CAMRA, the Campaign for Real Ale, is an independent, voluntary organisation campaigning for real ale, community pubs and consumer rights.
FREE £20 worth of real-ale & cider vouchers, when you join CAMRA. Well, that’s a pretty good offer, especially when you will be joining an ever-growing membership which currently stands at over 175.000. Click here to join CAMRA.
So, what makes CAMRA so special?
CAMRA stands for Campaign for Real Ale: an independent voluntary organisation which has been campaigning for beer and drinkers’ rights since 1971, with pretty good results, having once been described as the most successful consumer group in Europe.
Quite simply, it has beer at its heart and reckons that consumers have the right to enjoy a good pint, so it aims to focus on these 4 Key campaigns:
1. Stop tax killing beer and pubs
2. Secure an effective government support package for pubs
3. Encourage more people to try a range of real ales, cider and perries
4. To raise the profile of pub-going and increase the number of people using pubs regularly.
Now, as part of that, CAMRA also promotes some pretty great beer festivals of its own and publishes the Good Beer Guide, currently in its 43rd edition, detailing UK-wide pubs serving the best real ale. Wetherspoon, incidentally, has more pubs listed in the Good Beer Guide than any other pub company.
Members are also kept updated through CAMRA’s monthly newspaper (What’s Brewing) and its quarterly magazine (Beer), with heaps more members’ stuff on its Web site.
Local CAMRA branches take an active role in their pubs, awarding ‘pub of the season’ and ‘pub of the year’ awards – all designed to highlight ale and make sure that pubs and consumers give it the attention which it deserves.
CAMRA also publishes a range of other books on beer, pubs and brewing, which can be visited here.