CAMAL

 The Campaign for Authentic Lager

 

 

 

2020 Events

 

 

Proposed:

 

 Sunday, 4th October

 

'Specialist London Micro-breweries'

 

1pm - Ranelagh, 82, Bounds Green Road, Bounds Green, N11 2PP then

 

3pm - Springfield Bar & Grill, 133, Bounds Green Road, N11 2EU then

 

then 4.30pm - Bohem Brewery Taproom, 120A, Myddleton Road, Bowes Park, N17 8NQ

 

The Ranelagh was refurbished around 10 years ago, revamped as a 'craft' beer outlet alongside real ales and offering both occasional 'tap takeovers' and good food in addition. It is hoped to take Sunday lunch here. The Springfield Bar & Grill was formerly The Springfield Park Tavern until refurbished in 2013 and has similarly been 'improved' from having been a genuine and well-regarded Irish establishment. 

 

Bohem's Brewery Tap is the showcase for the nearby (Tottenham) brewery of the same name run entirely by Czech ex-pats - shades of the original German-run Austro-Bavarian/Imperial Lager brewery (also in Tottenham) of the late 19TH century - and is believed unique in London for being the capital's only all-lager concern. 

 

Although all venues are within walking distance of each other, public transport will be required, the start being close to Bounds Green Underground station and the finish almost adjacent to Bowes Park National Rail station. 

 

 

Proposed (medium term):

 

'Queensbury Curry' - The Regency Club - February 2021

 

 

Proposed (longer term):

 

'Yet More SE London Micropubs' - April 2021

 

Times may vary and venues (as well as date!) to be confirmed but will probably include:

 
noon
The Radius Arms, Whyteleafe
 
1.30pm
Cronx, East Croydon
 
3pm
Rail Ale Way, Hayes
 
4.30pm
The London Beer Dispensary, Crofton Park
 
5.30pm
Joyce, Brockley
 
 
Finally:
7pm
The Bolthole, Falconwood

 

 
Public Transport will be required to/from and between all venues.

 

 

Also:

 

'Bill English Memorial Trip to Amsterdam & Antwerp (possibly including Ypres) - tba

 

 

 

Further details will be posted here shortly. 

 

  

CAMAL badges should be worn by all participating members at every event. 

 


 

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You Have Missed:

 

Saturday, 8th August

 

'Specialist London Micro-breweries'

 

1pm - Signal Brewery Tap, 8, Stirling Way, Beddington Farm Road, CR0 4XN then

 

3.30pm - Anspach & Hobday Brewery Tap, 11, Valley Point Industrial Estate, Beddington Farm Road, CR0 4WP.

 

Although initially Lager-only, Signal have now diversified into producing other brews, including a Porter, whereas Anspach & Hobday is already well-known to CAMAL members. Originally part of the 'Bermondsey Beer Mile', the latter has recently relocated its brewery to a site close by Signal's brew house. 

 

Both have on-site taprooms, open on Saturdays only, close to the Therapia Lane tramstop between Wimbledon and Croydon. 

 

On one of the hottest days of the year to date, 4 CAMAL members took advantage of shaded seating outside Signal and internal bench seating at A&H. The pizza franchise outside the former provided welcome sustenance and even one new member was signed-up. 

 

 

Saturday, 22nd February

 

'Leap Between Berks Taprooms Early'

 

Having taken the 1235 or 1241 train from Ealing Broadway or Hayes & Harlington stations respectively to Tilehurst station arriving 1327 or the latest fast train at 1247 from London Paddington that connected with the same service above at Reading (at 1323) (or from London Waterloo that departed at 1150, Clapham Junction 1158 and Twickenham 1210), a creditable 11 people (4 CAMAL members, 3 West Middx. and 4 Reading CAMRA members) attended this social at some or all points during the course of the day. 

 
2pm
The Double-Barrelled Taproom, close to Norcut Junction along Portman Road, opened promptly at 2pm but, on this occasion, no collaboration brews with other brewers were featured. It was accessed by all making the short 2/3 mile walk rather than taking a route 16 bus ride from the roundabout close to Tilehurst station.
 
3.30pm
The German-themed venue known as The Bierhaus was reached by some who walked the 2 miles and others who took a 16 or 17 bus from Norcut Junction to the Broad Street Mall stop. Available authentic food included a Jäger (wiener) schnitzel atop sliced fried potatoes which, about the size of a large dinner plate, was eventually consumed - after a struggle - by your Newsletter Editor! 
 
5.30pm
Phantom Brewery’s tap room ‘The Haunt’, which opened in November 2019, featured a selection of Sly Beast and guest brews across 12 taps and, as predicted, had a visiting street food vendor on this (and every) Saturday. All reached it by a mile long walk from Reading centre. 
 
7pm
Finally, although the reopened Corn Stores (ex-Fullers') was attained by partly retracing our steps, the tank lager from Meantime, seemingly the only beer available and that somewhat expensive, failed to inspire and, so, other pubs - including the keg-only Railway Club - near Reading station were patronised instead by a hard core of remaining attendees.
 
It is notable that, during the course of the day, the 3 West Middx. CAMRA members joined CAMAL en masse.