Castle Rock Brewery’s Commemoration Collection series of ales brewed to mark moments and memories of the Great War continues from 1 July with the introduction of ‘Baptism of Fire: the Somme’.
The battle, the largest single engagement on the Western Front, began on that day and, by November, more than one million men had been wounded or killed. On the first day alone, British casualties numbered of 57,000 many of whom were from Pals’ battalions recruited from single communities and work places.
Liv Auckland, who leads the Castle Rock WW1 commemoration team, says the Commemorative Collection is being made to promote discussion and remembrance. “It’s my sincere hope that as customers enjoy their beer, they take a moment to reflect. For many soldiers The Somme was their first experience of combat; a baptism of fire for which, I’m sure, many were ill prepared.”
‘Baptism of Fire: The Somme’ is a 4.8 per cent real ale, amber in colour with a infusion of ginger. It will be available at pubs across Nottingham and the county for around three months.
Castle Rock Brewery is making donations from the beer’s sale to the Royal British Legion and Amnesty International. Next in the series, due in 2017, is Bloody April: Battle of Arras.