There has been much noise recently about whether CAMRA should embrace the new wave of craft keg beers that are now available.
As a fully paid up noisome blogger and also a previous CAMRA regional director, it is time for me to throw my tuppence in.
I am firmly of the opinion that CAMRA works best as a single issue Campaign. Focusing on the single issue of real ale gives clarity, strength and focus.
I agree with CAMRA chairman, Colin Valentine, when he says "The clue is in our name. We are the Campaign for Real Ale. Which one of those four words do the bloggerati not understand ? .....We decide what we will campaign for, not the bloggerati and while I have anything to do with it, we will remain the Campaign for Real Ale."
Oh, and by the way, as a CAMRA fundamentalist member of the bloggerati, I don't think the Campaign should spend its time, effort or resources on supporting, promoting or campaigning for any of the following :
Beer is Healthy
Beer for Women
Any Foreign Beer (that is not "real")
Good, Traditional Beers from Foreign Countries
Any Keg Beer
Beer and Food
Drinking Beer at Home
Real Ale in a Bottle
Bottle Conditioned Beers
Discounts for Members
Alcoholic Ginger Beer
This is not an exhaustive list.
I'll accept generic pub campaigning given that the on-trade is the only place to get good, fresh and tasty cask conditioned beer, but bring back the Campaign for REAL ALE and be rid of all the other detritus.
CAMRA's External Policy Document, clause 15 states :
CAMRA supports :
- the promotion of real ale as an environmentally friendly product.
- the promotion of the provenance and local identity of real ale, brewers and pubs.
- all real ale breweries,..., encouraging activities in line with CAMRA policies.....
- the consumption of real ale in pubs.
- campaigning activity against market distortions which damage real ale.
That's enough for me !