A worthy mission

The Black Country Ale Tairsters have been on a 35-year mission to visit every pub in the UK for a pint. Last week, they hit 21,000 with a visit to one of ours – The White Rabbit in Bilston.

The Tairsters (Black Country dialect for tasters), a dedicated group of Banks’s ale drinkers, began their epic charity pub crawl in 1984 using a map given to them by Wolverhampton and Dudley Breweries (now Marston’s).

They initially planned to tour just 300 inns, but turned their focus to the 12 Midlands counties in 1991 and a seven-year tour of Wales in 2006, before widening the mission to cover the rest of the UK.

The group is led by Pete Hill, who took on the role in 2014 after his father (The Tairsters founder) passed away. At every pub they visit, they ask for a £1 donation to charity and over the years have raised more than £30,000 for good causes!

They celebrated hitting 21,000 with a visit to their old stomping ground in Bilston. Pete, who has drunk more than 50,000 pints over the years, said: “We never thought we would get to 21,000 pubs, but what better way to enjoy yourself than having a pint or two with your mates all over the UK!”

Karl, Area Operations Manager, said: “You couldn’t meet a nicer bunch of guys and to help them celebrate reaching this milestone at The White Rabbit was a real honour!”

With an estimated 40,000 pubs in the UK, the adventure will definitely continue for the Black Country Ale Tairsters.

Click here to watch a short documentary on the group’s mission.

The group in 1988 at The Railway Train in Kidderminster.

The group in 1988 at The Railway Train in Kidderminster.

 

The group with General Manager Adam at The White Rabbit in Bilston

The group with General Manager Adam at The White Rabbit in Bilston. 

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