) Tim Taylor Boltmkr 4.0% 2.60 (May 17)  
Barley Mow (Trefonen) Offas Dyke Talismn 4.0% 2.60 (Mar 17)
Fox Inn (Wem) Ruddles Best 3.7% 2.65 (Dec 16)  
Old Post Office (Wem) 3 Tuns XXX 4.3% 2.70 (Sep 18)
Stables (Craven Arms) Hobsons Best 3.8% 2.70 (Jun 17)
Bailey Head (Oswestry) Magpie 4 for a Boy 3.6% 2.70 (May 17)
Red Castle (Harmer Hill) Hobsons Mild 3.2% 2.80 (Sep 17)
Oak (Oswestry) Stonehse Zaffir 4.0% 2.80 (May 17)
Stonehouse (Oswestry) Stonehse Cambrn 4.2% 2.80 (May 17)
Charles Darwin (S’bury) Salopian Shr Gld 3.8% 2.90 (Nov 18)
Cross Foxes (S’bury) Wood Shrops Lad 4.5% 2.90 (Sep 18)
Bull (S’bury) Banks’s Amber 3.8% 2.90 (Jun 18)
White Hart (Ellesmere) Hobsons Mild 3.2% 2.90 (Apr 18)  
Swan (Ellesmere) Tetley Bitter 3.7% 2.90 (Apr 18)
Salopian (Shrewsbury) Turning Point Lucid Dream 5.0% 3.50 (Dec 18)
Four Crosses (Bicton) 3 Tuns XXX 4.3% 3.50 (Nov 18)
Nags Head (Shrewsbury) Rebellion IPA 3.7% 3.50 (Nov 18)
Station Hotel (S’bury) Salopian Oracle 4.0% 3.50 (Oct 18)  
Castle (Bishops Castle) Clun Pale 4.1% 3.50 (Oct 18)  
White Horse (S’bury) Lymestone Stone the Crows 5.4% 3.50 (Sep 18)
Horseshoes (Dorrington) Wye Valley Butty Bach 4.5% 3.50 (Aug 18)
Ragleth (Little Stretton) Wye Valley HPA 4.0% 3.50 (Aug 18)
OPO (Shrewsbury) Brakspear Bitter 3.4% 3.50 (Aug 18)
Waterfront (Shrewsbury) Weetwood Cheshire Cat 4.0% 3.50 (Jul 18)
Severn Social (S’bury) Salopian Lemon Dream 4.5% 3.50 (Jun 18)
House of Grain (S’bury) Salopian Oracle 4.0% 3.50 (May 18)
Church (Ludlow) Salopian Darwins O 4.3% 3.50 (Nov 17)
Stretton Ale Hse (CStr) Ludlow Stairway 5.0% 3.50 (Nov 17)  
Chapel Bar (S’bury) 3 Tuns XXX 4.3% 3.50 (Sep 17)  
Red Barn (Shrewsbury) Fullers London Pride 4.1% 3.50 (Sep 17)
Wheatsheaf (C S’bury) Jennings Cockr Hoop 4.6% 3.50 (Aug 17)
Craven Arms Hotel (CA) Jennings Cumb’land 4.0% 3.50 (Jun 17)
Belle Vue Tavern (Sbury) Marston’s Bass 4.4% 3.50 (May 17)
Boar’s Head (Bish Castle) Dartmoor Jail 4.8% 3.55 (Oct 18)
Vaults (Whitchurch) Flying Monk Jackdaw 4.3% 3.60 (Nov 18)
Dolphin (Shrewsbury) Joules Fat Mouse 4.4% 3.60 (Nov 18)
Three Fishes (S’bury) Salopian Voodoo 4.5% 3.60 (Oct 18)
Riverbank (Shrewsbury) Salopian Shrop Gold 3.8% 3.60 (Aug 18)
Morgan’s (Shrewsbury) Salopian Oracle 4.0% 3.60 (Jul 18)
Squirrel (Ludlow) Marstons Pedigree 4.5% 3.60 (Nov 17)
Queens Head (Q Head) Stonehouse Off Rails 4.8% 3.60 (Sep 17)
Housmans (Ch Stretton) 3 Tuns XXX 4.3% 3.60 (Aug 17)
Blue Boar (Ludlow) 3 Tuns Clerics Cure 5.0% 3.60 (Apr 17)
Boathouse (Shrewsbury) Salopian Hop Twister 4.5% 3.65 (Jul 18)
Olive Tree (Shrewsbury) Stonehouse Cambrian 4.2% 3.70 (Nov 18)
Rose & Crown (Ludlow) Thornbridge Jaipur 5.9% 3.70 (Sep 17)
Bucks Head (C Stretton) Marstons Shp Intake 4.0% 3.70 (Aug 17)
Vaults (Bishop’s Castle) Rat White Rat 4.0% 3.70 (Jul 17)
Beaten Track (S’bury) Sharp’s Atlantic 4.2% 3.70 (Feb 17)
Three Tuns (Bish Castle) 3 Tuns Old Scrooge 6.5% 3.70 (Dec 16)
Cromwell’s (S’bury) Salopian High Frequency 5.2% 3.70 (Sep 18)
Lion Hotel (S’bury) Wye Valley Butty Bach 4.5% 3.80 (Sep 18)
Darwins Kitchen (S’bury) Salopian Darwins Origin 4.3% 3.80 (Aug 18)
Red Lion (Shrewsbury) Thornbridge Jaipur 5.9% 3.80 (Jul 17)
Green Dragon (Stretton) Sarah Hughes D R 6.0% 3.80 (Jun 17)
Loopy Shrew (S’bury) St Annes Lea Cross 4.5% 3.85 (Dec 17)
Lion & Pheasant (Sbury) Hobsons Twisted Spire 3.6% 3.90 (Jul 18)
White Lion (Whittington) Hook Norton Hooky 3.5% 3.90 (Mar 18)
Waterside (Moreton) Stonehouse Station 3.9% 4.00 (Dec 18)
Alb (Shrewsbury) Stones Alb Ale 3.7% 4.00 (Aug 18)
Henry Tudor (S’bury) Salopian Shrop Gold 3.8% 4.00 (May 18)
Armoury (Shrewsbury) Black Lodge Liberties 5.2% 4.10 (Sep 18)
Boathouse (Ellesmere) Stonehouse Station 3.9% 4.30 (Nov 17)
HH = Happy hour

