Yards of ale on Forth Valley train pub crawl

The ale trail is being held throughout the Forth Valley to help support local pubs. Picture: Alan Murray
The ale trail is being held throughout the Forth Valley to help support local pubs. Picture: Alan Murray
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Beer lovers will take to the tracks next month on a special pilgrimage that will let them pay homage to mild ales.

The ‘Mild Trail by Rail’ is happening throughout Forth Valley at the start of May and is a pub crawl with a difference.

Johnathan Harris of the Forth Valley CAMRA branch devised the ale trail using public transport. Picture: Alan Murray

Johnathan Harris of the Forth Valley CAMRA branch devised the ale trail using public transport. Picture: Alan Murray

It is being run by members of Forth Valley branch of CAMRA, the Campaign for Real Ale, and will focus on a mild ales, a type of beer now found only in a few outlets.

So if you like chocolate, fruity, nutty or burnt tastes in your pint, the ale trail will be right up your street.

The ale trail will take those taking part from Dunblane to Linlithgow with stops in Larbert and Falkirk offering the chance to visit the Station Hotel in Larbert, Behind The Wall and the Carron Works in Falkirk.

Forth Valley CAMRA member Jonathan Harris said: “The idea behind the trail is partly to promote the style of beer, rarely seen now, and also to promote pubs.

“People are drinking more at home now, pubs are struggling, you see a lot of them closing.

“Our branch has run a series of very successful beer festivals so we wanted to help promote drinking in pubs because that’s where most people will drink.

“If you buy beer and take it home it takes away the chance to enjoy drinking in a pub with other people and supporting local pubs and the local economy.”

He added: “There are six stops along the line with good pubs near the stations.

“With a return ticket you can stop off as many times as you want, giving you an opportunity to try pubs you might not normally visit.

“Travelling by train takes away the hassle of organising transport safely.”

The ale trail is happening over the weekend of Friday to Sunday, May 8-10.

For details visit the branch website on www.camra-forth-valley.co.uk or Forth Valley CAMRA on Facebook.