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Magazine of the Peterborough & District Branch of CAMRA, the Campaign for Real Ale. Issue 183, June to July 2015



    Peterborough & District Branch of the Campaign for Real Ale June / July 2015


    DEATH OF A BEERThe sad tale of

    Draught Burton Ale.

    HERON GOES FOR GOLD!The Stanground Community

    pub under threat of demolition,worth its weight in Gold.

    MORE GRAVY PLEASE!Peterborough rail ale trippers

    off to explore Harrowgate and Knaresborough.

    A guide to ACVs p21


  • Editor: Jane

    Published by: Peterborough & DistrictBranch of the Campaign for Real Ale.

    Produced on behalf of CAMRA by:Orchard House Media LtdSuite 30 Eventus, Sunderland Rd,Market Deeping. Tel: 01778 382758

    Magazine Design & Production: Daniel Speed

    Advertising Sales Manager:Jane 01778 382718


    Proof Reading:Bob Melville - 07941 246693

    Printed By:Precision Colour Print LtdHaldane, Telford, Shropshire TF7 4QQ

    Circulation: 7,000 copies distributed topubs, clubs and members throughout thePeterborough and District CAMRABranch area. A digital version of thismagazine is available to view and download at

    Editors ramblings |3

    Beer Around Ere is publishedby the Peterborough & DistrictBranch of CAMRA Copyright 2015, The Campaign forReal Ale Ltd.

    Views or comments expressedin this publication may not necessarily bethose of the Editor or of CAMRA.

    The next issue of Beer Around Ere will beavailable on the 28th July. We must have your stories, news and advertisements by 3rd July. Please sendyour stories and other copy to the editor,Jane Brown.

    By the time this is being readthe election will be history andthe fun will have started!Just hope we have a govern-ment that is pubs and drinkfriendly! Well can but hope!

    April was community pubsmonth and one of the pubs we visited on ourCommunity Pubs Crawl, was The Heron, in Stan-ground, so I was saddening to hear that once againThe Heron is under threat! Planning permission isbeing sought to demolish the pub and to erect ninedwellings. The current landlord and landlady, Roband Meri Hyde, have turned this pub around andit has become the hub of the community, sellingreal ales, most of which are LocAles, and goodfood, plus, holding quizzes and live music sessions.

    In fact providing what the community requires, atrue Community Pub. An ACV (Asset of Commu-nity Value) is being raised, with the council, sohopefully this will be added protection for the pub.For more info on ACVs, see page 21. A petitionhas also been instigated on Facebook and as I writethis there are just under 600 signatures. Fingerscrossed that the powers that be do the right thingand enable the pub to continue trading.

    April was a very good month for local beer festi-vals and for once the weather was kind. Therewere lots of LocAles on sale, which is always goodto see. More to look forward too over the summer,so get out there and enjoy!


    IN THIS ISSUEWelcome from the editor 3

    Chairmans corner 5

    Pub news 711

    Real ale pub guide 13

    Brewery news 1417

    Death of a beer 18

    Presentations 19

    Assets of community value 21

    Membership matters 23

    More gravy please! 24-27

    Gig guide 28

    P51 ready for take off! 28

    Diary dates & Beer festivals 29

    Contacts 30

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  • Chairmans corner |5

    Within this issue we have a tale of great sorrow. I refer to the article about the Death of a Beer,which tells the short history of the rise and fall ofone of our great real ales, Draught Burton Ale(DBA) see page 18. It illustrates how, when a goodpopular product gets in the hands of one of themajor brewers, life expectancy can be diminishedrapidly. With news that another of our regionalbrewers, Daniel Thwaites of Blackburn has beensold to Marstons for a cash deal of 25 million,the question arises as to the future of some of thelesser brews. Included in the deal are two of theflagship ales, Wainwright and Lancaster Bomber.Marstons has been brewing most of Thwaitesbeers since early last year and will continue tocontract brew some of the Thwaites beers it didnot buy. In 2013 Thwaites announced the closureof its 200 year old main brewery. Plans to movehave not happened due to a doomed deal to redevelop the site. They still have a micro brewingplant installed in 2011, however this could bemoved to a new site. Marstons do have a rela-tively good history of respecting brewing heritagewhen they have previously acquired beer brands orbreweries, for example, Wychwood and Jennings.We shall be keeping a close eye on the plans for theThwaites brands they have just acquired!

    Of course this is not a new scenario to ourbrewing industry. Over the years we have seen thedecimation and disappearance of much of ourbrewing heritage by takeovers and developmentdeals. Remember the days of the Whitbreadumbrella deals, in which one of the worstdestroyers of regional breweries persuaded thevulnerable regionals to come under their protec-tion. Then just like a rogue cuckoo in the nest,

    took steps to shut them down as being unviable.The UKs biggest brewer Heineken has almost nocask ale brewing facilities, the exception being theCaledonian Brewery in Edinburgh. It has eithersold its cask ales to other brewers; Charles Wellsbrew most of the ex-Scottish & Newcastle beerssuch as Courage, McEwans and Youngers sold tothem by Heineken. The list goes on; Carlsberg,Molson Coors, AB InBev are all global brewinggiants with very little or no interest in our brewingheritage. Three major regional groups dominatethe real ale production on a national level. GreeneKing, Charles Wells and the aforementionedMarstons. It is just as well that we have an ever-growing independent micro brewing sector to keepour enthusiasm for real ale.

    As the summer days draw longer and our pubscontinue to entice us through their doors, its a factthat there are very few weekends that some localpub has not organised a beer festival. If you findone, go along to support them! To the publicans Isay let us know of your plans, if you intend to holda beer festival we can only support you if we areaware of it!

    We have made an effort to encourage ourmembers from out of the city to come along to ourBranch/Committee meetings by holding some atour other towns. Starting in May we held ourmeeting in Oundle at The Ship. We hope to go outand about more during the course of the year. Anymember is entitled to attend any of our meetings.

    See you in a pub this summer. Cheers.

    David Murray Branch Chairman

    Chairmans Corner

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    No more footie on a Saturday, no more having to listen to electioneeringpromises and hoping that whichever bunch of politicos are now sittingcomfortable in their cosy Westminster seats, we can rely on them tohave some thought for our pubs and drinks industry.

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  • Pub news |7

    Why is it that when I travel to outlying towns inthe branch I find something which is missing fromthe City, a visible centre around which the culturaland social life of the town revolves? Is it any coin-cidence that these places have the best preservedpubs and the best pub crawls: Market Deeping,Bourne, Oundle, Stamford, Wisbech, and March?This is clearly not the case in Peterborough, and Iam continually reminded by older residents of thedemise of several city centre pubs by the arrival ofQueensgate. Call me old fashioned if you like, butI would much rather shop in a traditional highstreet with several stopping off places to relieve theennui than be trapped in 1,750,000 square feet offloor space without a pub in sight. Like it or not,the domination of the town by this monument tothe retail gods hardly makes it a place that youwould recommend to visitors for a pub crawl.

    Around townSurrounding this philistine destruction there are,thankfully, some compensations and visitors justarriving in the city get the best deal. Just across theroad from the station is the Great NorthernHotel, one of Peterboroughs unrecognised treas-ures. The hotel opened on April 1, 1852 at a costof 2,500 and has an illustrious history. It wasdesigned by architect Henry Goddard in the styleof a Venetian palazzo, the hallmark the GreatNorthern Railway frontages at the time (comparethe Kings Cross frontage and the sister hotel inLeeds). Children are welcome in the sumptuouslounge along