We are happy to report that The Smoking Goat, Ayr has reopened and is currently selling two ales.
The Waterfront in South Harbour Street, Ayr has just installed a hand pull and is being supplied by Ayr Brewing Company.
The outlet formerly known as The Canny Man has been re-branded as The Padaro Bar & Restaurant. It continues to sell cask ale.
Kilmaurs pub, the Weston Tavern, has added a second hand pull. The new hand pull will feature ales from Merchant City Brewing.
Fanny by Gaslight
It has been confirmed that Kilmarnock pub Fanny by Gaslight is no longers selling cask ale.
The closure of Stair Inn has been announced via the pub’s Facebook page. The pub has been on the market for over 3 years but has there has not been a viable offer. The rural location with absence of public transport and lowering of the drink driving limit have put off prospective buyers. The pub shut its doors on Sunday 13 October.
Pub of the Year 2019
Judging over and points tallied, we can now reveal that our branch Pub of the Year for 2019 is The Twa Dugs in West Kilbride. An amazing achievement for a pub which opened its doors after a major refurbishment early last year.
Club of the Year 2019
Cambusdoon Sports Club has retained the title of Ayrshire & Wigtownshire CAMRA Club of the Year.
The presentation was made by branch chair,Lindsay Grant to Ross Mitchell, the club steward, during the recent 4th Alloway Beer Festival.
Beer of the Year 2019
Red MacGregor from Orkney Brewery was voted our Beer of the Year at our AGM in March. The presentation of the award was made by National Director, Jonathan Kemp at the recent Glasgow Real Ale Festival. Accepting the award was Craig Steven, the commercial manager of Orkney Brewery.
Beer Garden of the Year 2019
McKays in Troon has been voted to have take the title of Beer Garden of the Year.
On what had been a rather damp and dreich day, the clouds parted and the sun shone long enough for the presentation to McKays to be made outside in the beer garden.
Beer of the Festival 2019
Captain Morrison’s IPA brewed by Five Kingdoms in the Isle of Whithorn was voted Beer of the Festival at the 20th Ayrshire Real Ale Festival.
Alastair Scoular and his team were delighted with the news. The presentation will be made in due course.
Full Pints Wins Again!
Full Pints has retained the title CAMRA National Magazine of the Year. This is the third win in the space of the last four years and is a fantastic achievement for our branch.
The award was made during the Members’ Weekend in Dundee and magazine editor, Stuart McMahon, was on hand to accept the certificate from National Executive member Lynn Atack
Ayrshire & Wigtownshire website has undergone a major transformation over the past eighteen months. The new site is based on a WordPress theme and is mobile friendly. All CAMRA branch websites are assessed by a panel of judges and our website was one of the finalists.
Webmaster Ronnie Beveridge accepted the certificate from branch chair, Lindsay Grant at a recent committee meeting.
Two new beers have been created for the Pot Still’s birthday, a pale ale called Boing (4.2%) and Limoncello Sour (3.7%).
September marks the 10th anniversary of Ayr Brewing Company. On the 19th September, at the West Kirk, Anthony is doing a “Meet the Brewer” session.
Alastair is understandingly well pleased with the Troon success and the support from CAMRA in A&W. He has been cultivating local hops at Tonderghie House in the walled garden of his dad’s house and has a brew on the bar as a trial ‘Tonderghie Pale’ which is a limited edition. As the plot develops, he will move more to local hops over the next few years. He is definitely upgrading Dec/Jan and has ordered new equipment including larger fermenting vessels which will give him the expansion he needs for the future. All sounds very positive and enterprising.
No news at the moment.
The brewery is relocating to its new home in Kirkcolm and the new owners, Phil Holmes and Ben Fortnum, hope to be up and running early in the New Year. All in Wigtownshire wish them well and express our thanks for Keith`s work over the last few years in “Refreshing the Rhins and Beyond.” He has certainly raised CAMRA`s profile locally.
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