Welcome to the website for Halifax & Calderdale CAMRA.

We hope CAMRA Halifax and Calderdale members will continue to support the pubs, clubs and bars in the branch area at this difficult time.

When visiting pubs, clubs and bars, please remember to score on WhatPub. Not sure how to score beers? Click here.

Help us power WhatPub

We are sending regular emails on local initiatives to those with up to date email addresses. For those not registered for email communication now might be a good time to register.

You can update your membership records by logging into the CAMRA national web site, then you can go to the ‘Personal Details’ and `Marketing Preferences’ sections to update your contact details so the branch is able to keep you informed of any developments and news from our branch and its activities.

CAMRA Membership dashboard

We have a Pulling Together Group to share information about what pubs, clubs and brewers are doing at this time of crisis in the industry.

Pulling Together Facebook page
National CAMRA

Visit the National CAMRA Site for information on what CAMRA campaigns for and how you can get involved. There is also information on upcoming events such as Beer Festivals.

Recent Branch Presentations

Barkisland Cricket Club

The Hop Monkey, Hipperholme

Victorian Craft Beer Café, Halifax

Nan Moor’s Todmorden

Calderdale Beer and Cider Festival 2023

Thanks to everyone who attended the Calderdale Beer and Cider Festival in September 2023 and making it the most successful Festival held by the branch.

Elland’s 1872 Porter crowned the
Champion Beer of Britain 2023

Calderdale’s very own Elland Brewery’s 1872 Porter (6.5% ABV) has struck gold and has been crowned the best in Britain after winning the Campaign for Real Ales (CAMRA) prestigious Champion Beer of Britain competition.  

The 1872 Porter was crowned the official winner at this year’s Great British Beer Festival (GBBF), following a rigorous and hard-fought competition. The beer has been awarded Champion Winter Beer of Britain four times previously, the most recent being this year.  

Champion Beer of Britain co-ordinator Christine Cryne said it was a deserving champion, despite incredibly strong competition. She described the beer as a ruby black porter, with chocolate and caramelised fruit flavours with a hint of black toffee on the nose. The judges enjoyed its smooth mouthfeel with a finish that is roasty and dry. A satisfying and remarkably easy drinking porter.  

The award – one of the most coveted real ale competitions in the world – puts the winner firmly in both the national and international spotlight. It was exclusively revealed at today’s GBBF trade session today (1 August – yes, Yorkshire Day).

Read the full press release.

Other Awards 1872 Porter has received

Elland Brewery receive award

To help you locate all the Real Ale pubs and clubs in Calderdale we have an interactive map.

Interactive pub map
Calderdale Breweries

Remind yourself of our fabulous Breweries here.

Beer Scoring

Not sure why you should score beers or how to do it? We have produced some guidelines which we hope you will useful.

Beer Scoring

Good Beer Guide Selection Process

Have you ever wondered how the Good Beer Guide entries are selected? Find out here.

Good Beer Guide selection

New Beer Styles

In 2020 CAMRA introduced new beer styles. View an introduction to beer styles and a description of each.

Beer Styles

European Beer Styles

Did you know CAMRA members are also members of the European Beer Consumers Union

EBCU brings together consumer organisations from across Europe to preserve and maintain traditional European beer cultures and styles. 

The EBCU Style Guide is the first comprehensive guide for consumers to the beer styles of Europe and beyond. Check it out here: EBCU – beer styles.

European Beer Styles

Branch Articles

A collection of articles written by Branch members on various subjects you might find of interest.

Branch Articles

PubPaper Quizzes

We are not publishing any more copies on this site, but you are able view the Lockdown issues here.

Pubpaper quizzes