We Are Bromley CAMRA

Welcome to Bromley CAMRA, Campaigning for Real Ale drinkers in the Bromley Borough.

What is Beer Scoring?

All CAMRA members are requested to judge the quality of any real ale or real cider that they drink in pubs and clubs.

Bromley Branch, like most CAMRA branches, uses beer scoring as the means of identifying pubs and clubs for possible inclusion in the Good Beer Guide. For this process to be as representative as possible we need as many scores as we can get, from as many members and for as many pubs/clubs as possible.

We collect beer scores at all of our branch socials and meetings, but in order that we get a full picture of beer quality across the borough throughout the year we also ask our members to  record and submit scores whenever they have a drink in a pub or club.

If you have never previously submitted any scores we would ask you to give it a try.

Scoring

Scoring is on a scale of zero (no cask ale) rising at increments of 0.5 up to 5.0 (perfect). The following guidelines for scoring are suggested:

0 – No cask ale available

0.5 – Undrinkable

Beer so bad that you have to take it back. (However, if the beer is replaced and immediately taken off sale, please score the replacement pint instead)

1.0 – Poor
Beer that is anything from barely drinkable to drinkable with considerable resentment.

2.0 – Average

Competently kept, drinkable pint but doesn’t inspire in any way, not worth moving to another pub but you drink the beer without really noticing.

3.0 – Good

Good beer in good form. You may cancel plans to move to the next pub. You want to stay for another pint and may seek out the beer again.

4.0 – Very Good
Excellent beer in excellent condition.

5.0 – Perfect
Probably the best you are ever likely to find. A seasoned drinker will award this score very rarely.

How to submit your scores

The easiest way to do this via WhatPub on your PC, mobile or tablet

An example of the Beer Scoring form on WhatPub

Some members prefer to record their scores on paper and then hand, post or scan/email them to the Beer Scores Coordinator. You can download a special form via this link.

How Bromley CAMRA uses your beer scores:

At the end of each year the branch Beer Score Coordinator collates all the scores received during the year and calculates the average score for each pub/club. To be eligible for consideration for Good Beer Guide (GBG) selection a pub/club must have received:

  • Not less than 10 scores, and;
  • Scores from at least 5 different members, and;
  • Scores for not less than 4 different calendar months

The Beer Score Coordinator then produces a report listing the ‘top 25’ eligible pubs and clubs in ranked order; this report is then discussed at the GBG-selection meeting.

All members of the branch are invited to attend the GBG-selection meeting, which is held in early January each year. At the meeting the relative merits of each of the top 25 pubs/clubs are discussed and the branch nominations for the GBG are selected by secret ballot.

Some facts and figures

During 2016 (1st January to 31st December):

No. of scores submitted 3,338
No. of members scoring 153
No. of pubs scored 86
No. of clubs scored 2
No. of different beers scored Approx. 1000
Pub with the most scores (459 scores) One Inn the Wood
Most scores submitted by one member 389
Most pubs/clubs scored by one member 58
Most frequently scored beer (175 scores) Harvey’s Sussex Best Bitter

More information

More information about beer scoring is available at: https://whatpub.com/beerscoring

If you have any comments about beer scoring in Bromley, or have any questions about beer scoring, please email the branch Beer Scores Coordinator on: beerscores@bromley.camra.or.uk