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New research: Majority of pub-goers feel safe in hospitality venues (19/11/2020)
CAMRA, the Campaign for Real Ale, has called on governments to adapt the tier systems to let all pubs trade in December, after new YouGov research finds that the majority of pub-goers believe that pubs and other hospitality venues offer a COVID-secure environment.
https://camra.org.uk/press_release/new-research-majority-of-pub-goers-feel-safe-in-hospitality-venues/

Scottish pubs on a ‘knife edge’ as even more restrictions are announced (18/11/2020)
Responding to the announcement that 11 council areas will move into Tier 4 restrictions from Friday, please find the attached comment from CAMRA Scotland’s Director Joe Crawford.
https://camra.org.uk/press_release/scottish-pubs-on-a-knife-edge-as-even-more-restrictions-are-announced/

NI’s pubs on a knife edge with many at risk of permanent closure: CAMRA (20/11/2020)
Responding to the Executive's decision to impose a further two-week closure of pubs from November 27th until December 11th, please find the attached comment from Chair of CAMRA NI Ruth Sloan.
https://camra.org.uk/press_release/nis-pubs-on-a-knife-edge-with-many-at-risk-of-permanent-closure-camra/


Roger Protz celebrates Britain’s Family Brewers with a series of virtual tastings (6/11/2020)
Renowned author and beer expert Roger Protz is leading a series of virtual beer tastings featuring beers from his book, The Family Brewers of Britain.
https://camra.org.uk/press_release/roger-protz-celebrates-britains-family-brewers-with-a-series-of-virtual-tastings/

CAMRA app helping pubs trade through lockdown generates £100k for the industry (11/11/2020)
Beer lovers have been supporting their local pubs and breweries by ordering over £100K worth of beer, cider and perry using CAMRA’s beer delivery app Brew2You.
https://camra.org.uk/press_release/camra-app-helping-pubs-trade-through-lockdown-generates-100k-for-the-industry/

Just a few days left to get your nomination in for CAMRA’s Pub Saving Award! (13/11/2020)
There are just a few days left to nominate a community group for CAMRA’s prestigious Pub Saving Award, which recognises local campaigning efforts to save beloved pubs.
https://camra.org.uk/press_release/just-a-few-days-left-to-get-your-nomination-in-for-camras-pub-saving-award/

Change law to guarantee all publicans a decent living, Scottish Government urged (11/11/2020)
The Scottish Parliament’s Economy, Energy and Fair Work Committee has today published its report into legislation proposed by Labour MSP Neil Bibby to govern the relationship between tied pub tenants and pub-owning businesses.
https://camra.org.uk/press_release/change-law-to-guarantee-all-publicans-a-decent-living-scottish-government-urged/

Scapegoated pubs need funding deal to survive winter: CAMRA NI (13/11/2020)
Responding to last night’s announcement by the Executive that pubs will remain closed until 27th November, please find the below comment from Ruth Sloan, Chair of the Campaign for Real Ale in Northern Ireland.
https://camra.org.uk/press_release/scapegoated-pubs-need-funding-deal-to-survive-winter-camra-ni/


Discover cider’s rich history with the Ciderologist Gabe Cook (6/11/2020)
CAMRA has worked with the ciderologist Gabe Cook to bring members an exclusive new article all about cider’s rich history in Britain as part of its Learn & Discover platform.
https://camra.org.uk/press_release/discover-ciders-rich-history-with-the-ciderologist-gabe-cook/

CAMRA slams proposed ban on takeaway beer sales for pubs and brewers (2/11/2020)
Responding to the proposed ban on takeaway beer sales for pubs and brewers, please find the attached comment from CAMRA National Chairman Nik Antona:
https://camra.org.uk/press_release/camra-slams-proposed-ban-on-takeaway-beer-sales-for-pubs-and-brewers/

CAMRA comments on the release of the Pubs Code Review (3/11/2020)
Responding to the release of the Pubs Code Review, please find the attached comment from CAMRA National Chairman Nik Antona:
https://camra.org.uk/press_release/camra-comments-on-the-release-of-the-pubs-code-review/

