CAMRA LocAle in Medway
What is CAMRA LocAle?
CAMRA LocAle is an initiative that promotes pubs stocking locally brewed real ale and supporting local breweries. The scheme builds on a growing consumer demand for quality local produce and an increased awareness of 'green' issues including reducing the number of 'beer miles'. .
The CAMRA LocAle scheme was created in 2007 by CAMRA's Nottingham branch which wanted to help support the tradition of brewing within Nottinghamshire, following the demise of local brewer Hardys and Hansons. There are currently 125 CAMRA branches, including Medway, participating in the LocAle scheme which have accredited hundreds of pubs as LocAle pubs which regularly sell at least one locally-brewed real ale.
Everyone benefits from local pubs stocking locally-brewed real ale… •Public houses as stocking local real ales can increase pub visits •Consumers who enjoy greater beer choice and diversity •Local brewers who gain from increased sales •The local economy because more money is spent and retained locally •The environment due to fewer ‘beer miles' resulting in less road congestion and pollution •Tourism due to an increased sense of local identity and pride - let's celebrate what makes our locality different
Accreditation is at the sole discretion of the local CAMRA branch and subject to the licensee agreeing to the following... •That they will endeavour to ensure at least one locally brewed real ale, as defined by the local branch, is on sale at all times •Only real ale, as defined by CAMRA, can be promoted as a CAMRA LocAle •Where the standard of real ale sold falls below an acceptable quality, accreditation will be withdrawn •That accreditation can be withdrawn at any time at the discretion of the local branch •That should accreditation be withdrawn, or should the licensee withdraw from the scheme, all LocAle publicity material must be removed from the pub and the licensee cease using the CAMRA LocAle logo.
Definition of Local
The Sustainable Communities Act, which CAMRA strongly supports, provides a definition of local as up to 30 miles from the point of sale. CAMRA recommends that the distance is calculated from the pub to the brewery and should be based on the shortest driving distance. Real ales from regional and national breweries as well as from microbreweries can be regarded as "local" if they are brewed within what the branch has decided as being the local area.
How do I find a LocAle Pub?
Pubs which have been given LocAle status by their local CAMRA branch can display the LocAle sticker on their windows/doors. The stickers have the year for which they have been accredited as LocAle pubs by their branch. They may also have posters up in the pub and on the pumps that are serving locally brewed beers there will be LocAle pump clip crowners.
The following Medway pubs currently have LocAle accreditation:
Hoo Peninsular & Higham
Horseshoe and Castle, Cooling; Gardeners Arms, Higham
Britannia Bar Café; Flippin Frog; Man of Kent
Gillingham & Brompton
King George V, Brompton; Marquis of Lorne; Past and Present
Rainham & Upchurch
Mackland Arms; Prince of Ales; Rose Tavern; Three Sisters, Upchurch
Full details of all these pubs can be found at http://www.whatpub.com