Since 1981 the Northern Ireland section of CAMRA has been very active. The local branch continues to grow of volunteers, converts and enthusiasts and now there are close to 300 members and the work is continuing by promoting and improving the availability, awareness, quality and variety of both real cider and real ale in all of Northern Ireland. This is something CMARA NI is passionate about more than anything in an area where the big conglomerate breweries dictate what they allow to be sold in the countries local pubs.
There are regular monthly meeting of the branches with a varied programme of campaigning, socializing and with events throughout the calendar year to which all CAMRA members are encouraged to participate and that includes the annual Belfast Beer and Cider Festival and which this year it will be from 17-19th November 2011.
The campaign for real pubs, consumer’s rights and real ales has been championed by CAMRA all throughout the UK for more than 40 years. It is a voluntary independent organization with over 110,000 members and is considered to be Europe’s most successful consumer group. The group promotes quality pubs and real ale as well as a champion for consumers in relation to the industry of beer in drinks in the UK and Europe.