Archive of prices at end of 2017

GBG 2019 and PoTY/CoTY/CPoTY 2018

CAMRA Good Beer Guide 2019 Entries

During January 2018 we will be selecting our Branch’s entries into the 2019 guide.  So far, members from this branch and across the country have tasted and scored the beers of our branch’s pubs via the National Beer Scoring System, and this has been analysed and used to select a shortlist of 43 pubs which keep their beer to a very high standard.  The five pubs with the highest beer scores have been selected automatically to be recommended for inclusion.  Now it is the turn of CAMRA members to select the 21 pubs which will join them.

You can cast your votes in person at the next Branch meeting, on 7 February at the Olde Bucks Head, The Mount, Shrewsbury (8pm), by posting them to Norrie Porter, 23 Cleveland Street, Shrewsbury SY2 5DN to arrive by 31 January 2018, or electronically (local CAMRA members will have already been notified of the link to use, if you have missed this or need clarification email with your name and CAMRA membership number). 

The voting process is simple and quick, and you can vote for as few or as many pubs as you wish, up to a maximum of 21 pubs.  If you vote for more, I’m afraid your votes will be invalid.  Electronic votes need to be cast by 31 January 2018.


Pub of the Year 2018

The shortlist for each of the three categories of Pub of The Year (Shrewsbury, Market Town and Rural), Cider Pub of The Year, and Club of The Year have now all been drawn up.  All Shrewsbury and West Shropshire CAMRA members who are not connected to one of the shortlisted pubs are eligible to take part in the judging, against a pre-agreed set of criteria.

The judging form and guidelines are available here: PoTY/CoTY Judging Criteria

If you would like to take part in the judging, email with your name and CAMRA membership number and you will be sent the shortlist of pubs.

You will need to have visited at least three of the shortlisted pubs/clubs, and returned the scores, by 31 January 2018, and if you are judging in the overall category you will need to visit at least two more pubs by 28 February.

Champion Beer of Britain (CBOB) 2017

The voting site can be accessed at:

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)


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
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.







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








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







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