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Winter Ales Trip

Dudley Trip

We are organising a day trip to the Dudley Winter Ales Fayre on Friday 24th November 2017.

We will be travelling by mini bus and the cost will be no more than £25 per person (it will be £15 if we can get 12 or more going).

After the Fayre we will be visiting a variety of Black Country pubs before returning home.

If you are interested please send an email with your name and the number of seats required to

Details of departure times and pick up points will be worked out once the level of interest is known.

Details about the festival may be found at

Champion Beer of Britain

The voting period where all members can vote for their favourite local beers is the first stage of the Champion Beer of Britain (CBOB) competition.

If you haven’t gone online to make your nominations yet, you still have until midnight on 1st November.

Remember, you can vote for just one beer if you want, or for up to 5 beers in each category  – a maximum of 55.

Go to to enter your votes for the nominations.

Leamington Beer Festival and other news

We thought you’d be interested in a couple of events that are on this coming weekend.

The third Leamington Beer and Music Festival is taking place this weekend, 15th – 17th September 2017, at the Band Factory. There will be 60 real ales and ciders along with a variety of bands. For details go to the festival website at If you’d like to help there is a volunteer form on the website.

A new book about Leamington Pubs is being launched this Saturday. People, Pubs & Clubs – Books 3 & 4 will be launched at the Leamington History Day at the Parish Church Leamington on Saturday 16th September 2017 beween 10.00am and 4.00pm. The books will retail at £12.95 each but can be bought for £20 for both, if purchased from the authors on the day.

Our Tuesday night social resumes this week at the Holly Bush, Leamington at 8:30pm. We’ll be visiting a few pubs around the top end of Leamington. It would be great to see you there. If you’d like to join us a bit later during the evening please call on 0759 6426698 to check where we are. You can find the Branch Diary here

The nominations for the next Champion Beer of Britain are open. Voting is done through the nominations website at Initial nominations for CBoB are made at a local level so only beers that are produced in the area near you (based on your registered address) will be available for nomination. The deadline for nominations is 1st November.

Finally, a big thank you to all of you who supported this year’s Harbury Beer Festival. We’ll be posting photos and announcing the beer and cider of the festival winners soon.

Goat’s Milk by Church End is crowned Champion Beer of Britain

Church End, one of our favourite breweries and a great supporter of the Harbury Beer Festival over the years has won the Champion Beer of Britain with Goat’s Milk.

Well done to Paul.

Here is the press release from CAMRA…

A Warwickshire brewery, originally located in an old coffin shop, has won the Campaign for Real Ale’s prestigious Champion Beer of Britain award on the opening day of the Great British Beer Festival at Olympia London.

Goat’s Milk by Church End scooped gold in the competition thanks to its blend of pale barley, crystal malt oats and aromatic hops.

The award comes after almost a year of local tasting panels and regional heats resulting in the best beers from across the UK being invited to compete at the Great British Beer Festival.

Final judging for the competition was held at the beer festival which opened its doors to the public on 8 August and will see more than 50,000 people visit to sample from more than 900 beers, ciders, perries and fine wines – including the chance to try the nation’s best beer.

Bishop Nick from Essex took silver with Ridley’s Rite, a pale ale with a floral aroma and satisfying bitterness, while Welsh brewery Tiny Rebel – former Champion Beer of Britain winner – won bronze with Cwtch, a red ale with a blend of six caramelly malts and three citrussy American hops.

Nick Boley, CAMRA’s National Director responsible for the competition said: “Congratulations to Church End for winning the Champion Beer of Britain award for Goat’s Milk, which is the highest beer accolade in the country. Goat’s Milk is a stand out beer – it has a lovely balance of malts and hops and a full flavour. It is a very fine example of a bitter and incredibly refreshing.”

Paul Hamblett, sales manager from Church End says: “Goat’s Milk is our biggest selling beer – it’s a nicely balanced beer with a hoppy edge. We originally brewed and named it for a festival taking place in the Goat pub, and the beer just caught on. It’s the first time we’ve won the competition, and we expect it to put us on the map.”

what's brewing

What’s Brewing Website Launch

CAMRA have launched a new What’s Brewing website.

Currently open to members and non-members, the website will enhance the current digital What’s Brewing (PDF and “Flippable” version). It is intended, as items are added to the site to restrict the majority of content to members only.

CAMRA are encouraging members to opt out of receiving the printed version of What’s Brewing and see this site as away of increasing the number of members who will opt out.

To opt out, edit your membership information which may be found on the members’ site.

The website can be found at




WhatPub Update

Today, we’ve updated more than 50 of our pubs on WhatPub. Thanks to everyone who gave us feedback.



Submit Pub Feedback

We welcome the help of all members to contribute to this important campaigning project.

By providing additional and corrected pub details you can help us to make the best online pub guide. The more complete and accurate becomes the more popular it will be, and the greater the impact it will have on encouraging people to visit pubs to help keep strong a Great British Institution – the British Pub!

These changes WILL NOT have an immediate effect on but will instead be emailed directly to the branch for consideration. IF YOU WISH TO CONTACT THE PUB DIRECT, PLEASE DO NOT USE THIS FORM.

Note that you can also submit photographs using the feedbackform.

Wild Boar Presentation

The Wild Boar has won the runner up award for the county round of the Pub of the Year 2017 and we will be presenting a certificate to them on Thursday 20th July. The presentation will be at 20:30.. Please come along to celebrate.


New website launched

New Heart of Warwickshire website launched.

Welcome to the new look website for the Heart of Warwickshire Branch of CAMRA.

We hope you like the new site and please use the contact page to let us know what you think.

We’ll be adding more content over the coming months to help you get to know the Branch, pubs and breweries in the area.