It’s that time of year again when we excitedly create our Christmas ale, Saint Nick’s. Saint Nick’s is a 4.2% dark copper ale with a charming malty depth, spiced orange on the nose and a satisfying citrus and floral finish.
Saint Nick’s ale was first brewed in 2013 to remember the bombing of Great Yarmouth on June 25th 1942 in a WWII air raid. The raid saw more than 1,500 bombs dropped on the town, three deaths and caused extensive devastation, including tremendous damage to St Nicholas Church and the Lacons brewery and brewery stores.
The fire service at the time was too stretched to save both the church and the brewery so decided to focus its efforts on the brewery, with the church being reconsecrated years later in 1961. We launched this special beer as a thank you and a commemoration and named it Saint Nick’s after St Nicholas Church.
On Wednesday 22nd November, we invited Rev Canon Simon Ward from Great Yarmouth St Nicholas Church (also known as Great Yarmouth Minster) to our brewery on Main Cross Road to bless the beer, as well as enjoy a taste of it before it was launched.
The Reverend first blessed the tanks in the new brewery, asking “may they bring joy and delight to many”, then he continued by rather wonderfully blessing the casks of Saint Nick’s ale that had been brewed whilst they were waiting to be distributed to pubs across East Anglia and beyond.
His blessings were very beautiful and much appreciated, wishing us and all visitors to the brewery good health. After the blessings, Simon joined the Lacons team in the brewery tap on site and enjoyed a drink from the first cask tapped of Saint Nick’s ale. Even the brewers hadn’t tried the beer yet so it was a nice opportunity for them to join in too!
Popular seasonal brew Saint Nick’s has been brewed in large volumes this year, anticipating its usual success and excitement – 500 casks will be available to publicans across the region in the coming weeks. Keep an eye out on social media for a surprise giveaway in December too!
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