Brakspear invited all their ‘Ale Trailer’s’ who completed either the Henley Ale Trail or one of the three Country Trails this year to a party at The Little Angel on Monday evening.
The Henley Ale Trail invites people to have a pint at each of the ten Brakspear pubs in central Henley and the three Country Trails offers three different routes for walkers and cyclists to visit ten different Brakspear country pubs in South Oxfordshire.
Guests at the party enjoyed free beer which included Brakspear Bitter plus Old, Mild and Special which are brewed Bell Street Brewery, as well as a great spread of food and music by local band, Highly Strung (Ian Desmond, Bill Ford, Milton Woodman, Gavin (Burt) McDonald, Adrian (Ernie) Desmond) who played a set of classic hits including Brown Eyed Girl, Rocket Man and Loosing My Religion.
The party also launched the 2017 trails. The Henley Ale Trail has a new map, a new t-shirt design inspired by the tube map and this year all the 10 pubs are now finishing pubs so Ale Trailers can do the trail in any order and collect their t-shirt at any pub.
Friends, Richard, Stephen, Tom and Stuart completed all three of the Country Trails on bikes. They said, “Our favourite was Trail 1 which we started at the Prince Albert in Frieth and ended at The Rainbow in Middle Assendon. Our favourite pint was at the Five Horseshoes in Maidensgrove.”
Simon Garrod and Aaron Howard from Henley enjoyed doing the Henley Ale Trail after they finished their climbing session each week. Aaron said, “I think I’ve been doing the trail every year since 2009.”
Brakspear’s Chief Executive Tom Davies said, “Last year our Ale Trails went from strength to strength with over double the amount of people doing the Henley Ale Trail from the previous year. We enjoy holding our annual Brakspear Ale Trail Party as it’s a chance for us to give something back to our loyal Ale Trailers.”