CAMRA welcomes the decision to allow beer and cider takeaway sales during lockdown (3/11/2020)
Responding to the decision to allow beer and cider takeaway sales during lockdown, please find the attached comment from CAMRA National Chairman Nik Antona:
https://camra.org.uk/press_release/camra-welcomes-the-decision-to-allow-beer-and-cider-takeaway-sales-during-lockdown/

Furlough support is a lifeline – but pubs need greater support to avoid thousands of permanent closures (6/11/2020)
Responding to the announcement that the furlough scheme will be extended until March 2021, please find the attached comment from CAMRA National Chairman Nik Antona:
https://camra.org.uk/press_release/furlough-support-is-a-lifeline-but-pubs-need-greater-support-to-avoid-thousands-of-permanent-closures/


Iconic Good Beer Guide issues stark COVID-19 warning, as brewery numbers decline for the first time in nearly two decades (29/10/2020)
The 48th edition of the Campaign for Real Ale’s iconic Good Beer Guide 2021 hits bookshelves tomorrow, warning Brits of the devastating impact of COVID-19 on Britain’s pub culture and highlighting the first decline in the number of independent UK breweries in over a decade.
https://camra.org.uk/press_release/iconic-good-beer-guide-issues-stark-covid-19-warning-as-brewery-numbers-decline-for-the-first-time-in-nearly-two-decades-%e2%80%af/

CAMRA praises pubs in England offering free children’s meals this week (27/10/2020)
The Campaign for Real Ale has praised the community spirit of publicans across England this week for offering free meals to local children during half term.
https://camra.org.uk/press_release/camra-praises-pubs-in-england-offering-free-childrens-meals-this-week/


Cider producer Simon Gibson wins top award for lockdown excellence (20/10/2020)
Simon Gibson has been recognised by the Campaign for Real Ale’s Pomona Award for creating interactive mixed cider boxes during the lockdown restrictions and complementary private tasting sessions to help people across the country not only learn about cider and perry production but actually try their hand at blending the product.
https://camra.org.uk/press_release/cider-producer-simon-gibson-wins-top-award-for-lockdown-excellence/

Discover cider and food pairing with CAMRA (21/10/2020)
CAMRA has published its latest video guide teaching viewers the secrets behind pairing cider with food, put together by drinks educator Alison Taffs.
https://camra.org.uk/press_release/discover-cider-and-food-pairing-with-camra/

Make or break moment for Welsh pubs as we know them (19/10/2020)
Responding to the announcement that pubs across Wales will be forced to close for two weeks from Friday 23 October, please find the below comment from CAMRA Director for Wales Chris Charters.
https://camra.org.uk/press_release/make-or-break-moment-for-welsh-pubs-as-we-know-them/

Tier 3 announcement is sink or swim moment for Greater Manchester’s pubs – CAMRA (20/10/2020)
Commenting on the expected decision to apply Tier 3 restrictions to Greater Manchester, please find the attached comment from CAMRA Chief Executive Tom Stainer.
https://camra.org.uk/press_release/tier-3-announcement-is-sink-or-swim-moment-for-greater-manchesters-pubs-camra/

Without proper support South Yorkshire pubs risk closing for good - CAMRA (21/10/2020)
Responding to Tier 3 restrictions being placed on South Yorkshire from Saturday, please find the attached comment from CAMRA Chief Executive Tom Stainer.
https://camra.org.uk/press_release/without-proper-support-south-yorkshire-pubs-risk-closing-for-good-camra/

Extra week of closures and new tiered restrictions could be end of Scotland’s pubs as we know them - CAMRA (21/10/2020)
Responding to the First Minister’s announcement for further restrictions for pubs, please find the attached comment from CAMRA’s Director for Scotland Joe Crawford.
https://camra.org.uk/press_release/extra-week-of-closures-and-new-tiered-restrictions-could-be-end-of-scotlands-pubs-as-we-know-them-camra/

CAMRA responds to Chancellor’s announcement on extra financial support for pubs (22/10/2020)
Responding to the Chancellor’s announcement of grants and changes to the Job Support Scheme, please find the attached comment from CAMRA Chief Executive Tom Stainer.
https://camra.org.uk/press_release/camra-responds-to-chancellors-announcement-on-extra-financial-support-for-pubs/


