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Mick Dennison.
Mick Dennison.
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It’s pat on the back time for three local pubs as Wetherspoons, the Palatine and The York Hotel have all been included in the Morecambe section of CAMRA’s Good Beer Guide 2015 – a cause for celebration.

In 1972, CAMRA produced the first ever detailed directory of real-ale pubs in Britain. 42 editions later and the Good Beer Guide is the UK’s best-selling beer and pub guide with tens of thousands of copies sold each year. It is also available on a Smartphone app and as an e-book.

All three of us venues are in an exclusive group of 4,500 outlets chosen from over 50,000 pubs in Britain.

What is even better is the fact we have been chosen for entry by local CAMRA members as well as a result of recommendations from users of the guide.

The Good Beer Guide 2015 also includes a unique Breweries section which lists each brewery producing real ale in Britain. All our regions breweries are listed – Lancaster, Old School, Cross Bay and a new entry this year: The Borough. Mitchell’s of Lancaster are represented with an entry for York Brewery.

Locally, Morecambe has three pub entries available and I’m told by CAMRA members that voting was tight this year with a new beer scoring system coming into force.

It involves either using a barcode type reader that should be displayed in cask ale pubs or by using the CAMRA website to.

Of course you would have to be a member of CAMRA to vote. Locally, you could pick up a copy of the Lunesdale Drinker, the magazine of Lunesdale CAMRA and complete the membership form within. Being a member gives you many benefits and money off offers on beer related publications and entry to beer festivals.

Check out which pubs in the area offer a CAMRA discount as well.

Morecambe is quickly losing its tag as a Cask Ale Wilderness with many venues now offering real ale from local and national brewers. It’s now up to beer lovers to seek these out and enjoy the great taste of proper beer.