By Andy Young
Craft brewer Young Henrys is launching a limited edition "Winged Victory" ale, which it says is a beer in the style of an Anzac biscuit.
The beer is being launched in conjunction with Marrickville Council, in Sydney's Inner West, in honour of a resurrected World War One memorial statue in the borough.
The statue, which is also called Winged Victory, commemorates 457 soldiers from Marrickville who lost their lives in "the war to end all wars". The statue has been described by the Australian War Memorial as "one of the most significant war memorials in Australia."
Richard Adamson of Young Henrys said: "It's an honour and privilege to have worked with Council to create a beer which we think the local diggers, who fought so hard for Australia, would have loved."
With regards to the Winged Victory Ale, Oscar McMahon, of Young Henrys, explained how the brewers had come up with the Anzac biscuit recipe.
“We used Oats and Honey, just like in Anzac bikkies, then we smoked the malt with Rosemary, which is a symbol of remembrance," McMahon said.
"Finally we added New Zealand and Australian Hops in honour of the Australian and New Zealand soldiers who formed part of the allied expedition that set out to capture the Gallipoli peninsula. We’re really proud of this beer and very happy to be launching it with Marrickville Council ahead of Anzac Day."
The statue will be unveiled on April 19 with a parade through Marrickville and then a public event at Marrickville Town Hall, where the Winged Victory Ale will be available.