The Gloucestershire Ale Trail is an initiative organised by the Gloucestershire Craft Brewers – an association of local microbreweries – who are working together to promote beers produced here in the county.
While the credit crunch may well have added to the economic pressures facing Gloucestershire pubs, conscious consumers and discerning drinkers alike have become more and more interested in local produce – thanks in part to television shows such as River Cottage and regional campaigns by CAMRA – with a number of county pubs now proudly sporting the Gloucestershire Ale Trail sticker on their doors.
Participating pubs, listed below, will always have at least one Gloucestershire beer on tap – including Battledown Brewery’s smooth Saxon; Cotswold Spring Brewery’s flavoursome Olde English Rose; Festival Brewery’s refreshing Festival Bitter; Nailsworth Brewery’s traditional The Vicar’s Stout; North Cotswold Brewery’s strong Hung-Drawn-N-Portered; Severn Vale Brewing Company’s sparkling Dursley Steam Bitter; Stanway Brewery’s full-bodied Lords-a-Leaping; and Stroud Brewery’s fruity Five Valleys, for example.
Providing the perfect opportunity to seek out a home-grown tipple off-the-beaten-track, with around 40 establishments involved in the Gloucestershire Ale Trail it sure makes for one hell of a pub crawl!
Kemble Brewery Inn in Cheltenham
The Corner Cupboard Inn in Winchcombe
The Craven Arms in Brockhampton
The Fiery Angel in Cheltenham
The Hollow Bottom in Guiting Power
The Jolly Brewmaster in Cheltenham
The Royal Oak Inn in Andoversford
The Royal Oak in Gretton
The Sun Inn in Winchcombe
Bathhurst Arms in North Cerney
The Bakers Arms in Broad Campden
The Corinium Hotel in Cirencester
The Ebrington Arms in Chipping Campden
The Mousetrap Inn in Bourton-on-Water
The Plough Inn in Cold Aston
The Tunnel House Inn near Cirencester
Egypt Mill in Nailsworth
Fostons Ash Inn near The Camp
Salmon Inn in Berkeley
Stagecoach Inn in Berkeley
The Amberley Inn in Amberley
The Beacon Inn in Haresfield
The Bear of Rodborough in Rodborough
The Black Horse Inn in Amberley
The Britannia in Nailsworth
The George Inn in Frocester
The Old Lodge on Minchinhampton Common
The Old Spot Inn in Dursley
The Prince Albert on Rodborough Hill
The Ram Inn in Woodchester
The Royal Oak Inn in Painswick
The Salutation Inn in Berkeley
The Tudor Arms in Slimbridge
The Village Inn in Nailsworth
Tipputs Inn in Nailsworth
The Gardeners Arms in Tewkesbury
For more information about the Gloucestershire Ale Trail you can directly contact one of the Gloucestershire Craft Brewers involved, many of which also sell their beers directly. See Battledown Brewery, Cotswold Lion Brewery, Cotswold Spring Brewing Co., North Cotswold Brewery, Severn Vale Brewing, Stanway Brewery and Stroud Brewery for more information.
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