Beer in brief

14 November, 2008

Maverick Scottish brewer Brewdog has linked up with the Smokehead whisky brand for a new limited -edition brew. Paradox Smokehead is a 10% abv version of its Paradox stout, aged in Ian Macleod Distillers' whisky barrels . The beer has been given a £3.99 rrp for a 33cl bottle.

W est, Glasgow's independent brewery, has launched

premium bottled lager

St

Mungo .

The lager

is available

in 33 cl bottles at 4.9% abv.

A new ale has been introduced by Thornbridge. Alecost (5.2% abv) is

a stout -style ale

that uses hops from Japan and New Zealand, blended with caraway seeds and costmary, a herb

also known as Alecost.

Cornish brewery Sharp's

has switched to new lightweight glass bottles. The brewery

says this will remove 150 tonnes of weight per year from its distribution fleet and reduce C 0² emissions by almost one tonne.

Shepherd Neame's Asian Collection, which includes Kingfisher , Sun Lik

and Asahi

beers, is being paired with Indian food in 330 Asda Stores across the UK.




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Few things can bring communal pleasure so intimately as wine. Apart from a hot tub, perhaps. Sport can trigger mass jubilation, film gives us shared empathy, but wine has a nigh-unique ability to bestow conviviality among us through a shared bottle – which makes it especially galling that we spend so much time divided over it.

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