About the beer
Grainy and dark brown; a complex, fruity beer. Rich fruity hop flavours give way to a long fruity aftertaste. We hope that the General would have been pleased to have this beer designed with his character in mind.
One of our brown ales, Pennefather’s fruity aftertastes make it a great accompaniment for a board of hard English cheeses and we also wouldn’t say no to trying it with a lovely piece of grilled fish and chips. We’re sure had this been invented in time, the General would’ve enjoyed that too.
So who was Sir Pennefather?
Sir John Pennefather (1798-1872) devoted his life to military service. At the age of nineteen he joined the 7th Dragoon Guards and for the next two decades slowly climbed to the rank of Lieutenant-Colonel via the traditional means of military promotion, as opposed to the fashionable purchasing of commissions that had become prevalent in the British Army throughout the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries.
Before the Battle of Miani in 1843, Pennefather had seen no active service yet he served valiantly amongst only five-hundred other British and Irish soldiers to defeat an army amassing over thirty-five thousand. The commander of the forces was Sir Charles Napier, and he was so impressed with the bravery of Pennefather that in a private letter he labeled Pennefather ‘the noble soldier.’
Pennefather’s most distinguished aspect of his career was during the Battle of Inkerman, he had assumed command of the De Lacy forces owing to the illness of the General, and adopted tactics best suited to the foggy weather that surrounded the battlefield. He pushed his three-thousand men to fight for every inch of ground, not allowing them to be cornered by the thirty-five thousand Russian soldiers converging on them. Within six hours of fighting, there was a full Russian retreat following the deaths of over twelve-thousand Russians. It is these acts of military prowess that General Pennefather is aptly given the description, ‘that fine old hero.’
Napier, W., & Napier, C. (1857). The Conquest of Scinde: The history of General Sir Charles Napier’s conquest of Scinde. [London: Charles Westerton] p. 313.
Knollys, H., (1895) The English Soldier–As He Was, And as He Is. Blackwood’s Edinburgh magazine, 158(962), p. 855.