The Northern Ireland branch of the Campaign for Real Ale (CAMRA) is a group of volunteers who love the locally brewed beer and cider in Northern Ireland so much that we dedicate a lot of our free time to fight for your right to be able to drink it. Our members span the entire province, vary in age and campaign on these issues:
- Fighting for licensing reform in Northern Ireland. This part of the UK has a different way of issuing alcohol licenses compared to England, Scotland and Wales. With Stormont lying in a ditch, there is no political movement on changing our law to allow local microbreweries and cidermakers to be able to sell their produce directly to the public. As well as encouraging and increasing employment, this is a lucrative means of income for breweries throughout the rest of the UK.
- Discouraging pub ties and allowing local microbreweries a tap in bars across Northern Ireland. While a lot of locally brewed bottled beer can be found in our pubs, draught beer is a different matter. Nearly all taps in NI are owned and maintained by large macro breweries (Diageo, Molson Coors, Heineken, Tennent’s etc) which are adding their own ‘faux-craft’ beers to a tap or outright refuse pubs to stock local brews.
- Improving choice for you. Should license reform happen, combined with extra local brewery taps available in draught – this can only benefit you, the customer.
Working to achieve these goals could be a full time job in itself in Northern Ireland, so we would love for you to join us at one of our social events and see if you would like to help us succeed.