12 April 2016 - Local Small Brewer Nominated for Award, and needs your voteThe New River Brewery of Hoddesdon have been nominated for Best New Brewer award at the Hertfordshiore Food & Drink Awards. If you agree with this please do vote for them by clicking the picture below
Notifications of some local pub beer festivalThree pubs have told us about beer festivals they are holding in the comming months. All three have a history of running successful beer festivals.
The Gate, Sawbridgeworty, will be holding a festival over all four days of he Easter Weekend Expecting about 20+ beer, plus soem from the pubs own brewery.
The Prince of Wales, Green Tye is holding their annual festival over the May Day bank holiday weekend. About 30+ beers, and again featuring some beers from the pubs own brewery.
The Queens Head, Allens Green, is holding a festival over the Whitsun Bank Holiday weekend. Further details soon.
Just to point out that these are all run by the pubs concerned, and not by CAMRA.
11 March 2016 - First ACV Issued for a Harlow PubThe Golden Swift in Harlow, has now gained a Asset of Community Value (ACV) status. Issued by Harlow Council. This follwed a campaign led by local MY Robert Halfon. A ACV does not mean a pub cannot be closed, but does demonstrate that the local pub is a valuable part of the local community.
March 2016 Pub Re-Openings in Bishops StortfordThe long closed Cock Pub at the Hockerill Lights in Stortford has re-opened, under the control of Adam Curtis, the former landlord of the Wheatsheaf. This pub was the first pub in the branch area to gain Asset of Community Value (AVC) status. Historic pub, with long history, and so far, under the management of Adrian it seems to be doing well. Wet led pub, no food.
Following the departure of Adrian Curtis the Wheatsheaf was closed for a few weeks, but has now been re-opened under the Management of Michelle Brace. This pub was a former Greene King pub, but was recenetly sold to Hawthorne Lesiure. Hoping all goes well for Michelle, and in a few weeks the pub will start selling food for the first time in a few years sfter the completion of the updating of the kitchen.
10th March 2016Two new Breweries in the Branch Area.
Much Hadham breweryStarted brewing late in 2015, but is now available in more pubs. Two beers, 18ct Gold (Light Golden Ale) and First Brewed (A Traditional Bitter). This brewery is based in Little Hadham, and brews using only their own spring well water, and English Hops & Malt. The Brewers are giving a presentation to the Branch at the Chequers, Wareside, after the Branch Meeting on Monday 14 March.
WoodbineA new brewery is now in production at the Woodbine Inn, Waltham Abbey. First beer should be available in the next few weeks, which we are all looking forward to.
March 1st 2016 Branch Pubs of the Year AnnouncedVery please to announce that Queen Head Allens Green has been voted the Branch Pub of the Year for 2016. Well done to Cliff and the staff for gaining this award.
Second place went to the Woodbine Inn, Honey Lane, Waltham Abbey. Another excellent pub, and congratulations to the Landlord, Rob.
The Woodbine Inn also came first in the Branch Cider & Perry Pub of the Year for second year running.
Winter Beer Festival 28, 29 & 30 Dec
6th Nov 2015At the Watford Beer Festival prizes were presented for the champion Beer of Hertfordshire 2015. All brewers producing beer in Hertfordshire were invited to present one beer for juding at the St Albans Beer Festival. 16 Brewers submitted a beer.
Third Place went to Farr Brew Most Potent Porter 4.4% (brewed in Herpenden)
Second Place went to Red Squirrel Mad Squirrel APA 4.7% (brewed inHemel Hempstead)
First Place went to Bishop's Storford Citra 3.9%Well done to all the winners, but especially to the Bishops'Stortford Brewer, Darren Lawrence. Pictured below is Darren recieving his reward at the Watford Beer Festival
10th Oct 2015Great celebrations for Darren, the Brewer at the Local Bishops Stortford Brewery. The Bishops Stortford Citra, was voted the Champion Beer of Hertfordshire. 16 Hertfordshire breweries put forward their best beer for judging, and the Citra came out top.
2 Oct 2015
Also announced today is a Cider festival at the Gate throughout October, with many changing ciders available.
Further details from the pub on 01279 722313 or thegatepub.com
28 Aug 2015
It is with regret that we have to announce that our long standing member, Ivan Bullerwell, passed away today after
a long fight against illness. Ivan was born in 1943 at Consett, County Durham, before moving in steps to Essex, where he became a active member in Camra.
He served until his death as the branch Pubs and Pub Preservation Officer. A real campaigner he will be much missed.
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