Micro pubs express their delight at being included in the CAMRA Good Beer Guide 2022
Two micro pubs are among 22 venues in Sunderland and South Tyneside to be included in the Good Beer Guide 2022.
The Lighthouse on Sea Road, in Fulwell, and Blue’s Micro Pub in Whitburn Village have both made into the 2022 edition of the Good Pub Guide.
The sole criteria for inclusion into the guide, which is published by the Campaign for Real Ale (CAMRA), is the quality of the cask conditioned or real ales, cider and perry that the venues stock.
Volunteers from local CAMRA branches across the country select the entries after they visit eligible pubs throughout the year to check on the beer quality.
Callum Watson, who owns Blue’s Micro Pub and runs it with his fiancée, Alice Pye, has expressed his delight at being included, especially given it was the first year that the venue was eligible for entry.
The 31-year-old said: “It felt great when we found out that we’d be included, when we first opened at the start of last year, the Good Beer Guide was something we hoped to eventually make it into.
"So to get in on the first year we were eligible gave us a real buzz.
“It’s also the first pub we’ve ran, so to get the recognition that we’re moving in the right direction means a lot to us."
He has a passion for local ales and is proud to have been included into the Guide on the back of championing many small, North East breweries in his pub.
The 49-year-old commented: “I was over the moon to hear that I’d been included. especially after difficulty of the last year and a half.
"It has been hard to sell real ale as it has been difficult to know how busy it will be which impacts things like ordering but I’ve had plenty of support from the Maxim Brewery who have been great.
"I’ve been trying different local breweries and their products have been flying out so I’m pleased we’ve been selected, especially given that a lot of pubs didn’t survive the lockdown.”