The Campaign for Real Ale (Camra) is stepping up its fight to save smaller regional brewers of real ale from takeovers and closures by urging them to work together. Roger Protz, editor of Camra, talking at the launch of the Good Beer Guide, said that radical measures were needed to prevent independent and family breweries from closing. He advocated management buyouts and the formation of co-operatives as the answer to stand up to global brewers who he claims have turned their back on real ale. Protz said: “I am concerned by the number of small breweries closing as a result of big predatory brewers who prefer to build up their own estates and pubs. I feel strongly in this age that there is a strong argument for breweries to stay in their local area.” The 34th edition of the Good Beer Guide 2007 will be published on September 13th and includes 84 new breweries in the UK.