Real ale trail comes to town

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Real ale fans from campign group Camra are bringing a trail competition to pubs in Ripley and Heanor.

Camra, the Campaign for Real Ale, is visiting Amber Valley to treat locals to real Ccder and perry drinks.

The Amber Valley branch of Camra has organised an ale trail through the area and is holding a competition for pubs and real ale fans to take part in.

Competitors who buy a pint or a half pint of real cider or perry in a participating pub can score the drink out of five with nougth being undrinkable and five being ‘couldn’t possibly be any better’.

Drinkers then text the name, the pub, the name of the cideror perry and the score to: 07847 099940.

The individual who visits the most pubs wins a 40- pint barrel of Three Cats Cider. While the pub with the highest average score being awarded a certificate.

Trevor Spencer, Camra’s beer festival chairman, said: “Last year the event was held in October but cider is more of a summer drink. We had over a thousand people vote in the competition and we are hoping for more this year.”

Last year’s competition winner was Debbie Williams who is now a cider rep and has helped to organise this year’s event.

Debbie said: “ The idea is we are trying to get real ale served in pubs. Pubs are in decline and people will be so sad when they close”.

“In such a small area 34 pubs are participating. Cider is starting to become more popular and pubs that previously only served one type of cider are now serving four”.

The Beehive Inn, of Peasehill, Ripley won the Camra real ale competition last year.

Steve Cresswell, owner of Beehive, said: “It was an honour to win last year. It was hard work. I researched lots of different cider farms. We serve 17 different ciders and three different perry’s. I think that’s why we won because of the excellent choice and variety.”

The ale trail runs from now until July6.

Participating pubs can be reecognised by their Camra real ale posters and stickers.

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