Campaign for Real Ale (CAMRA) Canada

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Campaign for Real Ale (CAMRA) Canada

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ca. 1978-1992


The Campaign for Real Ale (CAMRA) Canada was an advocacy organization based in Quebec and Ontario, formally incorporated under the national Cooperative Corporations Acts in January 1982. Its origins, however, trace back to 1978, when a homebrewers' cooperative was established in Montreal as CAMRA Montreal. Almost simultaneously a similar organization developed in Ottawa, and the two fused in the national organization created in 1982.

CAMRA Canada shared the overall philosophy and general aims of the UK Campaign for Real Ale that had been established in 1971 to revive the production of traditional cask-conditioned beer. There was no formal affiliation, however, as CAMRA UK has no provision for international branches. CAMRA Canada was a national organization with local chapters, and it produced a regular newsletter called (like CAMRA UK's) What's Brewing from 1982 to 1992. For its relationship to BC's CAMRA organization, see the SFU AtoM entry on CAMRA BC. By the mid-1990s, CAMRA Canada was defunct and the newsletter no longer appeared.


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Sep 2023: administrative history revised.
May 2023: administrative history created.




"Yes It's New, but We're Ten Years Old!" What's Brewing Canada, vol. 8, no. 1. Spring 1992.

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