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  Hop Press Crossword - Correction!
Hop Press Crossword (June 2010) - unfortunately a printing disaster has led to the printed crossword being incorrect. You can download the correct crossword from here. And if you downloaded before noon on 29th May the length of the 'U' clue should be changed to 6.
Posted by Alex Presland on 29/05/2010
 

  Brunel Southampton Sight Sees Festival Drinkers' Charity
£900 was raised at Southampton Beer Festival 2010 for Southampton Sight. The cheque was presented to Tom McInulty and his guide dog Brunel at the Wellington Arms.
Posted by Pete Horn on 29/07/2010
 

  Hilary Jazuk Friends Celebrate Hilary Jazuk
Hilary Jazuk sadly passed away on 10th August 2010. She spent many years as a highly active member in the Southern Hampshire branch of CAMRA, including being our Chairman and Social Secretary, until being struck down by a stroke. She was still active in branch activities (especially brewery trips) for a long time after this.
A significant number of people were present at a service to remember Hilary at Southampton Crematorium on Monday 23rd August, and afterwards at the Guide Dog. Bowman Ales generously donated some casks of Swift One, which was sold as "Hilary's Half" with proceeds going to charity. The money made from this and other donations in the Guide Dog raised over £400 for Wessex Cancer Trust. Further donations can be made through J Lawrence Undertakers.
Posted by Alex Presland on 06/09/2010
 

  Hop Press - October 2010 published.
Over 3000 copies of our branch magazine are being delivered to our local pubs, but you can read it now, on-line here.
Posted by Pete Horn on 02/10/2010
 

  Hampshire Beer of the Year 2010 Results Announced
Hampshire Beer of the Year 2010 was again judged at the Hampshire Octoberfest. Every single Hampshire-brewed cask beer was blind tasted on Friday evening, with the final being held on Saturday 2nd October. The final results were:
  1. Bowman Ales, Elderado
  2. Oakleaf, Hole Hearted
  3. (joint 3rd place) Andwell, Ruddy Darter; and Irving, Invincible
Other beers in the final were: Bowman, Wallops Wood; Crondall, Best; Crondall, Sober as a Judge; and Ringwood, Old Thumper.
Posted by Alex Presland on 03/10/2010
 

  Woolston Beer Festival 8th & 9th October
The first Woolston Beer Festival was a huge success with all tickets sold out in advance. Over 2000 pints of beer and 150 pints of cider were consumed, leaving just 5 beers and one cider left at the end. Our 412 customers also raised £365.91 for our charity 'Hearing Dogs for the Deaf' – a tremendous achievement. Beer of the Festival was Downton Quadhop.
Posted by Pete Horn on 13/10/2010
 

  Save the Forest Heath Hotel Campaign
A change of use planning application went in on 4th October and there is only a short time to lodge objections to this. A public meeting will be held in Sway Village Hall at 7.30pm on Wednesday 27th October. See our campaign page for details.
Posted by Pete Horn on 23/10/2010
 

  Jez of 146 Cider accepting his first CAMRA award 146 Cider Presented First Award
Earlier this year at Southampton Beer Festival, customers voted the "Howat Dry Cider" from Southampton's cider producer 146 Cider as the best cider of the festival. The Hop Inn, Bitterne Park hosted the presentation which had to be postponed a number of times - the last of which when it snowed heavily a week before.
We hope that this will be the first of many awards for 146 Cider. The apples used in the production of the cider are grown locally, near Hedge End, making Howat Dry Cider a truly local product.
The award was presented by Rob Whatley, organiser of Southampton Beer Festival 2010.
Posted by Alex Presland on 19/12/2010
 

  Pub of the year vote
This year we are running our Pub of the Year voting online to enable as many members as possible to participate.
Posted by Rob Bennett on 19/01/2011
 

  Southampton Beer Festival 2011
Initial details of this year's Southampton Beer Festival are now available.
Posted by Alex Presland on 01/03/2011
 

  SIBA is Proud of British Beer
SIBA, the Society of Independent Brewers, has launched a video showing that it is Proud of British Beer. Twitter users can follow the thread #proudofbeer.
Posted by Alex Presland on 14/03/2011
 

