Somewhat unusually for a London public transport organisation, Docklands Light Railway would appear to be promoting the consumption of alcohol in drinking establishments local to their stations. Specifically, they have 'teamed up' with The Good Pub Guide (not to be confused with CAMRA's Good Beer Guide) in recommending a couple of 'docklands' pub crawls, under the slightly sanitised label of the 'Real Ale Trail'. Presumably actual crawling is to be discouraged.
The downloadable PDF gives details on the two recommended 'trails': one from Canary Wharf to Greenwich; one from St Katherine Docks to the upper-eastern side of the Isle of Dogs, via Wapping and Limehouse. The pubs listed are, from our own experience, quite variable in quality, ranging from office-friendly mediocrity to beery or foody excellence. Few of the establishments offer a spectacular range of unusual ales, but most seem to stock some perfectly drinkable options, and one or two (as we may have previously noted) are great beer destinations in their own right. A handful of the pubs, regardless of the ale on offer, claim an impressive historical pedigree.
DLR have augmented these suggested 'trails' with the 'Real Ale Trail treasure hunt' - essentially a set of questions, posed in an elusive part of the DLR Facebook pages. If you visit all of the pubs on one (or both?) of the 'trails' and email off some answers to the relevant questions, you stand a chance of winning a brewery tour and meal for two at the Meantime Old Brewery in Greenwich, or a copy of the latest Good Pub Guide. If this sort of competition takes your fancy, we would advise printing out these questions before commencing one of the expeditions.
Along the way, frugal pub crawlers (if there is such a thing) can enjoy some DLR-sponsored minor discounts in a couple of pubs featured. The promotion runs until the end of October, more-or-less.