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It’s the time of year to once again renew your CAMRA memberships. What’s that? You aren’t a member? For shame!

CAMRA is your local good beer advocacy group. It stands for The CAMpaign for Real Ale, and yes, I think they were drinking when they made that up too. However, a silly name and a logo pretty obviously drawn by an inebriate does not invalidate their awesomeness in any way, nor your responsibility to join.

We get it. It’s a mug. But c’mon guys, couldn’t this be done before your third pint?

Logo and acronym issues aside, CAMRA serves an invaluable service to the local community. They provide a means for local bars to get in touch with the Bearded Beer Brigade, which in turn encourages pubs to actual give a shit about what comes out of their taps. Because of CAMRA interest and support, Cask Nights are exploding in popularity all over the city, places like The Alibi Room and St Augustine’s exist, and breweries have a much better case to make when arguing for a tap slot next to Molson.

The street goes both ways, too. A CAMRA card gets you stiff discounts on all CAMRA-sponsored events. This ranges from $5-$10 for events like cask festivals, brewery trips/tours, and the infinitely cool Vancouver Craft Beer Week. In addition to all this, you get discounts at local beer geek-friendly restaurants on food & drink and, I shit you not, up to 10% off at places like Firefly, Brewery Creek and Viti.

Individual memberships are just $25, and are honestly a bargain at twice the price. In the past 12 months, my $25 investment has saved me in the area of $200-$300 or even more. Heck, when I bought my bucket of Driftwood Old Cellar Dweller, the discount on just that one purchase covered my CAMRA card.

But don’t do it for the discount alone. The size of the membership roll at CAMRA is an important argument for expanding craft beer availability, so sign up and do your part.

Written by chuck

January 6th, 2011 at 12:31 pm

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