  Pub of the Year 2011
Following over two months of online voting and voting in person at our February and March branch meetings, we are pleased to announce that our Pub of the Year 2011 is the Wheatsheaf Inn, Shedfield. Please see the pub of the year page for more information.
Posted by Alex Presland on 28/03/2011
 

  Southampton Beer Festival 2011 - Postal tickets OPEN!
We are now OPEN for Postal Ticket sales for Southampton Beer Festival 2011. Early ticket requests received through the post will be processed by late April (when tickets will be available in outlets). The Southampton Beer Festival webpage has been updated with more ticket information.
Posted by Alex Presland on 02/04/2011
 

  Hop Press 70 Hop Press - May 2011 published
Over 3000 copies of our branch magazine are being delivered to our local pubs, but you can read it now, on-line here.
Posted by Pete Horn on 12/05/2011
 

  Southampton Beer Festival 2011 charity presentation to the Jubilee Sailing Trust Jubilee Sailing Trust Presented with Southampton Beer Festival donations
The generous customers of Southampton Beer Festival donated nearly £1000 to the Jubilee Sailing Trust. Rob Whatley (Festival Organiser) and other CAMRA volunteers presented a cheque to the Jubilee Sailing Trust on 23rd June.
Posted by Alex Presland on 13/07/2011
 

  Hop Press 71 Hop Press - October 2011 published
The latest issue of Hop Press has been published, with over 3000 copies on their way out to pubs. You can read it on-line here.
Posted by Alex Presland on 25/10/2011
 

  pub of the year logo Pub of the year vote
This year we are again running our Pub of the Year voting online to enable as many members as possible to participate.
UPDATE: The 2012 winner is the Guide Dog, Earls Road, Southampton. See our Awards Page for this and the previous winners.
Posted by Alex Presland on 13/03/2012
 

  New Southampton Beer Festival website launches
After many years of including the Southampton Beer Festival site on these pages, we've decided that it deserves its own website. The new site launches today at http://www.southamptonbeerfestival.org.uk/. We hope by doing this that the information will be more clearly presented for our customers, rather than a single (long!) page on this site.
Posted by Alex Presland on 10/04/2012
 

  Hop Press 72 Hop Press - May 2012 is out
Over 3000 copies of our branch magazine are being delivered to our local pubs, but you can read it now, on-line here.
Posted by Pete Horn on 09/05/2012
 

  SS Shieldhall receives a cheque from Southampton Beer Festival The SS Shieldhall presented with Southampton Beer Festival donation
The generous customers of Southampton Beer Festival donated nearly £900 to the SS Shieldhall, the largest remaining working steamship in Britian, which is based in Southampton Docks. Rob Whatley (Festival Organiser) and other CAMRA volunteers presented a cheque in the shipís bridge on 4th August 2012. The SS Shieldhall is a heritage ship which runs excursions, during which the seafarers can sample a wide range of bottled real ales in the well-stocked bar.
Posted by Pete Horn on 04/08/2012
 

  Presentation to Flowerpots Brewery - David Mackie and Catherine Bate Flowerpots Brewery presented awards
Southern Hampshire CAMRA paid a visit to the Flowerpots Inn and Brewery to present Brewer Catherine Bate with two certificates. One for winning Beer of the Festival at the Woolston Beer Festival, and another for winning the Bitter category of the London and South East round of the Champion Beer of Britain competition. The winning beer, Flowerpots Bitter, went on to scoop joint bronze in the national competition at the Great British Beer Festival.
Posted by Graeme Hilton on 18/08/2012
 

  woolston beer festival banner Woolston 2012 Tickets on sale
Tickets for Woolston Beer Festival 2012 went onsale today. Get them quickly as they have sold out rapidly in previous years.
There is a correction due on the newsletter which incorrectly says the Waterloo Arms is selling tickets, whilst missing the Guide Dog. We do apologise - for correct and up to date information please see the Woolston Beer Festival website.
Posted by Rob Bennett on 05/09/2012
 

