Welcome to the South Bedfordshire CAMRA Branch Website

If you are new to CAMRA (Campaign for Real Ale) the South Bedfordshire branch on CAMRA's behalf promotes the main aims of CAMRA. The core aims are the promotion of real ale, real cider and perry, and to promote pubs not just as places to drink but to highlight the important role they play at the heart of every community. For more information click on the CAMRA logo in the top right corner of the page for more information about them, what real ale is and for their current key campaigns. To find out more about this branch and if you would like to join us in our many activities please go to the volunteering page for more information.

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Latest News and Updates

19th October You can now sponsor a Barrel at the 34th Luton Beer & Cider Festival in 2017. Simply email the Barrel Sponsorship team for more information.

You can see more information about sponsoring a barrel on the Luton Beer & Cider Festival page here.

London Pub Walk - 2016 - Every year the three Bedfordshire CAMRA branches get together to tour a few great pubs in a different area of London. This year's event is on Saturday 29th October and takes in ten great pubs between Bow and Bethnal Green. If you are interested in joining us, the more the merrier as they say. You can find more information and timgs see here for more information.

6th October The Beer in Beds page has been updated with the Autumn 2016 Newsletter. I have also added a feature making the Beer in Beds Images enlarge slightly when you hover over them on a Desktop PC ensuring you can properley see its first page, this has also been added to the Pre-2012 editions too.

We have been notified by Gynnie at the Red Lion in Leighton BUzzard that they now have a rather specical beer from the Exeter Brewery, called 'Falls Over'. This is a ruby red beer, with malty tones and a red berry finish. At 5% its strength is notable, but a really satisfying pint. We'll be sure to report back once a South Beds Member has had chance to sample the Beer and report back. In the mean time, if you ever have a cracking Pint or Two while your at your local, be sure to note it on Twitter and tag us using '@SBedsCAMRA'.

19th September Sorry for the 'radio silence' recently, its been a busy few weeks here! The Thursday Socials have been added for October here. Also, back by popular demand, the calendar has been moved back to Google Calendar, and is now even more responsive than ever! Apologies to those who have already linked up their own calendar with the old one.

I have also updated the "Other Beer Festivals" Page with all upcoming Beer & Cider Festivals

There are also two Brewery Open Days coming up...

These are on the 24th October. See the respective Brewery Websites for opening times etc

26th August Updated the Thursday Socials page with the September's locations. Unfortunately due to a known issue with the Calendar code, the mini-calendar & large calendar are not currently displaying anything. This is a known issue, and will be resolved as soon as I can!

I have also updated the 'Other Beer Festivals' page with the two upcoming Festivals this weekend (Old Sun in Harlington & Cranfield FC in Bedford), along with the Beer Lists for both Festivals.

31st July On the 18th July, Leighton Buzzard brewery did a tap takeover at the Bree Louise in North London. A few South Beds Members joined Jon and the rest of the Brewery staff at the Bree Louise to sample his beer at this prestigious North London Pub.

From left to right - Rory(Brewery Assistant), Jon(Head Brewer), Ian(Sales)

Other Upates The "Other Beer Festivals" page has been updated with all the latest Beer Festivals from around the South Bedfordshire Region. Click here to see the full list of upcoming Beer Festivals.

12th July As previously reported, Leighton Buzzard Brewing Co will be doing a tap 'takeover' at the Bree Louise on Monday 18th July. Jon will of course be present, and so will the other Brewery staff, including some members of South Beds CAMRA. Jon visited the Bree Louise on Sunday to deliver the 7 Beers that will form part of this takeover.

We will of course post images on here of the 'takeover'.

The Thursday Socials page has been updated with the locations for the Thursday Socials in August, along with the interactive calendar. Some updates have also been made to the 'Other Beer Festivals' page too.

5th July Recently crowned "Bedfordshire County Pub of the Year", The Black Lion in Leighton Buzzard has been featured in a National Newspaper, The Telegraph. The article appeared in The Weekend Supplement inside The Telegraph on Saturday. We have uploaded a link to this article here . Many thanks to a South Beds CAMRA member for sending this through. If you notice any other articles that may be of interest to our readers, please send them through.

