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Sampling the Emerson's Brewery Bulls Head Troopers Stout in the Garrison Club at Kensington Army Hall yesterday are (from left) brewer Richard Emerson, Private Hamish McAnally (21), of 4th Otago-Southland Regiment, ex-naval chief petty officer and RSA senior vice-president Stewart Grant (70), and Maurice Angelo (80), a former staff sergeant with the 1st Otago Southland Regiment.
Emerson's Brewery released the beer yesterday to commemorate Dr Don Mackay's book The Troopers Tale: The History of the Otago Mounted Rifles and the opening of the new military gallery at Toitu Otago Settlers Museum.
The limited-edition beer was made in the style of an early-1900s brew with natural ingredients, such as rolled oats and dark malt, Mr Emerson said.
The beer is named after Cowie's Bulls Head, which was brewed in Caversham, Dunedin, during World War 1, until the brewery burned down in 1921 and the recipe was lost.