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BADRAG - What's That?


BADRAG 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, cans or bottles, such as milds, stouts and porters, plus the even rarer old ales and barley wines. Often such ales are only found at Beer Festivals, and they sell very quickly.  

CLICK HERE for a list of pubs that support BADRAG by stocking such ales (updated October 2018)

Support a Winning Team!

Despite 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!

Overall 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. 

You Could Assist...

As a customer, please keep asking for Rare Styles of Ale to show licensees that there is a demand!

Also, 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 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 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.

More Information...

Look out for details of BADRAG events in the Branch Diary on 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 click on Campaigns and then Real Ale, Cider & Perry Campaigning.

Please 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!