  Platform Tavern landlord Stewart Cross receives a 2013 Good Beer Guide 2013 GBG Launched at the Platform Tavern
Thursday 13th September saw the official launch of the 2013 Good Beer Guide. To promote the Guide, members of the Southern Hampshire Branch went to the Platform Tavern and presented landlord Stewart Cross with a complimentary copy of the Guide. As well as sampling Dancing Man (the pubís microbrewery) Cloud Cuckoo, the new wheat beer, customers had the opportunity to buy the new guide at a bargain introductory price.
Posted by Pete Horn on 14/09/2012
 

  The Grand Reopening of the Junction Inn Junction Inn Re-opens
The much anticipated reopening of the Junction Inn happened on the 7th September. Following the fire the bar has been refurbished, but keeping all the features that make this the Junction Inn. The beer range has been supplemented by up to five local ales. We wish Dawn and Martin continued success.
Posted by Graeme Hilton on 18/09/2012
 

  Hop Press 73 Hop Press published - October 2012 edition
Over 3000 copies of our branch magazine are being delivered to our local pubs, but you can read it now, online here.
Posted by Alex Presland on 03/11/2012
 

  Woolston Festival Charity Presentation
On behalf of everyone who donated to the Jubilee Sailing Trust at the Woolston Beer Festival in October, we have presented £332 in the conservatory of the Waterloo Arms.
Posted by Rob Bennett on 17/12/2012
 

  Good Beer Guide 2014 Survey Data Submissions now online
To continue our significant efforts in collating our pub data into a branch pub database, we've developed a system for our Good Beer Guide 2014 survey results to be submitted and edited online (password required). Our pub database is already used to publish our data to CAMRA's national pub guide Whatpub.com (currently in beta testing for CAMRA members only). If you have any photos of our pubs past or present which you're willing to share, please upload them here.
Posted by Alex Presland on 14/01/2013
 

  Membership Newsletter
Our latest Membership Newsletter is now online for both members and non-members to read. Non-members can Join CAMRA online to help support our campaigning and support of pubs, real ale breweries and real cider makers.
Posted by Alex Presland on 11/03/2013
 

  A view of the Black Horse, West Tytherley Pub of the Year 2013
This year's Pub of the Year is the Black Horse of West Tytherley! Congratulations to them for being voted the best pub in the Southern Hampshire region.
A presentation will be made to Nick and Elaine on the 11th of May. See the diary page for more details.
Posted by Graeme Hilton on 15/03/2013
 

  Hampshire Beer of the Year nominations

This year's Hampshire Beer of the Year competition will be judged at Southampton Beer Festival in June. The beers that will be judged include those voted the best at Octoberfest, Gosport and Winchester festivals, & those nominated by local CAMRA members.

If you are a CAMRA member in Hampshire go to www.wessexcamra.org.uk/branches/hboty to select your nominations.
Nominations close at 8pm on 14th May 2013.


Posted by Pete Horn on 29/04/2013
 

  Hop Press 74 May 2013 Hop Press is out
 
Over 3000 copies of our branch magazine are being delivered to our local pubs, but you can read it now, on-line here.
 
Posted by Pete Horn on 05/05/2013
 

  Hampshire Beer of the Year Results
 
This year's Hampshire Beer of the Year competition was judged at Southampton Beer Festival on June 8th.
 
The results are:
  1. Goodens Gold, Flowerpots Brewery, Cheriton
  2. Hole Hearted, Oakleaf Brewery, Gosport
  3. Lamplight Porter, Longdog Brewery, Basingstoke

Posted by Pete Horn on 09/06/2013
 

  Southampton Beer Festival
 
Over 3400 people visited Southampton Beer Festival from Thursday 6th June to Saturday 8th June.
After sampling a range of 99 real ales and 20 real ciders & perries they voted for their favourites. The results were:
 
Beer of the Festival
 
Beers up to and including 4.5% abv
 
1st   Blackcurrant Mild, Itchen Valley Brewery
2nd  Belgarum, Itchen Valley Brewery
3rd   Elderado, Bowman Ales
 
Beers over 4.5% abv
 
1st    Black Forest Porter, Vibrant Forest Brewery
2nd   IPA, Flowerpots Brewery
3rd= Bohemian Rhapsody, Kelham Island Brewery
3rd= Formosa, Flowerpots Brewery
 
The overall winner was Black Forest Porter
 
Perry of the Festival
Oliver's Ocle Pychard, Herefordshire
 
Cider of the Festival
Wobbly Monk, Springfield Cider, Monmouthshire
 
 
Posted by Pete Horn on 10/06/2013
 

  Recent Awards

Joe Glover Trust presentationSouthampton Beer Beer Festival Charity Award  
 
This year's charity at Southampton Beer Festival was the Joe Glover Trust, which helps give financial, respite and other help to families with children suffering from cancer. £817.30 was raised by donations from the customers of this year's Southampton Beer Festival, and Victoria Stevens, Executive Officer of The Joe Glover Trust (right) receives the cheque from Festival Organisor Rob Whatley and other members of the beer festival team.
 
