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2015 Beer Festival Venue and Directions
For 2015 our festival has now moved to Knowle and Dorridge Cricket Club, Station Road, Knowle, Solihull B93 8ET
From Birmingham, Olton, Acocks Green & Tyseley: Bus 37 to Solihull, then change to buses S2/S3 (S3 stops near Club; on bus S2, get off at Mill Lane)
From Solihull & Widney Manor - Buses S2/S3 (as above) (NB. Return journeys: S2 only, from Mill Lane)
From/to Lapworth, Hatton, Warwick and Leamington Spa - No public transport alternative to rail available.
From/to Stratford-upon-Avon - Bus X20 to Hockley Heath, then change to bus S3
There may be service restrictions on some buses, for further information on West Midlands bus routes and timetables, please see West Midlands bus services and timetables
Direct services to Dorridge Station from:
Banbury/Leamington Spa/Warwick/W. Parkway/Hatton/Stratford-upon-Avon & Lapworth
Worcester/Kidderminster/Stourbridge/Birmingham Snow Hill & Moor St/Acocks Green/Olton/Solihull & Widney Manor
From/to rail stations not listed above, you may need to change at Birmingham Snow Hill, Moor Street or another station; and some services may be limited and may finish early.
More information at: West Midlands rail services and timetables
For further information please see London Midland rail timetables
NB. The above is only a guide and may be subject to change at short notice. You are strongly advised to check your own travel route and requirements before travelling, especially the last bus and train home!
2015 Beer Festival Approaching!!
New venue! More beers! More dates! The 17th Solihull Beer Festival will be held in a marquee in the grounds of the Knowle and Dorridge Cricket Club. Make a note in your diary: Thursday 1st October, Members Preview from 6 pm to 11 pm (entry limited to CAMRA members and members of the Cricket Club), Friday 2nd and Saturday 3rd October festival open from noon to 11 pm each day.
Warwick Christmas Crawl
Details: Meet on the train which leaves Solihull at 1424 and Dorridge 1430 to arrive at Warwick at 1444. If you have alternative travel arrangements please let me know in advance so I can watch out for you Steve Dyson: h: 01216038994 m: 07964564475 e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org More details will be added to the Events calendar soon
Win a year's worth of beer with our 'Beer Master's Tache' competition
This year's Great British Beer Festival will be hosted by the BEER MASTER, who has used all of his extensive knowledge to select more than 900 of the best beers, ciders and perries from Britain and overseas.
To get you in the mood for this year's Great British Beer Festival, we are giving you the chance to be the Beer Master and win a year's worth of beer.
Red Lion in Knowle named 2014 Solihull Pub of the Year
The Solihull and District branch of Camra recently awarded their 2014 pub of the year and for only the third time since 2002, the award did not go to either the Bulls head in Barston, or the Vaults in Knowle. For the first time since the award was inaugurated, The Red Lion in Knowle was crowned Solihulls best pub. It is no coincidence that back in 2007, The Fieldhouse was voted Solihulls number one pub. The landlord of the Fieldhouse then is the same landlord who currently runs the Red Lion, Richard Norton. Richard continues to put his dedication to real ale to good use, with the pub always having a wide range of well-kept guest beers to support the excellent regular ales. Long gone are the days when real ale drinkers used to avoid this pub for all they were worth. As the Felon & Firkin, Lager sadly ruled but over more recent times, restored to its rightful name, there has been a steady improvement culminating in the much sought after award of Pub of the Year under Richards expert guidance. The Red Lions rise to prominence is not restricted to this one pub. A record number of pubs were nominated this year as standards and variety of real ale available in the borough continues to improve. While The Lion won at a canter, it is a sure sign that Real Ale is going from strength to strength and Richard will have to be on his toes if he is to hold off the competition and repeat his win next year. If you think there is a better pub in the Solihull area, we would love to hear from you. Solihull Camra holds branch meetings on the first working Monday of every month. The next meeting begins at 8.30pm on Monday 7th July at the Wharf, Hockley Heath. All members, non-members and prospective members are most welcome to join us.
The Acres beer festival postponed
The Acres management regrets that due to a family bereavement, the forthcoming beer festival which was due to happen this coming Friday and Saturday ( 2nd and 3rd May ) has been postponed.
It will now be rearranged for a future date to be confirmed, please see this website and the Solihull Drinker magazine for further details.
CAMRA raises a glass to George Osborne as beer duty cut for second year running
CAMRA branches across the country celebrated as Chancellor George Osborne announced a cut in beer duty for the second year running.
