The formal approval for the creation of Shakespeare Branch of CAMRA (then South Warwickshire and Evesham), was given in September 1981. The first meeting with David Capron, Alan Whitbread and Bob Macvie was held on 20th October 1981 at The Bell, Shottery.
'Shakesbeer' issue no.1 was produced as a single sheet quarterly newsletter in December 1998 and continued until 2007. It became a magazine as issue no.33 in Summer 2008. View the Shakesbeer magazines in our downloads area.
The branch started the Pub of the Year awards in 1999.
From Winter 2009 the branch began awarding Pub of the Season to Pubs as recognition of their hard work in promoting and providing quality Real Ale.
The branch celebrates its 40th anniversary on 20th October 2021.
The provisional dates for the 14th Stratford-upon-Avon Beer & Cider Festival are Friday 24th and Saturday 25th June 2022, at the Stratford Racecourse.