Dundee’s pubs are preparing for a boost as a major conference taking place in the city is expected to pull in beer-lovers from across the UK.
CAMRA – the Campaign for Real Ale – is holding its members’ weekend, AGM and conference in the Caird Hall between April 5-7, which is expected to attract up to 1,000 people.
The conference moves to different locations each year, giving members the chance to attend events close to them.
The voluntary organisation works to promote real ale and cider, and the traditional pub scene across Britain.
Elizabeth Steele, digital communications officer for CAMRA, said: “We are excited to give CAMRA members, whether from Scotland or further afield, the chance to explore a new city.
“We hope that local businesses will benefit from our members stopping in at pubs, restaurants, tourist attractions and shops, and hopefully attendees will be inspired to visit Dundee again in the future.
“We are expecting as many as 1,000 CAMRA members to attend the event, with than 800 already registered to come.”
She added that members would also enjoy trips to other parts of Tayside during their three-day stay in the city.
Local venues say they are expecting the event to give them extra custom. Susan Russel, manager of the Bank Bar, on Union Street, said: “We’re expecting a lot of regulars that weekend. We’ll definitely have more customers.
“We have a lot of cask ales on all the time and a lot of staff are members of CAMRA.
“It will let people know more about cask ales and all the different vendors in the city.”
Alan Bannerman, owner of The Phoenix, on Nethergate, added: “It should boost sales in pubs around Dundee that sell real ales, like ourselves.
“It’s a good thing because it will bring in a lot of business to pubs, cafes and bars in the city.”