Welcome to the website for CAMRA Scotland & Northern Ireland Branches
The aims of the Campaign for Real Ale - CAMRA are:
To protect and improve consumer rights.
To promote quality, choice and value for money.
To support the public house as a focus of community life.
To campaign for greater appreciation of traditional beers, ciders and perries as part of our national heritage and culture.
To seek improvements in all licensed premises and throughout the brewing industry
CAMRA is a non-profit, consumer organistion with 185000 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
I'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.
- Neil Bibby MSP
- Neil Bibby MSP, Paul Waterson of the Scottish Licensed Trade Association and Ray Turpie chair of CAMRA's Public Affairs Committee
- Ray Turpie (CAMRA), Neil Bibby MSP and Paul Waterson (SLTA)
- Paul Waterson (SLTA), Neil Bibby MSP and Ray Turpie (CAMRA)
Tied Pubs (Code and Adjudicator) (Scotland) Bill
Friday 17th February Paisley outlet Hamishes Hoose witnessed the launch of the Tied Pubs (Code and Adjudicator) (Scotland) Bill. The Private Members Bill is proposed by Neil Bibby, Labour MSP for West of Scotland.
The following statement was released by CAMRA the same day:
"CAMRA fully welcomes the new consultation that has been launched into the tied pub sector by Neil Bibby. We expect that it will paint a picture of pubs struggling to survive across Scotland, with examples of large pub companies taking more than is fair or sustainable from individual publicans’ profits.
Earlier this year, the Scottish Government carried out its own research into the tied pub sector. Their report concluded that there is no need for reform after surveying just 25 pubs – only 10 of which were tied to large companies. This represents less than 0.5% of the 4,600 pubs across the country, and cannot be considered a representative sample.
The Scottish Government's inaction on this issue is letting the pubs sector down. Pubs in Scotland deserve the same level of protection as they have in England and Wales, and we hope this new research will persuade the Scottish Government to make the appropriate reforms."
CAMRA National Annual General Meeting 2017
The 2017 AGM takes place in the Bournemouth International Centre during the weekend 7-9 April. Any member wishing to paricipate should visit https://camraagm.org.uk/ to register.
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.
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.
The full result was as follows:
Tryst Raj IPA
Ayr Brewing Company Rabbie's Porter
Cairngorm Black Gold
Scotland & Northern Ireland Branches (SNIB) Meeting
The next SNIB meeting is on Saturday 4th March starting at 1315. It will be hosted by Highland & Western Isles CAMRA at the Braeval Hotel's Bandstand Bar in Nairn. All members are invited to attend.