What is CAMRA?

For full information on CAMRA and our various national campaigns please visit the central site www.camra.org.uk 


To give you a taster, CAMRA is an independent, voluntary, consumer organisation. Membership is open to all individuals, but corporate entities such as breweries and pubs are not members. Most of its work is done by volunteers at local level, reinforcing national drives.


CAMRA is financed through membership subscriptions, sales of products such as books and sweatshirts, and from the proceeds of beer festivals. We are a not for profit company limited by members guarantee and our accounts are lodged annually with Companies House.


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While CAMRA is a single industry group, it has a very wide area of campaigning interests. At present campaigns we are actively pursuing include the following: 

  • Improved competition and choice in the brewing industry

  • Preserving the British pub and defending licensees from eviction by pub owners

  • Seeking a fairer tax system for smaller brewers

  • Seeking fuller information about the beer we drink, such as ingredients labelling

  • Fighting take-overs and mergers

  • Encouraging higher standards of pub design

  • Encouraging brewers to produce a wide range of beer styles such as porter, mild and stout, in addition to their bitters

CAMRA also seeks to promote real cider and perry through a sub-organisation called APPLE. Like ale, these are traditional British drinks and like ale, the traditional product is very different from the 'dead' version.


Remember, CAMRA saved real ale, it is no exaggeration to say, and as a result saved many independent breweries. No new ale breweries were set up in the UK for the fifty years before we were founded. There are now around 300 new brewers producing real ale, part of a massive real ale revival.


In total there are over 90,000 CAMRA members.


You can find out more about CAMRA from:




Code of conduct for CAMRA members