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Shake out them ’ole Winter Blues, we have a cracking Rail Ale
Ramble for you to enjoy! We will be visiting not one, not two, not
three but FOUR interesting breweries in Hertfordshire. We’ll be
starting at 09:05 from Euston station (buy your own tickets) or
meeting at 09:35 at Watford Junction. Here we’ll pick up our private
coach to whisk you to the attractive village of Sarratt
where we will be visiting the Paradigm Brewery.
Established in 2014 and coming fully on stream the following year,
they specialise in beers “brewed with finest hops & barley and just a touch of
irony”. They use only fully natural methods of brewing and refuse to add the stabilisers and
clarifying agents that the ‘big boys’ and a number of micros
adulterate their beer with. Neil and Rob, the co-owners, are
passionate about serving top quality traditional ales – ‘passionate’
is a much-overused word but it describes their attitude to brewing!
We will be spending a bit over an hour at this interesting concern.
Next, we will
be visiting a fine pub with a unique name – the GBG Land of Liberty, Peace
& Plenty in the hamlet of Heronsgate.
It is a traditionally styled single bar pub which was built in the
1820s when it served as the local beer shop. It became a 3 room pub
in the late 19th Century and has had various improvements
made over the years – now including the sale of ten changing real
ales served in excellent condition! Naturally, a pint here is
Back to the
coach for the short journey to Berkhamsted, where we will be will be visiting the Haresfoot
Brewery. Situated close to the Grand Union
Canal and River Bulbourne, the brewery is
named after a local farm, school and park within Berkhamsted
– they adopted the name to reflect their desire to produce authentic
craft beers for the local community and beyond. We will have
(free-flowing) samples from their wide range of finely produced ales.
This is a spacious site with a comfortable mezzanine auditorium where
they’ll tell us their tale. But that’s not all – we will be having
pie ’n mash lunch served here too (veggie option available).
venue is the extremely well-regarded Red
Squirrel Brewing Co in Potten
End who joined the brewing world in 2004 and since then has built a
major reputation, especially for dark beers and American IPAs. They
are an innovative and cutting edge microbrewery and we’ll be spending
over an hour at this excellent brewery. They produce an exciting
range of cask and craft beers which we will have time to sample.
brewery will be the White Hart Tap and
its nano-brewery. You will then
have time to explore St. Albans before our coach leaves at 19:45 to take
us back to Watford Junction for 20:00 where this tour ends.
The cost of this varied day out will be just £59 from Watford
Junction – click HERE for full details and a booking form.
BERLIN & MAGDEBURG EXPLORER
Wednesday 3rd to Thursday
11th August 2016 (by rail) OR Thursday
4th to Wednesday 10th August 2016 (by air)
It’s six years since we have been to the German Capital and
prices there are still very good value. New hotels have sprung up in
the former eastern sector and offer
the quality and prices that you have come to expect from us. We shall
be staying at the Tryp Hotel in Lichtenburg
district, which is a short walk to the U-bahn. Free time is naturally
provided for you to follow your own interests in this vibrant city –
brewpubs, museums, river trips, trams etc. And, of course the 20th
Berlin Beer Festival and its famous “Beer Mile”
(see photo on left). Trams have now returned to the West side so
there is new track to be done by us bashers! We move cities on
Sunday. Our friends at Maritim Hotels are always offering good value to
us and the Manager at Magdeburg (who has a large hotel similar to the
one in Koln to fill) is offering almost silly prices in this holiday
month, The city, which stands on the banks of the river Elbe, has a
substantial tram system, a fine castle (plus, of course, a
cathedral). A river cruise, including a canal feature said to be
unique is also available. The beer scene has still to be delved into.
Dessau, Halberstadt, Braunschweig
and Halle are within one hour from Magedeburg and all are worthy of a
To avoid unnecessary risk to onward rail connections the
excellent value of the AO hotels will be utilized for an overnight
stop en-route. This more robust, less stressful rail journey would
inevitably mean two days extra on the whole tour but this may not be
a problem to retired folk or those with an adequate holiday
allowance. The rail journey plus the extra two hotel nights will cost
more than a flight; but if you prefer to suffer any hassles that may
exist at the airport in exchange for the shorter journey time that is
fine and you may fly from Heathrow or Stansted, joining the tour in
To register your interest in this holiday, please email us
RAIL ALE RAMBLES TO HERTFORDSHIRE AND KENT COMING SOON!
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