Bexhill Albatross Club soaring with CAMRA award

Albratross Club's Karen Palmer and Steve Land with Jon Inverdale
Albratross Club's Karen Palmer and Steve Land with Jon Inverdale

A Bexhill Royal Air Force club is in the four-strong shortlist for a national award on the strength of its beer.

The Albatross Club is in the top four for the Campaign for Real Ale’s (CAMRA) Club of the Year 2016 award.

Albatross member John Leahy was proud of his fellow clubmates and bar steward for picking impressive ales.

“Getting into the top four in the country is quite an accolade especially as a Royal Air Force club,” he said.

“We thought we were just in the top 16 but when Karen Palmer went up to Manchester to receive the award, we found out we were in the top four which is brilliant.

“Out of 28,000 clubs in the UK, we’ve done amazingly, and it goes to show our bar steward is getting the right beers in and is appreciated by CAMRA members.”

The Albatross club has won regional CAMRA awards for the last three years running but this is the first nationwide recognition it has received.

The judging works by CAMRA members rating the beers from each club then presenting them to a regional judge who works out how many votes there are for different clubs and pubs. Then it goes to areas and lastly nationally.

The club puts on two beer festivals every year and is supported by the Royal Air Force Association.

David said the UK winner will be announced around March and hopes they can go all the way.

“We have four ales on tap and different ciders which are greatly enjoyed by our members, if you know what I mean,” he said.

“Fingers crossed for the final. We’ll have a surprise visit to us from CAMRA to see how our beers are.

“When push comes to shove, some clubs don’t turn out to be as good as first thought, but ours actually is.”

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