Brewing up a treat in honour of heroes

Vale Brewery release Flanders Field
Vale Brewery release Flanders Field

A BREWERY based near Thame has launched a new beer in support of the Poppy Appeal.

The Vale Brewery, in Brill, will donate money to The Royal British Legion every time they sell a firkin of new beer Flanders Field.

The multi award-winning company, originally from Haddenham, produced Flanders Field in honour of the famous poem by John McCrae in May 1915.

The immortal lines state: “In Flanders Field the poppies blow, between the crosses, row on row.”

Ian Mackey general manager of Vale Brewery said: “For every firkin of Flanders Field the brewery will donate one pound to the poppy appeal.

“Flanders Field will be available throughout the month of November.”

A firkin is equal to nine imperial gallons, 72 pints, or a quarter of a barrel. Casks in this size are the most common container for cask ale.

Flanders Field is amber coloured and has a strength of 4.2 per cent. The bitter was created by the team in Brill with four different malts and three different hop varieties.

Vale Brewery was established in Haddenham in 1995.

Vale beer is sold to local pubs, and farther afield via distributors and exchanges with other like-mined breweries.

Most beers are available bottle conditioned and a brewery shop sells minipins, polypins and bottles.

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Pictured from left to right are sales supervisor Kate Parker, head brewer David Renton and general manager Ian Mackay.