Camra Forth Valley award Corbie Inn Best Pub Newcomer of the Year 2012
Any award is very welcome but as a Real Ale pub it is an added honour to be recognised by your peers and organisations that promote and campaign for both availability and quality of traditionally produced beers and ales.
After a committee meeting held in the Corbie on the evening of Thursday 4 July, Camra Forth Valley presented pub owner & licensee, Gail Fairholm, a framed Certificate to celebrate the Corbie Inn being awarded the title of Newcomer Pub of the Year 2012.
CAMRA – Campaign for Real Ale
CAMRA Forth Valley, the local branch of CAMRA, and the organisation is one of these and has been instrumental over the last 40+ years in ensuring that both the craft of brewing, using traditional ingredients, many local, has been maintained and its availability in a growing number of outlets now made more widely available.
A Tradition worth its name!
Not everything that is regarded as traditional is necessarily worthy of either praise or support and in many cases, regarded as important just because they are old and have been around a long time.
Real Ale is not one of them
Many of us will remember the good old days when the largest brewers of the day simply bought up and shut down small local breweries and introduced us to the delights of cold, fizzy keg beers such as Youngers Special, Watneys Red Barrel, Carling lager and many more not even worthy of the terms ale or beer.
Camra was then a small voice in the wilderness but has grown into a national organisation recognised as a campaigning body not just for maintaining and growing an interest and enjoyment of real ales and beers but also fighting to retain pubs as a local focus for social and community engagement.
Newcomer of the Year Award
Bill Purnell, Camra Forth Valley’s Branch Chairman, explained that although the Corbie Inn had opened back in October 2011, some time had to pass to ensure that the accolade of Best Newcomer was deserved, before an award could be considered.
That time had passed and the Corbie Inn had proved itself a worthy winner!
So, it was with great pleasure that Gail accepted the award from Bill to the sound of rousing applause from all the pub patrons.