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Ale Trailing


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 completed.

Ale Trail Sweatshirt Colours
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.

old ale

Jon's Ale Trails
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.