The 34th edition of the CAMRA Good Beer Guide
is now on the streets.
As usual it features the top 4500 real ale outlets in the country
(except the St
Radegund Cambridge - see separate article
There are also descriptions of
more than 600 breweries, including 84 established since the last Guide.
These new breweries are all "micros".At the other end of the industry, the
global brewers are turning their backs on real ale and editor Roger Protz
lambasts them accordingly. "The Globals - Scottish and Newcastle, Coors, In
Bev and Carlsberg - have lost interest in the cask beer sector in order to
make bigger profits from processed beers" he says. "S&N has closed both its
ale breweries in Edinburgh and Newcastle to concentrate on Kronenbourg. It
owns John Smith's in Tadcaster but produces most beer in nitro-keg or
smooth form. Coors (who now own the former Bass breweries) has dumped
all its cask brands and has them brewed under licence by smaller regional
breweries. In Bev has similarly off-loaded Draught Bass and Boddingtons to
smaller brewers. In Bev's interest in the cask sector can be measured by the
sad decline in sales of Draught Bass, once worth two million barrels a year
but now below 100,000."
The Guide also contains features on:
- CAMRA's National Inventory of historic pub interiors
- our campaign to reintroduce the rights of licensees to a guest beer of
their own choice
- the continuing loss of regional breweries
- high profile chefs who have gone into the pub food business.
The Guide is £14.99 from CAMRA at www.camra.org.uk/books or by calling