Grand Ridge Brewery has created a new beer that will be on sale at various Newcastle establishments during Anzac Day celebrations, raising desperately needed funds for Newcastle RSL.
The 14-18 Legends Brew – named in honour of the years 1914-18 in which the Digger legend was born – is a 3.5% “thirst-quenching lager … brewed specifically for the Australian palate. Crisp, refreshing and surprisingly full bodied”.
“The beer has been made in a style that our Diggers would have enjoyed prior to leaving Australia on their ‘great adventure’ and has been created in support of their memories and the sacrifice they made,” Grand Ridge Brewery spokesperson Jason Sommers said.
The beer will be available in 50 litre kegs, and Grand Ridge will donate an amount of each keg sold to the Anzac Day Committees/RSL Sub Branches in Newcastle.
“We were looking for a fun, fund-raising idea to support Newcastle RSL,” Jason explained. “I met with representatives.
“They liked our beers and the fact Grand Ridge is the oldest craft brewery in Australia, family owned, using all natural materials.
“We committed to develop this beer which is only available in Newcastle this year – 100 kegs. If it goes well, we’ll look at expanding the idea next, and in that way we’ll be doing our bit to support the great work the RSL does each year to put on the Anzac Day celebrations.”
Shaun Raymond, licensee of the Clarendon Hotel, is proud to be playing a role in Anzac Day celebrations.
“We will have the 14-18 Legends Brew available from Saturday onwards,” he said.
“We’re putting on entertainment for the crew of the HMAS Newcastle on the Saturday night.
“We’ll be open from 6.30am Anzac Day with a buffet breakfast available until about 11.30am.
“We’ll also have a limited lunch menu available, and the United Mineworkers Pipe Band will play for an hour from around 1pm.”
It will be a big day for the United Mineworkers Pipe Band based at Kurri.
They will perform at the Wallsend Dawn Service at 5am, then the parade down Hunter Street from 9.15am, then off to the Lighting of the Miners Lamp at Neath Hotel at 10.30am, before heading back to the Clarendon.
“It’s a big day for us but one we enjoy every much,” band spokesperson Simon Adam said.
“It’s pretty laid back by the time we get to the Clarendon.
“That’ll be the informal final gathering place for all the serving personnel in town and we’ll just be doing our bit to entertain them.”
14-18 Legends Brew will be available at Newcastle Diggers, The Clarendon Hotel, Stag and Hunter Hotel, Lucky Hotel, Fire Station Hotel, The Old Victoria, Lowlands Bowling Club, Albion Hotel and Mary Ellen Hotel.