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LOCAL NEWS - CIDER PUB OF THE YEAR 2018 - HAIR OF THE DOG MINSTER - Added 23/10/18 0815

We visited the Hair of the Dog in Minster on Friday evening (22/10) to present Gary and Julie with their certificate for being named CIDER PUB OF THE YEAR 2018.

The pub was packed to the rafters and I think you will agree Julie looks absolutely chuffed to bits  - CLICK HERE to see the video 

A great little community pub well worth a visit.


LOCAL NEWS - LATEST EDITION OF ALE OF THANET NOW AVAILABLE TO READ ONLINE - Added 25/09/18 0752

The latest Ale of Thanet magazine is now at the printers but if you can't wait to see what's inside this edition you can read it online - CLICK HERE - the volunteer distributors will be getting the physical copies out to the 70 plus outlets as soon as possible. If you want to help distribute the magazine, initial drop and any subsequent top ups as required we would love to hear from you. Contact Nick on 07545 285658 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. with your preferred delivery area.


 

LOCAL NEWS - MINUTES FOR SEPTEMBER MEETING ADDED TO WEBSITE - Added 25/09/18 0731

The minutes are now available for perusal - CLICK HERE


LOCAL NEWS - AGENDA FOR SEPTEMBER MEETING ADDED TO WEBSITE - Added 10/09/18 0756

The agenda is now available for perusal - CLICK HERE


LOCAL NEWS - MINUTES FOR JULY MEETING ADDED TO WEBSITE - Added 10/09/18 0756

The redacted version of the minutes are now available for perusal - CLICK HERE


NATIONAL NEWS - added 28/08/18 - CHAMPION BEER OF BRITAIN PROCESS BEGINS AGAIN

Strange as it seems the process for selecting the Champion Beer of Britain (CBOB) started a couple of month ago when the eligible beers were identified and now it is down to all members to vote for their favourite beers. All current CAMRA members are eligible to be involved.

The overall winners for all 11 categories (GOLDEN ALES, SPECIALITY BEERS, MILDS, BITTERS, BEST BITTERS, STRONG BITTERS, BARLEY WINES/STRONG OLD ALES, OLD ALES/STRONG MILDS, PORTERS, STOUTS & REAL ALE IN A BOTTLE) will be announced during the prestigeous CAMRA events, the Great British Beer Festival Winter, Great British Beer Festival and the BBC Good Food Show Winter.

At this stage all CAMRA members are called upon to select their favourite local tipples, the process is very simple, so if you want a say click here to go to the website where you can review the selections available to vote on based on your CAMRA branch.

If you want a say you gotta vote...!!

 

SCREEN SHOT OF HOW TO ENTER YOUR VOTE

 


LOCAL NEWS - SOCIAL "ANY EXCUSE FOR A BEER" HELD 19/08/18 NAUTICALES - Added 28/08/18 1557

Thanks go once again to Micky and Jim for hosting our gathering and generously discounting each pint by 50p.

NauticAles own Maiden Voyage went down very well. Look forward to joining you agin very soon - Sunday 16th December to be exact from 1pm to kick start the Christmas countdown. All welcome to join.


NATIONAL NEWS - CHAMPION BEER OF BRITAIN IS ANNOUNCED - Added 08/08/18 1312

The Champion Beer of Britain competition results were announced during the Tuesday session of the Great British Beer Festival held at Olympia, London.

The overall winner was Siren Brewery - Broken Dream Breakfast Stout, a stout with a deep and complex blend of chocolate, coffee and a touch of smoke.

