Category: Campaign News
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Every May CAMRA branches across the country celebrate 'Mild May', an initiative to celebrate and highlight the beer style Mild, which was recently under threat of extinction due to a drop in popularity.

To help revive the Mild beer style, CAMRA branches encourage local pubs to have at least one Mild on the hand pumps during the month of May.

Mild is a beer style which developed in the late 18th and 19th centuries as drinkers started to demand a slightly sweeter and less aggressively hopped beer than Porter. Early milds were much stronger than modern versions, which tend to fall into the 3% to 3.5% category, though a number of brewers are bringing strength back into style. Mild is usually dark brown in colour, due to the use of well-roasted malts or roasted barley. Look for a rich malty aroma and flavour, with hints of dark fruit, chocolate, coffee and caramel, with a gentle underpinning of hop bitterness.

If your pub is planning to serve a Mild on handpull during May let us know about it by posting details on our Guestbook. (Click on the Guestbook tab or the link below)

Category: GeneralNews
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Forthcoming Beer & Cider Festivals in 2019

Category: Pub News
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Hello everyone.

Currently The Hambletonian in Norton have two cask ales on and we are aiming to move to three if the demand is there by this summer.

This can only happen with visits from CAMRA members. We currently have a great offer on Monday to Thursday TWO pints of Cask for £5 til further notice. They will be different every week. This is also supporting local brewers. At all other times showing your Camra card gets you a discount.

Please feel free to check us out, if you do pop in please hello to Jason or Mark

Category: Campaign News
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Champion Beer of Britain

At the Great British Beer Festival in August Siren Brewery from Berkshire won CAMRA's highest accolade for beer with their Broken Dream Breakfast Stout winning the Gold Award.

The first stage to winning this prestigious award is CAMRA branch members voting for beers within their own region, in our case, North East & Yorkshire. Voting for members opened on 1st September but following some IT issues voting was suspended. The voting portal has now reopened and is open until midnight on 15th November; members can login into the CBoB website using their member login details.

Upon collating the results judging then takes place for the 11 categories for the competition: Milds; Bitter; Best Bitters; Strong Bitters; Golden Ales; Specialiity Beers; Old Ales and Strong Milds; Porters; Stouts; Barley Wines and Strong Old Ales; and Real Ales in a Bottle at various CAMRA run beer festivals across the region. The winners of these competitions then progress forward to the final judging at the Great British Beer Festival at Olympia.

Once they have logged into the website members can then:

  • " Nominate up to five beers, in order of preference, in each of the eleven categories to be put forward for the CBOB competition.

  • " If you want to vote for fewer beers than five that is permitted.

  • " You do not have to nominate all the beers in one go. You can alter your selections anytime up to 15 November.

  • " Not all beers are eligible for CBOB, mainstream beer styles like Bitters, Best Bitters, and Strong Bitters & Golden Ales have to be available for at least 7 months of the year. Other beer styles have to be available for a lesser period depending on the rarity of the beer style.

Please can I urge all members to vote and play an active part in CAMRA's Champion Beer of Britain competition.

There is a dedicated website for members to submit their votes that members should have been notified of via Email from Nick Boley the director responsible for CBOB. Should members not have received this Email please contact Stewart Campbell, Regional CBOB Coordinator at


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CAMRA North East Region Pub of the Year Competition

Pub surveyors required

Cleveland CAMRA Branch area north of the River Tees is part of the North East CAMRA Region together with 4 other CAMRA branches namely Darlington, Durham, Sunderland & South Tyneside and Tyneside & Northumberland. An annual competition takes place between the CAMRA North East regional branches whereby each put forward their branch Pubs’ of the Year as contenders.

Cleveland branch nomination for CAMRA North East Pub of the Year is the GOLDEN SMOG situated in central Stockton-on-Tees

The nominations that will need to be surveyed by Cleveland CAMRA members are listed below.

Over the summer months, CAMRA volunteers from each of the North East CAMRA branches survey and score the nominated pubs NOT in their Branch area.

If a branch fails to survey ALL the nominated pubs (excluding their own) it will result in their own branch’s nomination being disqualified from the competition.

What surveying would entail

This can be carried out independently, not necessarily on the same day and involves scoring the nominations according to the following categories.

