Ashbourne and District Sub Branch
Welcome to the Ashbourne and District Sub-Branch page.
We are a recently formed sub-branch of Derby CAMRA initially covering the postcode area of DE6 1xx and DE6 2xx (Derbyshire only). Other post code areas may be added in due course. We have around a dozen regular attendees at meetings and hope to expand the active membership in our area in the coming months.
Chairman - Mark Grist - can be contacted on email@example.com or telephone 01335 343859.
Meetings and Social events. All meetings start at 8pm unless otherwise stated.
Tuesday 28th May - Branch meeting - The Crown, Marston Montgomery.
Friday 31st May - Festival staff thank-you visit to Dancing Duck Brewery - start at 7pm, also visit to the New Zealand Arms. Possible minibus to be arranged from Ashbourne.
Saturday 15th June - social trip to Chester Green Ale Trail pubs, Derby. Leave Ashbourne approx. 11.30am, return approx 6.30pm. Firm details tbc, proposed joint social activity with Amber Valley branch.
Tuesday 25th June - Branch meeting - The Bowling Green, Ashbourne.
Wednesday 10th or Thursday 11th July - tbc - minibus trip to Derby Summer Beer Festival. Will leave from Smith's Tavern approx. 7pm, return approx. 10.30pm.
Tuesday 30th July - Branch meeting - venue tbc
We are pleased to announce that, despite the Arctic conditions, we did manage to hold our first Ashbourne beer festival at Ashbourne Town Hall from Friday 22nd March to Sunday 24th March 2013. We were able to run on all three advertised days at all times, thanks to the monumental efforts our staff made to come in and do their shifts. The public did their best to attend, although numbers were 50% of what we needed, but the feedback was almost universal in praise and all those who came said they were glad they had come out in the bad weather. We will definitely give it another go in 2014.
The beer of the festival was voted as Blue Monkey Infinity. Second place went to Front Row Collapsed and third place was taken by Redwillow Smokeless Porter. Although we only had a tiny selection of ciders/perries on offer, a few votes were cast there too and the winner was actually the Two Trees Perry from Gwynt y Ddraig.