The Campaign for Real Ale is an independent, voluntary, consumer organisation. Membership is open to all individuals, but corporate entities such as breweries and pub companies are not members. CAMRA is governed by a voluntary unpaid national executive, elected by the membership. There is a small team of employed staff responsible for central campaigning, research, administration of membership, sales and so forth.
It is no exaggeration to say that CAMRA saved real ale in the U.K. and as a result saved many independent breweries. No new ale breweries were set up in the UK for the fifty years before we were founded. There are now around 600 brewers producing real ale, part of a massive real ale revival.
Our membership has increased by 70,000 since 1989 to 100,000 in 2009. There is a growing demand for quality real ale from a more discerning drinker.
Benefits of CAMRA Membership
Benefits of being a member of CAMRA include receiving the monthly What’s Brewing? newspaper, which is always full of interesting articles, and reduced admission charges to most CAMRA beer festivals. CAMRA produces several books and guides each year that are available to members at reduced prices.
There are national and local campaigns as CAMRA maintains its efforts to ensure the availability of traditional real ales. It is campaigning to ensure that every pint of beer bought actually contains a full pint: far too many do not. CAMRA campaigns for reduced tax on beer and assistance for smaller brewers.
Locally, branches campaign to keep breweries and pubs open and to protect the heritage of traditional pubs.
It should be pointed out that we also meet in pubs very often, where we talk and drink real ale a great deal in variable proportions.
Contacts and Joining
CAMRA – The Campaign for Real Ale, 230 Hatfield Road, St. Albans, Herts AL1 4LW
Tel +44 (0) 1727 867201 Fax +44 (0) 1727 867670