Sunday, 21 February 2010

Wolf beer - a beer fit for heroes

A Norfolk brewery has brought out a new beer to raise cash for the Royal Anglian Benevolent Fund.

The new beer, called appropriately "Hero", is being produced by the Wolf Brewery of Besthorpe, Norfolk and for every cask sold £7 will go to the Benevolent Fund.

The Wolf Brewery has 200 pubs on its books and from next month a bottled version of Hero will also be sold in local off-licences and Tesco branches with 10p-a-pint going towards the well-being of local troops and their families.

It was local pub licensee Dougie Clarke who persuaded the brewery to launch the beer after he was inspired by reading a book about his own grandfather, Sgt Frank Clarke, who fought with the 1st Battalion, Norfolk Regiment at the Battle of Mons in 1914.

The Norfolk Regiment was created in July 1881 as the county regiment for Norfolk. It became the Royal Norfolk Regiment in 1935 and was amalgamated with the Suffolk Regiment in 1959 to form 1st Battalion, the East Anglian Regiment. This in turn was further amalgamated in 1964 into the Royal Anglian Regiment. 'A' Company, 1st Battalion, R Anglian retains the name "Royal Norfolk" in honour of this proud regimental history.

Mr Clarke said: “The Norfolk Company of the Regiment returns from a tour of duty in Helmand Province in April and we'll be throwing a party for the boys at [his pub] the Duke of Wellington in early May to celebrate the launch of the beer and their return from the war zone.”

John Edwards, owner of Wolf Brewery, said: “We hope the beer will play its part in demonstrating to our soldiers that we are behind them in the difficult challenge they face in a very dangerous part of the world.”
Sounds like a good excuse for a pint - think I'll just nip round to the pub.

Nice one, Jedward!

Norwich Evening News 24: Pubs to serve new beer to boost Norfolk soldiers