Niagara-on-the-Lake , Ontario – Staff and students at the Niagara College Teaching Brewery have tapped into the history of the Second World War to create a special beer in honour of the 75th anniversary of D-Day. Juno is available now at the brewery.
College brewmaster Jon Downing became inspired to create the heritage beer after viewing a copy of St. Austell Brewery’s brewing log from D-Day, June 6, 1944, in a Brewery History Society newsletter. It struck him how the timing of the beer being brewed that day at St. Austell – based in Cornwall, England – coincided with Canadian soldiers landing on the shores of Normandy. He also researched the wartime challenge of supplying troops with beer in an article entitled “The ‘Flying Pubs’ of the Normandy Invasion: How they Brought Beer by Spitfire to the D-Day Troops” in The Journal of the Brewery History Society (2014).
Downing contacted St. Austell’s director of brewing Roger Ryman to ask if he could reproduce the beer, and set out to create a recipe as close to the original as possible. In consultation with Ryman, and various English hops and malt suppliers – including, when possible, those who participated in the original 1944 brew – he created the recipe for Juno.
Juno is a 3% Pale Ale – which was the legal limit during the Second World War due to government restrictions and a hop shortage due to wartime bombings.
Juno is available at the NC Teaching Brewery retail store, located at the College’s Niagara-on-the-Lake Campus (135 Taylor Rd., Niagara-on-the-Lake) in cans ($3.75), or growlers ($21 or $14 for refills) while supplies last.
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