CAMRA's Key Campaigns

What is Real Ale in a Bottle?

Real Ale in a Bottle

CAMRA, the Campaign for Real Ale, supports Real Ale in a Bottle.

 

This is the next best thing, and the bottled equivalent, of the draught real ales you can enjoy at the pub. The beer is unpasteurised and is not artificially carbonated. It is a natural live product which contains yeast for a slow secondary fermentation in the bottle.

  

To check whether a product is a ‘real ale in a bottle’, you can look for the term bottle-conditioned on the label. Another term you might see is ‘conditioned in the bottle’.

 

 

CAMRA, the Campaign for Real Ale, supports Real Ale in a Bottle.

 

This is the next best thing, and the bottled equivalent, of the draught real ales you can enjoy at the pub. The beer is unpasteurised and is not artificially carbonated. It is a natural live product which contains yeast for a slow secondary fermentation in the bottle.

 

This process provides wonderful fresh flavours and a pleasant, natural effervescence. However, not all ale brands are bottled in this manner.

 

To check whether a product is a ‘real ale in a bottle’, you can look for the term bottle-conditioned on the label. Another term you might see is ‘conditioned in the bottle’.

CAMRA, the Campaign for Real Ale, supports Real Ale in a Bottle.

 

This is the next best thing, and the bottled equivalent, of the draught real ales you can enjoy at the pub. The beer is unpasteurised and is not artificially carbonated. It is a natural live product which contains yeast for a slow secondary fermentation in the bottle.

 

This process provides wonderful fresh flavours and a pleasant, natural effervescence. However, not all ale brands are bottled in this manner.

 

To check whether a product is a ‘real ale in a bottle’, you can look for the term bottle-conditioned on the label. Another term you might see is ‘conditioned in the bottle’.

 

                               

 

To remove confusion CAMRA has launched a hallmark ‘CAMRA says this is real ale’ (illustrated above) to clearly identify for you products that are the real thing: natural, living beers. Over the coming months you will start to see this logo appearing on the bottle labels of eligible beers.

CAMRA's Manifesto What are the ten key points?

CAMRA Manifesto - Ten Key Points

CAMRA’s Manifesto

 

  1. A guest beer right. Over one in three of the UK's pubs are owned by two huge pub companies. These two companies rent or lease their pubs to individual tenants and lessees, who pay rent. In almost all cases they are also restricted to buying beer only from the company who owns the pub, often at inflated prices. This dramatically reduces consumer choice. CAMRA wants these tenants and lessees to be given the freedom to stock one "guest beer", which can be purchased and delivered from a brewer of their choice.

 

  1. Responsible drinking. CAMRA supports initiatives that encourage a more responsible approach to drinking.

 

  1. Pubs for all. Multi-roomed pubs have much to offer in terms of traditional pub atmosphere and their loss reduces choice for us all. Such pubs attract a wider range of customers compared to large city-centre drinking warehouses and are less likely to contribute to disorder.

 

  1. An honest pint. When ordering a pint of beer you should be entitled to receive just that, a pint of beer. The reality is that because of loopholes in the law you don’t always receive a full pint and consumers lose over £1 million a day as a result of short beer measures. Legislation is needed to protect consumers from short beer measures.

 

  1. Planning guidance. Community public houses are a valuable public amenity, but are under threat from developers and the growing trend for large city-centre drinking warehouses. CAMRA wants to see national planning guidance in place to require all Local Authorities to introduce policies to retain community public houses.

 

  1. Planning permission. At the moment the law means that a pub can be converted into a shop or restaurant without the need for planning permission. The law must be changed so that any change of use which results in the loss of a pub requires planning permission.

 

  1. Excise duty. The gap between excise duty in the UK and the rest of Europe continues to grow. This is having a damaging effect on Britain’s brewers and pubs, and encourages people to drink at home rather than at the pub. CAMRA is calling for excise duty to be reduced to stem the flood of cheap alcohol crossing the English Channel.

 

  1. Competition. CAMRA is concerned that continued consolidation of ownership will reduce choice, quality and value for money. CAMRA will continue to oppose all takeovers and mergers that are against the interests of beer drinkers and pub goers.

