CAMRA Aberdeen, Grampian and Northern Isles Branch

Promoting Real Ale in the North East of Scotland

What's On

There is an ongoing calendar of Branch, Committee and Beer Festival meetings, as well as trips, social drinking and beer tasting sessions.

Check out the list of beer festivals.

Coming In 2017:

Note - all venues in Aberdeen City unless indicated otherwise. Contact CAMRA on, (01224) 624652 or 07733 068673 if any further information required on any of the events below.

  • Tue 18th April, 8pm, Adams/Hawthorn, Branch Meeting *** Note that as there is no longer any ale available here, only a craft beer from Drygate, the venue has been re-arranged for the upstairs area of McGintys ***
  • Sat 6th May 12 noon, Branch visit to BrewDog Brewery, Balmacassie Industril Estate, Ellon. Cost is £12 each. Not known if payment required in advance but will update once known. Please email if interested in attending.
  • Wed 17th May, 8pm, Broadstraik, Elrick, Branch Meeting
  • Sat 17th June, 1pm, Belvedere Hotel, Stonehaven, Branch Meeting. Hopefully this will be a short meeting so that we can then head along to the Midsummer Beer Happening at Baird Park.

The Archive 2017:

  • Thu 16th March, 8pm, Howff, Branch Meeting
  • Sat 25th Feb,2pm, Ma Camerons (snug now booked), GBG Selection and POTY/COTY voting
  • Wed 15th Feb, 8pm, Cults Hotel, Branch Meeting
  • Tue 17th Jan, 8pm, Justice Mill (Note change of venue), Branch Meeting

The Archive 2016:

  • Wed 28th Dec, Lunchtime social, starting 1pm in Prince of Wales
  • Thu 24th Nov, 8pm, Queen Vic, Branch Meeting
  • Sat 5th November - Branch AGM at Grammar FP Club, Queens Road
  • Tue 11th Oct, 8pm Atholl Hotel, Branch Meeting
  • Sat 8th Oct, Inverurie social trip - meet Black Bull at 1pm
  • OkMoberfest, Montrose Town Hall, Friday 7th to Sunday 9th October (Note - not a CAMRA event)
  • Saturday 17th Sept. Trip to Rudgate Brewery, nr York, at 11am approx to present the certificate for Beer Of the Festival 2016 (York Chocolate Stout). Travel to York either Thursday 15th or Friday 16th and travel back on Sunday 18th. The York Beer Festival and a Book Festival are both also taking part this weekend.
  • Sat 27 Aug, 1pm Carriages, Beer Festival Post Mortem
  • Sat 13th Aug, trip to Elgin, Lossiemouth, Findhorn, Kinloss, Forres by public transport. Meet at Drouthy Cobbler in Elgin at 1.30pm
  • Sat 6th Aug, 2pm (depending on bus times), Tolbooth, Ellon, Branch Meeting
  • Sat 2nd July, 2pm, Glenaden Hotel, Ballater, Branch Meeting (Stagecoach 201 dep Aberdeen 11:45 arr Ballater 13:28)
  • Thu 23rd Jun, Social starting at 8.00pm in Under the Hammer
  • Sat 11 Jun, 8pm, Grill, post festival/new members social
  • Thu 19th to Sat 21st May 30th Great Grampian Beer Festival at the Dick Donald Stand, Pittodrie Stadium. More details to be added nearer the time
  • Wed 11 May, 8pm, Archibald Simpsons, Beer Festival only
  • Tue 3 May, 8pm, number 10 Bar & Restaurant (was originally Prince of Wales, but that will be closed for re-furbishment on this date), Branch/Beer Festival Meetings
  • Tue 26 Apr, 8pm, Old Blackfriars, Beer Festival only (Note - date was wrong originally and will be in WB as the 25th)
  • Wed 6 Apr, 8pm, Aitchies Ale House, Branch/Beer Festival Meetings. NB This will be preceded by a presentation to the Grill at 7.30pm for winning Branch Pub Of The Year 2016.
  • Sat 19 Mar, Trip to Burnside Brewery now confirmed. Get the 12:40 Glasgow train from Aberdeen arriving Laurencekirk 13:10. Return trains at 15:52, 17:20, 18:23, 20:02. May have a stop in Stonehaven on return journey. Cost of return £13.30 (£8.60 with Railcard).
  • Wed 9 Mar, 8pm, Blue Lamp, Branch/Beer Festival Meetings
  • Sat 27 Feb, 2pm, Ma’s snug, GBG2016 selection meeting and Pub of the Year Voting
  • Fri 12 Feb, 1pm lunch time social starting at Archibald Simpsons (remember your CAMRA vouchers)
  • Wed 3 Feb, 8pm, McGintys (upstairs) (was originally Number 10), Branch Meeting (Note earlier starting time and venue change due to Aberdeen/Celtic match)
  • Tue 12 Jan, 8.30pm, Northern Hotel, Branch Meeting

The Archive 2015:

