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Ladies Who Love Beer aka BAD Ladies 

If you are a lady who loves beer then you might be interested in joining in with our activities.  We are a group of CAMRA women who enjoy getting together for a few hours once every couple of months through the year to enjoy real ale and real cider.  We are interested in organising beer and cider tasting, beer brewing, and pub trips.  We agreed that our pub trips would include places that served real cider as well as real ale, and that we wouldn’t visit more than 3 pubs over an afternoon.

So if you are one of the 22% of female members in Bristol and District (BAD) CAMRA, enjoy beer and great company, and like the look of our programme please join us.  

The BAD Ladies programme of events for 2019 are listed below.  Events take place on Saturday afternoons.  Apart from the special events where it is specified, there is no need to book.  Just come along. Pub explorer trips are always free. To book a place on one of the special events please contact Bianca on 0772 302 0223.

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February 16th.  Old Market meander. 14:00 - 18:00.  Volunteer Tavern, New Street, BS2 9DX, Start off the BAD Ladies year in this historic bohemian area of Bristol with a tour of some familiar and new Old Market pubs.

  • Volunteer Tavern – great Bristol and regional beers and a bohemian atmosphere

  • The Phoenix – serving 3 beers on casque often including Tiny Rebel

  • The Stag and Hounds – historic building hosting “serving Bristol Beer Factory

March. Friday 8th /Saturday 9th Save the date for short notice events to celebrate International Women’s Day.  The last two years we have been involved in a Brew Day at Brewhouse and Kitchen and the launch of XX beer at Wiper and True.  Let’s see what happens this year. As well as tweeting, we’ll send out an email to Branch members as soon as any info about a suitable event comes in. 

April 6th Beer and cake pairing.  The Good Measure, Chandos Road, Redland.  Meet 14:00.   Come to Good Chemistry’s new pub venture and try some of their beers paired with cake.  What could be better!  Kelly from Good Chemistry will be giving us a guided tasting of three 1/3’s of beer paired with mini cakes supplied by local business Pearly King Cakes also on Chandos Road. The cost will be £10.  Please contact Bianca if you would like to come along. 

May 4th. East Bristol Trail. 14:00 - 18:00.  Meet to begin the trail together at Arbor Ales, 181 Easton Rd, Bristol BS5 0HQ.  This is a really popular and growing event which sees the breweries in Easton and St Phillips (Dawkins, Arbor, Left Handed Giant, Good Chemistry, Moor) open their doors and encourage you to visit them all! Pop-up food offerings are available at each location.  Come along and share the experience with BAD Ladies.  We'll choose a pace to suit us on the day and decide collectively which of the breweries to visit, whether some, or all.

June 15th. Severn Beach railway ramble 13:16 - 18:00'ish.  Starting a little earlier than usual to fit in with the rail timetable. Start from Templemeads taking the 13:16 to Shirehampton arriving 13:37. Begin from the Lamplighters close to Shirehampton station and then follow a route back calling in at a couple of pubs (maybe 3??) close to stations on the way.    As usual, we'll follow a pace which suits us on the day and which fits in with the rail timetable.  The return rail fare from Templemeads to Shirehampton and back is £3.

August 30th/ Sept 1st. BAD Ladies abroad.  Beer festival near Valladolid, Spain.  Be adventurous and join other BAD Ladies at this small festival in Montemayor de Pililla, celebrating the real and craft beer of Castile León.  This year's festival is the "Women" edition, which highlights women in beer/brewing and in music.  You can see more here: Please get in touch with Bianca by May 27th if you require help securing group accommodation or need any more information about coming along.

September 14th. Fishponds foray. 14:00 - 18:00.  Meet at The Star, Fishponds Rd, BS16 3AF.  Learn more about this part of north east Bristol which hosts several micro-breweries and two micro-pubs.  We’ll visit the following, and use the 49 bus to reach the final stop:

  • The Star – well known for conviviality, music, and a micro-brewery in the garden

  • Snuffy Jacks – Bristol’s third micro-pub with a great range of local and other beers

  • The Wooden Walls – Bristol’s fourth micro-pub, and just over the border into Downend/Staplehill

November 30th. Historic Bristol The Centre. 14:00-18:00. Meet at The Christmas Steps, Christmas Steps, BS1 5BS. Learn more about the trading history of Bristol and the links with pubs in the oldest areas of the centre, we’ll take in a bit of local history info’ as we visit the following:  

  • The Christmas Steps – craft beer pub once called the 3 Sugar Loaves – sugar was part of the “triangular trade” Bristol built its wealth on during the 17-18th centuries, this old pub name recognises the sugar warehouse located a bit further along the street at what is now Hotel du Vin.

  • The Bank Tavern – situated down a little lane in the old city commercial quarter this is a snug pub tucked behind the city wall was established around 1750 at about the same time the first bank outside London was opened in Bristol followed by two others in 1752 and 1769.  This was quite momentous, and probably accounts for the name of the pub, bearing witness to the trading wealth that required safe deposit in the city.

  • The Seven Stars – a good range of ales, ciders and perries in an historic location. It was here that Thomas Clarkson collected important evidence here in 1787 about the trade in slaves which provided important impetus to the Abolition movement