Here is the latest news about the branch and pubs & breweries in the branch area.
- Monthly Bulletin - April 2019
Tuesday 16 April 2019
The Tividale Three, Sandwell Scoring Social on Wednesday 17th April
Starting at Tivi Ale (7.30pm); a friendly micropub which opened in June 2018 and serves two interesting guest beers alongside the local’s favourite Holden’s Golden Glow. The crawl will then visit the recently-refurbished Tividale Football Club (8.30pm) and will conclude at the Wonder (9.30pm); the latter serving four Real Ales of which one is a rotating guest beer. Those attending from Dudley are advised to take Bus 14 (Stand E) at 7:21pm.
Snoop around Sadler's Ales
There are spaces available for a look inside the Lye brewery. Fans of Hop Bomb and Mellow Yellow are invited to attend a free-of-charge talk ‘n’ tour at Sadler’s Brewhouse & Bar on Thursday 25th April (7pm-10pm). Tickets for the event, hosted by neighbouring branch Stourbridge & Halesowen CAMRA, can be booked by emailing email@example.com.
Various Vacancies for Brewery Liaison Officers (BLOs)
BLOs are at the very heart of all dialogue between breweries and the local CAMRA branch. For example, we rely on our team of officers to keep us informed about new products, new branding, and new personnel. We have now appointed a BLC-elect (Brewery Liaison Coordinator) ahead of our AGM in May who is going to support all of our BLOs to make sure we know as much as possible about what our breweries are up to! If you’d like to be a BLO for one of our breweries (Bathams, Black Country Ales, Blue Bear, Britt, Enville, Fownes, Holden’s, Kinver, Olde Swan, Sarah Hughes, Toll End), email ku.gro.armac.yeldud@riahc to determine which opportunities are open to you.
Ales at the Acres, Keep ‘In The Know’ in Kingswinford
Our next Branch Meeting will take place on Monday 29th April, 8pm, at the High Acres, Kingswinford. All CAMRA members are welcome to attend. Bus 226 from Dudley drops passengers at the door of the pub.
- Ales & Tales - Spring 2019
Monday 15 April 2019
Our new edition of Ales & Tales (Spring 2019, issue 40) is now available for download.
- 2019 awards
Wednesday 3 April 2019
We're proud to announce the branch winner awards of 2019. Click on the left hand link to see more.
- The DWAF thank you trip - a message from our social secretary
Sunday 24 March 2019
I hope you will all agree with me Wigan is a very enjoyable place to go drinking, with good value and generally good beer to suit many tastes, and lots of pie shops!
However, I wish to apologise to anyone seriously upset that due to motorway closures we were dropped off at our pick-up destinations a little later than anticipated.
Our driver took steps to avoid the biggest traffic hold-ups caused by the demolition of a bridge and other assorted road works considerably over running their completion.
While this was a bit frustrating, we were always moving homeward and Bob the driver managed to shave over an hour off his sat nav's first estimated time of arrival home.
As with all trips I like to think where ever we go, we responsibly and favourably represent CAMRA and the West Midlands. Included in that I thought consideration to your fellow traveller was an automatic thing. Sadly on this occasion, some comments made were upsetting to other members on the coach trip.
If any person wishes to travel on any future trip or excursion may I remind them that regardless of having had a drink(or several) aggressive, abusive or disruptive language or behaviour will not be tolerated and lead to future exclusion from events. I am now considering to what extent I now wish to be involved in organizing such trips.
Having said that, I hope you all had a good time.
Cheers and happy drinking
Jacqui E,Social Secretary
- Dudley & South Staffordshire CAMRA Pub of the Year 2019
Thursday 21 February 2019
The Plough & Harrow, Corngreaves Road, Cradley Heath has today been announced as the Dudley & South Staffordshire CAMRA Pub of the Year 2019.
In a highly competitive contest, 22 judges from Dudley & South Staffordshire CAMRA, Stourbridge & Halesowen CAMRA, Birmingham CAMRA, and Wolverhampton CAMRA reached the verdict having visited a shortlist of six contenders in recent weeks – scoring each against criteria including beer quality, décor and cleanliness, service and offering, community focus, CAMRA alignment, and overall impression.
Our warm congratulations are extended to Sarah and Gary Davies and all of the staff and customers. All CAMRA members are invited to attend the presentation of the award at 8.30pm, Wednesday 6th March 2019. The Bird in Hand, Wordsley finished in second place.
Our other branch awards and presentation dates are also shown on the branch diary.
- Regional polo shirts now available
Wednesday 13 February 2019
This year's regional polo shirt is teal and features the Fixed Wheel brewery logo, as the winner of the West Midlands Champion Beer of Britain. The price is £15.00, and they are available in the following sizes:
S-37" M-40" L-42" XL-44" 2XL- 47" 3XL-49"
Please contact Ryan at ku.gro.armac.yeldud@namriahc should you wish to purchase.
- Tewkesbury Beer Festival trip
Saturday 2 February 2019
There are 7 spaces available for next week's Tewkesbury beer festival on the 2nd January. It's a cost of £15, with a pick up at 11am, Faulkland Street, Wolverhampton. Without these spaces filled the trip would, regrettably, have to be cancelled.
Please contact Amanda at moc.oohay@95badnam for information.
- Ales & Tales - Winter 39
Thursday 10 January 2019
The new issue of Ales & Tales is now available. This edition features a look back on the Dudley Winters Ales Fayre, an interview with Lower Gornal's Black Country Ales brewer and Stourbridge & Halesowen's Armistice Crawl in November.
Click the left Ales & Tales link for details, where you'll also find back issues.