With the Chilterns Tourism Network
WE CHALLENGE you to take the Country Ale Trail!
The brewer and pub operator Brakspear has launched a new event to encourage walkers and cyclists to explore its rural estate in Henley, which includes some really lovely, off-the-beaten-track pubs.
The new route is an addition to the Henley Ale Trail in the town centre and the ‘original’ Country Ale Trail, introduced last year, bringing the number of Brakspear pubs now included to an impressive 30.
The history of the company starts back in 1711, when William Henry Brakspear decided beer was the future and bought a brewery in Bell Street, Henley-on-Thames.
In 1769, 19-year-old Robert Brakspear became the landlord of The Cross Keys, in Witney, which is where Brakspear Bitter was born and was first brewed. The rest, as they say, is history.
The new Country Ale Trail follows the tried and tested format of the existing trails.
Customers visiting any pub on the route are given a Country Ale Trail map, which is then stamped when they buy a pint of Brakspear beer in any of the participating sites. Once maps have been stamped at all 10 pubs, they can be redeemed for a free pint of Brakspear and a fetching Country Ale Trail T-shirt.
This Country Ale Trail II covers a 29-mile route in the Wallingford area, taking in 10 pubs in villages including Cholsey, Goring and Warborough.
Trailers can start at any pub, but must finish in either The Cherry Tree, in Stoke Row, or The Red Lion, in Blewbury, to claim their pint and T-shirt.
third Country Ale Trail has also been launched this summer, which includes about 10 pubs in South Oxfordshire, in villages such as Sonning Common, Rotherfield Peppard, Nettlebed and Shiplake.
Everyone who completes a Country Ale Trail or Henley Ale Trail during 2014 is invited to an Ale Trail party, being held in January 2015, where there will be
Acomplimentary beer and food and the chance to meet other ‘trailers’.
For more information, visit www.countryaletrail.co.uk/2/
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The entrance to Brakspear
Brewery in Henley