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Tied Pubs

On 26 November 2020, 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 that 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 and no longer supplies real ale.

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.

Brewery News

£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.

Anthony has developed a new contact for the supply of New Zealand hopes and intends to use them in some exciting new brews.  Over the summer months, a new beer called Summer Knitting has proved to be very popular.  It is an unfined, unfiltered ale with an ABV of 5.3%.

Five Kingdoms
Alastair has leased out the Steam Packet Inn to allow him more time to concentrate on the brewery.  During the lockdown, Alistair made regular visits to Ayrshire to deliver beer to his thirsty customers.

Equipment is now in new premises but there is still no sign of brewing recommencing as yet.

Steve supplied ales to local members and then participated in an online tasting session of his excellent ales.

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