Search

Commemorative ale created by south Norfolk micro-brewery blends hops from countries involved in First World War

09:30 24 July 2014

Arnth Engel who runs his micro brewery: Opa Hays Brewery.
He has made a special strong ale called 1914 to commemorate the outbreak of the First World War.

Picture: James Bass

Arnth Engel who runs his micro brewery: Opa Hays Brewery. He has made a special strong ale called 1914 to commemorate the outbreak of the First World War. Picture: James Bass

(C) Archant Norfolk 2014

As the nation marks the centenary of the start of the First World War, the owner of a south Norfolk micro-brewery has created his own commemorative ale using 12 different hops from nations involved in the conflict.

Arnth Engel who runs his micro brewery: Opa Hays Brewery.
He has made a special strong ale called 1914 to commemorate the outbreak of the First World War.

Picture: James BassArnth Engel who runs his micro brewery: Opa Hays Brewery. He has made a special strong ale called 1914 to commemorate the outbreak of the First World War. Picture: James Bass

Arnth Engel, a consultant anaesthetist who was born and raised in Germany, runs the micro-brewery from his home in Aldeby, near Beccles, and wanted to show that hops from all over the world could work together in harmony in a bottle.

The 1914 ale, which includes hops from England, Germany, Poland, France and America, is a dark copper colour and is 7.8pc in strength.

The 49-year-old, who runs Opa Hay’s Brewery as a hobby with his wife, Gina, and 15-year-old son Samuel, started the brewery in November 2008, and named it after his great-grandfather – Opa Heinrich Hay – who was a master brewer in Germany in the early 1900s.

Mr Engel said: “I thought it was a good idea to make a special ale to commemorate this special date.

“For a long time I didn’t know how complicated I wanted to make it. I thought about using barley grown from the battlefields but that was too complicated so I decided to use as many hops as I could get from the countries involved in the war.

“I wanted to show that the hops could work together in the bottle in harmony and create something very smooth.”

Mr Engel, who works at the James Paget University Hospital, in Gorleston, ordered the hops online and used bottles made in Italy and yeast from America.

The beer will now be on sale at Beccles and Loddon farmers’ markets, at Reno Wine in Wymondham and will be available on draft at the Plasterers Arms in Norwich.

He said: “It is quite a strong beer but I wanted it to have a good shelf life. I have used a clip-top bottle so people can open it and drink it over a few days.”

The label, which was designed by Mr Engel, shows two wounded soldiers, one German and one English, sharing a cigarette.

He said: “I thought it was a good symbol of reconciliation.

“I’m really pleased with how it has turned out and I think it will appeal to people who like special ales and those with an interest in history.”

Mr Engel was born in Eckernforde in 1964. He first started experimenting with home brewing in 1982 when he was a medical student in Germany. It was at the same time when home brewing was first legalised in the country.

However he had always harboured a desire to brew on a much larger scale, and opening the brewery was a life-long ambition.

He said: “When I was doing home brewing during my medical studies I had the idea that I wanted to give up medicine and become a brewer.

“I went to work in a small brewery for work experience for a few weeks in the summer holidays, but I decided to continue with medicine.

“I was looking at the classified ads in the Society of Independent Brewers and I saw a whole brewing set for the price of a second hand car so I thought ‘that’s affordable’.

The 1914 ale costs £7.95 for 1,000ml. For more information visit www.engelfineales.com

Are you doing something different to commemorate the First World War? Email newsdesk@archant.co.uk

0 comments

Welcome , please leave your message below.

Optional - JPG files only
Optional - MP3 files only
Optional - 3GP, AVI, MOV, MPG or WMV files
Comments

Please log in to leave a comment and share your views with other Beccles and Bungay Journal visitors.

We enable people to post comments with the aim of encouraging open debate.

Only people who register and sign up to our terms and conditions can post comments. These terms and conditions explain our house rules and legal guidelines.

Comments are not edited by Beccles and Bungay Journal staff prior to publication but may be automatically filtered.

If you have a complaint about a comment please contact us by clicking on the Report This Comment button next to the comment.

Not a member yet?

Register to create your own unique Beccles and Bungay Journal account for free.

Signing up is free, quick and easy and offers you the chance to add comments, personalise the site with local information picked just for you, and more.

Sign up now

Other news

Anna Toulson and Countryfile presenter John Craven on the BBC filming of Waveney Rush Ltd at Homersfield

They hand weave carpets and baskets from bulrushes, using traditional methods that date back to medieval times.

09:00
Councillor Chris Punt and mayor Graham Catchpole with one of the signs on Coney Hill. 

PHOTO: Nick Butcher

Two vehicle activated speed signs have been installed to deter drivers from speeding in Beccles.

08:45
'Thirty-three steps' by Colin Blake.

The annual exhibition by the Beccles Society of Artists will be launching in the town tomorrow.

08:30
Douglas Huke who is celebrating his 100th birthday.

Picture: James Bass

During his lifetime he has visited countries all across the globe and survived two world wars, but nowadays Douglas Huke likes nothing more than to watch an episode of The Two Ronnies or Morecambe and Wise.

Most Read

09:00
Councillor Chris Punt and mayor Graham Catchpole with one of the signs on Coney Hill. 

PHOTO: Nick Butcher

Two vehicle activated speed signs have been installed to deter drivers from speeding in Beccles.

Read more
Chris Punt
Anna Toulson and Countryfile presenter John Craven on the BBC filming of Waveney Rush Ltd at Homersfield

They hand weave carpets and baskets from bulrushes, using traditional methods that date back to medieval times.

Read more
Broads Authority
Tue, 13:04
An East of England Ambulance Service Trust ambulance on the way to an emergency. Photograph Simon Parker

A man had to be cut free from his vehicle after it careered off the road and into a ditch.

Read more
James Paget University Hospital
08:30
Douglas Huke who is celebrating his 100th birthday.

Picture: James Bass

During his lifetime he has visited countries all across the globe and survived two world wars, but nowadays Douglas Huke likes nothing more than to watch an episode of The Two Ronnies or Morecambe and Wise.

Read more
Post Office
Mon, 12:55
Police were called to a fail to stop collision in Beccles.

Police are appealing for witnesses after a cyclist was seriously injured in a fail to stop collision in Beccles.

Read more
Suffolk Police

Most Commented

09:00
Councillor Chris Punt and mayor Graham Catchpole with one of the signs on Coney Hill. 

PHOTO: Nick Butcher

Two vehicle activated speed signs have been installed to deter drivers from speeding in Beccles.

Read more
Chris Punt

Local Weather

Overcast

Overcast

max temp: 23°C

min temp: 16°C

HOT JOBS

Show Job Lists

Digital Edition

Image
Read the Beccles and Bungay Journal e-edition today E-edition

Newsletter Sign Up