  • • Quality of Beer/Cider/Perry
  • • Style, Décor, Furnishing and Cleanliness
  • • Service Welcome and Offering
  • • Community Focus and Atmosphere
  • • Alignment with CAMRA principles
  • • Overall impression

It is important that an individual branch member surveys as many of the nominated pubs listed below so that a fair comparison can be made between the competitors.

If you’re interested in Surveying

Please email for further details which includes a copy of the Judging form, guidance notes setting out the criteria and the weighting applied to each of the categories above

The closing date for the submission of scores is Saturday 13th July, 2019

When will the North East Pub of the Year winner be announced?

At the CAMRA North East Regional meeting on Saturday 31st August, 2019 at Durham Rugby Club, Green Lane, Durham

Then the following timetable will apply

• North East Regional Winner will go forward to Super-regional Round
• Super Regional Winners will go forward to the Final Round. (The details of the finalists are announced in December's What's Brewing).
• Announcement of National Winner will be made in February 2020.

North East CAMRA branch nominations to be surveyed For further information about the nominated pubs, click on the pub name to access the entry on What Pub giving map location and opening times etc

Darlington Branch
Orb 28 Coniscliffe Rd, Darlington DL3 7RG

Durham Branch
Grey Horse (Urban) 115 Sherburn Terrace, Consett DH8 6NE
Three Horseshoes (Rural) Pit House Lane, Leamside, HOUGHTON LE SPRING DH4 6QQ

Sunderland & South Tyneside Branch
Ship Isis 26 Silksworth Row, Sunderland SR1 3QJ

Tyneside & Northumberland Branch
Dog & Rabbit (Urban) 36 Park View, Whitley Bay NE26 2TH
Office (Rural) The Toll House, Castle Square, Morpeth NE61 1YL
Category: People News
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This note is to let everybody know of the sad loss to us all of our great friend Terry McAuliffe who has just passed away.

Terry joined the Cleveland Branch of the Campaign for Real Ale around the year 2008. He subsequently got on the Committee, and he made a great contribution.

The arrangements for Terry’s funeral are as follows...

Friday 26th April Teesside Crematorium - St Bedes Chapel at 2.30 pm

Then afterwards at the George & Dragon, Norton.

Thank you.

Category: GeneralNews
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Find copies of this leaflet in the pubs of Stockon.


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Sheffield's Real Heritage Pubs: Pub Interiors of Historic Interest

This new publication, the first Campaign for Real Ale (CAMRA) book about Heritage Pubs in Sheffield, is available as a free download. Edited by Sheffield and District CAMRA, Pub Heritage Officer, Dave Pickersgill, this ground-breaking document is the first attempt to create a snapshot of the Sheffield Pub Heritage picture. Paul Ainsworth, Chair of the CAMRA National Pub Heritage Group: "Over the past 25 years, CAMRA has developed its national and regional inventories of historic pub interiors.

These highlight the crème de la crème of interiors which have either escaped much alteration for many years or contain features of exceptional interest. We have, though, been aware that below these top tiers can be found a host of interiors which, whilst much changed, still offer a great deal worth seeing. The pioneering work carried out in Sheffield to locate and record these pubs has been an inspiring exercise. It enables compilation of this publication portraying the rich tapestry of Sheffield's pubs from the nationally important to those where what remains, may be fragments, but is nevertheless to be cherished. A bonus, of course, is that many of these pubs sell great real ale.

We hope this guide is the first of many." Included in the 81 pages are over 30,000 words, over 300 images and detailed comment on all the 22 Sheffield pubs listed on the CAMRA Pub Heritage website. Also documented are both local pubs with some historical interest and many fragments of our historical brewery and pub heritage. The book is freely available from the Sheffield CAMRA website. Grateful thanks are given to numerous individuals, the National CAMRA Pub Heritage Group and Sheffield Archives: the latter for providing access to unique historic documentation.
Category: GeneralNews
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Local CAMRA member and previous committee member Dave Wichall has kept a file of old archive documents from the Cleveland branch of CAMRA.

This file has now been digitised and made available here.
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You can use to search for pubs across the UK and then look up opening times, descriptions, facilities and of course details of the real ale and cider on offer. Being an online guide means that extra functions such as additional text for descriptions, photos and live map data are also available.



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