Trooper Inn and Old Spot Inn up for Camra Pub of the Year as Good Beer Guide 2014 is launched

Two south west pubs, the Trooper Inn in Stourton Caundle, Dorset and the Old Spot Inn in Dursley, Gloucestershire, are in the running to be named Camra National Pub of the Year 2013.

The two pubs, named the best in Wessex and the south west regions respectively, are among 16 pubs that have made the shortlist for the accolade.

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The shortlist was released to coincide with the launch of the 2014 Good Beer Guide, which reveals that despite the difficult business climate 187 new breweries have opened across the UK in the past 12 months, an increase of 14%.

This includes an increase in the number of brewsters – women brewers – as the industry begins to appeal to drinkers of both sexes.

Beer guide editor Roger Protz said: “It is only in modern times that men have overtaken women as the main brewers of beer, as historically it was women who dominated brewing.

“Traditionally known as ‘brewsters’, it is fantastic to see more women rejoining the industry and in many cases giving the chaps a run for their money, such as the award winning Brewsters Brewing Company in Lincolnshire.

“The rise in interest in ales by women is because beer is far more interesting these days.

“Only ten years ago, the perception would have been that ale was bitter tasting and dark in colour.

“These days brewers are far more experimental and this has led to lighter beers with new aromas and tastes which are bringing women into the category.

“Once they have found a beer style that they like, they are hooked.”

The two south west pubs will go up against the UK’s best to win the title currently held by the The Baum in Rochdale, when the winner is announced next February.

The Trooper Inn, a community near Sherborne, has its own microbrewery and holds an annual beer festival.

The Old Spot, which is the current Gloucestershire Camra Pub of the Year, is on the Cotswold Way and serves up to eight ales at a time. It also hosts beer festivals.

The Good Beer Guide 2014 is available from www.camra.org.uk/gbg, all good book shops and probably some rubbish ones as well.

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