is the CAMRA “Bristol and District Rare Ales Group” or
“BADRAG” for short, launched at the 2007 Bristol Beer Festival.
This group seeks to campaign for bar and cellar space to be given to
Styles of Real Ales that are rare to find on a bar, are still
fermenting in either casks or bottles, such as Stouts, Porters, Mild
Ales, Old Ales, Barley Wines, Strong IPAs, Lagers, Wheat Beers and
Low ABV Bitters. Often such ales are only found at Beer Festivals,
and they sell very quickly.
a Winning Team!
being rare to find them on the average bar, top awards go to BADRAG
style ales. CAMRA Champion Beer of Britain 2007 was Hobson’s Mild
3.2% abv from Shropshire, CAMRA Supreme Champion Winter Beer of
Britain 2008 was Wickwar Station Porter 6.1% abv from
Gloucestershire and Supreme National Champion in the Society of
Independent Brewers 2008 National Beer Competition was Severn Sins,
a 5.2% abv dark stout from Severn Vale Brewing Company also in
Gloucestershire. All Dark Ales – but still many licensees in this
area will tell you Dark Ales don’t sell – BADRAG is trying to
help them market such Rare Ales!
a customer, please keep asking for Rare Styles of Ale to show
licensees that there is a demand!
you could assist with this vital campaign by telling your local
branch of CAMRA if you have bought, brew for sale or sell Rare Ales
in pubs and bars in “Bristol & District”, most of the old
Avon County Area. This will provide vital information for
“BADRAG” to make available on the branch web site www.camrabristol.org.uk
so that we may all support bars that sell Rare Ale Styles. Please
tell us about your “sightings of rare style ales” by emailing
information to BADRAG@camrabristol.org.uk
and let us know the name, type and abv of the ale, its brewer, where
and when you “found” it, whether it is available as a regular
ale or occasional ale and if occasional when it is available.
out for details of BADRAG events in the Branch Diary on www.camrabristol.org.uk
or in Pints West magazine, or ask the Branch Social Secretary to be
put on the reminders list. CAMRA member or not you would be welcome
to join our group activities. For more information about Rare Ale
Styles see http://www.camra.org.uk click on
Campaigns and then Real Ale, Cider & Perry Campaigning.
feel free to print off and ask any licensee if you may display this
poster in your favourite bars – tip: BADRAG
suggests that you take some white or blue tac and offer to put the
poster up yourself, licensees are busy people and they usually
appreciate having one less job to do!