Ale and hearty for old tradition
ANCIENT traditions were revived in Gloucester this weekend with the Sheriff's Assize of Ale.
The event dates back to medieval times when the sheriff was responsible for checking that the ale on sale in the city was of palatable quality.
The sheriff has an ale conner, who sits on a wooden stool, on which a small amount of ale is poured, wearing a pair of leather trousers.
If the trousers stick to the stool, the ale doesn't pass the test. If they don't stick, it passes.
Gents, come in to Earl's & Co and enjoy a haircut and finish, glass of whisky and a shoeshine for £18.50
Terms: Later and earlier appointments available upon request
Contact: 01242 504887
Valid until: Tuesday, December 31 2013
The event began with a tasting of Gloucester Brewery ale outside the Guildhall in Eastgate Street, before touring some of the city's pubs and bars – including new addition Portivo Lounge, which passed the test.