To mark 100 years of the NFU in Suffolk, a new ale has been launched in collaboration with St. Peter’s Brewery.
The title for the new ale, Farmer’s Flagon, came from Will Sargent, a farmer from Morningthorpe, Norfolk, who won the branch’s competition winner to name the beer through his decision to incorporate local knowledge on the variety of barley used at the brewery (Flagon) into the brand.
John Hadingham, managing direction at St Peter’s Brewery, said: ““The NFU got in touch with us as they wanted to do something special to mark their centenary and they loved what we do here at the brewery, and the fact that we are in such a rural location, surrounded by fields of barley.
“They felt the brewery was the perfect fit for producing this special ale, especially as flagon malting barley is grown locally,”
“At a time when we are all worrying about bigger things and relying on our British farmers to come up with the goods in the coming weeks, it is fantastic to be a part of something that celebrates the NFU’s role in the continued success of British farming.”
NFU Suffolk county chairman, Glenn Buckingham, said: “The best beers need the best ingredients so linking up with St Peter’s seemed an ideal way to commemorate NFU Suffolk’s centenary.
“Although we’re going through challenging times, I hope people will join us in raising a glass of Farmer’s Flagon to the farmers, maltsters and brewers whose skills come together to create the perfect pint – and to better times ahead.”
Bottles of ‘Farmer’s Flagon’ will be available at the NFU Suffolk centenary lunch due to take place at Trinity Park, Ipswich, in November, and can also be purchased from East of England Co-op stores as well as farm shops and independent retailers.