Sol­dier’s ale is cel­e­brated 100 years on

Irish Sunday Mirror - - STYLE ON SUNDAY - BY JOHN KELLY

A BEL­GIAN brew­ery has hon­oured a Bri­tish sol­dier who made ale for his homesick com­rades in the First World War.

Sgt Jack Payne, from Shep­reth, Cambs, first pro­duced Silly Scotch Ale on Oc­to­ber 13, 1918.

He named it after the town of Silly in western Bel­gium, where he was sta­tioned with the Suf­folk Reg­i­ment.

Fam­ily from the UK and Bel­gium gath­ered at the Brasserie de Silly Brew­ery to toast his mem­ory with the ale.

Brew­ery owner Bertrand Van der Hae­gen said: “Jack wasn’t a brewer but he knew how it should taste.

“The soldiers were happy, but also the Silly peo­ple thought it was a great beer and that’s why we still make it to­day.”

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