Zinzan converts memories into nice drop

NEIL REID
Last updated 05:00 16/02/2014

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Fans toasted No 8 great Zinzan Brooke's amazing 47 metre drop goal against England in the All Blacks' victorious semifinal at the 1995 Rugby World Cup.

And now they can taste Zinzan's Drop, a beer the footy legend has helped brew with UK-based Windsor & Eton Brewery for this year's Six Nations. A 4 per cent bitter is made with Redback malt from Gladfield in Canterbury and hops from Waimea, near Nelson.

Windsor & Eaton head brewer Paddy Johnson said Zinzan's Drop was "unique . . . a tangy quaffable bitter that goes perfectly with rugby, so don't be deceived by its all black colour.

"We've gone far and wide for the best ingredients to make it work . . . and you can't go further than New Zealand."

The brewery is donating 10p (NZ20c) from every pint of the beer poured to the Windsor Rugby Club youth programme which Brooke helps coach.

Brooke, who turned 49 on Friday, played 58 tests for the All Blacks from 1987-97. As well as his 1995 spectacular, he slotted drop goals against the Springboks at Loftus Versfeld, Pretoria, in 1996, and Wales at Wembley Stadium, London, in his final test in 1997.

Windsor & Eaton, based in Windsor, Berkshire, about 35km west of London, opened in 2010. In 2011 it brewed the "Windsor Knot Pale Ale" to celebrate Prince William's marriage to Kate Middleton.

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