Barrel of fun for ale fans

Thirsty work as Chris completes pub trail challenge.

IT was thirsty work, but a real ale fan has become the first to complete a North Devon pub trail of perfect pints.

Torrington Cavalier Chris Tattersall took up the challenge thrown down by the Abbotsham-based Country Life Brewery to visit all 50 of the pubs featured in its North Devon Ale Trail.

And in true Cavalier spirit, Chris has managed to sip his way around the lot during the last month and complete the passport-style challenge by collecting a special stamp in each.

The ale trail guide, launched in April, rewards participants with bottles of cask ales depending on how many stamps they collect, as well as a special t-shirt for those who finish the challenge.

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For Chris, the trail ended at the Black Horse Inn in Torrington, where Simon Lacey, master brewer at Country Life Brewery also presented him with a barrel of beer as a special prize for being the first to complete his passport.

Chris said: “It was great fun completing the trail as I got the chance to visit different pubs and meet lots of new people.”

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He said the barrel would be used to sell at the Cavaliers’ Big Free Beacon Party being held at the rugby club on Monday night to mark the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee.

“It’s very generous of Simon to donate a barrel of beer to the Cavaliers – we’ll be selling the beer at the beacon party to raise money for charity,” he added.

Ale trail guides and passports can be picked up at the BIG Sheep or participating pubs.

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