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Local Launch of the 2013 Good Beer Guide

The CAMRA Good Beer Guide is the only properly and independently researched guide to the best pubs for real ale and cider in the Britain. The Good Beer Guide 2013 will be launched locally on Friday September 14th at the Gryphon in Colston Street in central Bristol. The Gryphon is just about 100 metres uphill from the Colston Hall and close to the bus station and the BRI hospital.


The event will run from noon to 7pm and copies of the Guide will be on hand. Last year we sold an impressive 90 copies. The team at the Gryphon relaunched the pub as a real ale and rock music venue just two years ago. In fact the event coincides with their second anniversary of reopening and they have a lot of surprises planned for that weekend. Expect lots of live bands (21 are rumoured!) and an increased range of beers. Given that they already sell up to six changing beers and are never afraid to sell rare styles (especially dark beers) or strong brews, then this should make it well worth sticking around after buying your GBG. The pub also offers a tasty range of home-cooked food.


A generous discount on all real ales also applies if you show a CAMRA membership card. Nobody who enjoys a quality pint of ale should be without this book especially if you plan to travel around the UK on business or leisure. With the price of a pint nowadays, why risk drinking poor beer, when the book can steer you towards the best pubs wherever you are? Even if you bought the Guide last year, the ever changing pub industry means that a significant amount of it will now be out of date. In our own area around 20% of the pubs featured this year will be different from last year, and a similar story will be true in most other areas too.


In addition the Good Beer Guide aims to list all known real ale breweries and their regular beers (many thousands). The majority of these will also have tasting notes supplied to steer you towards your style of beer it can be bewildering to see a large bank of handpumps and have no idea which one is for you. This list also comes in handy at beer festivals or when buying beers in an off license or supermarket. There are also always numerous interesting beer-related articles to read. 


The book will be available in main book shops, or online from CAMRA from mid September, and makes an ideal Christmas or birthday present for anyone who enjoys a pint. However, we are offering the chance to buy it in person from some of the volunteers who helped write it at our annual launch event. The cover price is 15.99 but for this day only it will be available at the bargain price of 12.50, or just 10 to card-carrying CAMRA members.