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Beer Swap

Simon Miller, a CAMRA member from The High Peak,Tameside and North East Cheshire branch has contacted us to inform us of a beer swap he's organised with Alan from The Yard of Ale brewery (the Surtees, Ferryhill Station) with the Greenfield brewery near his home, http://www.greenfieldbrewery.co.uk He's taking some of Alans beers back to a new micropub in Droylsden, Manchester called the Silly Country. @silly_country (on twitter).

Surtees Arms Yard of Ale beer festival

Wednesday April 19th to Sunday April 23rd.
Please note that the dates in Durham Drinker 124 diary dates are incorrect.
April 19th to 23rd are the correct dates

Pubs and Club of the Year voting

In November members were asked to nominate candidates for pubs and club of the year for the forthcoming year. Listed below are the nominations received in each of the five categories. Now is the time to cast your votes. You are not limited to the establishments listed below, they are suggestions provided by members. Each member can vote in each of the five categories. You must be a paid up member of Durham branch to vote, so please include your membership number for verification. To vote please send an email to pubsgroup@camradurham.org.uk.

Frog & Ferret

Just to confirm the Good News that former Good Beer Guide favourite The Frog & Ferret in Spennymoor has reopened. Five handpumps in use when I called in.

Spennymoor FC and The Salvin Arms

A FOOTBALL club’s plan to reopen a disused pub as a clubhouse and community hub by Christmas has been put back until the New Year.

Spennymoor Town FC wants to take over the Salvin Arms pub, on King Street, which went into liquidation earlier this year, and rename it Moors Bar.

Full story:
http://www.thenorthernecho.co.uk/news/14138135.Spennymoor_Town_FC_s_club...

Latest Pub News from our branch area

The Colliery at High Jobs Hill near Crook has reopened and is now called the Copper Mine with three handpulls, two usually in use.

Durham City's first micropub, the Station House has opened at the foot of Station Bank.

The Woodman Inn, Durham has had a refurbishment and is now a serving light bite menu as well

Rather belatedly we have discovered the Durham Amateur Rowing Clubhouse serves real ale and similarly Masonic Hall in Chester -le-Street, Details being collected for Whatpub.

Marquis of Granby, Framwellgate Moor

Marquis of Granby, Framwellgate Moor - no real ale.

10 December 2015. All 4 Sam Smiths Old Brewery Bitter hand pumps had been removed earlier in the day and replaced with keg Old Brewery Bitter. Landlord said decision made in the spring but only just implemented. Ironically, real ale OBB had improved in quality since new landlord/landlady been in position (after decision to remove hand pumps); they are trying to get hand pumps reinstalled.

WHEATSTOCK Beer & Cider Festival

WHEATSTOCK Beer & Cider Festival and much more! The Wheatsheaf Inn, Durham Road, Chester-le-Street DH3 2AB is holding this (with help from Durham CAMRA) starting Friday evening 22nd May and continuing throughout Saturday and from 1 to 7pm on Sunday. Sunday is WHEATSTOCK day with beer, cider, kids entertainment, barbecue, bouncy castle and 6 hours of live music. For more details check out www.wheatsheafinnpub.co.uk.

Voting now open for 2015 Pubs and Club of the Year

A good number of nominations were received from branch CAMRA members to become Pubs and Club of the Year for 2015. Voting is now open and to encourage participation a draw will take place from all valid votes received for a small prize of bottle conditioned ales. Visit http://www.camradurham.org.uk/awards/2015-pubs-and-club-of-the-year-nominations/ to see how you can vote.

Branch Pubs and Clubs of the Year 2015

It will soon be time for us to choose our Pubs and Clubs of the year for 2015 from our branch area which then go forward to regional Pub and Club of the Year competitions. We have five categories – Town Pub of the Year, Country Pub of the Year, Club of the Year, Town Cider Pub of the Year and Country Cider Pub of the Year.  In 2014 the holders are The  Victoria Inn, Durham, The Ship Inn, Middlestone Village, Durham City Rugby Club, The John Duck, Durham and The Black Lion, Wolsingham respectively.

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