Virtual ale tasting sees Court Leets use modern technolgy to uphold historic tradition - The Redditch Standard

Virtual ale tasting sees Court Leets use modern technolgy to uphold historic tradition

A GREAT tradition was upheld virtually when an annual ale tasting took place on Zoom.

Members of Alcester, Henley and Warwick Courts joined their counterparts in Bromsgrove which hosted the event organised by Bromsgrove Court Leet bailiff Jo Slade.

Local brewers included Will from Woodcote Brewing Co, Tim and Jake fromt Brew61, John from Bewdley Brewery and Chris from The Teme Valley Brewery.




As well as eight ales, four cheeses from Croome Cuisine were also sampled.

Nick from the company spoke about the cheeses and the brewery representatives gave an insight into each of the ales.


Usually the Court would test ale in pubs, presenting landlords whose beer was found to be ‘of excellent quality and fit for consumption’ with a certificate and sprig of evergreen.

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The latter was used in medieval times to show those unable to read that the pub in question was ran to a high standard.

Instead, virtual certificates – including a picture of the evergreen – were displayed on-screen.

Other highlights from the evening, included a ‘Question of Court’ quiz, an ‘On This Day’ feature and a jolly song.

A collection was also held for Avoncroft Museum after the vandal attack.

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