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. At the Bristol Beer Festival 2018 the winning locale was
Dawkins Foresters Black 4.8% a smooth oat milk stout and the pub of
the year was Chums a micropub in Redland, Bristol that always has a
dark beer on the bar. BADRAG has a list of 50 licensed in the area
that has gives space to our style of ale on the bar – 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!
CAMRA Champion Beer of Wales in 2016 was Tudor Black Rock a 5.6%
Porter, and runner up was Boss Black a 5% silky stout. In 2017
Champion Beer of Scotland was Loch Lomond Silkie Stout at 5%. In
2018 Champion Winter Ale of Britain was Green Jack Ripper an 8.5%
Barley Wine. In 2016 the Overall Champion Beer of Britain was 5%
Bingham’s Vanilla Stout.
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!