Autumn is upon us and the new month starts with our regular branch meeting at the Barn, CMK, on Thu 1st of September. Starting at 20:15 sharp, the upcoming Concrete Pint Beer & Cider Festival and the branch's use of the interweb will be amongst the topics for discussion. As usual, all are welcome to attend and see what we're about.
The first branch social of the month takes place on Sat 3rd of September as we visit the village of Sherington and pubs in the centre of Newport Pagnell. Our first port of call will be the White Hart, Sherington, shortly after noon, then the Bull in Newport from around 13:30 before visiting several other pubs in the town.
Lunchtime drinkers might like to seek out the mini beer festival at MK Museum from Thu 8th to Sat 10th of September. Open from noon to 16:00 each day, the event is part of the national Hertitage Open Day programme across MK and the UK. We're told beer will be £2.50 a pint and there's a new exhibition about punk music in MK alongside the usual attractions.
"Drink beer and prosper!" say Lichfield, Sutton & Tamworth branch of CAMRA, as the 23rd Tamworth Beer Festival celebrates 50 years since the first screening of Star Trek, way back on 8th of September 1966. The festival, which runs from Thu 8th to Sat 10th of September, is a notorious "ticker" fest, showcasing new breweries and one-off festival special brews that you won't find anywhere else. A quick flick through the beer list reveals 'Old Spockled Hen', 'Vulcan Nerve Pinch' and 'Beam Me Up Hoppy' amongst 75 out-of-this-world beers that'll be on offer. Its FREE entry to CAMRA members at all times and less than an hour away from MK by train. For further information, see their website.
Branch members are invited to attend the Central Southern regional meeting on Sat 10th of September. Running from noon until 16:30, it'll take place at the Griffin in Caversham (RG4 7AD). Further details should be available from the regional website.
Lamb, Stoke Goaldington.
The Lamb in Stoke Goldington is hosting a music and beer festival on Sat 10th of September from 14:00 onwards. The Lamb is a regular in the Good Beer Guide and a past branch Pub of the Year, so you know the beer and cider will be good. Headlining the music side of the event will be Perfect Purple, a top-rated Deep Purple tribute band. Entry to 'WoodStoke' is FREE and we're assured there is ample cover should the weather take a turn for the worst. Hot and cold food will also be available. Bus route 37 runs between Newport Pagnell, Stoke Goldington and Olney roughly hourly until late afternoon and is covered by the MK Moove day ticket.
Foodies rejoice! BOFF, the Big Olney Food Festival, is back on Sat 10th and Sun 11th of September and tucked away amongst all the food stalls you'll find plenty of real ale and cider! Find 'em on Facebook.
Bierclub, the monthly beer tasting event at Wolverton's Biergarten will take place on Wed 14th of September. It'll feature beers from those mad Scandinavian brewers, who love their sours, imperial stouts and extreme IPAs, as well as more normal beers. There are a few tickets available at £15 each + fees.
CAMRA will launch the 2017 edition of the Good Beer Guide on Thu 15th of September. We'll be inviting the landlords of the 13 pubs included from our branch area to a special social and you are all invited to come and meet them too. Details of this social will be announced closer to the date, so stay tuned.
Looking for another excuse to take a train ride to the Midlands? Look no further than the 9th CAMRA Hinckley Beer Festival taking place in the Adkins Building, Hinckley (LE10 1QU), a 15 minute strole from the rail station, from Thu 15th to Sat 17th of September. They're offering around 70 beers from the West Country, Kent, Manchester, the Home Counties, West Midlands and Yorkshire, in addition to LocAles from closer to Hinckley. The festival is open from noon until 23:00 each day and entry is FREE to CAMRA members at all times. see their website for further information, including the beer list. Trains run regularly from MK with a change at Nuneaton.
There's another opportunity to release your inner foodie as the first MK Food Festival comes to Great Linford on Sat 17th of September. Alongside a bewildering array of things to eat you'll find our MK beer and cider producers well represented. The event open at 11:00 and runs until 17:00. Find further details on the web, Facebook and Twitter. Buses 7, 21, 23, 24, 25 and 37 will all get you pretty close to the site at Linford Manor Park and the Nags Head is close by if you need to relax for a while in a pub. You'll also find the Black Horse a short walk west along the canal, while the Giffard Park Inn is a little further to the east.
Cask Ale Week is a national celebration of cask-conditioned beers running from Thu 22nd of September to Sun 2nd of October. That's right, organisers Cask Marque have decided they need an 11 day 'week' to fit in all the events that have been arranged this year. We are not aware of anything happening within our branch area, but several pubs are participating in a free pint promotion paid for by Punch. You'll need a smartphone or tablet to get your voucher this year, which is bad news from those of you desperately clinging on to your Nokia 3410s! You can get a map of all Cask Ale Week events across the UK online. Don't forget there are several pubs in our branch area that offer discounts on real ale to CAMRA members on production of your valid membership card. We have a list of participating pubs on WhatPub.
Cider fans should head over to the Woolpack, Buckingham, on Fri 23rd and Sat 24th of September for their Cornish Weekender. They have over 20 ciders available, plus craft larger from Sharp's and guest real ales from Cornish breweries. Pasties too! For more info see the pub's Facebook page.
We have had no interest at all for the rail trip on Sunday 25th of September, so we will not be running it.
Late September brings the German tradition of Oktoberfest, so we're delighted that MK11 has got the dates for its 4th Octoberfest about right. From Fri 30th of September to Sun 2nd of October the venue will be offering live music and big screen sports action accompanied by German beers, bratwursts, pretzels and a selection of real ales and ciders. Best of all, the event is FREE at all times to everyone. You can find further information on the Facebook event page.