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This is one Great Yarmouth Lacons beer you may pray for a taste of

PUBLISHED: 14:19 23 November 2017 | UPDATED: 15:46 23 November 2017

Rev Canon Simon Ward, Rector of Great Yarmouth blessing Lacons Brewery St Nick's beer. Pictured with commercial director Trevor Hourican. Picture: ANTONY KELLY

Rev Canon Simon Ward, Rector of Great Yarmouth blessing Lacons Brewery St Nick's beer. Pictured with commercial director Trevor Hourican. Picture: ANTONY KELLY

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It is a beer brewed in memory of the night Great Yarmouth was targeted by German bombers in the Second World War.

Rev Canon Simon Ward, Rector of Great Yarmouth blessing Lacons Brewery St Nick's beer.
Picture: ANTONY KELLYRev Canon Simon Ward, Rector of Great Yarmouth blessing Lacons Brewery St Nick's beer. Picture: ANTONY KELLY

On June 25, 1942, more than 1,500 bombs were dropped on the town, killing three people and causing widespread damage, including large-scale destruction to St Nicholas Church.

In memory of the fateful night the town’s Lacons Brewery has over the past few years produced Saint Nick’s.

The 4.2pc ABV beer reflects on how St Nicholas Church stood burning alongside the original Lacons Brewery following the air raid.

This week the latest batch of Saint Nick’s and a set of new brewing tanks at the brewery off Main Cross Road were blessed in an annual event.

Rev Cannon Simon Ward, Rector of Great Yarmouth blessing Lacons Brewery St Nick's beer.
Picture: ANTONY KELLYRev Cannon Simon Ward, Rector of Great Yarmouth blessing Lacons Brewery St Nick's beer. Picture: ANTONY KELLY

The ritual was performed by Rev Canon Simon Ward of Great Yarmouth Minster.

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He said: “We give thanks and we pray for this brewery. We ask that you bless these new tanks, the beer that is brewed in them, the people who work here.

“And may they bring joy and delight to many.”

Lacons describes the taste of the beer as: “A dark copper glow and charming malty depth. Spiced orange on nose and palate before a satisfying citrus and floral finish.”

After tasking Saint Nick’s Mr Ward said: “I thought it was a wonderful pint.”

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Judi-mae Alderton, marketing manager at Lacons, said: “Saint Nick’s was first brewed by us in 2013 to commemorate the bombing of the brewery and the Minster by the Germans in 1942.

“The fire service at the time was too stretched to save both and decided to save the brewery, the church being reconsecrated in the 1960s.

“Each year when we brew Saint Nick’s ale we invite the vicar or a representative from the Great Yarmouth Minster to visit the brewery and bless the beer, as well as enjoy a taste of it before it is launched.

“This Wednesday Simon Ward, the new reverend of the Minster, did just that.

“First he blessed our new tank, then he blessed the casks of Saint Nick’s ale that they had produced.

“We then went back to the brewery tap on site and enjoyed a drink from the first cask of Saint Nick’s – even our brewers hadn’t tried it yet so it was a nice opportunity for them also.”

Lacons opened a brewery in Great Yarmouth in 2013 after a 45 year hiatus in the town.

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