Man On 35-Year Pub Crawl Sinks 50,000th Pint
Nothing screams quality day drinking like a good pub crawl, does it? Well, here's one LAD who knows for sure - he's been on one for 35 years and celebrated the feat by sinking his 50,000th pint.
Peter Hill, 63, has been travelling the length and breadth of Britain on an epic pub crawl since 1984 - and has visited more than 21,000 public houses.
Sinking an average of eight pints on every visit, he's now celebrating the milestone of drink number 50,000.
The retired engineer from West Bromwich, West Midlands, has drunk a pint in every county in the UK and has travelled a whopping 320,000 miles across Great Britain and Northern Ireland on his his amber quest.
And if that wasn't dedicated enough, Peter and his boozy band of brothers have spent the last two years travelling across the UK to drink on 70 islands off the coast of the UK.
Peter said: "I've enjoyed myself, I've loved every minute. It's taken me to places I've never dreamed of going to and trying beers I never knew existed.
"It's benefited my health without a doubt, I've travelled all over the UK. I keep finding new ways to challenge myself and new pubs to visit, so I'll keep on going for as long as I can."
His beer odyssey began in 1984 when he and a group of friends started vising pubs listed on a map issued by Wolverhampton brewer Banks's.
The group - known as the Black Country Ale Tairsters - visited all 300 within the space of a year.
Evidently fans of a challenge, however, they decided to continue seeing off their pints in far-flung places and decided to visit pubs across the length and breadth of the UK.
While the members of the group have changed over the decades, Peter has remained the main organiser and has personally travelled 320,000 miles across Britain in search of his next pint.
Peter also claimed that his hobby has brought with it some surprising health benefits, saying: "It's kept me active and busy for nearly half my life.
"When people ask me if it's done any damage, I reply, 'I'm not going to live any longer.' We all have our time and when get it comes at least I can say I've had a good laugh."
He added: "I don't drink to excess, when we're on a trip we'll drink eight pints but space them out throughout the day.
"We make sure we're fresh the next day - we could have 12 or 14, I suppose but you have to know when to stop and say, 'That's it.'"
Peter meticulously records each pub visit and notes the amount of beer consumed, the mileage and even the name of the publican.
He claims to have visited 21,404 pubs since 1984, consuming over 50,000 pints of beer.
He added that he finds the current state of the amber hop in the UK a mixed bag. Peter said: "These days I like a nice light bitter.
"I'll go into a gastro pub for a drink but it's not my scene - I like a small, tiny backstreet boozer. These days you end up in pubs where the beer is £9 a pint." Ain't that the truth, mate.
He continued: "The variety of beers these days is great. I can drink a wider choice of beers now which is great, breweries are a lot more accessible too."
But it's not just about fun - it seems Peter's doing what he does for noble reasons too, as he concluded: "Young people aren't using traditional pubs anymore, most of them seem to drink beer from the supermarket.
"I'm doing my bit to keep the local pub scene alive."
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