  • Wed 30th Dec, 8pm, Festive social commencing in Grill and moving to other pubs later
  • Wed 2nd Dec, 8.30, Triple Kirks, Branch Meeting
  • Sat 14th Nov, 2pm, Grammar FP Club, Queens Road, Branch AGM. Nominations, please, for all branch posts
  • Tue 6th Oct, 8.30pm, Ferryhill House Hotel, Branch Meeting
  • Fri 25th to Sun 27th Sept, Trip to Orkney, to visit the breweries and bars there. We will drive up to Gills Bay on Friday 25th September and take the ferry to St Margaret's Hope, stay two nights in Kirkwall, and come back on Sunday, arriving in Aberdeen on Sunday evening. Cost (ferry and accommodation) will be £120 - £150 depending on numbers. If you are interested, please email our Social Secretary, Terry, at However, numbers have now been finalised and bookings made. Any new interested parties will have to make their own arrangements for travel and accommodation.
  • Sat 5th Sept. Trip to two award-winning breweries - Tryst in Larbert and Fallen in Kippen
  • Sat 29 Aug, 1pm, Carriages, BFPM Beer Festival Post Mortem
  • Fri 28 Aug, 8pm, Archibald Simpsons, Tasting Session
  • Sat 8 Aug, 2.30pm, Belvedere Hotel, Stonehaven, Branch Meeting. Presentation to the Marine Hotel for 2015 Country Pub Of The Year will take place prior to this at 1.30pm
  • Sat 11 July, 2pm. Mosset Tavern, Forres, Branch Meeting (12.00 Aberdeen train arrives Forres 13.42)
  • Sat 27 June, 8pm, Grill & beyond, post festival social
  • CAMRA Great Grampian Beer Festival
  • Tue 2nd - Wed 3rd June 2015: Beer Festival Setup
  • Thur 4th - to Sat 6th June, Beer Festival @Pittodrie Stadium Open to Public
  • Sun 7th - Mon 8th June 2015: Beer Festival Takedown
  • Tue 26 May, 8-30pm, Ma Camerons, Beer Festival only
  • Thu 21 May, 8-30pm, Archibald Simpsons, Beer Festival only
  • Wed 13 May, 7-45pm, Moorings presentation for Pub Of The Year 2015
  • Wed 13 May, 8-30pm, Old Blackfriars, Branch & Beer Festival
  • Thu 7 May, 8pm, St Machar Bar, Election special social eventually to Old Blackfriars via Bobbin or Northern Hotel/Blue Lamp
  • Tue 5 May, 8-30pm, Blue Lamp, Beer Festival only
  • Mon 20 Apr, 8-30pm, Aitchies Ale House, Branch & Beer Festival
  • Thu 19 Mar, 8-30pm, Prince of Wales, Branch & Beer Festival
  • Fri 13 Mar, 2pm-3pm meet in Moorings Bar for a Social. Sample many excellent Scottish Real Ales and reveal your musical tastes on the JukeBox through the state-of-the-art sound system
  • Sat 28th Feb, Six Degrees North 2pm GBG 2016 Pub Selection Meeting
  •  ** Ensure you have submitted your GBG voting on time **
  •  ** which includes the Pub Of The Year nominations **
  • Wed 11th Feb, Mariner Hotel 8.30pm Branch Meeting
  • Tue 27th Jan, The Stag 8-9pm Branch Social
  • Tue 13th Jan, Atholl Hotel 8.30pm Branch Meeting

The Archive 2014:

  • Sat 27th Dec, Under The Hammer 8pm Christmas Social starting point
  • Wed 10th Dec, The Globe 8.30pm Branch Meeting
  • Sat 22nd Nov, AGM, Dutch Mill @ 2pm. 
  • Tue 11th Nov, Glentanar (Windsweot Blond/Burnside Golden X)
  • Wed 8th Oct, Queen Vic, b & c, 8-30pm
  • Thur 2nd Oct, SOCIAL, meet Archibald Simpsons, 7-30pm
  • Tue 9th Sept 2014, No. 10, bc, 8-30pm
  • Sat 30th Aug 2014, Brentwood, Beer festival post mortem, 1pm (FREE BEER !!)
  • Sat 16th Aug, Cheers, Fraserburgh, b & c
  • Thur 7th Aug, SOCIAL, meet Old Blackfriars, 7-30pm
  • Sat 19th July, Douglas Hotel, Banchory, b & c, time tbc
  • Sat 14th June, post festival SOCIAL/crawl, meet Grill, 7-8pm
  • Tue 27th May – Monday 2nd June resident at Pittodrie
  • 29-31 May festival public days
  • Thu 22nd May, Archibald Simpsons, bf only, 8-30pm
  • Wed 14th May, Old Blackfriars bf, b & c, 8-30pm
  • Tue 6th May, Aitchies Ale House bf only, 8-30pm
  • Tue 15th Apr, Foundry, bf, b & c, 8-30pm (the meeting with no Real Ale!)
  • Thur 10th Apr, SOCIAL, meet Prince of Wales, 7-30pm (nice to meet you, Bob, Scott and George)
  • Shire Pub of The Year presentation at the Marine Hotel, Stonehaven on the afternoon of Saturday 22nd March.
  • Wed 12th Mar, Prince of Wales, bf, b & c, 8-30pm
  • Sat 15th Feb, Ma Cameron’s snug, GBG selection, 2-30pm
  • Tue 11th Feb, McNastys, b & c, 8-30pm
  • Thur 6th Feb, SOCIAL, meet 6 degreesnorth, 7-30pm