It’s Alpine Trail week with number seven quickly approaching, and to get you in the mood I’ll give you some Alpine-related facts all this week.
Don’t forget, The Alpine Trail Seven – The Memorial Trail – takes place this Thursday, 15 September 2011. [Route Confirmed]
The first Alpine Trail was attended by seven people, and remarkably one of those was only intending to go out for a couple but stayed the course. Alpine Trails Five and Six have had over 40 attendees on each occasion. Only two people have been ever presents on all six Trails to date.
Those first seven Traillists, all working or had worked at 25 Soho Square, were; Jamie Bradbury, Nick Veevers, Stuart Mawhinney, Glenn Lavery, Russell Staves, Karl Hudson and Pete Elsworth.
Since then, 17 different pubs have been part of The Trail. The Champion, being the perennial home stop, is the most used having been involved in all six Trails to date, while both The Yorkshire Grey and The Cock Tavern have featured five times on The Trail, only missing out on the Soho Trail in April 2009 (Number Two).
The five least visited of The Trail pubs are Ye Olde Swiss Cottage, The Ordnance Arms, The Angel in the Fields, The Duke of York and The Dover Castle with one appearance each (Trail Three). However, the latter trio all make a return to the Trail Route for Number Seven.
The brand was best known for its ‘man-in-a-box’ pump for Ayingerbräu Lager, which featured a model Bavarian man in a plastic box.
In 2006, Ayingerbräu Lager reverted to Alpine Lager, its original name in the 1960s.