‘Local Fox Cider’ wins top award for making a difference (16/10/2020)
The first winner of CAMRA’s Pomona Award is announced – Elisabeth Pelger, developer of the social enterprise Local Fox Cider – a project that combines cider production with food waste reduction and volunteer upskilling to create a fine product that benefits the local community.
https://camra.org.uk/press_release/local-fox-cider-wins-top-award-for-making-a-difference/

Discover cider making with Ciderologist Gabe Cook (15/10/2020)
CAMRA has launched its latest instalment on ‘How Cider is Made’ with the help of the Ciderologist Gabe Cook for its Learn & Discover platform.
https://camra.org.uk/press_release/discover-cider-making-with-ciderologist-gabe-cook/

CAMRA crowdfunds for new title: Modern British Cider by Gabe Cook (13/10/2020)
The Campaign for Real Ale has launched a Kickstarter initiative to crowdfund for the new title – a first for CAMRA Books.
https://camra.org.uk/press_release/camra-crowdfunds-for-new-title-modern-british-cider-by-gabe-cook/

CAMRA members make the most of Cider Month (13/10/2020)
CAMRA members are gearing up for Cider Month, which runs throughout the month of October to coincide with the harvest season. To mark the occasion, CAMRA will be supporting a new cider initiative to help people learn more about cider and perry.
https://camra.org.uk/press_release/camra-members-make-the-most-of-cider-month/

Heineken fine shows urgent need to give Scotland’s publicans protections in law (15/10/2020)
The decision by the Pubs Code Adjudicator for England Wales to fine Edinburgh-based Heineken UK’s pub arm, Star Pubs and Bars, £2 million for serious and repeated breaches of the Pubs Code should be a wake–up call for the Scottish Government.
https://camra.org.uk/press_release/heineken-fine-shows-urgent-need-to-give-scotlands-publicans-protections-in-law/

Pubs and brewers must get financial help to survive Tier 2 “danger zone” (15/10/2020)
Responding to the decision to apply Tier 2 restrictions to London, Barrow-in-Furness, Chesterfield, Elmbridge, Erewash, Essex, North East Derbyshire, Sheffield and York from this weekend, please find the attached comment from CAMRA National Chairman Nik Antona:
https://camra.org.uk/press_release/pubs-and-brewers-must-get-financial-help-to-survive-tier-2-danger-zone/

CAMRA comments on PCA fines for Star Pubs and Bars (15/10/2020)
Responding to the announcement that Heineken UK’s pub arm, Star Pubs and Bars, has been fined £2m after being found to have seriously and repeatedly breached the Pubs Code, please find the attached comment from CAMRA National Chairman Nik Antona:
https://camra.org.uk/press_release/camra-comments-on-pca-fines-for-star-pubs-and-bars/

Make or break moment for pubs as we know them: CAMRA NI (15/10/2020)
Responding to the announcement that pubs across Northern Ireland will be forced to close except for takeaway and delivery services from Friday, please fine the attached comment from Chair of CAMRA NI Ruth Sloan:
https://camra.org.uk/press_release/make-or-break-moment-for-pubs-as-we-know-them-camra-ni/

Scapegoated pubs will need funding deal to survive PM’s announcement (13/10/2020)
Responding to the Prime Minister’s announcement of a three-tier local lockdown for England, please find the attached comment from CAMRA Chief Executive Tom Stainer:
https://camra.org.uk/press_release/scapegoated-pubs-will-need-funding-deal-to-survive-pms-announcement/


Learn about the renaissance of cider with CAMRA and Gabe Cook (7/10/2020)
CAMRA has launched a new video guide on its Learn & Discover platform detailing the ‘renaissance of cider’ that is changing the face of the industry.
https://camra.org.uk/press_release/learn-about-the-renaissance-of-cider-with-camra-and-gabe-cook/

CAMRA responds to First Minister’s announcement on further restrictions for Scotland’s pubs (7/10/2020)
Responding to the First Minister’s announcement for further restrictions for pubs, please find the attached comment from CAMRA’s Director for Scotland Joe Crawford.
https://camra.org.uk/press_release/camra-responds-to-first-ministers-announcement-on-further-restrictions-for-scotlands-pubs/

