Amber Valley - News
2014 Beer Festival
The first 2014 Beer Festival Meeting took place in Mid November and the basis of a committee has been formed. We would still like to invite all members to attend our future meetings, the next one being on Monday 9th December at Talbot Taphouse, Ripley (see branch diary for full details).
There are still some roles that we need to fill but either way, if you want to be part of the preparation for next years festival, or if you think you might be but aren't sure yet, please come along.
At this stage we are part way through finalising a move to a venue in Belper and we also plan to revert back to the original festival dates (at the end of September) as per the first 3 years of the festival's existence.
2013-14 Winter Ales Trail
Following last year's success we would like to run another trail but this time during January and February 2014. In order to do so we require a volunteer(s) to run and co-ordinate the event including distributing the promotional materials to pubs and collating the scores.
If you would like to volunteer or would like further information then please contact our Secretary, Trevor Spencer, on 07847 099940 or by email at: firstname.lastname@example.org
Amber Valley CAMRA AGM
The Amber Valley CAMRA AGM will be take place on Thursday February 27th 2014 at the Hunters Arms, Kilburn, 8pm start. Applications or nominations will be welcomed for the following positions:
If you wish to apply for one of these positions, or nominate someone else, please contact Trevor Spencer at email@example.com
The Branch Secretary, Membership Secretary and Pubs Officer will not be continuing in their present roles after the AGM, so applications/nominations for these posts are especially welcome.
Pub of the Year Voting
Nominations for the above are now open. Every Amber Valley CAMRA member can nominate up to 5 pubs (not in any particular order) and a shortlist of 8 will be drawn and judging will commence on 1st January 2014. Nominations should be sent by text to 07847 099940 or by email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please remember to include your name and CAMRA membership number otherwise your vote cannot be counted. Judging will take place throughout January and February and any CAMRA member can volunteer to judge all 8 pubs in accordance with CAMRA guidelines. Anyone interested should contact our Secretary, Trevor Spencer, on the above email address.
The 8 finalists will be announced on 1st January 2014 and no nominations can be accepted after December 31st. Judging forms via email on 1st January 2014 to those who volunteer to be judges.
Champion Beer of Britain Voting
The regional Champion Beer of Britain 2014 voting has opened and is live now until the end of December 2013. This is the first stage in the process before entries are judged regionally and then nationally before the announcement of the winner at the Great British Beer Festival in August 2014.
Click the link below and enter your CAMRA Login details to vote for your favourite beers in all 11 style categories: http://www.camrabreweryinfo.org.uk/cbobvoting/login.asp
National Beer Scoring Survey (NBSS)
We have received an e-mail reminder from HQ about the revision to the scoring system and to remind members of the purpose of it. Part of our remit is that we encourage all our members to play an active role in scoring as ultimately the end result is the selection of pubs for the CAMRA Good Beer Guide that serve the best kept real ales.
In our area there are a number of pubs that get very few scores despite a lot of them being popular with real ale drinkers. It is important that members participate in scoring on a regular basis and ensure scores are entered periodically so we can track progress.
I know there have been a few issues since the updated version of the scoring system was released and more recently when What Pub was launched to members. Most of these issues have now been resolved but if you are still struggling with the online system then hopefully the following guidance will help you.
The best way to search for a pub using the What Pub site is to:
- Put in the pub name followed by a space and then the town, village or city it is located in
- If that doesn't work then try typing in the town, village or city and then selecting the pub from the results shown
- If that fails then try the map search to pinpoint the pub using Google Maps
Once you have selected your pub then enter the score, brewery, beer and any other fields and click submit score. If you cannot find the brewery or beer from the dropdown lists then just enter the details manually.
The website for entering scores is still at www.beerscoring.org.uk which will direct you to new version which uses What Pub.
The new scoring system is below, the change being the zero score which now means no real ale available.
0 No real ale - No cask-conditioned ale available
1 Poor - Beer that is anything from barely drinkable to drinkable with considerable resentment.
2 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 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 Very Good - Excellent beer in excellent condition.
5 Perfect - Probably the best you are ever likely to find. A seasoned drinker will award this score very rarely.
Please also remember the following:
- Using the above scoring system 2 is an average score and not 3
- You can score in halves for beers that are somewhere in between i.e. A beer that is in better than average condition but not quite deserving of a good rating can be scored a 2.5
- The score of 5 is absolute perfection and so should only be given on very rare occasions if, some might argue, at all.
Amber Valley Branch Contacts
Chairman: Chris Rogers, Tel. 01332 880 041 or e-mail: email@example.com
Secretary: Trevor Spencer, Tel. 07758 265 915 or e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Membership Secretary: Phil Marshall, Tel 07828 19 77 95 or e-mail: email@example.com
Social Secretary: Jane Wallis, Tel 01773 745 966 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
Pubs Officer: Nigel Heathcote, Tel 07834 732 050 or e-mail email@example.com
Treasurer: Paul Falconer, e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
Committee Member: Andy Horsfall, e-mail email@example.com