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  • By George! Sunday 19 May 2019

    Hi, Beer Lovers, We gather again on Tuesday 14th May at the George and Dragon at Newton by Castle Acre at 8.00. If you haven’t been to this pub since its reopening you are in for a treat, both with the beer and décor. Find it at PE32 2BX, and park round the back, where there is plenty of space. All welcome. Keith writes We are planning our inaugural beer festival on Saturday 7th September at Stow CC, a short walk from The Hare Arms, Stow Bardolph. It will run in conjunction with a 6-a-side cricket tournament that we are hosting, which will hopefully act as entertainment for patrons of the festival, followed by live music later in the evening. The Northwold Crown group report that ‘Following the purchase of the Crown Inn by David and Janice Walton, the project to buy the pub for the community will be wound up as agreed by its investors.’ Lucy, the new editor of Norfolk Nips was compiling the next issue last weekend, so it should be with us soon. If you would like to contribute to a future edition, her guidelines are Articles can take 3 formats: 1 page = maximum 350 words plus 2 photos 1.5 page = maximum 500 words plus 3 photos 2 page = maximum 700 words plus 4 photos Photos should be saved as Jpeg with a file size of at least 1MB. When taking photos please set your camera or phone to high quality / high resolution. Photos can be uploaded directly to Google Drive or sent by email. Think about capturing a wide range of people, places and situations in your photos as this will bring more interest to readers. Contact Lucy at ku.gro.spinklofron@rotide Other events coming up include a regional meeting at Flitwick in Bedfordshire on June 1st. Contact me or Andrea for details. We are also planning a presentation for the Blackstone Engine Bar to acknowledge their success in being named Norfolk Cider Pub of the Year. We should know the Norfolk Pub of the Year in a couple of weeks. Once again we are to host a couple of rounds of the Bottled Beer judging. Bring you diary and we will sort out the dates on Tuesday. Cheers, Jeff

  • Latest News - 31 March 2019 Sunday 31 March 2019

    Hi Beer Lovers A reminder that the April meeting will be a week later than normal, due to the National Members AGM being held in Dundee next weekend. Consequently we will assemble at the Railway in Docking on Tuesday 16th April at 8.00. Before then, we have our Derby weekend. Chris says Suggested schedule Derby. Friday 12th Meet at Old Bell 1900, Then Thomas Leaper, Flower Pot, Silk Mill and Old Dolphin. All central.Further exploration optional Saturday 13th Meet Alexandra 1100, Then Brunswick (Both out side Railway station), Smithfield 2018 POTY, Exeter, Peacock, Tap.Followed by city centre again or further out pubs to be decided from ale trail. Plenty of food options. If people wish to join enroute they can call me on 07890 857052. We are booked in at the Holiday Inn. Thanks to all those who came along to our presentations which I hope you enjoyed as much as we did. The next stage are the County rounds. If you wish to participate, you will need to visit the four contenders and fill in a score sheet for each one. Cider details • East Norfolk – Mariner Tavern, Great Yarmouth • Mid Anglia – Fox, Garboldisham • Norwich & Norfolk – White Lion, Norwich • • West Norfolk – Blackstone Engine Bar Scores need to be with Andrea by noon on Sunday 21st April. Forms are available from me or Andrea. Pub of the Year details Norwich & Norfolk The Leopard Norwich West Norfolk Rose and Crown Harpley East Norfolk Lion Inn Thurne Mid Anglia Old Kings Head Brockdish Scores need to be with Martin Ward by *Friday 17th of May or earlier*. I can pass them on if I receive them in time. Score sheets are available from me. Thanks to all those who delivered Nips in such an efficient fashion when the copies finally arrived. Lucy Cousins has taken over as full time editor and I am awaiting details of copy date and how to get material to her for the next issue. Your beer scores for the last month ________________________________________ Great Hockham Eagle 5 Middleton Gate 4.5 Thetford Red Lion 4.5 North Wootton Red Cat Hotel 4.5 Narborough Social Club 4.5 Gaywood White Horse 4.5 39 pubs/103 scores

