Martyn Hillier wins 2015 CAMRA Campaigner of the Year.

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Martyn Hillier, the founder (and some say Godfather!) of the Micropub movement won the title of CAMRA Campaigner of the Year at last weekend’s CAMRA AGM in Nottingham. A great result for the Micropub revolution! This was an extra special event, as the nomination was written and submitted by Happy Tapster Phil on behalf of the Newark CAMRA branch. The wording of the nomination was as follows: “Newark CAMRA would like to nominate Martyn Hillier, of the Butcher’s Arms in …

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New Beer Initiative – National Beer Day!

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Yay folks! There’s now another day to look forward to and give you an excuse to get down the pub (as if you need one). Three ladies – Jane Peyton (Beer Somelier of the Year 2014), Sophie de Ronde (brewer at Brentwood Brewing) and our good friend Sara Barton from Brewsters Brewing Co. have got their collective swedes together and come up with ‘Beer Day Britain‘, an annual event which will take place for the first time on June 15th …

Win a Pin!

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In conjunction with our ’12 Ales of Christmas’ campaign, running from December 15th and through the Christmas period in which we will be donating £2 from every pint to Routes 4 Children and Lincs & Notts Air Ambulance, we are also holding a raffle to win some beery prizes: 1st PRIZE: A Pin (36 pints) of cask beer, donated by Muirhouse 2nd & 3rd PRIZES: Bottle gift packs, donated by the Real Ale Store and Maypole Brewery. Tickets are £1 …

Why all beer drinkers should reject minimum pricing.

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So, Scotland set poised to introduce a minimum retail  (I am assuming it is only retail?) price of alcohol of 50p a unit (already increased from a previously proposed 45p). Now, as pubs retail alcohol at well over the minimum pricing level* this policy, should it be introduced in England, should give us responsible pub-goers no concern whatsoever, right? WRONG! Be afraid. Be very afraid! Regardless of the for-and-against arguments of minimum pricing, here are some thoughts from a publican …

Cask Ale Week 1st – 9th Oct.

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National Cask Ale Week is a campaign organised between CAMRA and Cask Marque. The main objective is to get more people trying real ale and encourage more pubs to organise real ale events throughout the week. JB’s is doing its little bit by featuring beers from four brand-new breweries; Geeves and Revolutions brewed their first beers in the middle of July. The Blackedge and Cross Bay breweries started production only last month. As a bonus, we have a once-only beer …

Campaigning song released.

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Well, it’s not exactly Band Aid, but some geezer called David Fitzgerald AKA Will Francis, an industry insider from stocktaking company Venners, has released a single, ‘Pubs Hold the Answer’, available on digital download from iTunes. It aims to help the pub industry by supporting the great British pub in a sing-alongy type way. Altogether now…