Another year, Another Ale Trail.....Reading & Mid Berkshire CAMRA Launch their 2018 Ale Trail

Wednesday 24 January 2018

Saturday 10th February 2018 at 12.00 will see the launch of the Reading & Mid Berkshire CAMRA Ale Trail at the Fox & Hounds, Caversham. The Ale Trail is an annual event run by Reading & Mid Berks CAMRA to encourage people to explore some local pubs in the Reading area and publicise the forthcoming beer festival.

This year 700 Ale Trail Booklets have been printed featuring 24 pubs. The task is simple: collect your Ale Trail Booklet then for each half pint of real ale or real cider (or a soft drink for designated drivers) you ask for a sticker.The 2018 Ale Trail Booklets will be available to purchase from the launch at the Fox & Hounds, and also at the Nags Head and the Retreat in Reading. The Booklet costs £1 which is refundable for those sending it in for a prize. You get a prize for 16 or more stickers.

Ale Trailers will be taking part in what is one of CAMRA’s most successful Ale Trails in the country, which is now in its seventeenth year. Over the years well over one hundred pubs have taken part and the number of participants runs into the thousands.

One of the main objectives in organising the trail is to encourage people to visit ‘good’ pubs that they might not otherwise visit. Since the first trail in 2002 pub goers in the area have seen many changes to local pubs and with several being closed down; converted or demolished it is good to see such a varied choice of cask ales in the remaining and the newer bars in and around Reading these days.

When planning the Ale Trail, the CAMRA Branch aim to choose pubs which consistently serve good quality ale and cider – and always try to include a few pubs that Ale Trailers may not have visited before. Every year we hear about Ale Trailers who have made repeat visits to pubs they discovered on the Ale Trail......people visiting and using pubs is essential to keeping them open.

CAMRA promotes 'quality' beers and one of the ways this is done is through their beer scoring system and the Ale Trail Booklet includes a 'Keeping Score' section for Ale Trailers to let the Branch know how good their ale was, which in turn helps keep the Branch up to date on where the highest quality beers can be found.

The last two years’ Trails have included a Guest Pub from outside the Branch area, which has proved popular, so for 2018 two Guest Pubs have been included, the Bird in Hand in Henley and the Pack Horse in Mapledurham. Both are covered by CAMRA's South Oxon branch.

This year’s Ale Trail also features three pubs called the Fox & Hounds. They are in the Fox & Hounds in Caversham, Theale and Tilehurst.

The full list of pubs on the 2018 Reading and Mid Berkshire CAMRA Ale Trail will be announced at the launch next weekend.

Read more at Ale Trail.