Cow and Cask features in the Good Beer Guide 2017


Newbury’s first micropub, the Cow and Cask, has been included in the new edition of CAMRA’s Good Beer Guide.

“We’re chuffed to bits!  When I opened the Cow and Cask my aspiration was to keep and serve a good pint of ale, being in the Good Beer Guide means I have done just that.  Many thanks to CAMRA and my customers for all their support during the last 2 years.” Ian Batho

CAMRA Good Beer Guide 2017 | Cow and Cask

New research released to mark the launch of the Good Beer Guide 2017, shows 70% of all pubs now serve real ale.  This is compared to just a third when the book was first published in 1975.  The growth of micropubs – from zero ten years ago to a predicted 200 by the end of the year – has helped to get real ale into spaces a traditional pub couldn’t fit, filling the gaps on our high streets and improving choice for beer drinkers.

The Good Beer Guide Editor Roger Protz says: “Micropubs are appearing like mushrooms at dawn and are offering beer lovers choice, keen prices and convivial meeting places. They now exist as far north as Northumbria, across into Lancashire, in Wales and the West Country. There are two in that bastion of beer-making, Burton-on-Trent, which is not short of traditional pubs as well.”

CAMRA Good Beer Guide 2017 launch

Join us at the Good Beer Guide launch event on Thursday 22 September – a great opportunity to meet up with local CAMRA members, local publicans and brewers.  Three real ales are available and if the weather is fine the wood fired pizza oven in the garden may be operating.

Find out more on the West Berkshire CAMRA Facebook page.