CAMRA NI AGM 2017

The 2017 CAMRA Northern Ireland branch annual general meeting will take place on Saturday 25th March in the Oak Lounge of the Errigle Inn (312-320 Ormeau Rd, Belfast BT7 2GE). The meeting will start at 1 pm sharp.

If you are interested in standing for a committee post please contact the Chair via chaircontact@camrani.org.uk

UPCOMING BEER FESTIVALS

HILDEN BEER AND MUSIC FESTIVAL 25th August to 27th August 2017 at Hilden Brewery, Hilden House, Grand Street, Hilden, Lisburn, Co. Antrim. BT27 4TY.

ANTRIM BEER CIDER AND FOOD FESTIVAL 16th April 2017 at Muckamore Cricket and Lawn Tennis Club. Technology Park, Belfast Rd, Muckamore Antrim BT41 1QS.

WETHERSPOON SPRING REAL ALE FESTIVAL 22 March to 2nd April 2017 at participating Wetherspoon pubs.

ALLTECH CRAFT BREWS AND FOOD FAIR February 23 – February 25, 2017. The Convention Centre Spencer Dock, North Wall Quay, 1 Dublin, Ireland.

CASK ALES AND STRANGE BREWS 26th January to 28th January 2017 at Franciscan Well Brewery and Brewpub, North Mall, Cork City.

2016 BEER FESTIVALS

SIPPY CRAFT BEER FESTIVAL – 25th – 26th November 2016 – The Guildhall
(Some Real ale, and key keg)

17th BELFAST BEER FESTIVAL – 17th – 19th November 2016 – Ulster Hall
(Mainly cask real ale, some key keg)

SLIEVE DONARD BEER, CIDER, SPIRIT and CHEESE FESTIVAL – 29th October 2016 – Slieve Donard Hotel Newcastle Co. Down.

BANGOR ARTISAN BEER FESTIVAL – 16th October 2016 – Clandeboye Courtyard

REAL ALE FESTIVAL – 12th – 23rd October 2016 – Wetherspoon pubs.
(Real ale)

PORTRUSH BEER AND FOOD FESTIVAL – Town Hall: 30th September – 1st October.
(Expecting some cask ale)

IRISH FESTIVAL OF CRAFT BEER – RDS, Dublin: 8th – 10th September.
(Usually several cask ales)

HILLSBOROUGH INTERNATIONAL OYSTER FESTIVAL – 30th August – 3rd September
(Cask ale bar at the Hillside).

ABV FESTIVAL – Carlisle Memorial Church, Belfast: 2nd – 3rd September.
(Key Keg)

BEER AND CIDER FESTIVAL – 28th August – North Down Cricket Club.
(Castle Lane,Comber,County Down. BT23 5EB )

HILDEN BEER FESTIVAL – Hilden Brewery: 26th – 28th August.
(Mainly cask ale)

DIRTY DUCK BEER FESTIVAL – Dirty Duck Alehouse, Holywood: 17th – 21st August.
(All cask ale)

HORATIO TODD’S NI CRAFT BEER AND CIDER FESTIVAL – 20th August.
Horatio Todd’s car park 12 – 8 pm. (Not expecting cask ale)

HILLSIDE BEER FESTIVAL – Hillside, Hillsborough: 5th – 7th August.
(Cask ale bar)

WETHERSPOON CRAFT CIDER FESTIVAL – Wetherspoon pubs: 8th – 24th July.

OLIVER HUGHES R.I.P

Its is with great sadness that we learned of the death of Oliver Hughes at the weekend.

Oliver was a pioneer of the independent beer scene who founded the Porterhouse pub chain. We had some of their ales at our early festivals and we visited the brewery when it was in the Porterhouse in Parliament Street.

Oliver was only in his mid fifties, clearly someone who has gone too soon.

Belfast Craft Beer Festival 21 – 23 April 2016

The Irish Craft Beer festival comes north for the first time. For CAMRA members there were 11 hand pulled ales on:

Brehon: Ulster Black,
Farmageddon: Porter,
Hilden: Molly’s Chocolate Stout, and Nut Brown,
Whitewater; Bees Endeavor,
Carlow; O’Hara’s Irish Red,
Lacada: Utopian Stout, Choc Oranj Amber, and Giants Organ IPA,
Hillstown: Goats Butt Wheat.
Mourne Mountain Red Trail.

Plus many interesting beers from our craft beer friends – website here:
Belfast Craft Beer Festival