Welcome to the Aberdeen, Grampian and Northern Isles Branch of the Campaign for Real Ale. The branch area covers Montrose and Laurencekirk in the south, to Strathdon and Tomintoul in the West, and as far north as Lossiemouth. We also represent Orkney and Shetland. Our branch has around 500 members from all walks of life who share an appreciation of good beer.
The branch on-line forum can be found at this Yahoo Group.
In one Calendar Year, the volunteer members of the Aberdeen and North East Scotland branch can choose to get involved in any of the following activities:
Participate in social gatherings or attend branch meetings in Real Ale hostelries in the branch area. Attend a beer tasting or even a "tasting training" session. Get a feel for the quality of real ale in the branch area. Laugh, cry and make your opinions known.
Good Beer Guide:
Vote for the pubs you've visited that you think should be included in the next Good Beer Guide. Attend the pub selection meeting. Survey your local pubs and collate the information that will appear in the guide.
Vote for Aberdeen City Pub Of The Year (CPOTY) or 'Shire Pub Of The Year (SPOTY) and attend the certificate presentations.
Drink as a normal punter at the beer festival. Better still, offer a little of your time during setup, take-down or during open hours and drink for free; extend your taste palette by drinking more beers in moderation than is normally possible.
Visit a brewery on a day trip, or make it a crawl and visit a few over a weekend. The branch usually subsidises travel on all events with a campaigning element.
Highlight issues of misleading dispense, promote local ale, and write to your MP/MSP about local issues.
Submit articles about pubs, breweries, trips and any other beer related information for inclusion in the branch Newsletter. Help to distribute the newsletters around the branch area.
Help monitor local and national trends in beer prices.