Flack Manor Launches Special Beer for Historic Romsey's Armistice Remembrance
Flack Manor Brewery in Romsey is launching a commemorative beer called SDR, as part of historic Romsey’s extensive programme of remembrance events running until 18th November 2018. SDR Special Draught Reserve will be available from local stockists, at some of the events and also direct from the brewery’s own shop, ‘Flak’ Shack, by the end of October. A contribution from each bottle sold goes to Romsey Town Council's nominated charity Combat Stress.
The name SDR originates from the Services Rations Department as during the First World War, each soldier was given 2 tablespoons of rum from 1-2 gallon jars each day. The new beer from Flack Manor, whilst not rum, is produced in the same spirit and in commemoration of Armistice Day, remembering the fallen and those returning home.
At the beginning of WW1, the amount of beer produced was 35.5 million barrels (36gal) at the original gravity strength of 1055, about 5.5% alcohol by volume. By 1918, 12.6 million barrels were produced at 1055 with 22 million at a reduced strength of 1030 (about 3.0% alcohol by volume) and sold for 10d a pint (or pence). The reason for the reduction in strength was to do with a lack of raw materials and a certain amount of temperance influence. However, even reduced strength would have been welcome during rest and recuperation; much of which was at the Stanbridge Earl’s Estate.
Flack Manor has brewed a beer which is true to tradition, dark and well hopped. To suit modern times, SDR can be served chilled or warm to suit your palette, although Flack Manor recommends a best drink at temperature of 55°F or 13° C.
Visit www.flackmanor.co.uk for a list of local stockists and for diary of remembrance events organised by Romsey Town Council. The events are also available from the Romsey’s tourist information office.