MEMBERS of the Bromsgrove Court Leet will be testing the town’s ale on Tuesday (April 26) to ensure it is of a high enough standard for residents to consume.
The long-standing tradition will see The Court begin its tests at the Unionist Club, on Kidderminster Road, at 6.30pm.
The marshall of the Court will then lead an informal procession to other establishments in the town, including The Little Ale House, Worcester Road, the CAMRA (Campaign for Real Ale) Pub of the Season The Golden Cross pub and then to The Red Lion on the High Street.
At each venue, a short ale tasting ceremony will take place where Court officers, dressed in their traditional robes and regalia, check the quality of the ales available – upholding the traditions in a light-hearted way.
The Bromsgrove Town Crier and Court Leet Bellman, Kevin Ward, conducts the proceedings, with the Bailiff, John Wheatley, and the Ale Tasters from Bromsgrove and neighbouring Courts, sampling the ales.
The tasting ‘ceremony’ takes place on arrival at the pub and takes a few minutes, then members of the Court will remain in the establishment for about half an hour before moving on.
Senior Ale Taster Jo Slade said “The ale tasting evening is a wonderful showcase for the Bromsgrove Court Leet, upholding the traditions of years gone by.
“We do hope residents will join the Court in Bromsgrove to witness and enjoy this ancient tradition.”