The Great Baltic Adventure

Ale 4 Sail

ALE for SAIL 2011 – the greatest brewing story ever told
Wanted: Crew to join the Great Baltic Adventure!
"From the heart of London to the centre of Saint Petersburg…
This has to be the most epic journey a drayman has made for 200 years!"

BRILLIANT Beer’s Tim O’Rourke is the man behind the brewing world’s latest great adventure – taking Imperial Stouts to St Petersburg in Russia.
The Ale4Sail Great Baltic Adventure - - is an ambitious attempt not just to recreate the epic sea journey made by beers from England to Russia in the 18th century, but to promote British cask beers at festivals in Stockholm, Helsinki and Copenhagen.
The plan is to take 12 specially brewed Imperial Russian Stouts, each produced by a different brewer, all the way to Saint Petersburg, where they will be judged in a beer festival on 18 June to find out which stout is fit for the Court of Catherine the Great.
The 12 Imperial Stouts making the journey will be announced later this month.
The sea journey starts on 15 May from Greenwich and arrives in St Petersburg on 17 June.
Tim O’Rourke says he is looking for people to crew the Thermopylae Clipper which will undertake the journey.
“We have chartered a former 60 foot round the world Clipper Thermopylae. This fantastic yacht has already circumnavigated the world four times in the Clipper Round the World Races so should see us safely to Saint Petersburg,” says Tim O’Rourke.
The passage includes on board food and safety and wet weather equipment as well as a professional skipper and two professional watch leaders.
The passage will take five weeks with stopovers in a major city every Saturday when we will be able to change crew. There will be stops at intermediate ports on the way round.
Participants will be able to take part in Beer Festivals at all the Major Ports:
London - Beer Festival in the Old Brewery – Greenwich - 12 – 15 May
Copenhagen Beer Festival - Beer festival in Charlie’s Bar -27 – 29 May with a chance to visit and have lunch at Carlsberg’s Jacobson’s Brewery.
Stockholm - Beer festival in Oliver Twist & Akkurat Restaurant for the week commencing 3rd June
Helsinki – To be arranged – 10 – 12 June
Saint Petersburg – To be arranged 17 – 19 June and there will be the judging of all the Imperial Russian Stout by a panel of brewers including Russian brewers.

To join for all or a part of the voyage please contact tim[@] or register on line at!