News

Here is the latest news about the branch and pubs & breweries in the branch area.

  • Pub of the year award 2020 Wednesday 19 February 2020

    We're delighted to announce that the Dudley & South Staffordshire pub of the year is:

    The Bird In Hand, Wordsley.

    After a highly competitive window of judging, we can now reveal that the Dudley & South Staffs CAMRA Pub of the Year 2020 is the Bird in Hand, Wordsley!

    Manageress, Paula Herbert, wishes to "thank all of the staff at the 'Birdie' for all of their hard work; without them this achievement would not have been possible. They have taken on board my aims, researched the Real Ales coming on sale and gained a lot of knowledge doing so".

    A panel of eighteen judges from across the West Midlands scrutinised a shortlist of 6 contenders which accounts for just 2% of the pubs currently trading in the Dudley & South Staffordshire CAMRA branch area.

    The presentation will take place on the evening of Monday 16th March 2020.

  • Next meeting - change of venue Friday 24 January 2020

    The next Branch Meeting is Monday 27th January 2020 which will now take place at the COURT OF REQUESTS, Oldbury, at 8pm.

    This is due to licensing issues at the Bell, Delph, preventing the pub from opening on Monday.

    Apologies for any inconvenience caused.

  • West Midlands regional awards Wednesday 1 January 2020

    After the recent West Midlands regional awards, we're pleased to see several wins within Dudley & South Staffordshire:

    Golden Ale - Bronze - Holden's Golden Glow

    Mild - Bronze - Bathams Mild

    Speciality Beer - Bronze - Enville Ale

    Speciality Beer - Gold - Enville Ginger

    Barley Wine / Strong Old Ale - Bronze - Kinver Over the Edge

    Barley Wine / Strong Old Ale - Gold - Sarah Hughes Snowflake

    Porter - Gold - Fownes King Korvaks Saga

    Old Ale / Strong Mild - Silver - Bathams XXX

    Old Ale / Strong Mild - Gold - Sarah Hughes Dark Ruby

    Congratulations to all.

  • Ten To Target - Limited spaces Sunday 22 December 2019

    Just a gentle reminder regarding next year's Ten To Target Mini Bus Trip, taking place on Saturday 4th January 2020.

    There are now just TWO seats remaining so don't hesitate in reserving should you want to take part.

    It's always a great day out - and the ticket price of £20.00 includes a full day mini bus travel and lunch too,

  • DWAF - our thanks Sunday 1 December 2019

    Thank you to all our volunteers and guests who supported the festival. The take down is now complete.

    Keep an eye on our Facebook page as we now count down the days to Christmas.

    https://www.facebook.com/DudleyCAMRA

  • DWAF begins tomorrow Wednesday 27 November 2019

    We're one day away from the start of the 2019 Dudley Winter Ales Fayre. We'll keep you updated on progress via our Facebook page of www.facebook.com/DudleyCAMRA. For the latest news on what to expect, please head to our main page Dudley Winter Ales Fayre 2019.

  • Dudley Winter Ales Fayre - drinks list Tuesday 26 November 2019

    Exciting news - the festival beer list is now available! The DWAF drinks list

  • Monday 25 November 2019

    If you're heading to the Dudley Winter Ales Fayre this Saturday, don't forget there may be possible disruption to train services in to Birmingham and the Black Country.

    More details can be found at https://www.westmidlandsrailway.co.uk/industrialaction

    Bus services in to Dudley Bus Station are expect to run as normal. Local planning can be found at https://www.networkwestmidlands.com/

  • Festival beer list - a delay Monday 25 November 2019

    We were hoping to have the festival beer list available tonight, but it's now going to be tomorrow. It's been a really exhausting day for the set up team - let's hope they can enjoy a nice drink tonight.

  • Beer list for DWAF Saturday 23 November 2019

    On Monday evening we should have the list of the beers for the Dudley Winter Ales Fayre festival. Keep an eye out on our website or Facebook page www.facebook.com/DudleyCAMRA

  • Volunteers required still Sunday 17 November 2019

    If you've not yet signed up to help as a volunteer, there's still time to do so.

    Please complete either DWAF staffing form (XLSX format) or DWAF staffing form (PDF format).

  • Dudley Winter Ales Fayre Thursday 14 November 2019

    Just two weeks away from the Dudley Winter Ales Fayre. Click the link to the left hand side for the latest information.

  • Dudley Winter Ales Fayre - volunteering Wednesday 13 November 2019

    Thanks to everyone who has volunteered their time for the Dudley Winter Ales Fayre. There's still time to submit your form, which you can find at the bottom of the Fayre page.

    For those that who have already kindly sent their form: thank you.

  • Ales & Tales 42 Autumn 2019 Sunday 27 October 2019

    Our new edition of Ales & Tales is available for download...

    Ales & Tales 42 Autumn 2019

    Hard copies are also available in some of our local pubs and bars.

  • Champion Beer Of Britain Saturday 26 October 2019

    CAMRA members can vote now for their favourite beers - the cut off is 1st November. Have your say at https://sso2.camra.org.uk/login

    The Champion Beer of Britain is one of the most prestigious beer competitions in the world. It is the ultimate honour for UK brewers and has helped put many into the national spotlight. It is awarded every year at the Trade Session of the Great British Beer Festival.

    Judging for the competition takes around a year, starting with individual nominations from CAMRA members and local and regional competitions. On the first day of the festival, a team of judges mull over the contenders for the competition.

    The competition spans real ales across the categories for Mild, Bitter, Best Bitter, Strong Bitter, Golden Ale, Specialty. These are combined with the Champion Winter Beer of Britain category winners from the Great British Beer Festival Winter (held in February) – Porter, Stout, Old Ales/Strong Milds, Strong Old Ales/Barley Wines – to create a shortlist for the final round of judging.

  • Delph scoring social Sunday 20 October 2019

    Details of this Wednesday's scoring social are now in place.