Welcome to CAMRA West Kent

This website is for CAMRA members who have an interest in the West Kent Branch.

The branch area includes the towns of Edenbridge, Sevenoaks, Tonbridge, Tunbridge Wells and Westerham.



Tunbridge Wells Beer Weekend

Thursday 5th to Sunday 8th September

This major celebration of beer across the town is almost upon us, so hopefully many of you will want to attend some of the events listed below. Keep an eye out for updates at https://www.facebook.com/twbeerweek/ and on the pubs’ own websites and social media.

Thursday 5th September launch at all venues 5pm
Thursday 5th September all day – Verdant Brewing Co. Tap Takeover @ Fuggles. 10 beers from Verdant on tap all day including the following on keg: Allen, People/Money/Space, Pulp, Lightbulb, What’s Done is Done, Roy I Want a Hilux, Dappled, Mary Lou.
Thursday 5th September 7:00pm – Tutored beer and cheese tasting @ Fuggles. £15 a ticket + booking fee. Tickets available via Eventbrite.
Thursday 5th September 8:00pm-11:00pm – TW Beer Weekend Quiz @ The Royal Oak.
Thursday 5th September all day – TW Beer Weekend Beer Launch @ Pig & Porter – come and join local brewers Pig & Porter on the Chapman Way Industrial Estate just up the road from High Brooms station to sample the beer they’ll be brewing for the weekend. This will also be available in Fuggles and other pubs taking part.

Friday 6th September 7:00pm – Rare Dark Beer tasting @ Fuggles. Fuggles will be digging into their cellars for 6 great dark beers to taste, including some rarities from Old Chimneys, Free Will, De Struisse and Moor Beer Co. Alex will be there to take you through them all. £15 a ticket + booking fee. Tickets available via Eventbrite.
Friday 6th September time TBC – FREE pint of Brewdog Punk IPA for first 50 customers and free Brewdog merchandise for first 15 customers. Brewdog raffle 7pm @ Sankeys
Friday 6th September 5-9pm – Longman Brewery Tap Takeover @ Ragged Trousers

Saturday 7th September 12:00 noon – Beer Meets Brunch @ The Royal Oak – a three course brunch with breakfast themed beer pairings from award winning food and drink writer James Beeson. Tickets £18 each which covers a three course brunch plus beer pairings. Contact the pub or search on Eventbrite to purchase tickets.
Saturday 7th September 3pm-4pm – Sensory Deprivation Beer Tasting @ Fuggles. £15 a ticket + booking fee. Tickets available via Eventbrite.
Saturday 7th September 11am-4pm – Pig & Porter Brewery Open Day (Chapman Way, High Brooms).
Saturday 7th September – 4:30pm – A History of Beer Styles. Free talk by Jeremy Kimmel @ Fuggles.
Saturday 7th September 7pm – Rare Sours Tasting @ Fuggles. 6 beers from Fuggles’ cellars including beers from De Cam, Alesong, Garden Path and 3 Fonteinein. Alex will be on hand to take you through them all. £15 a ticket + booking fee. Tickets available via Eventbrite.
Saturday 7th September time TBC – Historical pub & brewing walking tours (afternoon and evening) with the “Beer Cavalier”
Saturday 7th September 2pm – Iron Pier Brewery Meet the Brewer @ Bedford

Sunday 8th September all day – Best of Belgian Beers showcase @ Fuggles
Sunday 8th September 1pm – Beer School Sessions: a talk on hops and malt @ Fuggles by Paul Bourzanian from Tonbridge Brewery. £5 a ticket + booking fee (includes some tasters). Tickets available via Eventbrite.
Sunday 8th September 2:30pm – Beer School Sessions: off flavours in beer @ Fuggles
Sunday 8th September time 1:30pm-3:30pm – Historical pub & brewing walking tour with the “Beer Cavalier”. Tickets £10 cash on the day. Meet at the Pantiles Tap and finish at Grosvenor Road. The tour takes in three of the Beer Weekend venues and includes a half pint taster in each.

All weekend – “Lager Revolution” lager festival @ The Guinea
All weekend – Beers from Fonthill Brewing Co. @ The George
All weekend – The Gin Box Open House event @ The George
All weekend – Best of Scottish Breweries @ The Pantiles Tap
All weekend – Cask Beer festival @ The Royal Oak
All weekend – Kent vs Sussex beer festival @ The Sussex Arms – 5 beers from Kent breweries, 5 from Sussex

 

40 Years “At Anchor” !

A party from West Kent CAMRA recently visited Barry at The Anchor in Sevenoaks to celebrate his 40th “birthday” at the pub. Quite an achievement! Our picture shows branch chairman Trevor presenting Barry with a caricature to commemorate the occasion.

 

WEST KENT CAMRA SPA VALLEY RAILWAY BEER AND CIDER FESTIVAL

18th -20th October 2019

Yes folks its nearly here! 150+ real ales, cider, green hop bar, UK craft and European craft bar.

 

More Accolades for Harvey’s

A double presentation was recently made to Miles Jenner, Head Brewer at multiple award-winning Harvey’s brewery in Lewes, East Sussex.

A coach full of West Kent CAMRA volunteers who served over 14,000 pints of beer at the 8th annual Spa Valley Railway beer and cider festival in October 2018, the largest and most successful to date, were greeted by Miles in the brewery yard who then proceeded to provide an engaging and entertaining tour of the brewery culminating in the tasting of a range of Harvey’s fine cask ales in the racking room.

Emerging into the spring sunshine Craig Beeson, West Kent vice chair and festival organiser, presented Miles with a Gold Award certificate for Bonfire Boy, having been voted “Beer Of The Festival” by the public who chose from over 200 beers available. The three day festival is now one of the largest to be held in the south east and unique with its three locations as well as beers being available on the train, and will feature other favourites from Harvey’s this year. This award for the Lewes brewery is very appropriate for a town with a renowned reputation for its Bonfire Night celebrations!

Craig was joined by Ian Hodge, BLO for Harvey’s, who on behalf of CAMRA officially presented Miles with the Silver Award certificate for Harvey’s Old Ale in the Old Ales/Strong Milds category in the Champion Winter Beer of Britain competition at the GBBF Winterfest held in Norwich in February.

We would like to thank Miles for his hospitality and the time and effort he devoted to making the occasion so enjoyable and look forward to welcoming Harvey’s beers among the 200 to be available at the 2019 festival in Tunbridge Wells to be held over the three days 18th-20th October. Any volunteers able to help at the festival or in organising it would be most welcome.

The easiest ways to help CAMRA West Kent?

The number 1, easiest, but most important thing that CAMRA members can do to help any branch is to enter pub and beer scores via WhatPub. If you enter scores for pubs that you try they will get fed back to the relevant branch, and will be used for deciding which pubs go in the Good Beer Guide. The menu on the left contains a guide to Beer Scoring, or follow the WhatPub link above to go direct. 

Branch Volunteering
We really need more active, campaigning members on the branch committee to spread the workload . We’re all volunteers as you know, so if you want to be more involved let us know or come to our branch meetings and get involved. Also put your hand-up and volunteer to help at the events the branch organise, especially the Beer Festival at the Spa Valley Railway – always good fun and a great way to get involved.