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Learn about the Colour Bar and more with CAMRA

The Campaign for Real Ale (CAMRA) has collaborated with celebrated beer writers, Hollie Stephens and David Jesudason, to release two new articles this month on its award-winning education platform Learn & Discover, which is home to a wealth of drinks and pub focused content from writers, educators and experts.

The new freely available articles include:

  • What was the Colour Bar? – Journalist and campaigner for racial equality David Jesudason unveils the unsavoury history of racial segregation within British pubs. This eye-opening article reveals how Black and Asian pubgoers were forced to drink in a separate room or refused service completely. The thought-provoking piece tells how even US civil rights leader Malcolm X was declined service in a London pub and of the hostile reception received by the first pub landlords of colour.
  • Pub snack pairing for beer and ciderEver wondered what to eat alongside your pint? Award-winning beer writer Hollie Stephens compares complementary tasting notes and flavour profiles for the perfect beer and food pairing. From porters with spicy chilli crackers to medium dry cider with sausage rolls, Hollie’s guide will make you appreciate beer and cider pairings without even having to step foot into the kitchen nor be an experienced chef.

The two new guides are free to view for both CAMRA members and non-members. For enthusiasts and connoisseurs wishing to deep dive further into the world of beer and cider, CAMRA also offers in-depth articles exclusively for members*.

New guides, articles, videos and audio material are added to the Learn & Discover platform every month to help beer and cider loves discover everything there is to know about beer, cider, perry and pubs. To discover more, visit: https://camra.org.uk/learn-discover/

Alex Metcalfe, CAMRA’s Learning & Discovery Manager, said: “I am very proud of CAMRA’s latest commissioned content. The ever-growing library of video, audio and written material is a fantastic resource for both CAMRA members and non-members alike and one that is only growing this summer.”

Metcalfe adds: “David Jesudason’s article is everything Learn & Discover strives to be – insightful, educational and informative. I hope the article empowers readers with knowledge of the wrongs of the past, perspective on the present and a drive to work together to make today’s pubs an inclusive haven for all within our communities to enjoy.”

Jesuadon has also pioneered a new initiative to support diversity in beer writing as a Director of the British Guild of Beer Writers. The Diversity in British Beer Writing Grant, launched in partnership with Good Beer Hunting, will platform and highlight stories that celebrate diversity and inclusion within beer, pubs, and the wider hospitality industry. In keeping with the spirit of this grant, the Guild is particularly interested in hearing from those who are not always well-represented within the broader beer landscape, including women, BIPOC, LGBTQIA+ people, and disabled people. They are also welcome pitches from people who are new to, or seeking a career within, beer writing, brewing, pubs, and the drinks industry at large.

To find out more, visit: https://www.goodbeerhunting.com/british-guild-grant

CAMRA acknowledges its responsibilities towards inclusivity, diversity and equality. Read more on CAMRA’s part to play in ‘Diversity, representation in beer and cider’ https://camra.org.uk/learn-discover/the-basics/diversity-beer-and-cider/  and via our IDE Review (https://camra.org.uk/inclusivity-diversity-and-equality-review/)


*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 £28.50 a year. A CAMRA membership helps CAMRA’s campaigning efforts to save pubs during this challenging time. You can join by visiting join.camra.org.uk

To discover all Learn & Discover content, visit https://camra.org.uk/learn-discover/