29 May 2013
Adnams launch new beer for Britten’s Centenary
By Fergus Fitzgerald
A number of months ago we were asked by Jonathan Reekie, Chief Executive at Aldeburgh Music, if we create a beer to celebrate the forthcoming centenary of the composer Benjamin Britten’s birth.
It would be quite straightforward to produce any old beer and label it as Benjamin Britten Centenary Ale, but that’s too easy. It doesn’t say anything about Britten or his music.
Not being native myself, I wasn’t overly familiar with Britten’s music or indeed his life and trying to create a beer for someone I know very little about didn’t seem to make sense to me, so I talked to a few people about him. Our logistics manager in particular recalls delivering wine and some German Pilsner to his house. I also talked to Jonathan Reekie, listened to Britten’s music and read a biography...>>>