 
Winchester Beer of the Festival presentationWinchester Beer Festival Beer of the Festival  
 
The customers of Winchester Beer & Cider Festival voted Alfred Brewery's Saxon Bronze as Beer of the Festival. We paid a visit to the tiny Alfred's Brewery on June 14th and beer festival organiser David Mackie (right) presented the award to owner & brewer Steve Haigh. Steve is hard at work now expanding the brewing capabilities of the brewery so he can brew more beers.
 
 
Branch Pub ot the Year presentationPub of the Year  
 
The Black Horse, West Tytherley is Southern Hampshire CAMRA's Pub of the Year 2013. On Saturday 11th May, Branch Chairman Drew Dyer (left) presented the certificate to Nick (right) & Elaine (centre). Our congratulations are due to Nick & Elaine for running what many regard as the perfect village pub.
 

Posted by Pete Horn on 03/07/2013
 

  Hop Press 75 October 2013 Hop Press is out
 
Over 3000 copies of our branch magazine are being delivered to our local pubs, but you can read it now, on-line here.
 
Posted by Pete Horn on 27/10/2013
 

  pub of the year logo Pub of the Year 2014
This year we are again running our Pub of the Year voting online to enable as many members as possible to participate.
Vote for your favourite pub. You can change your vote any time before 10pm on the 11th of March.
It's a great excuse to visit some great pubs!
Posted by Graeme Hilton on 22/01/2014
 

  Box Steam Brewery - Woolston 2013 Beer of the Festival Woolston 2013 Beer of the Festival Presentation
A group of CAMRA volunteers visited Box Steam Brewery to present the certificate for its Funnel Blower, which won Beer of the Festival at Woolston Beer Festival 2013. The beer of the festival award was voted for by customers.
Posted by Alex Presland on 25/01/2014
 

  Hop Press 76 April 2014 Hop Press is out
 
Over 3000 copies of our branch magazine are being delivered to our local pubs, but you can read it now, on-line here.
 
Posted by Pete Horn on 27/04/2014
 

  A view of the Guide Dog, Bevois valley, Southampton Pub of the Year 2014
This year's Pub of the Year is the Guide Dog, Bevois Valley, Southampton! Congratulations to The Guide Dog for being voted the best pub in the Southern Hampshire region.
A presentation will be made to Paul & Margaret in due course. Keep an eye on our diary page for the date.
Posted by Pete Horn on 30/04/2014
 

  SBF2014 logo Southampton Beer Festival 2014 Awards
Congratulations to Dancing Man Brewery and 146 Cider for coming top of the public vote for Beer and Cider/Perry of the festival! For more information see the Beer Festival website
Posted by Graeme Hilton on 03/06/2014
 

  Beer Judging at Southampton Beer Festival - photo credit: Graham Church. Hampshire Beer of the Year 2014
Flowerpots Brewery's Goodens Gold won the Hampshire Beer of the Year 2014 competition, judged at Southampton Beer Festival. Lamplight Porter from Longdog Brewery and Moondance from Triple fff Brewery came joint second. Photo credit: Graham Church
Posted by Alex Presland on 04/06/2014
 

  Southampton Opportunity Group receives a cheque from donations at Southampton Beer Festival Southampton Opportunity Group presented with Southampton Beer Festival donation
The generous customers of Southampton Beer Festival donated nearly £900 to the Southampton Opportunity Group, a charity that provides structured play sessions for children (aged 0 to 5) with additional needs. Rob Whatley (Festival Organiser) presented a cheque at our branch meeting on 8th July 2014.
Posted by Alex Presland on 13/07/2014
 

 

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