Bromley Branch News

Keeing you updated with the latest Bromley CAMRA Branch news.

Beer, & Cider, Festival Charity – Presentation to St Christopher’s

Bromley CAMRA were delighted to hand over a cheque to St Christopher’s Hospice in Sydenham for £362.25 collected from generous donations given by visitors to this year’s 6th Beckenham Beer Festival. The picture shows members of the Beer Festival Organising Team (including Nick White, far left, who is also a volunteer with St Christopher’s) to Adelle Saunders, Community Fundraiser for the Hospice. The Festival was formally opened by the Mayor and in addition to the donation to St Christopher’s £50 was donated to Careplus and the Latch Project which are the Mayor’s charities.  

Greater London Club of the Year

Bromley CAMRA is pleased to announce that the Bromley Branch Club of the Year 2019, Orpington Liberal Club, has once again won the title of CAMRA Greater London Regional Club of the Year. This is the third consecutive year the club has won the London title. We send our congratulations to everybody involved with running the club. The date for the presentation will be announced shortly.

Beer & cider of the festival

The votes have been counted and the results can be announced. At the Bromley CAMRA 2019 Beer and Cider Festival the following were the winners Beer of the festival 1st Five Points, Railway Porter 2nd Arbor, Who’s Lime is it Anyway 3rd Black Isle, Rhuby Tuesday Cider & Perry of the festival Piglet’s (Nempnett), Piglet’s Choice, dry cider Double Vision, Impeared Vision perry   Our congratulations to all of them.  

2019 Festival – Beer lists now available

Our beer festival is fast approaching. We think we had a great line-up of beers last year and we have tried to match that this year. We have beers from many places in the country, some from less than two miles away and some from well over 400 miles away. Kent & Sussex beers, beers from Wales & Scotland, beers representing both the Red & the White Rose, beers from major cities and beers from tiny hamlets. Beers from established brewers and from really new brewers, and beers from brewers newly back into cask. And there is not just variety of source but of style as well. Bitters, stouts & porters for the more traditional palate, session beers for those taking it easy. Pales with hops from many different countries for a variety of interesting flavours including single hop beers. Several gluten free beers, and a number of speciality beers […..]

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2019 Festival – Cider list now available

Cider is one of our most ancient of beverages – apple trees have been grown since 1300 BC near the Nile delta. And it was only a matter of time before we realised that the fruit could be put to an even better use than just the eating. And cider has carried on being used over the centuries. In the 14th century children were sometimes baptised in cider as it was cleaner than the water. Captain Cook recognised cider’s value as he took it aboard his ship to help prevent scurvy among his crew. Nowadays, 45% of the apples grown in the UK are used for cider-making and there are 365 varieties – one for each day of the year! And variety is what we hope you will discover at this year’s festival with cider and perry coming from all over the country, either using traditional cider apples and perry […..]

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Events for younger CAMRA members

Our new Young Members Representative, Edd Charnley, is organising some events for the younger members of the branch. The first one is on Friday 19 July,  and will be a visit to the Ignition Brewery in Sydenham for a free brewery tour and tasting, led by Head Brewer Tash Oduba-Vine, followed by an opportunity to enjoy the Ignition tap room.   There are just 25 places available for this event so to get more info and attend this free event, please sign up here. Each member is welcome to bring two guests – please select the number of tickets you need in the event booking page.   Stay tuned for more upcoming events for CAMRA Bromley Young Members; there are some more great breweries, tap rooms and micro pubs who’ll be hosting us throughout this year – and if you have any queries, please contact Edd  at young.members@bromley.camra.org.uk .

The welcome return of the Bromley Cramble

Several CAMRA members, not just from Bromley Branch, were disappointed that there was no Cramble in 2018 so, by popular demand, we have decided to organise another Cramble event this year.

The first Bromley Cramble (Crawl + Ramble = Cramble) was in 2014, as a joint event by Bromley CAMRA and Bromley Ramblers, which then continued as an annual event until 2017. After a break in 2018, it is now returning, however this year Bromley Ramblers are not involved.

The 2019 Bromley Cramble will be on Saturday 13th July and will involve a stroll from Biggin Hill, via Downe and Keston to Hayes. In total the walk is about 6 miles, but it is possible to leave or join the group at various points along the route. There will be time to stop at up to 4 pubs along the route, and we finish at […..]

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Lock & Barrel – A new micropub opening this week

The borough gains a new micropub with the Lock & Barrel opening this coming Friday, 3rd May. So we asked them to tell us something about the pub and their plans. Sitting on the site of an old ironmongers shop at 18 London Road in Bromley (BR1 3QR), the Lock & Barrel tips a nod to its predecessor, not only with its name, but also its interior. The majority of the inside has been built using reclaimed timber from the copious amounts of shelving which previously held nuts, bolts, bells, handles and much more. This provides a welcoming and relaxed environment in which to enjoy a large range of both cask and keg ales alongside some interesting spirit and wine options. The proprietors are committed to providing a regular rotation of beers from breweries across Kent and London as well as the odd offering from further afield, so whether you […..]

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Branch Beer & Cider Festival details

Details of the 2019 Bromley CAMRA Beer & Cider Festival have been announced. This will take place on 25th to 27th July, click on the image, left, for more information.

Awards to branch members

At the branch AGM, on 30th March, awards were made to two members of the branch for their outstanding contributions to this branch and to CAMRA generally. Bob Keaveney has been active in the branch since it reformed in 2011. For all of that time he has co-ordinated the beer scores and  overseen the Pub of the Year and Club of the Year process, he also organised our entries in the Good Beer Guide for a number of the years. In 2016 the previous branch chairman moved out of the area and had to stand down part way through the year, and Bob volunteered to take up the post of chairman just for six months, until the next AGM. With the AGM having moved twice, it is now almost exactly three years that Bob has filled this demanding role and dealt with all of the issues that have come up […..]

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