As part of the celebrations for its 50th anniversary, CAMRA will be giving Golden Awards to fifty individuals, groups or businesses that have made a significant contribution to its aims during its existence. Those involved do not need to be CAMRA members and nominations were also open to both members and non-members. Nominations closed on 16
March (the anniversary itself).
The criteria for nomination were ‘Pubs. Pints. People’ as follows:
- Pubs – nominate a pub or club that has stood the test of time; convivial, characterful, community-focused and consistently pouring great pints;
- Pints – recognise a brewery or cider/perry producer that has gone above and beyond in delivering excellence or innovation over the years;
- People – honour an individual, or a group of individuals, who have made a significant contribution to the achievement of CAMRA’s campaigning aims.
The winners will be announced during the course of 2021 and be added to a Roll of Honour. The winners will, of course, be reported here.
The organiser of the awards, Lynn Atack, said, “As we look to celebrate 50 years of campaigning, it is worth reflecting on how far the beer and pubs industry has come since the organisation was launched in 1971. When CAMRA was founded, the market was dominated by just six regional brewers pushing tasteless, kegged beers onto consumers because they were easier to store and serve. CAMRA was founded to demand something better and give a voice to the consumer. As a result, we have 2,000 brewers across the country today. The last year has been incredibly difficult for both the beer and pubs industries, and we are already seeing both in decline because of forced closures, restrictions, and curfews. To see such massive changes, in such a short period of time, demonstrates how relevant an organisation like CAMRA still is today. That’s why it’s more important than ever before to shout about the last 50 years of campaigning to demonstrate just what can be achieved when we come together in support of the beer and pubs industry. The Golden Awards aim to do just that by honouring the people, groups, breweries, cider producers, pubs and clubs that have really made a difference to the beer world since 1971.”