From the HBD Archive
From: Phillip Seitz <>
Subject: G. Fix/Cambridge/CAMRA Good Beer Guide
Date: 1992-06-23 01:46:00 GMT

Our story so far: In issue 904 George Fix, a hearty traveler, inquired where to
find a good beer in Cambridge, England. In issue 905 Chuck Mryglot suggested
the Mill and also the Anchor. While I haven't been beer drinking in that part
of the world (yet), I did look up the area in the 1991 CAMRA _Good Beer Guide_.
The following Cambridge pubs, all serving real ale from hand-pumped kegs, are

Ancient Druids (Napier Street)--a brew pub with a wide selection

Bird in Hand (73 Newmarket Road)

Cambridge Blue (85 Gwydir Street)

Cow & Calf (St Peters Street) -- "Smashing little pub"

Free Press (Prospect Row)

Panton Arms (Panton Street) -- "Excellent pub"

Tap & Spile/The Mill (13-14 Mill Lane) -- "Ever changing range of ales from
independent brewers" "six guest beers"

Tram Depot (5 Dover Street)

White Hart (2 Sturton Street) -- "The landlord has won several cellarmanship
awards, as reflected in the quality of the beer"

White Swan (109 Mill Road)

In addition, Cambridgeshire does have a local brewery making real ale: Elgood &
Sons Ltd, in Wisbech. The make a bitter (OG 1.036, 4.1% by lume) and Greyhound
Strong Bitter (GSB) (1.045, 5.2%).

This might be a good time to mention the _Good Beer Guide_ which is published
annually by CAMRA. The pub section of the guide contains detailed listings
with descriptions of all the pubs that local CAMRA chapters have deemed to be
zymologically correct, including information on parking, food, lodging, decor,
etc. Also included is an apparently comprehensive listing of all breweries and
beers in the UK, with tasting notes, original gravity, and alchohol by volume.
This stuff is great reading--I mean, why can't WE have beers named Maiden's
Ruin, Old Fart, or Santa's Revenge. Finally, there's a series of essays
detailing current status of the battle for real ale, and a listing of prize
beers over the years. All this is packaged in a 500+ page guide that is
absolutely required reading for anybody interested in British beer--and believe
me, it's great fun to read. In fact, I'm using it as a tourguide to plan an
upcoming trip to Suffolk (home of seven breweries making real ale, including
the Greene King brewery of Abbott Ale fame). The problem is how to get a
copy. I did see one at the British Travel Bookshop ((800-448-3039), and when I
called today they said they still had it. They also say they are the only
source for copies in the U.S. and that they may or may not be able to get more.
The cost was $17.95. If your interested, send them a note at 40 W. 57th St.,
New York, NY 10019. I think they need to realize that this publication isn't
just a sop for people visiting merrie olde England for a week during the
summer. So how come we don't have a guide like this for the U.S.?

Thanks George, wherever you are, for this opportunity to mount the soapbox.

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