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6th April 2021

Learn about women in CAMRA with beer author Laura Hadland

Beer writer Laura Hadland shares a fresh perspective of women behind the scenes in the Campaign for Real Ale (CAMRA). Published on CAMRA’s Learn & Discover platform, ‘Women in CAMRA’ focuses on women in the brewhouse, the lab, the pub, at beer festivals and in tasting rooms.

Laura Hadland’s research on women in beer finds its home in the recently published biography, 50 Years of CAMRA, a gripping history of one of the UK’s most colourful campaigns. Her former life as a senior museum curator has given her the unique skill set needed to gather over 100 oral histories together, including those of Christine Cryne, the first woman to hold the position of Great British Beer Festival Organiser in 1992, and the UK’s first accredited Pommelier, Jane Peyton.

CAMRA’s online learning platform is home to plenty of new and exclusive content from writers, educators and experts. There will be new guides, articles, videos and audio pieces added every week exploring everything there is to know about beer, cider, perry and pubs.

Alex Metcalfe, CAMRA’s Learning & Discovery Manager says: “In CAMRA’s 50th year, it is more important than ever to remember every person that has helped further the campaign’s goals, and I thank Laura for bringing her expertise and research again to the Learn & Discover platform. In her latest Learn & Discover article, Laura draws attention to the women that have worked hard in a male-dominated industry for beer, cider and perry across the last five decades.”

All new content on Learn & Discover includes free intros and tasters so visitors to the site can get a feel for the full access enjoyed by CAMRA members, which includes articles on diversity in beer and cider and women and cider, an introduction to Britain’s family brewers, and introductions to beer and cider tasting.

‘Women in CAMRA’ is connoisseur-level, meaning the full piece is only available to members. To access member-only content, CAMRA members simply need to sign in at the top of the webpage with their membership number and password. Non-members can join the campaign for just £26.50*/year.

A CAMRA membership helps CAMRA’s campaigning efforts to save pubs during this difficult time. You can join by visiting

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CAMRA, the Campaign for Real Ale, is a not-for-profit consumer group with over 180,000 members that has been operating since 1971. Our vision is to have quality real ale and thriving pubs in every community.

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