Nationally, CAMRA runs many campaigns on all manner of beer-related issues, in addition to it’s stated aims as the UK beer consumer’s champion.
Locally, our three main tasks each year are:
- selecting the best pubs in North Herts for our part of the Good Beer Guide,
- selecting pubs for local awards and
- collecting local news for our part of the all-Hertfordshire newsletter, Pints of View.
Surveying pubs for possible inclusion in the Good Beer Guide is a grim business. It tends to involve drinking rather a lot of beer; but the only way to judge beer quality is to drink the stuff! Hopefully, most of it will be good, but there are always a few which don’t make the grade. We try to spread the work among as many members as possible, and your help with this arduous task would be much appreciated. All you need to do is record what you drink, when, where, and how good or bad it is on CAMRA’s 0-5 rating scale (the National Beer Scoring Scheme). You can enter them interactively on this website or send them to us in emails, on spreadsheets or on the back of fag packets. If your favourite pub never gets into the GBG, you need to tell us how great it is.
We present the following local awards to the good pubs in our area, the recipients being decided by members at Branch Meetings, and we try to get as many members as possible to the actual presentations:
- Pub-of-the-Year (this one goes into the County competition, and may progress on to the Regional and National levels)
- Community Pub-of-the-Year
- Most Improved Pub-of-the-Year.
Every two months, we submit articles to the Pints Of View newsletter, covering branch activties, pub news, brewery news, events, awards, etc. If you know of any beer related news, do let us know, so we can pass it on. We also rely on members to distribute the newsletters to the pubs, and volunteers are always needed to complete our coverage of the branch area. So if you can spare an evening or two every two months to visit some pubs take and them some newsletters, please let us know.