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.
Things didn’t really get back to any semblance of normallity until the end of 2021 and we had such a short period to meet CAMRA’s timetable that we decided we couldn’t run a valid competition for 2022. When should be able to do it properly this year and when we start 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 whether it’s served with a smile) – 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.