Steelback IPA

The classic blend of Goldings and Fuggles hops gives the characteristic English ale flavours to this full-bodied beer. Based upon a recipe created in the late 1800’s.

Named for the regiment that now resides at St.Georges Barracks in Edith Weston, a local Rutland village. The ‘Steelbacks’ are the 3rd Battalion of the Royal Anglian Regiment.

The regiment was formed on 1 September 1964 as the first of the new large infantry regiments, through the amalgamation of the four regiments of the East Anglian Brigade

The regiment carried out tours-of-duty throughout “The Troubles” in Northern Ireland. The regiment was involved in the Bloody Sunday massacre in Derry in 1972, when 14 unarmed civilians were killed.

In 1995 the 1st Battalion was sent to Croatia during the time UN soldiers were being taken hostage by local militia. As part of 24 Airmobile Brigade they were sent there between July and October of that year.

During the crisis in the Balkans in the early 1990s, 2 Royal Anglian was deployed to Bosnia in April 1994 as part of the UN peacekeeping force UNPROFOR. During the tour, Corporal Andrew Rainey became one of the first ever other ranks to win the Military Cross, for his actions during a heavy contact between 3 Platoon, A Company and a Bosnian Serb military unit on the confrontation line in the north of the Maglaj Finger.

Shortly after British forces intervened in Sierra Leone during its civil war, the 2nd Battalion briefly joined the IMATT force in June 2000 to help train the Sierra Leonean armed forces.

In March 2002, 1 Royal Anglian was sent to Afghanistan, where it was based in the capital Kabul as part of the International Security Assistance Force (ISAF). The battalion often patrolled the more dangerous parts of the capital to maintain order in a city under constant fear of attack by Al Qaida and the Taliban. The following February, A company of 2 R ANGLIAN was posted to Kabul in June 2003. They were replaced by C Company in June.

In 2005 1 Royal Anglian had a successful tour in Iraq as part of Operation TELIC 6 where the battle group was responsible for the Basra Rural South area of operations. C (Essex) Company was detached to act as a Brigade Operations Company and was involved in several high profile arrest operations.

The remaining Territorial battalion of the regiment, the East of England Regiment was re-designated on 1 April 2006 as the 3rd Battalion, Royal Anglian Regiment as part of the reforms.

In Spring 2006 2 Royal Anglian deployed to Iraq as part of Op TELIC 8 and formed Basra City South Battlegroup. C (Northamptonshire and Rutland) company was detached to operate as part of Force Reserve and was involved in many high profile arrest and strike operations. During the tour the Regiment mourned the loss of two soldiers; on 13 May 2006 Private Joseva Lewaicei and Adam Morris died as a result of injuries sustained from a roadside bomb attack in Basra. A third soldier was badly injured.

From March to September 2007 as part of 12th Mechanised Brigade 1 Royal Anglian was deployed to Afghanistan as part of Operation Herrick 6. This deployment was the subject of the Sky One documentary Ross Kemp in Afghanistan, broadcast in January/February 2008. A book has also been written by a former commanding officer about the battalion on this tour, Attack State Red, published by Penguin. They were stationed in the infamous Helmand Province and faced some of the fiercest fighting since the Korean War. The fighting attracted much media attention due to the ferocity of the combat with soldiers often having to resort to using bayonets. The battalion suffered 9 casualties during its tour, 5 hostile and 4 accidental

Available to buy from the Brewery Tap: As of a pint as part of our Beer Tasting Paddles, Pints, 4 Pint Jugs to drink in or take away, 10 and 20 Litre Poly Pins, 9 and 11 Gallon Casks.

Allergen Advice: Contains Gluten from Wheat and Barley.

ColourLight Amber
AromaGrapefruit, Peardrops, Hoppy
FlavourGrapefruit, Zesty, Malty, Dry
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