What is CAMRA BC?
The Campaign for Real Ale Society of British Columbia was incorporated in 1990 as a registered non-profit organization in the province of British Columbia. CAMRA BC is dedicated to the promotion and responsible consumption of natural, crafted beers.
Membership across BC is made up of over 600 individual and corporate members consisting of microbreweries, pubs, restaurants, and specialty liquor stores along with many skilled amateur brewers. CAMRA members are eager to apply their talents and experience to promoting widespread public appreciation of the many “real beers” that have become available in recent years.
CAMRA BC is growing and opening up chapters (CAMRA Fraser Valley being one of them) throughout the province to make it more accessible to all. CAMRA Fraser Valley is governed by a voluntary, unpaid executive elected by the membership. The society is financed through membership subscriptions, sales of books and sweatshirts, and ads in the What’s Brewing newsletter.
CAMRA aims to:
- to encourage the appreciation and production of natural, pure, additive-free ales and lagers in all their traditional styles;
- to promote the establishment and success of quality brewpubs, neighborhood pubs and craft breweries in British Columbia;
- to support quality home brewing; and
- to encourage the responsible enjoyment of beer and actively support laws and regulations that contribute to that objective.
History of CAMRA?
In 1971 angry beer lovers in England formed the Campaign for Real Ale (CAMRA) to combat the replacement of traditional regional beers with “mainstream” factory beers. Affiliated with the now 98,000-strong CAMRA UK, CAMRA BC supports the brewing of traditional styles of beer in the traditional manner, using traditional ingredients. The Society promotes naturally brewed live beers of all styles: ales, lagers, stouts, etc.