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CAMRA to accept “craft beer”?

This week more than a thousand CAMRA members will descend on Bournemouth to discuss the organisation’s future direction and policy at its annual Members’ Weekend, AGM and Conference.

CAMRA members will consider proposals to widen its interests and scope of influence within the Beer and Pubs sector. A conference motion has been put forward to reduce the restrictions on CAMRA’s definition of flavoured and pasteurised real cider and perry, as well as a motion to accept the term “craft beer” across the organisation as inclusive and applicable to real ale.

Those present will be asked to debate and vote on a motion proposing that awards are not awarded to those who contravene CAMRA’s values, particularly if they display discriminatory attitudes on social media or elsewhere. Members will also be asked to consider whether CAMRA should do more to help pubs campaigning against increases in business rates.

The weekend will also give CAMRA members the opportunity to discuss the findings of the Revitalisation Project, which has proposed that the Campaign should widen its vision and mission to reflect changing consumer needs and developments in the drinks industry, whilst remaining committed to its core aims of promoting real ale, cider and perry and campaigning for pubs and clubs.

Members will have the opportunity to explore the potential impacts of theses and other proposals for change that were made by the Revitalisation Project Steering Committee, when they delivered their report on the widespread consultation of member’ opinions conducted last year.

A final vote on the Revitalisation Project proposals will be taken at the 2018 Members’ Weekend, which will be held in Coventry 2018.

Colin Valentine, CAMRA’s National Chairman says: “The Members’ Weekend provides a unique opportunity for individuals to come together and discuss the future positioning and policies of our campaigning organisation. Our membership remains at the heart of any and all decisions that we take, so this weekend helps us to share ideas about CAMRA’s future.”