On 26 November, MSPs in the Scottish Parliament voted 107-0 to support, in principle, the Tied Pubs (Scotland) Bill as proposed by Neil Bibb MSP.
There are some 750 pubs within Scotland which fall into this category.
As an organisation, CAMRA supports all pubs and we welcome this news.
Change of Ownership
Sorn Inn changed hands in November.
Pub Name Change
After a major refurbishment programme, the Troon pub formerly known as Cheeky Charlies has reopened as Number Forty-Seven.
As restrictions due to the current pandemic begin to ease, most of our local outlets have reopened although many have modified their opening hours and a phone call, prior to your planned visit, is highly recommended. Regrettably, some outlets remain closed.
Bruce’s Well, Troon
Ship Inn, Irvine
Lochranza Hotel, Arran
Galloway Arms, Newton Stewart.
£900 was donated to Ulster Wildlife from the sales of bottles of Arran Red Squirrel to support the reintroduction of Red Squirrels to North Down, Northern Ireland.
Sour Beer – The Arran View Brewery in Dreghorn has begun pilot production of the new range of “Arran Sour Beers” with head brewer Jose Bravo. It is hoped to have them available in all formats.
Cider – Has been started at the Loch Earn premises. The first 1000 litre batch has been fermenting away over the autumn/winter and it is hoped it will be ready for Easter. There is also going to be a hop-flavoured variant available.
Ayr beers are now available in Waterfront and the recently re-opened Smoking Goat. ABC had a tasting event at the Burn’s National Museum to coincide with Rabbie’s birthday.
After 4 years of dedicated service, Mike Tomlinson has stepped down as Brewery Liaison Officer to Ayr Brewing Company. At the recent January committee meeting the new BLO, Ronnie Beveridge, was confirmed as his replacement.
Not much news but Alastair has acquired his new fermenters and having taken walls down at the Brewery to get them in, and rebuilt the walls, he is ready to start the installation. Still selling plenty beer and bottles and is looking to offer PINS over the winter to rural pubs who struggle to clear a full barrel in the allotted time 7-10
days. Bitter X Blonde has been produced using new hops (Citra) and we sampled it. Tasted good and slightly more fruity than before. Rest is ‘as is’.
The leasing of the Steam Packet is still being explored and he has been interviewing clients, but nothing agreed as yet.
Equipment now in new premises but no sign of brewing recommencing as yet.
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