‘Beer sexism’ not on CAMRA AGM agenda

By Mike Berry contact

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A specific motion on tackling 'beer sexism' failed to make the cut for discussion at the AGM
A specific motion on tackling 'beer sexism' failed to make the cut for discussion at the AGM

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The Campaign For Real Ale’s AGM will see policy discussions on the promotion of bottle-conditioned ale, an objective definition of a pub and action against late-night levies — but there is no place for a debate on so-called ‘beer sexism’ after a motion calling on campaign chiefs to take action failed to make the cut.

Some 20 motions have been approved for discussion at its AGM and members’ weekend in Nottingham later this month (17-19 April).

Glasgow-based beer blogger and CAMRA member Robbie Pickering had submitted a motion​ calling for action to make beer festivals more welcoming to women and for organisers to refrain from ordering beers that have inappropriate or sexist names or pump clips. He also called for a “zero-tolerance approach” to sexism and harassment.

However, the Conference Procedures Committee decided that the measures called for were already CAMRA policy, which pledges to treat everyone fairly “regardless of gender, sexual orientation, age, disability, religion, race, ethnic or socio-economic background”.

A spokesman added: “Beer festival organisers already have the discretion to turn away beers and merchandise or vendors if they wish, for a variety of reasons including that they feel they are unsuitable for reasons of discrimination.”


Pickering told the PMA​: “The motion was rejected on the grounds that everything we were proposing was already CAMRA policy and/or the law of the land. It’s good that our main points are uncontentious, but as the point of bringing a motion to the AGM was to raise the profile of the issue, I am a bit disappointed that it will not be on the agenda.”

Policy proposals up for debate in Nottingham include a national campaign for the abolition of the late-night levy with further support for local branches to oppose councils considering introducing the measure.

Delegates also want action on the “distasteful practice” that some pubs operate in charging drinkers purchasing a half pint more than the actual proportional cost.

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Posted by Graveyard Smash,

Shame on What's Brewing not even publishing Robbie's submitted motion amidst much AGM trivia, nor did WB have the guts to publish the withdrawal of the dire Youngs leaflet for Young Members. Back in 1997 as a YM I contacted a brewer which had advertised in WB a real ale named after a notorious rape victim from the porn industry. What's Brewing is still a terrified newspaper in cahoots with one political party's wealthy brewing donors by taking their advertising revenue, yet Camra is supposed to be politically impartial.

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