Thanks to the incredible efforts of over 6,500 CAMRA members who lobbied their MP ahead of the Budget, consumers have yet again raised a glass to the Chancellor to toast another Budget for British beer drinkers.
Beer supports nearing 1 million jobs and contributes £22 billion to the UK economy, and another cut in beer duty in 2014 will help maintain a healthier pubs sector.
This is an incredible success thanks to another year of fantastic campaigning by CAMRA members on this issue. CAMRA would like to thank local branches for their fantastic campaigning efforts in shifting over 500,000 Budget 2013 success beer mats and posters, and the many thousands of CAMRA members who lobbied their MP and secured the support of 119 MPs.
CAMRA's Chief Executive Mike Benner commented:
"CAMRA is delighted to see the Chancellor implementing an unprecedented second consecutive cut of a penny in beer duty. This is not only about keeping the price of a pint affordable in British pubs but helping an industry which has been in overall decline continue on its long road to recovery."
"CAMRA cares greatly about the future of the Great British pub and it is clear from this Budget announcement that the Government do too."
"Keeping the price of a pint affordable is vital for the long-term health of the pub sector and CAMRA would hope this latest vote of confidence in British pubs will go some way to slowing the rate of closures, by encouraging more people to make use of their local this summer"
New Ember Inns Promotion
Ember Inns are currently running a spring promotion promising an extra 15 cask ales for the season, including the Stonehenge 'Sign of Spring' novelty green ale, get more information via the link below
The Wharf Re-Opening
The Wharf, under the new management of Sam Buckingham, has been closed for refurbishment, it will be re-opening March 14th increasing the range of real ales available with 6 hand-pumps ( previously 4 ) and will also be serving 2 craft ales from behind the bar.
10% off your pint for CAMRA members
One-stop craft beer promotion
If you have a One-Stop shop near you but you don't usually shop there, it might be worth you going in - selected One-Stop's have a small display unit in the alcohol section at the moment featuring 9 Regional Craft Ales @£1.99 each or 2 for £3.50. Both of our nearest have: Wyre Piddle's Piddle in the Hole (3.6%), Holdens Golden Glow (4.4%) and Golden Special Bitter (5.1%), Bewdley Brewery's Worcestershire Way (3.6%) and Worcestershire Sway (5.00%), Backyard Brewery's Blonde (4.1%) and Gold ($.4%), and Sadlers Mud City Stout (6.6%) and Worcester Sorcerer (4.3%). Not a bad selection for a non-off licence!!
Knowle & Dorridge Round Table Festival
25 real ales and 4 ciders! Held at the Royal British Legion in Knowle, Solihull, Friday night is always great fun and the best chance to try all of the beers. Saturday is packed with Six Nations rugby on the big screen, Aston Villa vs Chelsea, Cheese tasting, Indian snacks and open mic plug'n'play sessions on Saturday night. This event is becoming a firm favourite with locals and also attracts revellers from further afield.
Beer & Sausage Festival at The Reservoir
The Reservoir Pub at Earlswood will be holding a Beer and Sausage festival, 7th-9th March 2014, featuring 9 real ales and local specialty sausages from Latchwoods of Earlswood.
Good Beer Guide 2014 Correction for The Shed brewery
Please note that the wrong address has been printed for the Shed Brewery in the 2014 Good Beer Guide: it should read 2232 Stratford Road, Hockley Heath. The incorrect house number shown is nothing to do with the brewery and cannot help with enquiries or deal with visitors to the brewery.
To discuss the purchase of Shed Brewery beers, or arrange a visit, please contact Perry Clarke on 07910 004041, or email him on Perryclarke1961@gmail.com
Latest news from the Woodman's Rest
Some nice looking Winter ales on at the Woodman's Rest. Check out their newsletter via the link below ...
Loyalty Card Scheme at The Reservoir
Fayre & Square are running a loyalty card scheme at The Reservoir and their other pubs
LET'S CALL TIME ON THE GREAT BRITISH PUB SCANDAL
Please consider signing our petition ...
TO: VINCE CABLE MP, SECRETARY OF STATE FOR BUSINESS
We call on the Government to stick to its promise to introduce a Pubs Watchdog to prevent valued pubs from being placed at risk of closure due to unfair practices in the pub sector.
Joins us for a Birmingham city centre pub crawl on Saturday 7th December.
Special edition Porter from Whitworth Brewing Co.
