North Downs Way AlesOfTheTrail & Beer Passport

23rd July 2018

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.

“Ales of the Trail” will be launched with a Beer Festival at The Tickled Trout on 29th & 30th September 2018 at the Wye Pilgrims Festival. This marks the 40th anniversary of the North Downs Way where the trail was formally launched in 1978.

The Beer Festival is a free event and everyone is welcome. Visitors will be able to sample an array of Ales of the Trail on the riverside at the picturesque pub garden on the North Downs Way in Wye, right next to the train station for those travelling from further afield.

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.

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 and we are looking to extend the capacity of the scheme due to high levels of interest.

  • Hogs Back Brewery- TEA (Traditional English Ale).
  • Godstone Brewers- BUZZ – honeyed bitter
  • Titsey Brewery- Leveson Buck- session IPA
  • Westerham Brewery- Spirit of Kent  9 Hop XXX Pale Ale
  • Kent Brewery – Prohibition- American Pale Ale
  • Musket Brewery – Fife & Drum Golden Ale
  • Shepherd Neame – Bishops Finger – Strong Kentish Ale
  • Breakwater Brewery – Hellfire Corner Pale, Hoppy APA
  • Canterbury Brewers – Torpedo Amber Ale
  • Goody Ales – Good Heavens, Amber Hoppy Ale

Website: www.nationaltrail.co.uk/north-downs-way/ales-trail

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