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ALE Autumn 2001 No. 304

Good Beer Guide 2002

Edited by Roger Protz. Published by CAMRA and sponsored by Cask Marque.
The 2002 edition of the CAMRA Good Beer Guide offers a whole new reading and drinking experience for lovers of real ale. The guide has been overhauled and redesigned from start to finish. There are still 5,000 of the best pubs in Britain that offer cask beer in tip-top condition but 4,000 of the entries now have longer descriptions and there are a 1,000 shorter try-alsos ("Inn Briefs").

"Don't go to the pub without it!"
The Good Beer Guide 2002 costs 12.99 from bookshops or direct from CAMRA head office. For CAMRA members the price is only 9, so if you're not a member of the Campaign, now is the time to join!

In addition to the usual definitive Breweries section, there are articles on the state of the brewing industry (excerpts below), the battle to save Britain's country pubs, the campaign to improve pub food and the growing number of bottle-fermented beers.

See also the Good Beer Guide 2002 on the CAMRA HQ web site.


The state of the industry

In the past ten years over 40 breweries have closed and the regional and family brewers' share of the beer market has fallen from 22% to 15%.

Cask Marque is one response to that but the main cause is the way the large pubcos demand deep discounts from big breweries, cutting out the smaller ones. 73% of pubs are closed to small brewers.

If a great wine-making region or brand in France was under threat, the French government would do something about it.

CAMRA continues to campaign for all landlords to have free choice of at least one guest draught beer.


In the branch area...

These pubs were voted by CAMRA members as being worthy of inclusion.
Babraham:
George
Cambridge:
Alma
Bird In Hand
Cambridge Blue
Castle Inn
Champion of the Thames
Elm Tree
Empress
Grapes
Kingston Arms
Live & Let Live
Portland Arms
St Radegund
Wrestlers
Ely:
Fountain
Prince Albert
West End House
Fowlmere:
Chequers
Fulbourn:
Six Bells
Grantchester:
Blue Ball
Great Chishill:
Pheasant
Hinxton:
Red Lion
Histon:
Red Lion
Isleham:
Merry Monk
Longstowe:
Red House
Little Downham:
Plough
Milton:
Waggon & Horses
Newton:
Queen's Head
Over:
Admiral Vernon
Reach:
Dyke's End
Thriplow:
Green Man
Upware:
Five Miles From Anywhere
Whittlesford:
Bees In The Wall
Willingham:
Three Tuns

AA The Pub Guide 2002

By way of contrast with the Good Beer Guide, the latest edition of the AA's guide lists the following curious selection for Cambridge, with the claim "best pubs for character and real ale".

The Good Pub Guide has a strangely similar selection: it lists the Anchor, the Cambridge Blue, the Eagle and the Live & Let Live.


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