  • The results are in for our Pub of the Year Competitions! Saturday 2 March 2019

    The West Norfolk Cider Pub of the Year is the Blackstone Engine Bar. This is the second success for this venue, but the first under the current management. Andrew is arranging a presentation date. Our main award of West Norfolk CAMRA Pub of the Year goes to the Rose and Crown at Harpley, which very narrowly beat off completion from multiple winners, the Kings Arms at Shouldham and the Angel at Larling. A presentation date for the certificate has been set for Tuesday 26th March, so keep this free and look out for more details when they have been finalised. Congratulations to both our winners. Chris has resigned as the Editor of Norfolk Nips and the current edition should be going to press shortly under the interim guidance of Lucy, who can be contacted at ku.gro,spinklofron@rotide. Ros will be in contact with distributors when the copies arrive. Our next branch meeting will be at the Globe in Kings Lynn at 8.00 on Tuesday 12th March. Don’t forget to pay for your parking if you use the Market Place, but then again, you can use your Wetherspoon Vouchers. There is also a Regional meeting on Saturday 9th March at the Lacons brewery in Yarmouth. This will include a brewery trip. Contact Andrea for full details. It seems that we have decided on the date for a trip to Derby as the weekend of 12th-14th April. I am awaiting details of suggested accommodation and an itinerary from Chris, and will circulate it when it arrives. A couple of pubs that have been listed for sale or to let recently, The Ship at Brandon Creek and the Kings Arms in Watton. Your top beer scores for the past month are Thetford Red Lion 5 Shouldham Kings Arms 4.67 Great Cressingham Olde Windmill Inn 4.5 Ringstead Gin Trap Inn 4.5 Roydon (W. Norfolk) Union Jack 4.5 Larling Angel 4.33 Harpley Rose & Crown 4.25 Newton by Castle Acre George & Dragon 4.25 29 pubs/76 scores. Cheers, Jeff

  • Early Start -Planners on top-Cider Surprise Sunday 10 February 2019

    Good Afternoon, Beer Lovers On Tuesday 12th February we meet at the Old Windmill at Great Cressingham (IP25 6NN). As we are selecting the pubs that will feature in the 20209 Good Beer Guide we will start earlier than usual, at 7.30. We will also announce the results of our various Pub of the Year competitions, so if you have any outstanding scores, please let me have them before the meeting if possible. Any observations about potential Beer Guide pubs would be welcome and if you can check and if necessary update information on Whatpub this would be a great help. In March we will meet at the Globe Hotel in Kings Lynn on Tuesday 12th and in April we are at the Railway at Docking on the 16th. Note that this is a week later than normal due to the National AGM which is being held in Dundee on the first weekend in April. In May we will head to Newton by Castle Acre and the George and Dragon. There is also a regional meeting coming up at Lacon’s brewery in Great Yarmouth on Saturday 9th March and possibly a Norfolk County Liaison meeting in Thetford the following Saturday. Contact Andrea for full details of these events. The branch is exploring the possibility of a weekend in Derby in April. More details from me after Tuesdays meeting. The Norwich Winter Ale Festival kicks off for the final time later this month. The festival is open to the public on the 20th - 23rd February 2019 12:00 - 22:30, with an exclusive members-only session on the 19th from 17:30- 22:30. Members can gain free entrance on the door to all sessions, simply bring your valid CAMRA card with you. The deadline for the next issue of Nips is approaching so please forward any copy to Chris as soon as possible. News roundup Change of use applications were accepted for the Lord Kelvin in Lynn, the Tudor Rose in Lynn, the Jolly Farmer in Southery and the Marshland Arms in Marshland St James. An application to open a bar and bistro in Emneth was refused. The former Lattice House in Lynn closed suddenly a couple of weeks ago and it has been reported that interest has been expressed in the property by the team behind the Jolly Brewer at Shouldham. Olly writes There is a spot of good news at the Wildfowler (Terrington St Clement). Laura the GK fan has been replaced by the previous manager, Angie who is keen to develop the cask ale portfolio. We now have changing beers from Woodfordes, Green Jack and Norfolk Brew House. Green Jack also supplies Crouch Vale. Your top beer scores for the last month are Shouldham Kings Arms 4.64 Thetford Red Lion 4.57 Great Cressingham Olde Windmill Inn 4.5 North Wootton Red Cat Hotel 4.5 Ringstead Gin Trap Inn 4.5 30 pubs surveyed /101 scores If you want a break from the beer, I am doing a talk at True’s Yard about Ethiopia on Thursday 14th at 1.00. It is free, but you will need a ticket. Tel. 01553 770479/ ku.oc.drayseurt@ofni. Also in support of True’s Yard Dr Paul Richards is hosting :- Town Walk - Places, People & King's Lynn's Drink Trade Past and Present 2-4pm, Saturday 23rd Feb. See And the Cider Surprise? You will have to come along on Tuesday to find out.