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 will shut its doors on Sunday 13 October.
Kilmaurs pub, the Weston Tavern, has added a second hand pull. The new hand pull will feature ales from Merchant City Brewing.
The Smoking Goat in Ayr has sadly closed its doors.
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.
The brewery in Brodick is apparently brewing at capacity and struggling to keep up with demand. Former Dunscar Bridge Brewery kit (27 barrel) has been purchased, along with the rights to the former beers, and has been installed at the Loch Earn site. However, the extra capacity will take the brewery over the existing beer duty threshold, which would currently be unviable. So they are looking at options to sell off that side of the business.
Full reopening of the Loch Earn Hotel is unlikely to happen anytime soon as there are still outstanding discussions with the insurance company following the small fire two years ago. The restaurant and bar is open though, and the Arran-branded Insignia Lager, a keg beer, is proving popular. The core beer range remains the same and they hope to add in some Dunscar Bridge beers into the mix at some point in the future. No update on sites at Dreghorn or Kilbirnie.
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.
Business is moving apace at Five Kingdoms and Alistair is very busy and expanding production facilities. They are supplying trusted outlets and a lot of local ‘foodie’ pubs with bottled ales such as Bright Idea and Wee McAsh. Although some new ales have been brewed recently, his core range with Dark Storm and Captain Morrison’s IPA continue to sell really well.
No news at the moment.
The brewery has been sold to local guys who will continue to brew the recipes that have proved successful for the brewery in the recent past. The brewing kit is being moved a short distance to its new home in the very near future.
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