Group Leader - Mike Stringer
Who we are
The group has now grown to 18! 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. Future trips will 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 2020
Our first trip of the year took us into Chelmsford, to Lower Anchor Street, for lunch at the Orange Tree, followed by stops at the Queens Head and the Hop Shop. Our second trip saw us venture out to Hatfield Peverel, to visit the Wheatsheaf and the Cross Keys. Our latest trip took us back to Chelmsford, this time visiting The Ship, and then on to the Plough and finally the Ale House.
Our next planned outing was to the Maldon beer festival. However, all our plans are now on hold due to the virus outbreak. Please watch this space for more information, group members will also get email updates.
As a result of the virus, all future events have, for the time being, been cancelled. The date for the Xmas trip has been retained, for now. Other activities will be arranged as and when the longer term becomes clearer. We are now arranging virtual sessions using the Zoom app, our first “session” was on 16 April and we have had further ones on 30 April, 14 May and 11 June. We plan to hold these about once a month, until we finally able to meet in person, our next scheduled session is Thursday 16 July.
_If you want to contact Mike please phone on 07739863673 or click on the bird to send an email.
|Dates for your Diary|
|Thu Jul 16th||Virtual Zoom session - suitably socially distanced drinking and chat. Starting at 1pm|
|Thu Dec 10th||Provisional date for RAG trip|