How about starting the New Year with a local pub-related challenge? Maldon & Dengie CAMRA has just launched its 2019 MAD Ale Trail, designed to encourage real ale and cider drinkers to explore pubs in east Essex that they’ve not visited before, as well as reacquainting themselves with pubs they might not have been to for some time.
There are thirty pubs taking part in this year’s Ale Trail. You’ll be able to sample the delights of cosy village inns such as the Swan in Little Totham, the Huntsman and Hounds in Althorne, the Rodney in Little Baddow and the Three Compasses in West Hanningfield. You could try some great local beers and ciders in the brewery tap rooms of Crouch Vale, Maldon Brewing, Mighty Oak and Wibblers. Or you could visit welcoming community locals such as the Queen’s Head in Burnham-on-Crouch, the Bonnie Blue Oak in Tiptree, the Olde Albion in Rowhedge or the Carpenters Arms in Maldon.
How do you take part in the MAD Ale Trail? All you have to do is visit one of the thirty participating pubs and pick up one of the Ale Trail cards. For every pint of real ale or real cider you purchase at one of these pubs, you collect a sticker. We promote responsible drinking, so if you choose someone to be a Designated Driver when visiting those out of the way pubs, they can get a sticker for a non-alcoholic drink instead.
Collect stickers from at least twenty pubs on the Trail, and you will win a prize at the Maldon Beer and Cider Festival, which is being held at the Plume Academy in Fambridge Road, Maldon from 10th to 13th April 2019. Collect stickers from all thirty pubs for an even bigger prize! Each pub has its own specially designed sticker, making collecting them even more fun.
Well, what are you waiting for? Get out there and start exploring pubs along the MAD Ale Trail.