 

  1. Fair deal for public houses. Imposing additional charges on well run urban community pubs to pay for basic services, such as policing, would unfairly threaten the future of smaller urban public houses. Well run urban community pubs should therefore be exempt from additional charges for basic services.

 

  1. Ingredients listing. CAMRA would like brewers to provide more information to consumers about the ingredients in their beers. This is important for those with allergies and will help promote the image of beer as a natural wholesome product.

What is CAMRA's stance on Beer Tax

Cut Beer Tax Now! 

A third of the price of your pint is tax

Pubs are closing

The economic argument

The social argument

What do we want?

What you can do

Write to your local MP and pledge your support. If you don’t know who your MP is, telephone the Commons information service on 0171 219 3000.

 

Why should I Ask if it's Cask?

To find out more about CAMRA's ASk if it's Cask campaign

click on this link

http://www.camra.org.uk/SHWebClass.asp?WCI=ShowCat&CatId=244

What is the PTTG?

The PTTG or Public Transport Task Group exists for 2 main reasons:-

·        Where useful transport services exist, to encourage and assist CAMRA branches in promoting them as a means for discerning drinkers to visit their favourite pubs, and find their favourite beers.  

·        Where useful transport services do not currently exist, to encourage and assist CAMRA branches to campaign for their introduction.

For more information click on the link:-

http://www.camra.org.uk/SHWebClass.asp?WCI=ShowCat&CatId=689

What are CAMRA's Achievements?

Without doubt CAMRA's greatest achievement was the prevention of Real Ale dying out completely. When CAMRA was first founded fizzy, tasteless, pasteurised beer was the overwhelming predominance. Only the most determined of traditional brewers and landlords were holding out against the keg revolution and serving real draught beer. Many of the smaller breweries were struggling to survive and pubs in many areas had nothing to offer but the national keg brands of the big brewers.

What is CAMRA's stance on full pints?

Research carried out by Trading Standards Officers across the country shows that many pubs serve short measures. The results are startling.

For the full story in greater depth click on the link below:-

http://www.camra.org.uk/SHWebClass.ASP?WCI=ShowDoc&DocID=103

Does CAMRA support Special Beer Styles?

For more information about CAMRA's Light and Dark Support Group and special beer styles such as light bitters, stouts and porters, mild and old ales then click on the link below:-

http://www.camra.org.uk/SHWebClass.asp?WCI=ShowCat&CatId=293

What about Licensing Reform Success?

To download the file detailing CAMRA's success in Licensing reform click on the link below:-

http://www.camra.org.uk/SHWebClass.ASP?WCI=ShowDoc&DocID=12466

About Real Ale. What is Real Ale?

Real ale is beer which is brewed from traditional ingredients and then is matured by secondary fermentation in the container from which it is dispensed, and is served without the use of extraneous carbon dioxide.

Real ale is also known as 'cask-conditioned beer', 'real cask ale', 'real beer' and 'naturally conditioned beer'.

The term 'real ale' and the above definition were coined by CAMRA.

Real Ale in a Bottle

Real ale comes in bottles too!. It is beer which continues to ferment, mature and condition within the bottle. It contains a visible amount of viable yeast cells together with sufficient fermentable sugars for this to take place.

For more information click on the link below:-

http://www.camra.org.uk/SHWebClass.asp?WCI=ShowCat&CatId=268

What are Breweries at Risk?

For more information about Britain's Independent Brewers and how they are at risk from the big companies then click on the link below:-

http://www.camra.org.uk/SHWebClass.asp?WCI=ShowCat&CatId=221

What about Beer with Food?

CAMRA encourages people to try different beers with different foods for more information on regional menus and the various foods that can be partnered with Real Ale click on the link below:-

http://www.camra.org.uk/SHWebClass.asp?WCI=ShowCat&CatId=473

How do I Lobby my MP online?

To lobby your MP in the Campaign for full pints you can either e-mail him or send him a letter. To find out more click on the link below:-

http://www.camraactionnetwork.org.uk/full_pints/