Group Leader - Mike Stringer
Who we are
We are a very sociable and friendly group. We all like our real ale but we also like the company. All the places we go – except the brewery tour – will offer cider and wine as well, and probably gin. So don’t let the fact you don’t like real ale put you off coming along on our trips.
What we do
We visit local pubs, breweries and beer festivals. We all having a liking for real ale – or beer brewed the traditional way. Add in good conversation, good food, fresh air, opportunity to travel, and a convivial atmosphere!
How often do we meet
About once a month, the exact day depends on bus times, opening times etc. Our trips depend where we are going and, for beer festivals, when they are being held. We like to “go with the flow” so will pick events that tickle our taste buds!
Plans for 2022
We have made a few trips so far this year, focussed on Maldon and Chelmsford, though we did manage to make it out to Goldhanger with two brand new members of the group - welcome Mark and Mike! As part of our excursion to Goldhanger in May, we agreed a set of dates and destinations for the rest of the year.
For the remainder of the year, these are the dates we have agreed on:
24 June Hurdlemakers beer festival
7 July Colchester
1 September Harwich
7 October South Woodham Ferrers beer festival
8 December the annual Maldon pub tour ending at the Queen Victoria.
We will be using the bus to get to all of these destinations, except for Maldon (obviously!) and Harwich. The plan for the latter is to stop off at Manningtree at the station buffet for breakfast and a pint. Details of times etc will be sorted out a week or so before each trip.
We have a list of possible destinations ready for 2023 and will be aiming at having some initial dates in mind in due course. We are always open suggestions on where to go!
_If you want to contact Mike please phone on 07739863673 or click on the bird to send an email.
|Dates for your Diary|
|Fri Jun 24th||Hurdlemakers beer festival|
|Thu Jul 7th||Colchester (by bus, starting at the Three Wise Monkeys)|
|Thu Sep 1st||Harwich (by train, including lunch at The Alma)|
|Fri Oct 7th||South Woodham Ferrers beer festival|
|Thu Dec 8th||The annual pub tour of Maldon, ending at the Queen Victoria|