A university bar is celebrating a run of ten unbroken years in the “bible” of beer drinkers, the Good Beer Guide. Lancaster University’s Graduate College Bar has spent the past decade in the prestigious guide, published by The Campaign for Real Ale (CAMRA), which lists the best pubs in Britain.
The local CAMRA branch and Lancaster University Real Ale and Cider Society (LURACS) got together to host a “Perfect 10” party to celebrate this remarkable achievement and as a tribute to manager Gareth Ellis, who has run the bar throughout the entire period.
The GradBar has established a reputation for its range of top quality beers, with 8 hand pumps dispensing beer plus four real ciders. Its now famous beer and cider festivals in June and October attract thousands from the campus and beyond.
The party, held at the GradBar during the Lunesdale Dark & Winter Ales Festival organised by CAMRA, saw the presentation of two cakes baked by CAMRA member Ann Tanner, with tributes paid by representatives of CAMRA and LURACS.
Gareth Ellis, who holds Lunesdale CAMRA’s Outstanding Services to Real Ale award, and is also the co-founder and director of Lancashire Cider, said he was “delighted” with the ten-year achievement, and when asked to identify the secret of success, replied, “Good cellar management, effective rotation and consistency of quality both in beer and service.”
Lunesdale CAMRA chair Jenny Greenhalgh, said “The quality across the board here is outstanding. When it comes to other university bars Gareth has set standards that are difficult to emulate.”
Beers on at the bar during the Dark & Winter Ales festival include Lymestone Stone the Crows, Ulverston Fra Diavolo, Acorn Old Moor Porter, Adnams Tally Ho, Youngs Winter Warmer, Hambleton Nightmare, Titanic Black Ice and Cappuccino Stout, Hawkshead Dry Stone Stout and Bank Top Dark Mild.