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Beer brewed in honour of RAF pilots

PUBLISHED: 11:35 06 October 2008 | UPDATED: 21:26 05 July 2010

Keith Perry with bottles of AH64 beer at The Real Ale Shop at Wrentham.

Keith Perry with bottles of AH64 beer at The Real Ale Shop at Wrentham.

Let's be having free beers for our Helmand heroes.

Apache helicopter pilots from RAF Wattisham in Suffolk were encouraged during their tour of Afghanistan by the prospect of a unique welcome home - the chance to savour a beer brewed in their honour.

Let's be having free beers for our Helmand heroes.

Apache helicopter pilots from RAF Wattisham in Suffolk were encouraged during their tour of Afghanistan by the prospect of a unique welcome home - the chance to savour a beer brewed in their honour.

Cases of the AH64 bitter, named after the AH64 Apache helicopter and brewed to a potent 6.4pc to reflect the name, were dispatched to the aircrew on their return to East Anglia.

And at the weekend, Bartram's Brewery, from Bury St Edmunds, gave the general public a chance to try the new brew with a launch supper at The Real Ale Shop, in Wrentham, near Lowestoft.

Brewery boss Mark Bartram said he had been glad to produce the special brew after being approached by the air base in November last year.

Meanwhile, shop manager Keith Perry said it had gone down equally well with his customers with five out of six cases of the beer disappearing over the weekend.

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