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The February to March 2016 issue of Peterborough and District CAMRA Branch magazine.



    Peterborough & District Branch of the Campaign for Real Ale February / March 2016


    TYDD STEAMLocal brewery celebratesSouth Pole adventure with

    an Antarctic brew!

    BEER IN THE USAPeterborough CAMRA Press

    Officer tastes the best of Californian brewing

    BREWING IN CYPRUSFacinating story on the trials

    and tribulations of setting up a brewery abroad

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  • Editor: Jane

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

    Produced on behalf of CAMRA by:Orchard House Media LtdEventus Business Centre, Sunderland Rd,Market Deeping. Tel: 01778 382758

    Magazine Design & Production: Daniel Speed

    Advertising Sales Manager:Jane 01778 382718

    Distribution:David Reading:Bob Melville - 07941 246693Printed By:Precision Colour Print LtdHaldane, Telford, Shropshire TF7 4QQCirculation: 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 2016, 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 24th March. We must have your stories, news and advertisements by 1st MarchPlease send your stories and other copy tothe editor, Jane Brown.

    Greetings!So here we are one twelfth of2016 gone already. Its beengrey and dreary so far and asyou look around there havebeen lots of gloomy faces.Guess they havent visited theirlocal recently! Reading pub

    news makes me realise that there are many pubs inour branch area that I either havent visitedrecently or indeed not at all. I dont make NewYear resolutions but must try to make the effort toventure forth into the hinterland! I have to get outthe bicycle! Roll on spring!

    For those of our readers visiting Cyprus this yearcheck out the article on page 28, definitely worth avisit. There is also an article on beer in USA, plusthe regular features.

    I was reading in Whats Brewing that CAMRAwomens representative, Lisa Wadlow, has beenextolling the virtues of beer to Womens Institutes,introducing them to beer and food matching.Makes a change from Jam and Jerusalem! What agood idea, always pleased to see new ways of intro-ducing women to beer or should that beintroducing beer to women?

    Did you Try January (see chairmans report) ordid you have a Dry January (bah humbug).

    It would be interesting to know what our readersthink about these types of campaigns. Please let ushave your opinions on these or other topicspertaining to CAMRA related issues and/or arti-cles in Beer Around Ere. Also, if there is anythingyou would like to be included in this newsletter,please get in touch. Your feedback is alwayswelcome, be it positive or negative.


    IN THIS ISSUEWelcome from the editor 3

    Chairmans corner 5

    Pub news 713

    Brewery news 1416

    New Year, new venue 19

    Mysterious goings-on 20-21

    Is craft daft? 22-25

    Diary dates 24

    Beer in the USA 2627

    Micro-brewing in Cyprus 2829

    Branch contacts 30

    Join CAMRA 31

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  • Chairmans corner |5

    So we are now into Dry January (and for manypubs February as well). Whilst not berating theidea of abstaining from having a beer or twoduring the month if overindulgence during thefestive season is the reason, I can only emphasizehow much damage to the pub trade this can cause.Its a fact of life that the first two months of theyear are a bit Spartan in our pubs due to a lack ofcustomers. Abstain campaigns have a benefit forsome charities but, the other side of the coin is itmay encourage a lack of impetus to socialise.Many people actually dont go out at all during thefirst month of the year, whether through lack offunds or to have a dry month. This can onlycause even more hurt to pubs already under-usedby their local community.

    There has been an alternative campaignsuggested by drinks industry journalist JessicaMason, namely, Try January which encourageslicensees to challenge people to try new drinks andfood and make the month more inspiring andexperimental. The campaign aims to challengepeople to try something new or different at theirlocal. The whole Try January campaign could insome way help prevent pubs seeing in the NewYear with low takings, whilst giving somethingback to the community by inspiring customers withtempting options.

    CAMRA is once again calling for a further 1pcut in beer tax. Apart from Finland the UK paysthe highest beer tax rate of the top six brewingcountries in the EU. A cut of 1p can help strug-gling pubs stay open, increase investment inbrewing and pubs, and keep the lid on pub beerprices.

    Over the next few weeks, as usual for this time ofyear, we will be surveying the pubs that have beenchosen by our members to be put forward forinclusion in the 2017 Good Beer Guide. In spite of avery poor response from our branch membershipwe did manage to get a variety of pubs that mayget recommended. These include some new anddifferent entries from previous years. Thanks to allthe members who took the trouble to send in theirvotes.

    Our congratulations go to our new POTY (Pubof the Year), The Woolpack, in the old part ofStanground. Landlady Linda and Pete Goddardwere presented with a Gold Award in August 2015which put them in the running for POTY. The pubis a real olde world building steeped in history, andoriginally built in 1711. From the village morgue tothe local lock up and a small military museum by aformer landlord in the back room, the compactpub is a true community social centre. Normallythree or four hand pumps dispense a variety ofbeers, including a LocAle. The regular being onefrom Tydd Steam brewery. They hold a beerfestival each summer. There is a long garden whichleads down to the river Nene backwater, withmooring for visitors. An ideal spot on a warmsummers day. We shall be making the presentationto Linda and Pete on the 12th of February. Comealong and give your support.

    Thats all folks, for now.

    David MurrayBranch Chairman

    Chairmans Corner

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    The festive decorations have been returned to the loft for the next eleven months. The Whittlesey pubs have had their Christmas 2 with the Straw Bear weekend.

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    VINYL NIGHTBring down your favourite recordsLast Friday of the month

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  • Pub news |7

    Christmas has gone, and all those who turned upfor their one annual visit to their local and found itclosed can now rue the 364 days when they failedto appear. Thanks to all those loyal readers whoclubbed together to present me with the completebox set of the Eurovision Song Contest, includingthe marking (I had previously confided that Iprefer the marking to the music). Nul point!

    ACV UpdateThe current edition of Whats Brewing hasannounced that the number of pubs nominatedfor ACVs has doubled in the past six months,following the launch of a joint CAMRA/govern-ment initiative. After a slow start, this process isslowly gathering momentum in our own branchwith the Walnut Tree in Market Deeping beingthe latest addition, with sixty signatures. Lynn andDaron will be celebrating their seventh anniversaryat the pub with a party and a disco on the sixth ofFeb