North West Hospitality grants welcome but not enough to stop permanent pub closures: CAMRA NI (7/10/2020)
Responding to the Finance Minister’s announcement of grants for businesses affected by local lockdown restrictions in the Derry City and Strabane Council area, please find the attached comment from Chairperson of CAMRA NI (Campaign for Real Ale) Ruth Sloan.
https://camra.org.uk/press_release/north-west-hospitality-grants-welcome-but-not-enough-to-stop-permanent-pub-closures-camra-ni/


Get to grips with beer tasting with beer sommelier Jane Peyton (30/09/2020)
CAMRA has launched a new video guide on its Learn & Discover platform helping its members get to grips with beer tasting.
https://camra.org.uk/press_release/get-to-grips-with-beer-tasting-with-beer-sommelier-jane-peyton/

CAMRA releases a new season of the popular podcast Pubs. Pints. People. (2/10/2020)
The Campaign for Real Ale has released a second season of the popular podcast Pubs. Pints. People. which is available to download on Apple Podcast and Spotify.
https://camra.org.uk/press_release/camra-releases-a-new-season-of-the-popular-podcast-pubs-pints-people/

Under current trading restrictions many pubs, clubs and breweries will not last until Christmas, CAMRA warns (30/09/2020)
The Government must publish the evidence behind its decision to impose a curfew on pub opening and offer a new financial support package for affected businesses – or risk many pubs, clubs and breweries closing for good.
https://camra.org.uk/press_release/under-current-trading-restrictions-many-pubs-clubs-and-breweries-will-not-last-until-christmas-camra-warns/

CAMRA responds to Matt Hancock's statement regarding the 10pm curfew for pubs and hospitality (1/10/2020)
Responding to the statement to the House of Commons by the Health Secretary Matt Hancock, please find the below comment from Chief Executive of CAMRA Tom Stainer.
https://camra.org.uk/press_release/camra-responds-to-matt-hancocks-statement-regarding-the-10pm-curfew-for-pubs-and-hospitality/

Derry and Strabane pubs need financial help to survive local lockdown closures – CAMRA NI (2/10/2020)
Commenting on the decision to limit pubs in the Derry and Strabane Council area to takeaways, delivery and outdoor dining only, please find the below comment from Chairperson of CAMRA NI Ruth Sloan.
https://camra.org.uk/press_release/derry-and-strabane-pubs-need-financial-help-to-survive-local-lockdown-closures-camra%e2%80%afni/

Changes to the tax system could give pubs a fighting chance against cheap supermarket booze, says CAMRA (2/10/2020)
The launch of a public consultation by HMRC and the Treasury on how best to change the system of taxation on alcohol in the UK is the ideal opportunity for the Government to take bold action to protect pubs from closure, according to CAMRA.
https://camra.org.uk/press_release/changes-to-the-tax-system-could-give-pubs-a-fighting-chance-against-cheap-supermarket-booze-says-camra/


Pub-goers urged to choose cask to celebrate Cask Ale Week (21/09/2020)
CAMRA is calling on pub-goers to choose cask–conditioned ale during Cask Ale Week, taking place from Thursday 24 September to Sunday 4 October. https://camra.org.uk/press_release/pub-goers-urged-to-choose-cask-to-celebrate-cask-ale-week/

Cheers for Stockport Beer Week 2020! (21/09/2020)
Normally at this time of year, CAMRA Stockport and South Manchester would be putting the final touches to a series of events in Stockport Town Centre to celebrate National Cask Ale Week.
https://camra.org.uk/press_release/cheers-for-stockport-beer-week-2020/

CAMRA responds to the Government’s 10pm curfew on pubs and restaurants (22/09/2020)
In response to the Government announcement that pubs and restaurants will be forced to close at 10pm from Thursday onwards, please find the attached comment from CAMRA National Chairman Nik Antona.
https://camra.org.uk/press_release/camra-responds-to-the-governments-10pm-curfew-on-pubs-and-restaurants/

CAMRA responds to the Prime Minister’s new pub restrictions (22/09/2020)
In response to the announcement from the Prime Minister that new restrictions on pubs may be in place for the next six months, please find the attached comment from CAMRA Chief Executive Tom Stainer.
https://camra.org.uk/press_release/camra-responds-to-the-prime-ministers-new-pub-restrictions/

