CAMRA volunteers from across Scotland have met together in Edinburgh for an event in the Scottish Parliament celebrating beer and pubs.

The Parliament’s Cross Party Group on Beer and Pubs, supported by CAMRA, held its annual reception in the Livingstone Room at Holyrood on 18th June, giving members the opportunity to meet with MSPs, representatives from the Scottish Government and others from the beer and pubs industry across Scotland.

MSPs from the SNP, Conservatives, Labour and the Greens heard about the challenges and opportunities facing the beer and pub industries across the country – and what they and the Scottish Government can to do to support pubs, beer drinkers and pub goers.

A range of Scottish ales were on offer including Stewart Brewery’s Jack Back Pale Ale, Rabbie’s Porter from Ayr Brewing Company, Kelburn’s Dark Moorand CAMRA’s Champion Beer of Scotland 2018 – Swannay’s Orkney IPA.

The event was hosted by Chair of the Cross Party Group and Scottish Green MSP Patrick Harvie, who spoke about the great success story of the growing brewing industry in Scotland.  

CAMRA’s Scotland Director Sarah Crawford spoke about our ongoing campaigns for a fair deal for tied pubs tenants and our support for a Scottish Pubs Code and Pubs Code Adjudicator – as well as efforts to close planning loopholes that allow a pub to be demolished, about the burden of business rates on pubs in Scotland, and about the need to do more to stem the rate of pub closures in order to preserve them as community assets that are vital in tackling loneliness and social isolation in both urban and rural communities across the country.

CAMRA will continue to work with MSPs and the Scottish Government to support real ale, pubs and pub-goers.

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