Cunningly contrived to get you into their pubs (again and
again), The Ale Trail is an invention of a local brewery,
King and Barnes . Basically you get a booklet
which list all of the K&B pubs (currently 57), then
you visit each pub where, in return for buying a pint,
the bar staff will stamp and date your book. Having
collected all the stamps you send the book off to the
brewery who then send you a sweatshirt or some other
kind of gift.
The sweatshirts are a bit like karate belts - different
coloured ones depending how many ale trails you've
|Colour||Burgundy||Navy Blue||Pine Green||Birch Grey||Red||Graphite||Black|
|No. Of Trails||'Quick' 6 month trail||1 or 2||3||4 or 5||6 to 9||10 to 14||15|
Every year the brewery hosts the Ale Trail Party for all
those who have completed at least 3 trails, including
one in the last 3 years. I hope to be there for the
first time in 1998.
|Number||Date Started||Date Completed||Sweatshirt|
|1.||25 Mar. 1996||14 Mar. 1997||Navy Blue|
|2.||15 Mar 1997||14 Sep. 1997||Burgundy|
|3.||27 Jun. 1997||n/a||n/a|
|4.||14 Oct. 1997||n/a||n/a|
Click here for my mini-review of all K&B pubs.