March 2016

The 2016 Great Grampian Beer Festival

The 30th Aberdeen CAMRA Beer Festival will be held this year between 19th-21st May at the Richard Donald Stand, Pittodrie.

We try to showcase new beer and breweries each year and have over 100 different Real Ales supplied by more than 70 different breweries from all over the UK. We also have a range of ciders and perries and a selection of bottled beers from around the world. This years’ featured brewery is Loch Ness based in Drumnadrochit. The festival charity this year is the Aberdeen Lions Club.

This is the longest contiguously running festival in Scotland and we hope that our 30th will be the best yet. We would love to welcome you to the festival as a visitor or if you can spare some time please volunteer, further details are on our website: Read More...

Branch Pub of the Year: Overall Winner 2016

This year’s Edinburgh & SE Scotland CAMRA Pub of the Year overall winner is....
The Volunteer Arms (Staggs), North High Street, Musselburgh.

Congratulations to Nigel and all the team at Staggs!

CAMRA's Manifesto for the Scottish Parliament elections

CAMRA has been campaigning for over 40 years in Scotland for quality real ale, community pubs and the rights of pub-goers and real ale drinkers.

Scotland has:
  • 5,000 CAMRA members
  • 4,600 pubs
  • 120 breweries, with another 10 in the pipeline
Beer and pubs are close to the hearts of many voters in Scotland. CAMRA is asking election candidates to pledge their support for Scotland's pub-goers and beer drinkers by backing action to support Scotland's pubs and promoting Scottish breweries.

Our key asks for the Parliament are as follows:
  1. To introduce reform for pubs tied to large companies (pubcos) so that licensees have a fair and equitable relationship
  2. To review the impact of the drink driving policy on the pub sector and help support affect pubs
  3. To strengthen planning laws so that planning permission is always required before a pub can be demolished
  4. To make it easier for local people to take over their local pub through community ownership
  5. To retain and extend the current Small Business Bonus Scheme
  6. To work more closely with the Scottish Food and Drinks Industry to promote real ale and to encourage outlets to promote real ale from small brewers