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Beer of the Festival Presentation

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Beer of the Festival Presentation

REMINDER: This Saturday, November 1st

Hitchin 2014 “Beer of the Festival” Presentation for Brodie’s ‘Kiwi’ at their pub/brewery-tap the King William IV in Leyton (E10 6AE). This very hoppy light golden ale won the popular vote by a clear margin.

Presentation at around 13:00.

Travel: Meet on the 1st coach of the London bound service leaving North Hertfordshire stations at these times:

  • (Cambridge: 09:55)
  • Baldock: 10:26
  • Letchworth: 10:29
  • Hitchin: 10:34
  • Stevenage: 10:41
  • Knebworth: 10:44
  • Change at Finsbury Park for the east-bound Victoria Line service and alight at Walthamstow Central Underground Station. (Approx 11:45.)

From here it is either a 20 minute walk to the King William IV or there is a regular ‘Go Ahead London Bus 20′ service to ‘Walthamstow, Bakers Avenue (E17), Stop SK’ – from which the pub is a 4 minute walk. (All according to

The King William IV is famous in London beer circles (and nationally) for having their own very good microbrewery in an outbuilding (Brodie’s – one of very few London breweries when it opened), holding beer events that people travel across the country to be at – and also having very reasonable prices! (Bonus!)

See the WhatPub entry here:

Spring Beer Festivals

Our Mutual Friend stillage

There is a trifecta quadfecta(?) of excellent beer festivals coming up in North Hertfordshire, moving south to north we have: Our Mutual Friend stillage 1. Stevenage: In the south of our patch and running from this Thursday April 24th to Saturday 26th we have the Our Mutual Friend‘s annual April beer festival with a selection of specially sourced beers [...Read on]

Wetherspoons Beer Festival

Manor House, Royston - photo (C) JD Wetherspoons

Manor House, Royston – photo (C) JD Wetherspoons We have been reminded that Wetherspoons pubs have kicked off their beer festival now. See message below from the shiny-new Manor House Wetherspoons pub in Royston. The branch area also has Wetherpoons pubs in Letchworth (GBG, LocAle), Stevenage, and Stevenage Old Town (GBG). Dear North Herts CAMRA members – Great news! [...Read on]

2014 Pub Of The Year: Half Moon in Hitchin

PotY Trophy

PotY Trophy

We are delighted to announce that North Hertfordshire branch members have voted, the votes have been tallied, and the Half Moon in Hitchin is our 2014 Pub of the Year!

The standard of good pubs across the branch area is ever on the increase and pubs really need to put[…Read on]

2014 Hitchin Beer & Cider Festival

The Hitchin 2014 Beer & Cider Festival will take place from June 12th until June 14th. Check out the full 2014 Hitchin Beer & Cider Festival page for more information, and check back for updates!

We will have posters and other material printed and available for pubs and members in the near future -[…Read on]

Beer Festival @ The Our Mutual Friend

A last-minute heads-up, the Our Mutual Friend team have a beer festival kicking off this Thursday (23rd Jan) and running until Sat 25th.

The theme is “Oakham v Osset, with Dark Star in support”. Just the three breweries – but a range of beers covering all styles. The OMF will also have its usual large range of[…Read on]

Whittlesea Straw Bear Festival


Whittlesea Straw BearTHIS Saturday, January 11th, members of the North Hertfordshire CAMRA branch will be off to Whittlesea on our traditional excursion to the annual Straw Bear Festival. Below is an itinerary for the day out which includes an early evening Ely Pub Ramble on the way back. Those that do not want to stop at Ely[…Read on]

Hitchin Christmas Crawl

Our annual Hitchin Christmas pub crawl is on Friday December 20th this year.

We start out near Hitchin station at The Nightingale at 19:30 on Friday December 20th, and from there make our way through a list of excellent & varied pubs: The Albert, The Radcliffe Arms, The Bricklayer’s Arms, and The Half Moon.[…Read on]

Minibus Ramble – South of Hitchin – Saturday November 16th

Handpumps in The Windmill, Charlton

Forsaking the joys of X Factor, 8 CAMRA members ventured out on the latest minibus trip to some of the branch’s more remote pubs. Trips like these help members get to pubs they might otherwise not visit to sample the beers and also to score the beers as part of the process of selection for [...Read on]

SCORE YOUR ALES! Nominate your community pub! Join our minibus trip.

North Herts CAMRA Needs You! (for the Letchworth Beer Festival)The next edition of the Good Ber Guide needs YOU – CAMRA member.

Score Your Beers!
I know 2015 is a long way off but at the next Branch meeting & Social (8.15pm Monday 25th November in the GBG listed Standing Order in Stevenage) we will start the process of selecting those pubs good enough[…Read on]


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Branch Diary

March  2015
  • Cider Pub of the Year Trip

    Starts: 12:00 am

    Ends: 12:00 am, 7th March, 2015

    Location: North Hertfordshire

    Description: Please note there is a date change to this trip.

    Going round the best cider venues in our branch to help pick our winner for Cider Pub of the Year. We will now be visiting six of our best cider pubs on Friday 6th of March. There are still places available if you would like one.

    To whet your appetite this is where we are going:-

    Orange Tree, Baldock
    Lytton Arms, Old Knebworth
    Strathmore Arms, St Pauls Walden
    Our Mutual Friend, Stevenage
    Half Moon, Hitchin
    Red Lion, Preston

    Actual order of visits will depend on who's coming and pick up points.

    Pick ups from 6pm, £8 for members. Please contact Graham Perry on 07984 548783 or email to book a seat (and so we know where we can pick you up!)

    There is a update to the postal address for your pub voting scores:

    2 Mill End Cottages
    Mill End
    SG11 1LR

    The email address is unchanged:

    The end date is unchanged, to be in by: FRIDAY 13th MARCH to count.

  • Pub Ramble / PotY-CPotY Deadline

    Starts: 7:00 pm

    Ends: 11:00 pm, 13th March, 2015

    Location: Buntingford

    Description: First to business: branch Beer Pub of the Year AND Cider/Perry Pub of the Year selection - all valid submissions (ie: scored all pubs in person this year) are due today..

    But in the evening: it's a Buntingford crawl!

    Start Brambles 7pm, then down the High St finishing in the Crown.

  • North Herts Branch AGM

    Starts: 8:00 pm

    Ends: 10:30 pm, 27th March, 2015

    Location: The Orange Tree, Baldock

    Description: Branch AGM at the Orange Tree Baldock 8pm - naturally, open to all members.

    Loads of great beer, probably enough buffet for 100 people, and a chance to shape the way the branch is run.

    There are four main agenda items:-
    1. Officers Reports
    2. Review of the branch accounts
    3. Election of branch Officers for next year
    4. Appointment of auditors for next year

    Branch members can put themselves forward for any of the officer positions and the supporting roles required to carry out the branch activities. Your nominations should be forwarded to the secretary, identifying proposer and seconder (who must be branch members).

    AGM Social
    After the AGM (which should take less than a hour), there will be a branch social.

    At the social will be a presentation by CAMRA Regional Director to Apple Cottage Cider (Baldock) for the best cider from the region.

    We will also announce the winners of the branch Beer and Cider pubs of the year.

    There will be selection of nibbles and cheese available. These can be washed down with a range of ciders (including some of the Apple Cottage range). Non-cider drinkers of course can choose from the Orange Tree's large range of real ales.