4th July The full Cider list has been published for this weeks upcoming Black Lion Cider festival in Leighton Buzzard. You can find the full Cider List here

It was announced only a few days ago that our Award winning Brewery in the South Beds area, Leighton Buzzard Brewing Co. has been selected to showcase its Award Winning beer, Narrow Gauge at the Great British Beer Festival at Olympia in August. Our huge congratulations go to Jon in managing to showcase one of his beers at GBBF. More good news for Leighton Buzzard Brewery, in addition to being showcased at GBBF, Jon has also managed to secure a beer 'takeover' at the Bree Louise in North London. Once again, congratulations to Jon to secure a beer takeover at one of the UK's most prestigious Real Ale pubs. Find out more about the Bree Louise here. We will keep you updated on when Jon's Beer will be on offer.

The latest 'Beer in Beds' has now been uploaded to our 'Beer in Bed(s)' page. Please click here to view the latest Newsletter.

5th June The Other Beer Festivals page has been updated with more upcoming Beer Festivals.

The Other Beer & Cider lists & tasting notes for the Eaton Bray Beer festival have been uploaded here for the Beer List, and click here

On the 31st May, the Black Lion in Leighton Buzzard was presented with the Bedfordshire County Pub of the Year award by CAMRA East Anglia Regional director, Andrea Briers and South Bedfordshire CAMRA Chairman, Roy Chatto. A good afternoon was had by all, and as usual the Black Lion were really welcoming and had a great range of Beer on tap & a Hog Roast too.. Here are some pictures of the presentation taken by South Beds Member Steve Harris.

Black Lion POTY Presentatio May16

15th May Some of you may have caught recent airing of The One Show on BBC One on the 11th May where they celebrate the Great British Pub, including how to save your local Pub. You can watch this again on BBC iPlayer here . It is available for the next 24 days.

Around 10 South Beds Members recently visited 3 Pubs in Heath & Reach on Thursday 12th on a Social visit. The visit saw us visit 3 Pubs in Heath & Reach, including The Heath Inn, The Dukes & The Axe & Compass. The astute amongst you may remember that The Dukes has only just re-opened as a pub after a long stint as various restaraunts. The below picture was taken by the new co-owner, Sarah Smith of us visiting the Pub. You can find out more details on their Facebook Page .

South Beds Members at The Dukes, Heath & Reach

2nd May 2016 The Star in Leighton Buzzard has recently re-opened after a short spell of being closed, this time 'Under new Management'. Rest assured, we will let you know more when we have it.

22nd April 2016 The George in Silsoe has recently launched a community share offer as this pub us currently under threat from re-development. The George has been the heart of Silso since 1613. They have been granted an ACV (Asset of Community Value) on the building, but has launched this community share scheme to raise the £800k to buy the building and save the iconic site at the heart of the historic village. You can find out more about this Community Share scheme here.

17th April 2016 The Lancer in Leighton Buzzard now has new managers, who have recently moved from the Pilgrims Progress in Bedford before it was closed to converted into a Hotel. We wish both new owners well at The Lancer.

The Red Lion in Leighton Buzzard has a few extra beers on tap for St Georges Day, Black Sheep "Monty Pythons Holy Grail", a 4% golden ale and Exeter Brewery "Fraidnot", also 4%.

11th April 2016 The Beer list for the Beer Festival at the Old Farm Inn, Totternhoe has been added to the Other Beer Festivals page, along side a new Beer Festival at the Black Horse in Luton on the 21st to 24th April. The dates & locations for the Thursday Socials in May have also been added to the Thursday Social page.

3rd April 2016 It was unanimously agreed at the Bedfordshire Branch Liason Meeting yesterday, that the Bedfordshire County Pub of the Year for the second year running is the Black Lion in Leighton Buzzard! The Bedfordshire Cider Pub of the Year award went to the Engineers Arms in Henlow also for the second time. Congratulations to both of the Pubs for being awarded this prestigious award, and of course we will keep you all updated when the Presentations will be being held when dates have been agreed with the respective pubs.

Black Lion, Leighton Buzzard

Engineers Arms, Henlow

The Dukes Head in Heath & Reach has now re-opened following a major refurbishment from a Thai Restaraunt after being left derelict for many years. It is serving two Ales on hand pump, both Ales are from Leighton Buzzard Brewery (Borrowers Bitter & Narrow Gauge), and one local Cider on tap from Woughton Orchard in Milton Keynes (Woughton Seven). We will of course report back soon once we've had a chance to visit.

Dukes Head, Heath & Reach
More Pub news is available in our News Archive section. Click here for the Autumn 2015 / Winter 2016 News

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