Ipswich pub tour on this weekend

WHEN a bunch of yobbos works its way across town from hotel to hotel, it’s called a pub crawl.

But when a bunch of beer appreciators with an eye for the historical and cultural significance of the amber fluids does it, it’s called a pub walk.

Beer historian Brett Stubbs was careful to point this out while announcing his plans to join a group of blokes who will take a tour of the pubs of Ipswich this weekend.

Rather than drink too much, the Society of Recreational Beer Drinkers will be taking an interest in what makes Ipswich pubs different from the rest.

Mr Stubbs, who has written several books and journal articles on the history of beer and pubs in Australia, said the group had not been to Ipswich in 20 years.

“I imagine it would have changed quite a bit since then but I’m not quite sure what to expect,” he said.

“I do a fair bit of drinking – I can’t deny that – but what I’m interested in and what the group is interested in, is the culture and history.”

The group of recreational drinkers will start at the Caledonian Hotel on Bell Street about midday today, working their way up to the Squealing Pig via Murphy’s Irish Hotel before coming back down the main street.



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