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Victoria Inn Ashburton AleTasting 2010

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Published on Jul 23, 2010

Ale Tasting at the Victoria Inn, Ashburton on 17th July 2010 as part of Ashburton's Ale Tasting & Bread Weighing Ceremony. With it's origins in the Assize of Bread & Ale from the Magna Carta the practice died out in Ashburton to be revived in the 1930s. It continues each year with the Town Crier announcing the Bailiff after the 2 Court Stewards have knocked on the closed door of the inn with staves. The landlord (in this case "landlady") is asked to produce 2 tankards of ale which the 2 Ale Tasters first test (by sitting on a wooden bench with leather britches) to see if it has been adulterated with sugar. It is then tasted by them (along with other members of the Court Leet and Baron Juries i.e.Viewers of the Market, Inspector of Trees, Pig Drovers, Searchers and Sealers of Leather, Scavengers, Viewers of the Watercourses, etc). Finally the Portreeve awards a certificate and a sprig of evergreen to announce to all that the inn "do sell good Ale here". On this occasion the "landlady" was a very tall "lass".

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