Three cheers for pubs serving-up real beers
HAVING pubs in the latest CAMRA Good Beer Guide will boost the city's leisure industry.
Plymouth's real ale offer has been rewarded with 10 entries, and two more in Plympton, and some in surrounding towns and villages too.
Ian "Dickie" Dickinson, chairman of Plymouth Campaign for Real Ale (CAMRA) said there are 29 pubs in the branch area now in the book – including 10 new entries. That means they are included in a list of 4,500 of the best real ale pubs in the country. And having Plymouth featured in the 944-page doorstep of a book means serious ale drinkers will be attracted to the city.
"It's a tourist guide as well," said Mr Dickinson. "It's very worthwhile for every area and we are a tourist destination.
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"We had the beer festival at the Pavilions in July and had people coming down from Birmingham and Scotland."
The guide lists Stonehouse's Artillery Arms, Milehouse's Britannia Inn, Clovelly Bay Inn, at Turnchaple; the Barbican's Dolphin Inn and Maritime Inn, the Fortescue, in Mutley Plain; Devonport's The Lounge, the Prince Maurice, in Eggbuckland; Coxside's Thistle Park Tavern, and the Swan Inn. Plympton's George Inn and Union Inn make it into the book too.
Each pub featured gets a write-up detailing its beers, its location and some interesting facts.
CAMRA has about 145,000 members nationally, with 10,000 of them in the South West, including 450 in the Plymouth branch.
"We are a consumer organisation," said Mr Dickinson. "We try to represent all pub goers whether they drink real ale or not. And we promote local pubs."
He highlighted CAMRA's Locale scheme, which promotes pubs that sell locally brewed beers, thus helping regional brewers too.
Mr Dickinson said supporting Plymouth's brewers and pubs is essential at a time when they are being hit by cheap supermarket booze sales.
"You have got to use local pubs or you will lose them," he said.
"The British pub industry supports a million jobs and contributes about £6billion to the UK economy. Supermarkets are restricted choice but some have good quality real ales in a bottle and some foreign beers. But it's not the environment to drink at home.
"CAMRA is also campaigning for a reduction in tax on beer, saying the Chancellor is taking "a third of your pint in tax".
"That's our major campaign," said Mr Dickinson.