President’s Update: August 2017
Over the last 2 1/2 years being the head of the Vancouver branch of this organization, I’ve had a chance to speak to a lot of people at various events across the lower mainland. A very common question I have for them is “What is the most important issue for you as a beer consumer?” Our more “old school” membership base will usually answer serving sizes – that they want to get the exact amount of beer they are paying for. Definitely a noble effort and a cause that CAMRA has found very important. But when I get outside of that immediate circle of card carrying members, I find that my answer changes dramatically. When I talk to everyday consumers, not necessarily members of our non-profit society, the most common answer I get is the ability to drink in public. This is quickly become a very important issue to modern-day beer consumers – and we want to see something done about it.
- This will be a family friendly event where people will be encouraged to bring their kids, beach games, and some food. There will be no beer for sale or supplied to anyone at the event; but some of us will be bringing a beer to drink responsibly at the event as a form of protest.
- People are expected to behave intelligently and responsibly.
- We will be notifying the Vancouver Police Department and they can choose to send officers to oversee it if they so choose.
- Additionally, we will be notifying media so they can cover the story.
- The executive team will be present to ensure that things don’t get out of hand and that we leave the place spotless.
– David Perry
President, CAMRA Vancouver