Commemorative beer launched to celebrate world’s longest pub-crawl

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Record pub-crawl: A beer commemorating the world's longest pub crawl will help raise money for mental health charity Mind.
Record pub-crawl: A beer commemorating the world's longest pub crawl will help raise money for mental health charity Mind.
After a record-breaking journey of more than 20,000 miles across 25 countries, from the planet’s northernmost pub to its southernmost, the Pub2Pub Expedition is launching ‘Pub2Pub Expedition IPA’ with expedition sponsors Dartmoor Brewery.

Over the course of eight months, expedition organiser Ben Coombs, 38, from Plymouth drove his 20-year-old TVR Chimaera called Kermit from the abandoned mining settlement of Pyramiden on the Norwegian island of Svalbard to Puerto Williams in Chile, arriving on 12 February.

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Since returning, the expedition team challenged Dartmoor Brewery to capture the essence of their most memorable experiences from the gargantuan journey​ in a new beer.

Coombs said: “From the North American craft beer scene, to the innovative stouts of the Bogotá Brewing Company, the Pub2Pub Expedition has been an amazing opportunity to experience the incredible variety of the world beer scene for real. 

“And we came away from the eight-month odyssey with a real appreciation for what we have here in England – one of the world’s great brewing industries.”

The brewers came up with Pub2Pub Expedition IPA to commemorate the record-breaking journey, with 10p from every pint sold outside the brewer’s home county of Devon donated to mental health charity Mind.

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Dartmoor Brewery’s managing director Richard Smith, added: “At Dartmoor Brewery we like nothing better than taking inspiration from our surroundings to brew great beer here in our Dartmoor heartland. 

“However, we also love to look further afield for new directions in which to take our brewing and this is why we teamed up with the Pub2Pub Expedition, as we share their sense of discovery and have really enjoyed supporting their journey, and celebrating its successful conclusion by accepting their challenge and making Pub2Pub Expedition IPA a reality.”

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