It is only since I moved to North Wales that I have come across Ale Trails. Of course in a town it would just be a pub crawl but in a more rural setting it makes a lot of sense in a day and age where because of ‘drink driving’ it has become difficult to have more than one pint if you are the driver.
The concept is easy, you buy a ticket and jump on a bus at one of the pubs, which goes around a pre-defined route and you can get on and off as much as you want.
There are a few going on at the moment and the one nearest to me that is coming up soon is the Conwy Ale trail on 23 September.
There is also one for Snowdonia on 7 October which has to be a great way of discovering the area, although of course you have to get to the starting point!
If however you prefer all your beer in one place perhaps you should try ‘Beer on the Pier’.
This is a new event on 22 and 23 September on Bangor Pier which will have local brewers, including Heavy Industry, Great Orme, Purple Moose and Wild Horse pitched along the pier, offering the opportunity to enjoy good beer with brilliant views!
There will also be two stages with live music, and in addition to that there will artisan food and crafts vendors in the car park.
The only thing left to hope for is good weather but I am sure it will be a great event come rain or shine.