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Announcing our first day out of the year...

 

RAIL ALE RAMBLE No. 173

THE HERTFORDSHIRE HANDFUL

 

Saturday 13th February 2016

 

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 included.

 

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).

 

Our next 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.

 

Our final 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.

 

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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 2011-m08-d05-h1908 RAR Germany Berlin.JPGeastern 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 visit.

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 Germany.

To register your interest in this holiday, please email us

 

RAIL ALE RAMBLES TO HERTFORDSHIRE AND KENT COMING SOON!

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