Are you a young twenty-something craft beer-loving hipster? Then you’d better stop reading now. This isn’t for you! (Unless you really love Beer)
If, however, you’re a mature real ale fan with a handful of great friends and you fancy the idea of gathering them together for a jolly on a one-day moving beer festival then this will be right up your street. After hundreds of ale fans signed up for the first sell-out excursion around our awesome local villages back in April, the Vale of Glamorgan Real Ale Trail is back!
The Ale Trail concept is a simple one. Real Ale Trail coaches visit proper rural pubs– (we learnt the hard way last time now we going super local for our transport with local company Wheadon’s) we pick up and drop off at each of the pubs on the trail every half an hour.
The route has been littered with glorious hostelries chosen for their great attitude to hospitality and ales but you can decide for yourself which one you like the most.
You with your friends can visit as many or as few pubs as you want and stay at each one for as long as you want. It’s that simple.
As far as we aware, we’re the only festival which positively embraces the middle age human, dad dancing and singing on the bus! From experience, most Trailers enjoy spending the day having fun with their friends over a few real ales but like to remember what they talked about the next day!
Ale aside, the Trail provides an opportunity to sample some of the fantastic scenery, wonderful villages and crisp seaside Glamorgan has to offer.
If you’re one of the hundreds who made the April event a sell-out, there is a new route, two, trainline stop and two new venues to look forward to this time around. The Blacksmiths Arms in Llanmaes is well known for its annual local-beer-and-music festival, while the CAMRA-commended Boar’s Head in Pontyclun, which is going all out with its own beer festival and live music on the day.
Most pubs will have firm favorites in and some with as many as 10 hand pumps, all offer an ever-changing range some boast up to seven real ales and cider.
The RAT shuttle bus connects with two train stations this time round, you can pick up from Pontyclun and Rhoose train stations so you can start and finish there you are coming in to the Vale from other regions.
• The Vale of Glamorgan Real Ale Trail takes place on Saturday September 15.
Tickets for the trail are just £15 before the event and £18 on the day so get your tickets early.
You can buy a ticket here or at any of the pubs on the trail. A ticket allows you unlimited travel between 11am and 11pm and you have to be 24 or older to join.
Pubs on the trail: Fontygary Inn, Rhoose; Red Lion, Pendoylan; 1 Town Hall Square, Cowbridge; Sportsman’s Rest, Peterson-Super-Ely; 6 Bells, Penmark; Hare & Hounds, Aberthin; 3 Horseshoes, Moulton; Boar’s Head, Pontyclun; Blacksmiths Arms, Llanmaes.