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Durham CAMRA Gears Up for the 33rd Durham Beer Festival

The annual Durham Beer Festival is fast approaching. This year's festival features 120 beers as well as 30 ciders and, for the first time, a variety of wines.

The festival, held in the now-familiar venue of Durham Student Union on New Elvet, Durham, will be opened at 6pm on Wednesday by Mark Hird of Tavistock Leisure and a representative from the Lindisfarne Gospels Exhibition.

The festival's opening hours are:

Weardale Pub Wins Regional Cider Award

CAMRA Durham is delighted by the news that the 2013 CAMRA North East Regional Cider Pub of The Year title has been won by a Weardale pub.

The Black Lion in Wolsingham won the 2013 CAMRA Durham County Cider Pub of the Year award and was put forward for the regional award, where it faced stiff competition from pubs across North Yorkshire, Cleveland, Tyne and Wear and Northumberland. The pub carries up to eight real ciders at a time, and provides mulled cider in winter.

CAMRA Durham Launches New Regatta Beer Festival

Following on from the Rugby Club Festival and Bishop Auckland Food Festival, CAMRA Durham is proud to announce the first ever Durham Regatta Beer Festival.

A joint effort between Durham CAMRA and the Durham Regatta, the festival will be open from 5pm-11pm on the Friday and Saturday of the Regatta weekend (June 7th and 8th).

CAMRA Launches "Fair Deal For Your Local" Campaign

After the success of the Axe The Tax campaign, CAMRA has launched a new campaign aimed at persuading the Government to reform the tied pubco model.

This model requires tenants to buy their beer from the company who owns the pub, meaning tied pubs can only stock a beer if it's offered by their pub company, and only at prices set by the pub company. Pubco tenants also have no independent adjudicator to settle disputes.

The Government is holding a consultation on its proposals, and CAMRA is calling for:

Bishop Auckland Food Festival: Battle of the Beers Results

CAMRA Durham is pleased to announce the winners of the Battle of the Beers competition at the BAFF Beer and Wine Festival. The winners are:

  1. Insular Art (Sonnet 43)
  2. Drunken Monk (Tyne Bank Brewery)
  3. Illuminate (Durham Brewery)

All three beers are currently available at the festival, which runs until 10pm today. Entry is now free, so don't miss out!

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