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Good Beer Guide 2014 Available for Pre-Order

It's that time of year again! The latest edition of CAMRA's pub guide is now available for pre-order. The guide features over 4500 of the best real ale pubs around the country, and is officially released on September 12th. Each entry is written and reviewed by CAMRA volunteers. The Guide also contains listings for over 1000 real ale breweries.

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).

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!

CAMRA Durham Brings Beer to Bishop Auckland Food Festival

This year's Bishop Auckland Food Festival features a new beer and wine festival, in association with Durham CAMRA. The festival, which runs from Friday the 19th of April to Sunday the 21st of April, will feature 60 beers from across the North East, Cumbria and Yorkshire, along with beer tastings and food-matching talks.

More information can be found on the Bishop Auckland Food Festival page.

Date change for Durham CAMRA AGM

The recent edition of Durham Drinker listed the date of the branch's Annual General Meeting as April 9th. This date has now been changed to April 16th. The venue is still the Ship Inn, Middlestone Village. There will be a bus available from Durham to this event - to book a place, please contact the Social Secretary.

If you know people who are planning on attending and who don't use the website, please could you pass on this information.

Durham CAMRA Seeks Volunteers for New Beer Festival

The First Joint Durham CAMRA and Durham City Rugby Football Club Beer Festival

This March sees Durham CAMRA's first joint spring beer festival, in partnership with Durham Rugby Club. The festival will run from March 7th-10th and will feature 48 ales across the event.

CAMRA Durham to assist New Inn with Beer Festival

This March, CAMRA Durham are helping a pub with a beer festival for the first time. The New Inn in Durham will be holding their festival from March 14th to March 17th, with 13 different beers available. The festival's opening times are 11am until midnight on all four days.

The 1st Joint CAMRA/Rugby Club Spring Beer Festival

This March, Durham CAMRA will be joining forces with Durham Rugby Club to produce the first joint spring beer festival. The festival will take place at the Rugby Club, on Green Lane in Durham City.

The event is expected to feature 48 cask beers over the duration of the festival, with up to 24 on at a time, and 8 ciders. Food will also be available.

The festival will open on Thursday, March the 7th and close on Sunday, March the 10th. The opening hours will be 11am-11pm on Thursday, Friday and Saturday, and 11am-6pm on Sunday.

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