The LocAle Scheme
in July 2008 CAMRA's LocAle scheme was set up to promote beer produced in the
local area and also to raise awareness of green issues.
run nationally, aims to encourage community pubs to source at least one real ale
from a local producer. The idea is to encourage growth in the local economy, to
give more support to local breweries - especially micros - by informing pub goers
about breweries in the area, and to reduce transport time and costs which have
an effect on the environment.
How local is local?
The rule for any
pub participating in the scheme in North Oxfordshire is that the beer should be
brewed within a 30-mile radius. This is generally considered as being the shortest
driving distance being a pub and its closest brewery.
By the end of 2008
there were 28 CAMRA branches signed up to the initiative, including us here in
North Oxfordshire. Some of the 10 pubs on board in our branch include The Dun
Cow in Hornton, The Fox in Souldern and The Red Lion in Steeple Aston.