Every year (well usually) the branch chooses its 2 pubs of the year, one in the city (basically inside the ring road) and one covering the towns and villages. We draw up a short list of eligible pubs at a branch meeting, using CAMRA’s beer scoring system, and then branch members visit the pubs and score them according to the criteria given. Completed voting forms are tallied at the January branch meeting and the award is be made at our awards evening in February.
Our current City PotY 2020 is the Royal Blenheim in St Ebbe’s Street and our current Town & Village PotY 2020 is again the Brewery Tap in Ock Street, Abingdon, chosen at the beginning of 2020.
Of course, since then it has not been possible to run a PotY selection process and we don’t know when we will. When we do get back to normal we will want to know which pubs are back on top and serving excellent beer so keep………….
BEER SCORING. When you go to the pub (any pub) find the pub on WhatPub.com, login with you membership number, and give your beer a score for the condition it is in (not how much you like it or not) – from 0.5, undrinkable (although in that case there is probably something wrong with it so why not see if you can get a replacement) through average, good, to 5, perfect. A score you might give a handful of times in your lifetime. These score summaries are considered at branch meetings and used to help choose our selections for PotY and the Good Beer Guide. Get scoring, it really helps.