Campaign for Real Ale

Pub and Brewery News - July 2022

Tuesday 5 July 2022

The following pub and brewery news was reported at the July 2022 Committee Meeting held in the Providence Inn, Greenbank.

Pub News

The Duchy of Cornwall, Anstis Place, Stonehouse, now serves one cask real Live Beer. Recently beer scored were Greene King Abbot Ale and Summerskills Bolt Head. Also believed to have been available recently was Summerskills Indiana’s Bones. The Ford Inn, Ford, have new managers.

Beer Scoring

We have received a total of 698 (475 last month) beer scores for 88 different pubs (68 last month), submitted by 37 members (28 last month) from 18 branches (14 last month), including 13 Plymouth branch members (13 last month). The Plymouth members submitted 602 beer scores (426 last month); 24 non branch members (15 last month) submitted 96 (49 last month) when they visited our branch area – so Thank You all very much! Beer Scoring informs the Branch that those particular named pubs are open and serving cask conditioned real ale (or not, if zero scored). It also helps us to monitor the quality and consistency of the real ales available, and to help keep What Pub as up-to-date as possible.

Cider News

Thatchers and Weston’s cider are no longer considered real cider by the CAMRA Real Ale, Cider and Perry Campaigns Committee. Does anyone have any cider news they would like to share with us? Click here to see our guide to the branch real CIDER PUBS

Plymouth CAMRA LocAle Scheme

There are currently 70 establishments listed as being accredited to the Plymouth CAMRA LocAle Scheme. These are listed on the branch website HERE

CAMRA Member Discount Scheme and CAMRA Voucher Scheme

There are currently 21 establishments listed as being members of the CAMRA Member Discount Scheme, and a further nine which are part of the CAMRA Voucher Scheme, making 30 in total. Please give these pubs your support if/when you go out! These are listed on the branch website, HERE

Planning Applications

The Pubs Officer will update on any known Planning Applications.

Cask Marque Accreditation

The Jolly Miller, Estover, gained Cask Marque Accreditation recently, as reported at the June committee meeting. There are no pubs locally that have lost CM Accreditation in the last month or so.

Brewery News

Anchor House: No news. Has anyone seen or heard of anything about them recently? Brewery Liaison Officer (BLO) post vacant – any volunteers please contact branch Vice Chair. Bere (06 June 2022, BLO Bob Holmes): Bere Brewery are now doing Taproom openings again on Saturday's (cash only), check their website for the dates. They are still doing sales on Wednesday's and Saturday's, please check with their website. Bulletproof (07 June 2022, BLO Alan Warden): The brewery have taken on two new members of staff, doubling their workforce to four. The Bulletproof Brewing Tap Haus, Mutley Plain, is now open six days a week: Monday 1500 - 2300; Tuesday to Friday 1500 - midnight; Saturday midday to midnight; closed on Sundays. Dartmoor (19 Jan 2022, BLO Ian Packham): No reported news since January. Ivybridge (04 July 2022, BLO Andrew Richardson): Their new Tap and Bottle Shop opened recently, about two weeks ago. Morwell (06 June 2022, BLO Bob Holmes): No updated news, still brewing for the Ship Inn on the Morwellham Quay site, with casks as well their bottled beers which are also available in the shop next door. Noss Beer Works (03 Jun 2022, BLO Andrew Richardson): The brewery continues to brew both cask and bottled beers for the take home market. Church Ledge, ABV 4.0%, Mew Stone ABV 4.3% and Ebb Rock ABV 4.9% are still available in both cask and bottle, with Black Rock ABV 4.0% making occasional appearances in cask, and is always available in bottle. Santa's Little Helper ABV 4.5% was available during the winter season in cask. Roam (04 July 2022, BLO Andrew Richardson): Roam have continued brewing beers throughout the pandemic, and the Tap Room re-opened when permitted in 2021. They hosted a Jubilee Beer Festival from 1200 on Thursday 2nd until 2100 on Saturday 4th June 2022. Approximately 15 beers were available, plus some collaboration beers brewed with selected other Devon Brewers, including Ivybridge, New Lion, Steel Brew Co, and Firebrand from Cornwall. Roam have also brewed a new beer, Back Bone, ABV 5.1% pale ale. Stannary (05 May 2022, BLO Ian Daniels): The brewery recently won 4 SIBA South West beer awards in their classes. Gold medals for Fathead and Repeat Offender (also best in class). Also, silver medals for Half Pint Mafia and Hare Trigger IPA. Steel Brew Co (04 Jun 2022, BLO Bob Holmes): Two beer engines have recently been installed in their Tap Room where they intend to dispense cask versions of their own core beers. One of the first of these was "Just Ask Phill", ABV 5.0% stout, with good body and a chocolate finish. Summerskills (18 Jan 2022, BLO Ian Dickinson): No recent news. There is nothing further to add re the planning application previously reported for Pilgrimage Brewery. Sam has had the keys for that address for several weeks.

Beer Festival News

The Boringdon Arms, Roam Tap and Walkhamton Inn all held beer festivals over the Queen’s Platinum Jubilee weekend.

The Walkhampton Inn Sausage and Cider Festival 2022 festival will take place over August Bank Holiday, Friday 26th to Monday 29th 2022.

The South Devon CAMRA Sunshine Beer Festival 2022 will take place at Teignmouth RFC from Thursday 21st until Saturday 23rd July 2022.

The Great British Beer Festival 2022 returns to Olympia and runs from Tuesday 2nd until Saturday 6th August 2022.

The charity festival, Abbfest 2022, also makes a welcome return, and runs from Friday 16th until Sunday 18th September 2022.

The Two Bridges Saltash Beer Festival 2022 will take place from Thursday 20th until Sunday 23rd October. There will be up to ten real ales (Live Beer) and eight real ciders, in addition to their usual offerings. This will replace the one usually held in the Minerva Inn, Looe Street.

Plymouth CAMRA would like to wish all new Publicans and Brewers all the very best in their ventures.