On 21 March 1983 at Billy Bob’s Texas in Fort Worth, USA, the late Merle Haggard set the Guinness World record for the biggest round ever. The country singer bought his fans 5,095 one-ounce drinks totalling 39.8 US (33.1 imperial) gallons at a cost of $12,737.50.
On Saturday 11 June 2016, between between 12 noon and 2.00pm, at the Cross Guns pub in the village of Avoncliff in Wiltshire, UK, Box Steam Brewery, from the neighbouring village of Holt, bought 412 drinks for assembled guests including the Mayor of Trowbridge, Councillor Linda Self. The round included 283 pints (35.4 gallons) of their award-winning Tunnel Vision ale.
Over a two-hour period a team of five bar staff, including landlady Annette Roberts and husband and brewery owner Andy, pulled pumps and tapped four 9 gallon casks to ensure more than 400 people enjoyed a drink at their expense to mark the Queen’s 90th birthday.
Andy Roberts, MD at Box Steam Brewery explained: “We wanted to mark the occasion of Her Majesty’s special day in the way we know best. It was our pleasure to extend our hospitality to friends and neighbours. Our bar bill wasn’t as big as Mr Haggard’s, but we think we can claim to have bought the World’s biggest round of beers, that’s for sure.”