This is a group for those who are interested in Real Ale and the modern variants. The group was started by the late Stan Owen a few years ago.
Currently the group has around 30 members, and is not seeking more participants as it is about the right size for the the pubs we visit. However, if you would like to join a similar group, please contact the convenors (Patricia and Sue, details below) who will help you set up another group.
We meet at least once a month usually on a Thursday lunchtime for lunch and to sample ales. This is not a regular Thursday but depends on beer events. We travel to the venue after the U3A weekly talk, or meet at the venue for those not going to the talk.
Duration - leisurely lunchtime 1-2 hours - join at your leisure, leave early if you wish.
Venues – pubs with an interesting offering of ales, often free houses or microbreweries, mostly in Ealing/Hounslow boroughs, occasionally further afield. We include local beer festivals. The plans for the next few months are shown below.
Format - casual chat with like-minded men and women from U3A.
Our April outing will be on Thursday 11th, following the last talk of this term. This will be to pubs in Hanwell - details to follow.
The date for the May meeting is still to be decided, but this will be to riverside pubs in Strand-on-the-Green (near Kew Bridge)
The June meeting will be on Thursday 13th and will be a visit to some pubs in Central London, led by group member Kevin - details to follow.
The Ealing Beer festival in Walpole Park is a regular fixture for the group, this year we will be visiting on Thursday 11th July (festival runs from Wednesday 10th to Saturday 13th).
Wanted: suggestions for further venues in 2019 - please email Patricia if you have any ideas.
1 Dragonfly Brewery Acton - (that only opens at 4pm, so would be other than a Thurs lunchtime)
Details of our 2017 and 2018 outings are shown in the Beer Group outings 2018 & 2017 document. Outings this year, so far, have been:
January - The Grosvenor pub in W Ealing/Hanwell, free house with a wide range of beers and a good menu.
February - The Six Bells and the Magpie & Crown pubs in Brentford. The Six Bells is a Fullers pub, with a good choice of food, whilst the Magpie & Crown is a free house with plenty of beers for us to sample.
March - pubs in Isleworth; The Ailsa Tavern (Shepherd Neame), the Town Wharf (Sam Smiths) and the London Apprentice (Greene King), all near the Thames.
Conveners: Sue Sotheran and Patricia Donnithorne. Sue is the main phone contact (020 8998 6281) and Patricia the main email contact. Email through the blue bird contact on this page.
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