Our new one off Porter made with locally grown hops supplied by Gordon Clarke at the Solihull CAMRA beer festival will be available at The Warwickshire Lad from Saturday 16th. We will then be supplying it to The Forrest, Lady Lane Wharf and Bernies. This Porter has been produced to celebrate Whitworth Brewing Company's 100th commercial Brew.
Beer & Balti Night
Friday 31st January 2014
Membership secretary Dave Mckowen is arranging a beer & balti evening at "The Wild Boar" pub and "The Castle Balti" restaurant
Bonfire night at Tom o' the Wood
Saturday 2nd November, starts 7pm, free entry, featuring -
Live Folk Music
Homemade Mulled Wine
Children and Dog friendly
New promotion on at the Lady Lane Wharf
The 'Beer of The Week' promotion at the Lady Lane Wharf has now finished, but visitors can enjoy instead a reduction on the cask price of all four of the casks in-house to £2.60 per pint. This week's range is a combination of:
Wye Valley HPA
Monterey Californian Pale Ale
Wye Valley Harvest Hop
Whales' Pale Whale.
Next week they will be adding a range of Whitworth beers one by one and Wyre Piddle will be back on tap, so do try to find time to drop in and make the most of the new range and price of the ales on offer.
The Forest Real Ale Festival On Now
The festival starts at 5:00pm on Thursday and finishes Sunday evening and is promising to be a fantastic weekend at The Forest. DJ playing in The Olive Room Friday night 9:30pm to 1:00am, free entry, call for more information: 01564 772120
15 Ales Over 5 Weeks At The Woodmans Rest
If you're a real fan of real ale then The Woodman's Rest, Shirley is the place to enjoy it over the next 5 weeks. Their autumn beer festival showcases 15 of the best British beers, from old favourites to the latest tastes and even better, there's a free pint up for grabs.
Solihull 2013 Beer Festival Is Over Now
The 15th installment of our popular annual festival is taking place on Friday 4th and Saturday 5th October 2013, as usual at the Royal British Legion, Solihull. With over 40 different cask ales, live bands and full-colour commemorative glasses, you won't want to miss it!
Charity Football Match
Annoucing a charity football match in memory of a legendary Solihull football and "Metal" fan Ian Edwards, kick off is at 3pm on 1st September at Shirley Town FC's ground, opposite Whitlocks Green station.
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Online Petition Passes Target
More than 100,000 drinkers have now signed the online petition objecting to George Osborne's decision to keep the duty escalator, which raises the price of beer by 2% above inflation each year. It now must be debated in Parliament, but there is still time to sign and add your weight to the message.
Gallon of Ale Won
Solihull CAMRA's growing membership has passed the 400 mark. Robert Vaughan is the lucky 400th member who recieves a gallon of Real Ale, courtesy of the White Swan in Solihull.
Solihull's Newest - and Smallest - Brewery
For as long as anyone can remember Solihull was a brewery-free zone. Now, with the addition of The Shed Brewery, we're spoilt for choice!
CAMRA Welcomes Minimum Alcohol Pricing
CAMRA supports the Prime Minister's plans to introduce a minimum unit price for alcohol, which could end pubs being undercut by below-cost supermarket alcohol price promotions.
Tax on a Pint Passes Â£1 Mark
The chancellor's 7.5% increase in beer duty increases the total tax on a pint to over Â£1 for the first time. Britain now endures the second highest beer tax in Europe.
Beer Brewed in Solihull
Solihull CAMRA recently joined Steve and Charlotte Whitworth to celebrate the opening of Whitworth Brewery in Shirley.
Drinker Hits Press
The latest issue of the Solihull Drinker, our quarterly newsletter, is out now. Find it in your Solihull local, or download it from here.
2012 Good Beer Guide Launched
The 2012 edition of CAMRA's indespensible Good Beer Guide is published this month, featuring listings for more than 4500 of the best pubs in Britain and the UK's top independent brewers.
Go Out to a Real Fire
If there's one thing better on a cold night, than a warming pint of Winter Ale, it's drinking it in front of a roaring fire. Browse our selection of Solihull pubs with the wonderful combination of Real Ale and a real fire.
Breweries in Our LocAle Area
CAMRA's LocAle scheme encourages pubs to stock local ales. Solihull pubs which always carry beers brewed within 25 miles can join the scheme. With more breweries in the area than ever before, there is an amazing choice.
Ever wondered how a brewery works? Our interactive cutaway brewery shows you step by step.