Good Beer Guide Selection

Selecting Pubs for the Good Beer Guide

Every member of the branch is able to vote for their favourite pubs. The branch collates all the votes from all of our members. The pubs which receive most votes are included in the Good Beer Guide. Entry in the Guide is limited by a quota reflecting the page-space available.

GBG 2021 Voting Form

A member is eligible to vote for a pub if they have actually visited the pub and drank there in the previous 12 months. We use a weighted voting system, which allows you to indicate the strength of conviction regarding each pub. The reason why we want to differentiate between "blank" and "zero" votes is to have an idea of how many of our voting members visit each pub, even if they do not necessarily feel strongly enough about it to vote one way or another, and how many of our outlets are not being visited.

Blank I have not been in this pub within the last year
-2 Strongly against, "over my dead body" (not literally, please)
-1 Against inclusion in the Good Beer Guide, but not absolutely
0 I have been there, but I can't make up my mind
1 I am generally in favour of this pub being in the Good Beer Guide
2 This pub should definitely be in the Good Beer Guide

Log-in using your CAMRA membership number for this website to download the voting form for the 2021 Good Beer Guide using the links at the bottom of this page. The letter contains a full set of instructions. PLEASE, all members use your vote!

Selection Process

The meeting to select pubs for the 2021 Guide was held at Ma Cameron's Snug on Sat 15th February 2020. This included the Pub of the Year (POTY) voting for City, Country & Northern Isles pubs as well as the Beer Of The Year / Brewery Of The Year (New) voting.

In an attempt to make things equitable we have a geographical weighting in favour of pubs outside the Aberdeen city area. This comes in the shape of a multiplicative factor:

1x Pubs in central Aberdeen, defined as the area formed by the river Dee, the river Don and the A90. In addition, there is an additional restriction of no more than 10 entries for this area.

2x Pubs in the rest of Aberdeen City, and the near commuter area - including the public transport corridors as far as and including Stonehaven, Banchory, Westhill, Inverurie, Oldmeldrum and Ellon, but not pubs inside this area with poor or non-existent public transport links.

3x Pubs that are anywhere else in the branch area.