Welcome to the website for CAMRA Scotland & Northern Ireland Branches

The aims of the Campaign for Real Ale - CAMRA are:

CAMRA is a non-profit, consumer organistion with 182679 members.  The aim of this website is to act as a portal for all eleven CAMRA branches located in Scotland and Northern Ireland. With over 200 local CAMRA branches throughout the UK, CAMRA Scotland and Northern Ireland Branches (SNIB) is one of 16 regional areas and represents a steadily increasing membership in excess of 5000.


A Message from our New Regional Director- Sarah Bellis

Sarah BellisI've recently moved to Fife from Manchester and been involved with CAMRA since 2009.  I joined CAMRA after my partner agreed to volunteer at a local beer festival and asked if I could also help. I was behind the bar within minutes and trying my first ever Real Ale and have never looked back since that night.   When I joined I knew nothing about real ale, beer festivals or even CAMRA.  Seven years later I've learned a lot but there's still stuff for me to learn.

I learned very quickly that CAMRA membership meant so much more than a monthly copy of What's Brewing or the occasional trip to the local beer festival.  I’ve learned that CAMRA is a very active organisation full of vibrant personalities getting involved in many different ways.  From taking part in local pub surveys, distributing membership leaflets to running local and national beer festivals, the work is varied, challenging, but most of all, enjoyable.  There is of course an element of commitment to volunteering but ultimately it is like-minded individuals working together and having fun that really encourages members to keep giving their valuable time.  So, just a few years later I was Branch Chair for South East Lancashire Branch.  I turned up at my first meeting, which was the branch AGM.  There was just me and one other member there.  A few years later there were 30+ members turning up on a regular basis and we were struggling to find suitable meeting venues.

I'm privileged to be supporting the largest region, geographically, in the Campaign.  The demographics and environments are very different from one branch to the next and their needs are also complexly different.  I am fortunate to have inherited a fantastic and experienced team from Ray Turpie that I can learn from and lean on.  I am very excited about this opportunity as it gives me chance to meet, connect and interact with a lot of people in an environment that is positive, helpful to others and fulfilling.

 

 

 


Pub of the Year 2016

Musselburgh pub, The Volounteer Arms (aka Staggs) has been named Scotland & Ireland CAMRA Pub of the Year 2016 and will now move on to the next round of the competition with the eventual winner being crowned National Pub of the Year in early 2017.

Volunteer Arms outside viewVounteer Arms barVolunteer Arms internal view

"Superb pub run by the same family since 1858. The bar and snug are traditional with a wooden floor, wood panelling and mirrors from defunct local breweries. The attractive gantry is topped with old casks. The more modern lounge opens at the weekend. Up to nine guest beers, mostly pale and hoppy, change very regularly. CAMRA Edinburgh & SE Scotland Pub of the Year 2016 and winner of many previous awards including CAMRA Pub of the Year 1997."

Congratulations to all concerned!

 


Club of the Year 2016

Garnock Community Social Club in Kilbirnie, Ayrshire has been awarded the title Scotland & Ireland CAMRA Club of the Year 2016.  Having been closed for a number of years, the club reopened 2 years ago under new management and with a new committee.  Thanks to their enthusiasm, the club is once more a major hub within the local community opening 7 days a week and the introduction of real ale has been a major success.  November 2015 saw the club host its first mini real ale festival, an event which is to be repeated 25th-26th November 2016.

The official presentation to the club will take place during their November festival.


Champion Beer of Scotland 2016

Tryst Raj IPA was declared CAMRA's Champion Beer of Scotland Competition after a blind tasting at the Scottish Real Ale Festival in Edinburgh's Corn Exchange on Thursday 7th July. 

Raj IPA

The full result was as follows:

Gold

Tryst Raj IPA

Silver

Ayr Brewing Company Rabbie's Porter

Bronze

Cairngorm Black Gold

 


Scotland & Northern Ireland Branches (SNIB) Meeting

 

The next SNIB meeting is on Saturday 19th November starting at 1300.  It will be hosted by CAMRA Northern Ireland in the Ulster Hall, Belfast during the Belfast Beer & Cider Festival.  All members are invited to attend.