Ales of the Trail

North Downs Way Ales Of The Trail Beer Passport

The North Downs Way National Trail has teamed up with local breweries in Kent, Medway, and Surrey to create an “Ale Trail” for walkers to explore along the route.

How does it work?

Each brewery has dedicated an “Ale of The Trail” to become an official beer of the North Downs Way. Most ales have a link to the trail either through name, local ingredients or links to military or cultural heritage. All breweries involved make a contribution to the upkeep of the trail to help us keep the route in top shape; maintain signage, keep pathways clear, so each pint sold contributes towards the upkeep of the trail. Each year we spend £20, 000 on vegetation management to keep the trail open and have invested over £150,000 in the last 5 years resurfacing damaged sections of the trail. A 4- finger oak sign coast us nearly £500 to produce and install, so every pint counts! 

Many of our visitors enjoy a pint of local ale as they explore the trail and we’re making it easier for them to support the trail as they do so.  Working with our fantastic network of country pubs, inns and farm shops we will create a map and beer passport for walkers to seek out the different ales and tick them off as they pass along the trail. 

This is great news for the breweries, pubs and the walkers but also for the trail. You can download a stylish Brewery Map and Ales of the Trail Passport below.

Download the Brewery Map

Download the Ales of the Trail Passport

Who’s Involved? 

The area has a rich history of hop growing and strong links to the brewing industry stretching back centuries. Today it is home to many outstanding and award-winning local producers. The following breweries and beers are currently signed up to the scheme

Hogs Back Brewery- TEA (Traditional English Ale). 4.2%

Widely available in local pubs and in supermarkets by the bottle

You can’t get more English than a country walk and a refreshing cup of TEA

Godstone Brewers- BUZZ – honeyed bitter.  4.7%

Bottles; only available from Flower Farm Shop, Godstone and selected beer festivals on draught 

Made from North Downs Honey – Buzz is the Farm Dog where the beer is brewed

Titsey Brewery- Leveson Buck- session IPA.  3.7%

Botley Hill Farmhouse 

Highest altitude beer on the trail – brewed on site at Botley Hill Farmhouse. Sure to put a spring in your step 

Westerham Brewery- Spirit of Kent  9 Hop XXX Pale Ale.  4%

Westerham Brewery Taproom & widely available in real ale pubs along the trail. Cask & Bottle 

Named after a Mk IX Spitfire, part of the County of Kent Fighter Squadron who fought in the Battle of Britain. 

Kent Brewery – Prohibition- American Pale Ale.  4.8%

Wideley available in real ale pubs on tap and in cans

On landing in America The Pilgrim Fathers needed a decent beer, and then came Prohibition 

Musket Brewery – Fife & Drum Golden Ale.  3.8%

Widely available throughout Kent

http://www.musketbrewery.co.uk/buy-our-beer

Perfect refreshment for a march in the English Countryside 

Shepherd Neame – Bishops Finger – Strong Kentish Ale. 5.4%

Widely available in bottle and draft in Shepherd Neame pubs and in supermarkets

Takes its name from the finger-shaped signposts which pointed pilgrims on their way to the tomb of Thomas a Becket in Canterbury

Breakwater Brewery – Hellfire Corner Pale, Hoppy APA  4.2% 

Breakwater Taproom, Dover and real ale pubs along the trail

Hellfire corner describes the area of East Kent around Dover where the Battle of Britain was fought in WW2

Canterbury Brewers – Torpedo Amber Ale.  4.5%

The Foundry Brewpub, Canterbury 

In 1794 the 1st Torpedo was commissioned at the Foundry (now brewery). (Partially) successful testing left Herne Bay with widespread damage. An explosive beer. 

Goody Ales – Good Heavens, Amber Hoppy Ale.  4.1% 

“The Cathedral” taproom at the brewery and real ale pubs through Kent and SE London

http://www.goodyales.co.uk/wheretobuy.html

Made with Pilgrim Hops on the outskirts of Canterbury