Celebrate Rugby’s real ale on the beer bike

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As part of Rugby’s first food and drink festival (26 to 29 September), and to celebrate the ‘Rugby Real Ale Trail’, pub locals will be peddling around Rugby town centre on a Beer Bike.

The Real Ale relay, planned for Friday 27 September will coincide with the launch of national Cask Ale Week and involve 12 pubs each doing a circuit of the town centre before passing on a specially brewed festival beer to the next.

To help quench the pedallers’ thirst, the eight seat beer bike with table in the middle, more commonly seen on the streets of Munich or Amsterdam, will carry a supply of the Festival Ale. The 3.6% pale ale, specially brewed by Hart Family Brewers from Wellingborough, to celebrate the food and drink festival and Rugby Real Ale Trail, will be available from a number of pubs during the four-day event.

During the festival, follow the Real Ale Trail and enjoy a superb selection of beers and ciders along with some fantastic hospitality, music, food and games. Don’t miss out on the festival beer and collect six stamps on your Real Ale Trail passport for a free festival pint glass. Colin Arthur, owner of Rugby Tap, one of the businesses involved with the festival and riding the beer bike, said: “Cask ale is a live, natural product, simply bursting with flavours, yet nearly 50 per cent of adults have never tried it. The quality and diversity that is produced on our doorstep has never been greater. The whole point of the ‘Rugby Food and Drink Festival and Real Ale Trail’ is to celebrate and to create a real buzz around Britain’s national drink and get more people drinking it – the festival and beer bike are a great way of doing this.”

The festival is funded through Warwickshire County Council’s Operation Footfall Campaign and supported by Rugby First, Rugby Borough Council, local businesses and Rugby CAMRA. See rugbyfoodanddrinkfestival.co.uk