For full details of the other champions click here


LOCAL NEWS - BRIEF SUMMARY OF BRANCH MEETING HELD 26/07/18 MONTEFIORE ARMS - Added 01/08/18 0824

A well attended meeting , here are the bullet points:-

  • Finance - a smaller surplus than previous years for the beer festival BUT a surplus which will be returned to CAMRA HO as per protocols
  • Membership - Local membership at 572 (slightly down on previous meeting) - National at 192501 (slightly up)
  • Social Media - Instagram at 141 followers - Twitter at 484 followers - Facebook at 481 followers - Website front page at 109,949 hits
  • Social Secretary - many events planned and already happened - see https://tockify.com/thanetcamra/pinboard for full list
  • Pub Update - Bell Inn, Minster Reopened - London Tavern, Margate Freehold up for sale, Neptunes Hall Broadstairs seeking new tenants - Swan, Westgate-on-Sea Freehold up for sale - others discussed but not substantiated (LT/NH/S all showing on businessesforsale.com as of 01/08)
  • Brewery Update - Ramsgate Brewery No.5 wins award, launches No.11 - Margate Brewery no date yet - Isla Vale business as usual - Northdown Brewery now brewing and supplying He Bru & Pale Ale Mary - Wantsum business as usual with added beer festival, events planned - By The Mile concentrating on day job at moment - Four Candles business as usual - NauticAles business as usual
  • Pub of the Year/Cider Pub of the Year/Good Beer Guide - All nominations received discussed and final lists determined - larger number of volunteer judges - judging to take place with submissions by late Jan/early Feb latest

LOCAL NEWS - SOCIAL EVENT TO HERNE & HERNE BAY REARRANGED - Added 01/08/18 0821

Now happening on Saturday 27th October see https://tockify.com/thanetcamra/pinboard for full details including who is leading the tour.


LOCAL NEWS - SOCIAL EVENT TO HERNE & HERNE BAY POSTPONED - Added 30/07/18 0718

Due to unforseen circumstances the social event planned for Saturday 4th August has been postponed until a date late October/early Novemeber - please check back here for the new date.


LOCAL NEWS - AGENDA FOR MAY MEETING ADDED TO WEBSITE - Added 26/07/18 1320

The agenda is now available for perusal - CLICK HERE


LOCAL NEWS - MINUTES FOR MAY MEETING ADDED TO WEBSITE - Added 20/07/18 1704

The redacted version of the minutes are now available for perusal - CLICK HERE


LOCAL NEWS - LATEST EDITION OF ALE OF THANET NOW ON LINE - Added 03/07/18 0921

CLICK HERE to download the PDF version 2nd Quarter 2018

CLICK HERE to view the ISSUU version 2nd Quarter 2018


 

LOCAL NEWS - CHANGE OF ROUTE ON NEXT THANET CAMRA SOCIAL 21/07/18 - Added 18/06/18 1357

Meeting at midday we will now start off at Laughing Barrel Micropub before going onto 19th Hole, White Swan, Yard of Ale and Four Candles. For further details click here


LOCAL NEWS - THANET CAMRA BRANCH PUB OF THE YEAR 2019 & GOOD BEER GUIDE - HOW TO NOMINATE - Added 13/06/18 1124

We are now taking nominations for the Thanet Branch Pub of the Year (PotY) 2019.  Nominations can be made via the typeform link https://thanetcamra.typeform.com/to/Ip5gBK.

You may also nominate by emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or using the form in the Ale of Thanet.

Our Terms and Conditions:

To nominate a pub for PotY you must be a member of the Thanet CAMRA Branch, when nominating online you must include your membership number, found on your Membership card, which also states which Branch you belong to.

Only one nomination per member per category will be allowed.  Nominations can be made as above.  If you are emailing a nomination it must contain your name, membership number and nominations.  Closing date for nominations is the 25th July, for short listing at a Branch Meeting on 26th July 2018.  Information provided for nominations will be destroyed once short listing is complete.

Members are invited to nominate their favourite traditional pub, favourite micropub and or favourite Cider Pub – you do not have to vote for all three of these.  These nominations will identify the pubs we will take forward to judging.

If you would like to be involved in the judging of the short list please supply your contact details via the same methods as nominations and attend our next Branch Meeting (or contact me direct), please note that licensees and those with a financial interest in a pub are not permitted to judge.

We will have a Traditional Pub of the Year and a Micro-Pub of the Year, only one of these will go forward as our Branch Pub of the Year.

Our Cider Pub of the Year will go forward as our Branch Cider Pub of the Year.

Our Good Beer Guide entries will be selected from those nominees eligible and scoring highest in our Pub of the Year judging.

As Branch Chair, I would like to make it clear that while I compile the results, I do not get involved in the judging process.  We have a set of criteria to judge against, our judges should remain ‘silent’ in the role that they are undertaking.  Judges who discuss their judging role outside of the committee will have their scores discounted.

Intimidation of any member of Thanet CAMRA regarding this – or any other matter – will not be tolerated.  Action will be taken against ANYBODY who initiates any form of intimidation, including via social media and messaging services.  Any comments or queries regarding the competition should be raised at a committee meeting.

Jo Walbank – Branch Chair


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