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Wet Your Whistle on November’s Rail Ale Trail

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Chase the chills away with a cosy train trip to check out some of the UK’s best ale festivals. With plenty of quality brews on offer across the country, you’ll discover many excellent ales, ciders and perries perfect for wetting your whistle.

Save money on your excursion and find cheap train tickets with the help of our journey planner – you’ll have more cash left over to sample some of the best ales around. Bundle up and get your November Rail Ale Trail started…

Take the train to Wakefield…for the 22nd Wakefield Beer Festival

Get your November beer-sampling off to a great start at the Wakefield Beer Festival on Thursday 8 to Saturday 10 November. Now in its 22nd year, the celebration of fine ales and beers has moved to a new home at The Space at Waldorf Way.

Showcasing local breweries and a range of beers from breweries and micro-breweries from around the country, the Wakefield Beer Festival also offers a range of ciders, perries and American, Belgium, German and British bottled ales and lagers. It also supports a number of local charities and a highlight is always the charity Tombola.

To spend an afternoon trialling wonderful drinks, book a train to Wakefield and buy a ticket to the welcoming CAMRA Wakefield Beer Festival.

Take the train to Rotherham…for the New York Beer Festival

For a taste of the Big Apple in Rotherham, head along to the New York Stadium on Friday 9 and Saturday 10 November for this annual beer and ale festival organised by CAMRA.

The New York Beer Festival is the perfect chance to sample 45 ales as well as a selection of bottled beers from the USA. What’s more, this year it will also feature the public launch of Rotherham’s new Chantry Brewery & The Big Apple Bar for Cider. There will also be live entertainment on both days and a selection of hot food, including Pukka Pies.

The venue is only a five minute walk from the train station and transport interchange, so book your tickets and look forward to sampling both local and American beers.

Take the train to Rochford…for the 33rd Rochford Beer Festival

The Rochford Beer Festival takes sampling new ales, ciders and perries seriously. Running between Tuesday 20 and Saturday 24 November, you can expect more than 210 Firkins of Ale to try as well as 60 barrels of cider and perry.

There will also be a bar selling English and international bottled beers and a Celtic bar selling brews from Scotland, Northern Ireland and Wales. It’s a music-free festival, ideal for those who prefer peace and quiet while experimenting with new drinks, and there will be food available at all sessions.

Held at Freight House, the festival is easily accessible from the local train station, which is just a 40 minute train journey from London.

Other November 2012 beer festivals
You can also:

• Take a weekend break to Saltburn and pay a visit to the 3rd Saltburn Beer Festival. Held in the Community Arts Centre, this is a small but friendly festival. (16 – 17 November 2012).

• For some seasonal fun, take a trip to Dudley and enjoy the 70 plus ales on offer at the Dudley Winter Ales Fayre (22 – 24 November 2012).

• Book a train to Loughborough for its first ever annual Winter Beer Festival to sample up to 75 beers, ciders and perries (22 – 24 November 2012).

Off to sample one of these festivals or one of the many other great events throughout the UK? Let us know how it goes or tell us your favourite beer or ale. Leave us a comment and let us know…

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