North Devon

Campaign for Real Ale

Campaign for Real Ale

Brewery of the Year 2019 - the process is in the final phase

Have your say – branch Brewery of the Year Award 2019

We would like to invite you, as a member of North Devon CamRa to vote for out Brewer of the Year 2019, a panel of Pubs officers, Brewery liaison officers and committee members have shortlisted the 7 nominated breweries to 4, a short precis of each is listed alphabetically below to help you to decide where to place your vote.

Once you have decided, please email Chris Wells, branch secretary by email to ku.gro.armac.novedhtron@yraterces, please quote your membership number as it is one person, one vote.

Your vote can be placed by email up until 9am on Saturday 9th November 2019 or in person at the branch meeting on that day which will take place at the Windsor Arms in Bradiford EX31 4AD from 1230pm.

• Clearwater Brewery of Bideford A long established local brewery, currently celebrating its 21st anniversary. Family owned, Clearwater uses only natural ingredients, producing the full range of 6 core ales plus a variety of seasonal favourites such as Dark Knight and Honey Beer - always a best seller at the North Devon Real Ale festival! Clearwater is one of the few local breweries with its own tap - The Champ at Appledore - promoting live music. Active supporters of local charities - this year helping restore the steamship Freshwater with sales of their Freshwater Steam Ale.

• GT Ales of Chivenor GT offer a standard range of 5 styles of high quality ales, plus ‘# numbered’ specials in limited editions (highly sort after one-offs). They supply a full range to Southwest pubs (many GBG listed), four Wetherspoons plus hotels, restaurants, clubs and cafes in N Devon. Supplying 8 local festivals including Rosemoor, plus beers to GBBF and Exeter - Winners / Highly Commended at many. GT provide support for Pop-Up pubs and food / special sale events, plus hold open brewery evenings. Local landlords report very high quality and service standards. CAMRA member and keen supporter.

• Holsworthy Ales of Clawton Dave has won numerous CamRA awards for his ales. His beers have regularly been selected for The Great British Beer Festival. The range of regular ales; the variety of new ales tempting drinkers; Dave’s personal service to licensees and individual customers and his constant support of his local community and CamRA are well rewarded with attendance at his monthly open brewery nights. Dave is a one-man-band yet, in this competitive age, his brewery has grown and gone from strength to strength. He maintains the highest of standards in brewing unfined ales.

• Taw Valley Brewery of North Tawton One of the newer breweries in the N Devon area is going from strength to strength, with short batch specialty ales brewed: Bread Board Bitter, Blackcurrant Porter and a special rum and seaweed infused Kennards ale for The Plume of Feathers Okehampton. Support is given to local village fetes providing a specially brewed ale and helping to run their beer festival. A North Tawton “Nanny Knight” event is held annually at the brewery. Four regular ales as listed in the GBG.

The winner will be announced during the branch meeting on Saturday 9th November to be held at the Windsor Arms, Bradiford from 12.30 onwards.