Take your pics on Route 76

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Despite some particularly heady brews on offer, this year’s Route 76 festival in the Vale of Clwyd, is set to be the most memorable yet, thanks to a novel competition from event sponsors Artisan Windows.

With 10 pubs, live entertainment, good food and a host of real ales, there’s sure to be plenty of frivolity and photo ops at this year’s Route 76 festival in Denbighshire. And the best pics from the day could be handsomely rewarded, thanks to event sponsors Artisan Windows.

This is the sixth consecutive year that Route 76, has been held within the Vale of Clwyd; with organisers promising it will be better than ever. The festival, taking place on Saturday, July 13 from 12 noon onwards, involves 10 Denbighshire pubs, all of which will be hosting live entertainment, food and activities on the day.

Ian Gibson, of Denbigh-based sponsors Artisan Conservatories, Windows and Doors, said: “We are very happy to be sponsoring such a popular event, it really is a great day out and brings the Vale of Clwyd together.

“This year we want people to record the day by taking photos of their favorite live act, the best pub grub and them enjoying some of the real ales on offer.

“They can post their pictures on our Facebook page or tweet us and our favorites will win some great prizes – including a selection of real ales which I’m sure would go down well.”

The pubs taking part in Route 76 are: Kinmel Arms, White Horse and Golden Lion in Llandyrnog, Golden Lion in Llangynhafal, White Horse in Hendrerwydd, Griffin in Llanbedr DC, Three Pigeons in Graigfechan, White Horse in Llanfair, Drovers in Rhewl and the King’s Head in Llanrhaeadr.

Those attending will get the opportunity to choose from a selection of real ales and ciders, from Purple Moose to a Rosie’s Cider. There will even be a chance to taste cider from Llandegla and ales from the newly opened – Buzzard Brewery based in Llandyrnog. Brewery owner, Stuart Peasley said he was very happy to be involved in this year’s event.

“We have been brewing since March and delivering since April,” he said. “It’s a great opportunity for people to try locally produced ale.”

There will be three Buzzard Brewery beers to enjoy on the day: the Village Bitter (3.9%), the Pale of Clwyd (4.2%) and the Vale Ale (4.5%).

Alongside famous brews including Young’s and Theakstons there will also be ales from Conwy, Wrexham and Flint including Denbighshire’s own Llangollen Bitter and the award winning Great Orme’s Welsh Black. A bus stop will be conveniently placed outside each pub and a special bus service will be laid on to transport punters between the public houses.

This year’s transport will be provided by GHA coaches who will be providing larger buses with a simpler route on a one way system. The buses will travel the route every 15 minutes from 12 noon. A rover ticket will be available, allowing passengers to get on and off the bus throughout the day at any of the public houses or at Ruthin bus station.

Revellers can send their photos from the day to Facebook.com/artisanwindows or tweet @artisanwindows #route76 for a chance to win a selection of the ales on offer on the day.

Route 76 – Ales:

Facers DBH; Flintshire Bitter; Bendegedig, Landslide; Fullers London Pride; Lees Guvenor; Coronation St; British Jewels, Best Bitter; Great Orme, Welsh Black, Merlyn; Hatters Gold; Robinsons Unicorn; Dizzy Blond; Cumbrian Way; Abbot; Pedigree; Timothy Taylor Landlord; Black Sheep; Bass; Waggle Dance; Speckled Hen; Salopian; Brimstage Scarecrow; Sandpiper; Trappers Hat; Conwy Clogwyn Gold; Llangollen Bitter; Sharps Doom Bar; Robinsons Old Thumper; Three Tuns XXX; Betty Stoggs; Skinners; Purple Moose Snowdonia, Glaslyn; Tatton Blond; Joseph Holt; Tetleys Bitter; Champflower Planet Ale; Gundog Red Setter; Wychwood Hobgoblin. Ciders: Westons; Thatchers; Gwynt Y Ddraig; Llandegla and more.