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Category Archives: Real Ale Group
On April 7th, 2022, a group of us met in The Pilgrim’s Oak, a Wetherspoons pub in Hucknall, to sample a few different beers during their mini beer festival.
On May 19th we are meeting at the tram station and journeying into Nottingham to alight at the Weekday Cross stop and sample the beers around Hockley. Unfortunately, our proposed visits to a display and talk at Nottingham University have had to be cancelled so we are looking at new proposals – always welcome!
In July we will be going to the far off village of Linby to a couple of the group’s house and praying for good weather. We will be having a ‘BEER-B-QUE’ sampling some home brewed beer. If any member would like to join us then we are open to both male and female members.
Fourteen of us enjoyed an evening in Nottingham on 18th November, 2021 visiting The Crafty Crow, The Roundhouse, The Trip to Jerusalem (a local, David, demonstrating how easy the hook and horn game is, which none of us could do), finishing off at The Royal Children where we were entertained by a group with a variety of singers, a most enjoyable night.
It was decided to return to Nottingham for our final night out of 2021 on Thurday, 16th December, by again meeting at the tram station to catch the 6.30 pm tram and to visit the Derby Road-Canning Circus area public houses.
To contact Melvyn Francis, the Group Co-ordinator, please use the form below:-
On Thursday 10th October, a few of us went to the Robin Hood Beer and Cider Festival organised by CAMRA, held this year at Notts Cricket Ground, quite a bit to travel.
I think it is fair to say that it was a very reduced affair compared to the last two years at the Motorpoint or indeed Nottingham Castle in previous years. However, there was a good if reduced selection of beers and cider on offer, allegedly 600 varieties, so we still had plenty of choice and a good time was had by all.
We ended up at the Bibiana Indian Restaurant, in Hucknall, to round off a very enjoyable evening.
Next month we will be going to Nottingham to sample the hostelries around Nottingham Castle, meeting at the Crafty Crow at 7.15pm on Thursday 18th November, or meeting at Hucknall Tram station just before 6.30pm to catch that tram.
Time to get started again, you will be aware that we are having our normal u3a monthly meeting at 2.00 pm on Wednesday, 8th September, 2021 at the John Godber Centre, when we will be able to have a chat about our future Real Ale group outings, so please come with some ideas.
To kick off, we will be having our first Real Ale get-together (in 18 months) on Wednesday, 15th September, meeting at Wetherspoon’s Pilgrim Oak, in Hucknall at 7.00 pm, moving on as appropriate. Hoping to see as many as possible.
Our second outing will be to the renowned Robin Hood Beer and Cider Festival, which is being held at the cricket ground this year. We will be going on Thursday, 14th October, meeting at the tram station at 3.30 pm. Travel by tram to Midland Station, then bus to Trent Bridge, so bring your tram/bus pass.
The cost this year is £10, (£20 on Friday & Saturday) which includes 9 beer tokens. However, no glasses this year, as they will be on loan using previous years’ glasses. Not sure if we get any extra if in CAMRA, but bring your membership card in case. You will need to purchase your ticket beforehand to ensure entrance. Again, hoping as many as possible can make it.
Melvyn Francis, Group Co-ordinator
The Brewing Science and History Group, more commonly known as the Real Ale Group, has had a very active and enjoyable year, we have visited two Breweries to better understand the complexities of the brewing trade, we have attended a historical lecture on Old Nottingham Public Houses at Nottinghamshire Archives, we have had a film night at the Bentinck Club on Old Pubs & Past Culture.
We have attended both the Hucknall Beer Festival at the John Godber Centre and the Robin Hood Beer & Cider Festival at the Motorola in Nottingham.
Also, as expected, we have had many very pleasant evenings sampling the produce of many hostelries on our visits to Hucknall, Nottingham, Basford, Beeston & Mansfield.
Our present membership totals 26, comprising 14 men and 12 ladies, who enjoy each other’s company and have many enjoyable nights out together.
Currently planning our calendar for 2020 we are always looking for new ideas and would also welcome any new members.
Many thanks to all for taking an active part.
To contact Melvyn, the group leader, please use the form below:-