Raise glass to Camra’s winter ale trail around Norfolk

Ale drinkers are being encouraged to tour around Norfolk to decide their top tipple.

The Norwich and Norfolk branch of Camra, the Campaign for Real Ale, has put together a winter ale trail as its encourages ale fans to support their local pubs and breweries.

The Winter LocAle Trail 2012 includes 31 pubs in the area with drinkers invited to collect the real ale stamps, or soft drinks for drivers, from all of the pubs on their trail card.

Once completed, the card can be sent in for a free trail T-shirt and will also be entered into a draw, with prizes including beer, brewery tours and the chance to be a head brewer for a day.

They will also have the opportunity to vote for their favourite pub of the trail.

The trail takes in villages and towns across Norfolk, including Attleborough, Broome, Cromer, Great Yarmouth and Wymondham, with pubs in Norwich including the Beehive, Cottage, Fat Cat, Ketts Tavern, King's Head, Murderers, Ribs of Beef, Rose, Trafford Arms, Vine and Wig and Pen.

Last week members of Camra gathered at The Wig and Pen, in St Martin's Palace Plain, to officially launch the trail.

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Camra press officer Emma Pinder said: 'The aim of the trail is two-fold – firstly to encourage beer-drinkers to visit pubs that they would not normally visit during the winter months, and secondly to promote Camra's LocAle scheme and locally-brewed real ale of which there is an abundance of breweries in Norfolk.'

All of the pubs that are taking part in the scheme are members of the LocAle scheme, which means that they will always have on sale at least one real ale that's brewed within 30 miles of the pub.

The trail has been supported by the Norfolk breweries Beeston, Blackfriars, Fat Cat, Golden Triangle, Grain, Humpty Dumpty, Northcote, Panther, Wolf and Woodforde's.

The trail runs until April 1.

For more information visit the website at www.norwichcamra.org.uk

Is your group organising a big event this year? Contact David Freezer on 01603 772418 or you can email him at david.freezer@archant.co.uk

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