Campaign for Real Ale

Campaign for Real Ale


Pub and Brewery News

  • It’s Only Rock & Roll but They Like It! Sunday 11 August 2019

    One of Birmingham’s breweries is celebrating its appearance on a list of the top 10 eco-friendly pubs. Rock & Roll Brewhouse in the Jewellery Quarter is among pubs highlighted nationally by CAMRA, the Campaign for Real Ale.

    Rock & Roll brewery provides vegan-friendly beers which are served at source at its Brewhouse. Mark Shepherd from Rock & Roll stressed how important the environment is for them. “We pride ourselves not just on the quality of our beers but also in the fact that we play our part in looking after the environment. We never have and never will use plastic containers for our beer. More and more people are conscious of the importance of caring for nature, and they appreciate what we do-as well as enjoy our beers!

    Head brewer is actually a brewster, being a female brewer, Lynn XXXX, who is always looking to nature to provide the opportunity to produce special beers as well as those in the brewery’s core range. “Whenever possible I like to include ingredients taken from the natural environment: for instance, we recently brewed a beer including locally grown brambles.”

    Rock and Roll Brewhouse is a working brewery but its bar at Unit 2, 60 Regent Place, B1 3NJ, is open to the public Fridays 17:00 - 21:00 and Saturdays 13:00 - 19:00.

  • Lamp Shines Brightly to Win Top Prize Friday 8 March 2019

    A traditional corner pub is again celebrating winning a major award. The Lamp Tavern, in Barford Street, Highgate, has been selected as Pub of the Year by the Birmingham branch of CAMRA, the Campaign for Real Ale.

    Known by many as just The Lamp, the pub has had at its helm for the last 25 years the popular licensee Eddie Fitzpatrick, who always ensures that everyone has a warm welcome. A Birmingham CAMRA spokesperson said that he is part of the overall experience of visiting the pub. “Eddie is known for his sense of humour, but he is also known for making you feel at home, whether it’s your first time in The Lamp or a regular: and his regulars themselves are also very friendly and will make you feel welcome. The Lamp also hosts regular folk music nights and other events. And on top of all this, Eddie knows how to keep a good pint! He usually has at least five different real ales on offer, all served in tip-top condition.”

    Birmingham CAMRA chose The Lamp Tavern for the top prize from a short list of ten pubs which had been selected via an online vote. In second place was The Wellington in Bennett’s Hill off New Street, famous for its huge number of hand pumps covering a wide range of beer styles, with third place being the Jeweller’s Arms in Hockley, which likewise has a goodly number of hand pumps offering an extensive range of styles.

  • New Pub in Birmingham is just the Ticket! Sunday 10 June 2018

    Pub goers wishing to enjoy the delights of hostelries in Birmingham city centre have a new addition to visit. The Head of Steam in Temple Street has opened its doors, offering a huge range of beers, with ten hand pumps serving real ales, several craft taps and an extensive selection of bottles and cans from all over the world. You won’t go hungry either, with a full and exciting menu to enjoy. Speaking about the new bar announcement, Grant Dexter, Regional Operations Manager at Cameron’s Brewery said: “We are really excited to bring The Head Of Steam to Birmingham as it’s a vibrant city with brilliant nightlife and a developing craft beer scene which has proven very popular in other cities across the UK. “Our aim is to create a welcoming atmosphere for all, including dogs. This has been a big success across the Midlands locations so far, with our four-legged friends becoming regulars. We will serve hearty signature food with a contemporary twist and beer pairings, offering cask ales, specialist craft beers and cocktails alongside. You don’t need to be an ale aficionado to enjoy the offering, with our trained beer sommeliers on hand to answer any questions and offer recommendations.” The pub is also the venue for Beer Britain Day, taking place this Friday 15th at 7pm, when drinkers are encouraged to raise a glass to our national drink and say “Cheers to the beer!”

  • Triple Crown for the Best Pub ‘Inn’ Brum Sunday 4 February 2018

    A Birmingham hostelry is celebrating winning a coveted gong for the third year running. The Inn on the Green, in Acock’s Green, has just been named Birmingham Pub of the Year, with the award given by the local branch of CAMRA, the Campaign for Real Ale.

    Press Officer of Birmingham CAMRA, Martin Collinge, said that the repeated success is all down to the pub’s quality and variety. “Licensee Brendon Daly gives his customers a great range of real ales every day, plus four beer festivals a year. Added to this there is the famed craft beer bar, plus the ‘Bottle Shed’ which offers a variety of unusual beers, and of course regular live music.”

    Second place was won by The Lamp Tavern on the Highgate/Digbeth border, with popular ‘mine host’ Eddie Fitzgerald at the helm of a pub which has an interesting range of beers, plus regular folk music nights. The ‘bronze award’ went to The Gunmaker’s Arms in the Jewellery Quarter, the ‘tap house’ of Two Towers Brewery which, in addition to ten ales, offers a variety of entertainment and events