Welcome and Join Us

Welcome to the Northern Ireland branch of CAMRA (the Campaign for Real Ale)

CAMRA has been active in Northern Ireland since 1981 and our local branch of real ale enthusiasts, converts and volunteers continues to grow.  Now, with around 400 members, we are continuing to promote and improve the awareness, availability, variety and quality of both real ale and real cider throughout Northern Ireland.

It is something that we in CAMRA NI feel really passionate about, especially in a region where the big multi-national brewers have a stranglehold on what they allow to be sold in our wonderful local pubs.

We hold regular monthly branch meetings plus a wide programme of social and campaigning events throughout the year at which all CAMRA members are welcome to participate.   See the calendar for details.

Local members also regularly attend and represent our local branch at the regional SNIB forum meetings (Scotland and Northern Ireland Branches).

Our most important event is the annual Belfast Beer and Cider Festival which will next take place in the Ulster Hall in November.

Nationally, CAMRA has led the campaign for real ale, real pubs and consumer rights throughout the UK for over 40 years.  It is an independent, voluntary organisation with over 185,000 members and has been described as the most successful consumer group in Europe.  CAMRA promotes good-quality real ale and pubs, as well as acting as the consumer’s champion in relation to the UK and European beer and drinks industry.

So, if you live in Northern Ireland and are interested in real ale or real cider then why not join CAMRA today?

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Local Beer Festivals

HILDEN BEER AND MUSIC FESTIVAL 25 – 27 August at Hilden Brewery, Hilden House, Grand Street, Hilden, Lisburn, BT27 4TY.

ABV17 BEER FESTIVAL 1 & 2 September at Carlisle Memorial Church, 25 Clifton Street, Belfast BT15 2BE.

PORTRUSH BEER & FOOD FESTIVAL 6 – 8 October at Portrush Town Hall, 2 Kerr St, Portrush, BT56 2DG

CAMRA NI BELFAST BEER AND CIDER FESTIVAL 16 – 18 November at the Ulster Hall, Belfast.

If you are hosting a beer festival soon, let us know.

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