The Campaign for Real Ale (CAMRA) is offering a virtual education session on how to keep, store, and serve real ale, to coincide with the launch of its latest book, Cellarmanship, by Patrick O’Neill. 

Cellarmanship explains what one needs to know about running a good cellar and ensuring that the pints served from there do both the pub and brewer proud. 

Patrick shares decades of experience and detailed technical expertise, and a lifetime of passion and enthusiasm for real ale. There are step-by-step instructions, concise knowledge, and interesting anecdotes.

He will be taking questions from pub-goers and publicans alike until midnight on Wednesday, 1st April, which can be submitted to He will then answer each in turn on 3rd April, from 7pm until 8pm exclusively on the Facebook group Pulling Together for Pubs, Pints and People

CAMRA Cellarmanship

Anyone can join the group, which aims to share knowledge, resources and a sense of community among the nation’s pub-goers and beer drinkers during this time of crisis.

It forms part of CAMRA’s wider #PullingTogether campaign, which is highlighting various pub and brewery initiatives to stay afloat, whether it is by crowdfunding from the local community or offering delivery/take-away services. 

Patrick said: “It is strange to be launching a book about cellarmanship with the nation’s pubs closed until further notice, but I’m hoping we can use this opportunity to share knowledge and resources with one another. 

“I’d like to invite anyone — whether they’ve been running a pub for 20 years, pulled pints at a CAMRA beer festival, or just have a general interest in some of the more technical aspects of serving real ale — to get in touch with your questions.

“I’ll do my best to answer them, and hopefully share some knowledge and insight at a time when many of us may have a bit of downtime to discover a new skill.”

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