CAMRA responds to the Scottish Government’s new pub restrictions (23/09/2020)
In response to the announcement that pubs will be under curfew from Friday, please find the attached comment from CAMRA’s Director for Scotland, Joe Crawford.
https://camra.org.uk/press_release/camra-responds-to-the-scottish-governments-new-pub-restrictions/

CAMRA response to the Chancellor’s Winter Economy Plan (24/09/2020)
In response to today’s announcement from the Chancellor of a new economy plan and Job Support Scheme, please find below a comment from CAMRA’s National Chairman Nik Antona.
https://camra.org.uk/press_release/camra-response-to-the-chancellors-winter-economy-plan/


North East’s pubs will need financial help to survive local restrictions (17/09/2020)
Commenting on the decision to close pubs at 10pm as well as the imposition of restrictions on going to the pub with anyone outside your own household in County Durham, Tyne & Wear and Northumberland, please find the attached comment from National Chairman of CAMRA Nik Antona.
https://camra.org.uk/press_release/north-easts-pubs-will-need-financial-help-to-survive-local-restrictions/


Discover 300 years of brewing tradition with new Roger Protz title: The Family Brewers of Britain (09/09/2020)
Award-winning beer writer Roger Protz charts 300 years of British brewing through the fascinating and sometimes fractious histories of the families still running them in his latest title, The Family Brewers of Britain.
https://camra.org.uk/press_release/discover-300-years-of-brewing-tradition-with-new-roger-protz-title-the-family-brewers-of-britain/

Family brewers are historic gems (09/09/2020)
While most modern craft breweries are often found on industrial estates or under railway arches, many of Britain’s family brewers have buildings of historic interest and even great beauty. In his new book, The Family Brewers of Britain, Roger Protz singles out two that are Grade II-listed.
https://camra.org.uk/press_release/family-brewers-are-historic-gems/

CAMRA urges Bolton to utilise Brew2You app to tap into the beer market (11/09/2020)
The Campaign for Real Ale is encouraging pubs, clubs, brewers and cider producers based in Bolton to tap into the Brew2You app and website to help generate takeaway and delivery drink sales during the local lockdown.
https://camra.org.uk/press_release/camra-urges-bolton-to-utilise-brew2you-app-to-tap-into-the-beer-market/

Bolton pubs need financial help to survive local lockdown closures – CAMRA (08/09/2020)
Commenting on the Government’s decision to close pubs in Bolton as part of local lockdown measures, please find the attached comment from CAMRA’s National Chairman Nik Antona.
https://camra.org.uk/press_release/bolton-pubs-need-financial-help-to-survive-local-lockdown-closures/


CAMRA asks the Government to rethink tax changes for small brewers (24/08/2020)
CAMRA, the Campaign for Real Ale, has urged the Government to change their plans to increase the amount of tax that small brewers across the UK will have to pay.
https://camra.org.uk/press_release/camra-asks-the-government-to-rethink-tax-changes-for-small-brewers/

Just five days left to grab your tickets to the virtual Great British Beer Festival (24/08/2020)
Tickets to the virtual Great British Beer Festival will only be on sale for another five days, closing on 28 August to allow organisers time to fulfil beer orders before the festival.
https://camra.org.uk/press_release/just-five-days-left-to-grab-your-tickets-to-the-virtual-great-british-beer-festival/


Join the CAMRA podcast team at the virtual Great British Beer Festival (21/08/2020)
The hosts of the CAMRA podcast Pubs. Pints. People. will be joining the virtual Great British Beer Festival, taking place from 11-13 September.
https://camra.org.uk/press_release/join-the-camra-podcast-team-at-the-virtual-great-british-beer-festival/

Carlsberg-Marston’s merger must not damage British beers, brands and breweries (19/08/2020)
Responding to the decision by the Competition and Markets Authority to launch a Phase 1 investigation into the proposed joint venture beer company between Carlsberg and Marston’s please find below comment from Tom Stainer, CAMRA Chief Executive.
https://camra.org.uk/press_release/carlsberg-marstons-merger-must-not-damage-british-beers-brands-and-breweries/


After a near sell-out CAMRA releases more tickets for the virtual Great British Beer Festival (12/08/2020)
After a near sell out, more tickets are now on sale for the virtual Great British Beer Festival, taking place from 11-13 September and organised by the Campaign for Real Ale.
https://camra.org.uk/press_release/after-a-near-sell-out-camra-releases-more-tickets-for-the-virtual-great-british-beer-festival/


