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Wet Your Whistle on December’s Rail Ale Trail

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Get ready for the festivities by sampling the best ales, ciders and perries around on December’s Rail Ale Trail. You might find the perfect present for the ale-lover in your life or it might be a great chance to find the ideal drink to have with Christmas dinner. Either way, you’ll be able to chase any winter blues away at the best ale events over the festive period.

Save some cash for those all-important Christmas celebrations by booking cheap train tickets before you go and read on to see what treats are in store this December and what to look forward to in January…

Take the train to London…for the Pig’s Ear Beer and Cider Festival

The charmingly named Pig’s Ear Beer and Cider Festival takes place between Tuesday 4 and Saturday 8 December and is ideal for getting you in the Christmas spirit. Pig’s ear is rhyming slang for beer and, with 200 plus beers on offer, you’ll certainly find plenty of different brews to sample.

There will also be a range of unique festival brews to try and the E. London bar will be celebrating a whopping nine new local Micros. Renowned bottled and foreign beer bars will be serving some exotic brews and there will be plenty of cider to enjoy. A selection of food stalls will ensure you’re well fed throughout and the festival is open from noon until 11pm every night, except for on Friday when the doors will stay open for an extra half hour!

Taking place at the Round Chapel, Powerscroft Road in Hackney, the festival is easy to get to. Book trains to London’s central stations then choose one of the eight buses or two train lines that will take you right into Hakney.

Save the dates: January festivals

Start 2013 as you mean to go on by saving the date for some excellent celebrations of beers and ales in the first few days of the new year.

• Take a weekend break to Cambridgeshire for the first Rail Ale event of the year. The 4th Elysian Winter Beer Festival promises some tasty brews to start the year off well. (11 – 12 January 2013).

• Book trains to Cambridge for the 17th Cambridge Winter Ale Festival and enjoy a tasty weekend holiday. (17 – 19 January 2013).

• With 66 Winter Ales on offer, the 24th Exeter and Devon Beer Festival is sure to have the perfect drink for brightening your January, so book trains to Exeter now. (18 – 19 January 2013).

Ready to find the perfect ale for your festivities? Planning a holiday to sample some great beers? 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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