- 54% of adults agree that every pub should sell at least one locally brewed beer
- 70% agree that pubs selling local beer help sustain the local economy
- 31% would buy locally brewed beer rather than beer from beyond the area.
CAMRA is pressing strongly for pub tenants to be able to offer a Guest Beer of their own choosing. Back in the early 90s the Government did introduce a guest beer law in respect of breweries owning more than 2000 pubs. Those breweries ("the big six") proceeded to sell their pubs to the pub companies so the Government scrapped the law on the grounds it was no longer needed. Cue the likes of Greene King and Marstons to expand their estates (both of which are now well over 2000). So - bring back the Guest Beer rights we say.
In the meantime, it's a real struggle for our local brewers to find local outlets. You'll more easily find Milton beers in London than round here for instance. However, a few pubs manage to fly the flag for Cambs beers and we list the known outlets below. Please support them and also tell us of any others that you find.
|Cambridge Blue||two or three Cambs beers from the likes of Milton, City of Cambridge, Elgoods, Fenland|
|Kingston Arms||Oakham JHB, Elgoods Black Dog, sometimes a Cambs guest.|
|Empress||Usually a Milton beer (though the pub has recently changed hands).|
|Live and Let Live||occasional Cambs guest.|
|Mill||sometimes has Fenland beers.|
|Regent Hotel||Kilderkin Double (bottled).|
|Fountain||often has a City of Cambridge beer or two.|
|Radegund||usually has a Milton beer.|
|Dullingham Boot||guest normally East Anglian, sometimes Cambs.|
|Madingley 3 Horseshoes||wide range of City of Cambridge "real ale in a bottle" brands.|
|Histon Red Lion||Elgoods Black Dog, often an Oakham.|
|Milton Waggon & Horses||full Elgoods range.|
|Reach Dykes End||two Devils Dyke beers.|
|Thriplow Green Man||can have Cambs beers as guests.|
|Little Wilbraham Hole in the Wall||most beers East Anglian, can be Cambs.|
|Great Abington Three Tuns||sometimes has Oakham.|
P.S. There are also sound environmental reasons for supporting local beers. They have to travel less distance from brewery to pub hence reduced "beer miles" and less use of fossil fuels.