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Australian Light Horse Lager
Spinifex is already known for its support of Aussie veterans, donating 50% of profits from the sale of its F88 lager to veteran mental health charities. As a certified Veteran Owned company Spinifex is proud to expand its military range with the release of it's 2.95% ABV Australian Light Horse Lager.
Dedicated to the iconic 10th Light Horse Regiment being re-raised to full regiment status, Spinifex Brewing Co launches a permanent addition low-alcohol beer.
Spinifex Brewing Co chief executive Adam Barnard served with the two Light Horse Regiments the 10th Light Horse and 2/14th Light Horse (Queensland Mounted Infantry).
The origins of one of Australia’s oldest and best-known cavalry units, the 10th Light Horse, can be traced back to 1900. The unit served in the Boer War, but was officially established as the 10th Light Horse Regiment in 1914. The unit entered WW1 at Gallipoli, going on to fight in the Middle East including at Romani and Beersheba.
During WW2, the regiment’s key responsibility was to defend WA’s southwest coastline. Moving on to the use of armoured vehicles but continued to the 10th Light Horse use horses, the last regiment in Australia to do so.
After WW2, in 1942, the unit was reduced to a single squadron and back to a full regiment in 1952. Reduced back to a squadron in 1976 the 10th Light Horse is still based at the Irwin Barracks in Karrakatta, as part of the 13th Brigade along with other WA-based Army Reserve units.
Now, for the first time in 45 years, an order has been made to increase the 10th Light Horse back to a regiment, seeing a significant increase in WA’s defence and its ability to support the Australian Army.
To celebrate the re-raising order the 10th Light Horse will hold a public ceremonial parade from 1330 in Langley Park on October 10th, 2021 marking the 107th anniversary of the unit.
The parade will mark the re-raising of the regiment with 10th Light Horse (Ceremonial Horse Troop) members from Albany to Geraldton attending , as well as its armoured vehicles, with blank firing from small arms and artillery.
As part of these celebrations, SPINIFEX Brewing Co has launched a commemorative low-alcohol beer, an idea that came to us during discussions with 13th Brigade headquarters as Spinifex was preparing to launch a low-alcohol beer on the back of the F88 lager.
The artwork featured on the new Australian Light Horse Lager, titled "Charge", was the work of military artist Ian Coate. Best known for his military art, Ian Coate is a Perth based artist and illustrator specializing in book illustrations and historic artworks.
The painting "Charge" depicts the Turkish view of the Light Horsemen charging at Beersheba with bayonets drawn. The 10th Light Horse is an iconic and revered part of Australian military history.
It is a great honour to be launching Australian Light Horse Lager.
“A beer with a mate does amazing things for men’s mental health and after all, a problem shared is a problem halved.”
BEFORE DAWN - The Movie
Australian Light Horse Lager will be rolled out nationally to honour the legacy of the Australian Light Horseman, following Adam Barnard’s involvement as an associate producer of the WW1 feature film "Before Dawn", due for release in 2022.
The film from writer Jarrad Russell and director Jordon Prince-Wright was inspired by real-life diary entries of local Anzacs and has just finished filming in regional WA.
Shooting of the film was planned to start in April 2020 but was delayed 12 months because of COVID-19. It features an all-Australian cast, including Levi Miller, Stephen Peacocke, Travis Jeffery, Ed Oxenbould, Tim Franklin and Myles Pollard, and is slated for release in November 2022.
With a budget expected to exceed $9 million, Before Dawn is one of the larger independent productions to be filmed in WA.
Spinifex is rolling out Australian Light Horse Lager accross Australia commencing Monday 27th September 2021.
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