22 Mar 17

Blood, Sweat and Beer: Pubs and the Rural Community (at the Jenner Museum)

It doesn’t take a lot to get the Landlord rabbiting on about pubs. Perhaps to give all of our ears a rest here at the Sally, the good folks at the Jenner Museum very kindly asked him if he would come and rabbit on about pubs up at their rather excellent museum. He accepted of course and we can’t wait for him to go! Pete will be chatting about his experiences at the Sally, what it’s like to run a pub and why pubs like the Sally are so important in rural areas. Putting the questions to him on the evening will be BBC Radio Gloucestershire favourite Pete Wilson. All monies raised are going towards maintaining and running the brilliant Dr Jenner’s House which tells the story of Dr Jenner’s pioneering work in the vaccination against small pox – arguably one of the most important medical breakthroughs of all time. More information about the Jenner Museum can be found here. The talk starts at 7.30pm (and may well include free beer from our own brewery!). Tickets are priced at £5.50 and are available here. Cheers!

23 Mar 17

Village With No Pub Night ‘Breaking Bread’ – Bevington

Our Village With No Pub Nights are designed to reach out to villages which don’t have their own pubs and encourage villagers to come out on one co-ordinated evening to all socialise together. That way everyone gets to know each other, friendships are forged or reinforced and our rural communities become stronger and more productive. We’ve had Village With No Pub skittles and bring your own vinyl nights, now it’s time for ‘V.W.N.P.N. Breaking Bread’. That’s breaking bread, not breaking bad, we’re not asking you to cook crystal meth in your underpants….yet. The idea behind breaking bread is for everyone in the village to bring in homemade or home-grown food to share out with their fellow villagers in the pub. You can bring in whatever you want, as long as it’s produced by you, at home. We’ll provide plates and knives and forks, you bring the food. We’ll see you at 7pm!

26 Mar 17

Sargent’s Mess at the Sally

The Sargent’s Mess first played the Sally on New Year’s Eve 2013 and before the storms could manage it, they blew the roof off! Everyone loved it so much that a new year’s resolution was made for them to play the Sally more often. Hence the last Sunday in every month they’re here to bring you the best folk music this side of Ham Green. Let’s just hope we can afford the maintenance bill on the roof! Music will start at 8.30pm.

28 Mar 17

The Annual Sally Homebrew Competition

Yep, it’s that time of year again – time for the annual Sally Homebrew Competition! The rules are pretty simple, produce any style of beer you want, it has to be beer of course, using any method from a kit to full grain brewing but it has to be brewed, at home, by you. It can be presented either in keg or bottles but we would suggest bottles are easier to manage and transport. Our crack team of judges will pick out the very finest beer based on judging criteria including aroma, appearance, taste and saleability. First prize is a little bit more exciting this year. The winning brewer will get to spend the day with our new head brewer, Jonny Mills who will convert the recipe into a special one-off batch up-scaled for our 2.5BBL plant and sold here at the Sally! Yep, you get to see you own beer on the pumps in one of the UK’s top real ale pubs! Second prize will be nothing but a powerful sense of narrowly missing out and an incentive to try even harder next year. Competition entries in by 7.30pm, results announced at 9pm. Get brewing and best of luck!

13 Apr 17

The Great Sally Alley Quiz-Off hosted by The Berkeley Amateur Dramatic Society

Yes that’s right Ladies and Gentlemen, roll-up roll-up roll-up your sleeves, its time to start swotting, sweating and rubbing those brain cells together for The Great Sally Alley Quiz-Off!

What’s so great about it?” we hear you cry. Well, it’s at the Sally of course!

We thought you said you’d never do a quiz – running out of ideas are we?” Aah sod off!

Enough with the awkward questions, here’s how it works; on the second Thursday of every month we’re inviting a different Berkeley charity to set the questions, act as quizmaster and trouser all the entry fees. Adding to the fun, each quiz will be sponsored by one of our favourite local breweries who will be donating a case of bottled beer as the prize. There will be six rounds of different topics chosen by the charity, including one specific to their own cause. They ask you questions, you try and answer them. The team with the most correct answers wins beer. We’re allowing teams of up to six people and entry fee is £4 per person. Register your team for 7.45pm and the great quizzing commences at 8pm. It’s going to be great…I don’t know why we didn’t think of this before?!?!?

This month the quizmasters are the Berkeley Amateur Dramatic Society who will be donating all the fees raised to improving the facilities at the Sharpness Village Hall which acts as an important hub for the local community with a host of events and clubs being based there. The Berkeley Amateur Dramatics Society or DADS as they are known have been entertaining the people of Berkeley for over 30 years now and have promised this is to be a quiz with a difference!! Make sure you don’t miss it!

20 Apr 17

Folk Night

The Sally house band (Sally and the Hamonites) will be playing in the front bar of the Sally on the third Thursday of every month. Expect screaming fiddles, rattling banjos and heaving accordions with some traditional Irish jigs and reels! As Shane MacGowan once described it, it’s “heart, b*lls and feet music”!! Music usually starts about 7.30pm.

20 May 17

Sea Shanties with the Frampton Shantymen

The Frampton Shantymen have sung at the Sally twice now and each time has been just incredible. Like a male voice choir but more rambunctious. Like a traditional folk sing-a-long but more rousing. Listening and singing along with the Frampton Shantymen on an evening is the whole reason why pubs like the Sally exist. The camaraderie of communal song, the stomping of feet, clattering of hands, the bellowing of lungs, chiming of glasses and of course the swilling of the world’s finest beverage – BEER! The swooping and soaring harmonies of the Frampton Shantymen booming out traditional sea shanties is enough to warm the cockles of the coldest heart and gladden the saddest of souls. You cannot miss this! Shanties start at 8pm.

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