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A Tonic For The Troops

29th November 2018 Paul Andrews

Armistice Day 100 has come and gone but St Austell Brewery and The Lost Gardens of Heligan have brewed up a special winter warmer in memory of lost gardeners.

The brew seeks to help remember those gardeners who went off to fight for their country back in 1914.

Heligan’s Heroes is a classic English Ale with a Cornish twist, as you’d expect from two organisations with proud local roots. Packed with locally grown Maris Otter and Cornish Gold barley malt, the brew is brimming with deep toffee and cereal flavours, while Challenger and Progress hops, denoting the trials and tribulations of those dark days, provide a beautifully balanced finish to a pint that goes down perfectly with a Cornish pasty.

In 1914, there were 23 names in the Heligan labour books; thirteen men from those lists went to war and only four came back. By 1917, there were only 8 names listed in the books, with names such as Charles Ball, William Guy and Charles Dyer marked amongst the missing or dead.

Alex Smit of The Lost Gardens of Heligan said “We would like to thank St Austell Brewery for being a key supporter of our four-year programme to remember the gardeners of 1914. We feel honoured to have been invited to join forces to create this special small batch brew which is already a firm favourite with the Heligan team.”

Produced as a small batch ale to celebrate the immersive live theatre experience of WildWorks 100:Unearth at Heligan earlier in the year, the Heroes brew has now been produced as a seasonal special and 5p from every pint sold across both batches will be given by St Austell Brewery to Heligan’s community projects.

As Brewery Procurement Director Andrew Holden commented: “The Great War was a time of transformation for people in Cornwall and nowhere is this better observed than at Heligan where war literally meant the end of an era. The team at Heligan has always done such a magnificent job in rekindling the memory of those brave men and we’re delighted to be able to give back to a charity that works so hard to tell our Cornish story.”

Heligan’s Heroes ale, at a respectable 4.4% ABV on the bar, will be available at all St Austell Brewery Small Batch Beer Club pubs as well as on general sale wider across the county. For more information about the beer follow this link and for more information about The Lost Gardens visit www.heligan.com.

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