Tom Kerridge urges Brits to ‘stay supportive’ of the Great British pub (03/08/2020)
Michelin-starred chef Tom Kerridge has thrown his support behind the Great British pub, penning the foreword for CAMRA’s Good Beer Guide 2021, which is set to be released on 29 October 2020.
https://camra.org.uk/press_release/tom-kerridge-urges-brits-to-stay-supportive-of-the-great-british-pub/

Learn how to make beer and cider at CAMRA (04/08/2020)
CAMRA has launched new tutorials on its Learn & Discover platform, which includes the first instalment in a series on the creation of cider, and the second in a four-part audio series on the key ingredients of beer.
https://camra.org.uk/press_release/learn-how-to-make-beer-and-cider-at-camra/

PM urged to cut the price of a pint to boost pub jobs, as footfall declines (05/08/2020)
The Campaign for Real Ale is calling on the Prime Minister to cut tax on pints served in pubs to boost jobs and spending, following a recent survey which has found that 42% of people are visiting the pub less often than they did before lockdown.
https://camra.org.uk/press_release/pm-urged-to-cut-the-price-of-a-pint-to-boost-pub-jobs-as-footfall-declines/

The Great British Beer Festival goes virtual (06/08/2020)
The Great British Beer Festival, which usually takes place this week at Olympia in London, is making its virtual debut from 11-13 September 2020.
https://camra.org.uk/press_release/the-great-british-beer-festival-goes-virtual/

CAMRA comments on possible pub closures in Scotland due to Aberdeen outbreak (04/08/2020)
Following the news that the First Minister of Scotland has said she would consider closing pubs again following a recent outbreak in Aberdeen (https://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-53637070), please find below comment from Sarah Crawford, CAMRA National Director.
https://camra.org.uk/press_release/camra-comments-on-possible-pub-closures-in-scotland-due-to-aberdeen-outbreak/

Support package essential to save pubs and jobs – CAMRA NI (06/08/2020)
Commenting on the Executive’s decision to delay the opening of pubs that don’t serve food, please find the attached comment from Chair of consumer group CAMRA Northern Ireland Ruth Sloan.
https://camra.org.uk/press_release/support-package-essential-to-save-pubs-and-jobs-camra-ni/


Discover the history of IPAs and expand your beer terminology at CAMRA (27/07/2020)
CAMRA has released an article on the history of IPA, developed by award-winning writer Pete Brown, and the third edition of a ‘beer drinker’s dictionary’ on its new Learn & Discover platform, to help members further their beer knowledge.
https://camra.org.uk/press_release/discover-the-history-of-ipas-and-expand-your-beer-terminology-at-camra/

Cut tax on beer sold in pubs – CAMRA (21/07/2020)
Responding to the Government’s announcements on an alcohol duty review and a review of the Business Rates system in England, please find the below comment from National Chairman of CAMRA Nik Antona.
https://camra.org.uk/press_release/cut-tax-on-beer-sold-in-pubs-camra/

Cut tax on beer sold in pubs, not supermarkets – CAMRA NI (21/07/2020)
Responding to the UK Government’s announcement that they are reviewing alcohol taxation “to support the alcoholic drinks and pubs sector in the longer term”, please find the below comment from Chair of CAMRA NI Ruth Sloan.
https://camra.org.uk/press_release/cut-tax-on-beer-sold-in-pubs-not-supermarkets-camra-ni/

Cut tax on draught beer to save pubs – CAMRA Scotland (21/07/2020)
Responding to the UK Government’s announcement that they are reviewing alcohol taxation “to support the alcoholic drinks and pubs sector in the longer term”, please find the below comment from CAMRA’s Director for Scotland Sarah Crawford.
https://camra.org.uk/press_release/cut-tax-on-draught-beer-to-save-pubs-camra/

CAMRA responds to Small Brewers Relief changes (22/07/2020)
Responding to the Government’s proposed changes to Small Brewers Relief, please find the below comment from National Chairman of CAMRA Nik Antona.
https://camra.org.uk/press_release/camra-responds-to-small-brewers-relief-changes/