The CAMRA Reading Ale Trail 2022…we’re on it

We are pleased to announce that The Retreat is one of the 24 pubs selected by Reading & Mid Berkshire CAMRA to be on the Reading Ale Trail 2022. And, we are especially excited that the Ale Trail will be launched at The Retreat on Saturday 5 March, where books will be on sale from 12.00 to 16.00.

What’s the Reading Ale Trail all about?

The Ale Trail is an annual event run by Reading & Mid Berkshire CAMRA in Spring to encourage people to find some local pubs in the Reading area and publicise the forthcoming beer festival. This year 700 booklets have been printed featuring 24 pubs. The task is simple: get yourself a booklet, then for each half pint of real ale or real cider (or a soft drink for designated drivers) you ask for a sticker. Collect all 24 stickers and submit your booklet by the deadline for a prize. This does not have to be done in one day!

Ale Trail booklets will be available to purchase from the launch day at the Retreat, and also at the Nags Head and the Alehouse in Reading.

By completing the Trail (i.e. visiting all 24 pubs and getting the appropriate stickers), you win either a T-shirt AND a half-pint beer festival voucher OR six half-pint beer festival vouchers. By completing 16 pubs you get three half-pint beer festival vouchers. The booklet costs £2.

Here is a link to the full details of the Reading Ale Trail.

Real Ales at The Retreat

Brian Moignard, landlord of The Retreat said, “This is great news for The Retreat. We’ve been working hard on improvements and the Reading Ale Trail will be a wonderful opportunity for cask ale lovers to see what we’ve been up to.”

What will be the cask ales served at The Retreat for the 2022 Reading Ale Trail?

Pushing Brian on what beers will be served for the Ale Trail he kept schtum and told us to, “watch this space.” Whatever his decision, they will be well kept ales fitting for the Ale Trailers.

The pubs taking part in the Reading Ale Trail 2022

  1. Greyfriar
  2. Alehouse
  3. Allied Arms
  4. Castle Tap
  5. Nags Head
  6. Butler
  7. Victoria, Tilehurst
  8. Fox & Hounds, Tilehurst
  9. Griffin, Caversham
  10. Fox & Hounds, Caversham
  11. Loddon Tap Room, Dunsden Green
  12. Hop Leaf
  13. Park House, University
  14. Turks Head
  15. The Retreat
  16. Weather Station
  17. Three Tuns
  18. Horse & Groom, Hare Hatch
  19. Royal Oak, Knowl Hill
  20. Bell, Waltham St Lawrence
  21. Crispin, Wokingham
  22. George & Dragon, Swallowfield
  23. Elm Tree, Beech Hill
  24. Six Bells, Burghfield

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