Around a dozen members of the British Guild of Beer Writers met the former CAMRA Revitalisation Committee for an informal discussion of the project.
Chairman of the Revitalisation Committee Michael Hardman explained the scope of the project, which had taken 18 months to complete. The Committee presented its report to CAMRA’s National Executive in December.
After Hardman’s presentation, Guild members put their questions to the Committee. Debate followed around the topics covered by the Revitalisation project, primarily CAMRA’s role in the changing beer market; growing interest in and demand for beers other than real ale and the need to focus on beer quality, regardless of its style.
The meeting was held at The Old Doctor Butler’s Head, thanks to Shepherd Neame. It was organised by Robert Humphreys, who served on the Revitalisation Committee and is also on the Board of the Guild of Beer Writers.
Members of the Revitalisation Committee present at the event, in addition to Hardman and Humphreys, were: James Lynch, Ben Wilkinson, Angela Aspin and the CAMRA manager of the project, Emily Ryans.