Another new brewery is set to open shortly in the Branch area. Joe Kennedy, ex of the Old Cannon Brewery in Bury St Edmunds, will be operating the Black Bar Brewery from Harston.

Over at the excellent Lord Conrad's Brewery in Dry Drayton, two previous beers have come back on stream – Conkerwood, a 4% porter and Pheasant's Rise, a 5% smoked ale. They join Stubble Burner wheat beer (5%) (which came second in the Beer of the Festival at the recent Booze on the Ouse Fest in St Ives) and the more traditional tasting Gubbins (4%). Regular outlets for the beers are the Maypole, Hopbine and Cambridge Blue in the city, the Conservatory Papworth and the Pavilion Longstanton. Jon is experimenting with bottling and hopes to have some available soon. The “Lords Rewards” scheme has just been launched whereby customers can collect stamps for each pint they buy and exchange them for goodies – there's also a grand prize of a two-night hire of a log-fired mash tun hot tub! Pubs wishing to take part in this promotion, or just buy some beer, can contact Jon on 07736739700.

Mark at the Fellows Brewery in Cottenham tells us that he's busy at the moment, having brewed 4500 pints in November. Fresh outlets include the White Swan, Stow-cum-Quy (which is under new management), the Hole in the Wall, Little Wilbraham, the Kingston Arms, Cambridge and, hopefully by the time you read this, the refurbished and reopened Fountain, Cambridge. Fellows also sponsors the Cottenham Renegades rugby team and brews a special “Renegade Ale” which is proving popular.

Planning is under way for our Community Pubs Month next April. Among the planned events are a series of Pub Trails with rewards for those visiting a given number of pubs, launch of our On-Line Pub Guide, a high-profile Awards Evening and, we hope, lots of beer festivals and other events at pubs themselves. If you're interested in getting involved with the organising team, please contact the Editor.