The Co-op and Blackjack Brewery create 'breakfast' ale

The Co-op has teamed up with neighbouring Blackjack Brewery to create an unusual ‘breakfast’ pale ale, especially for Manchester Beer Week.

The ale is made using British hops and leftover fruit from the production of Co-op’s own brand yoghurts by Yeo Valley, which will be brewed with oats and lactose, to create a twist on the British morning favourite, porridge.

As the official beer of Manchester Beer Week, for which Co-op is the headline sponsor, the brew will be available in cask and keg at participating venues during the festival, which runs from 23 June to 2 July. Bottles will be available in 39 Co-op stores across the North West from June.

Richard Dennett, senior buyer for beer and cider at the Co-op, said: “We are absolutely delighted to have teamed up with a local brewery to create this special ale for Manchester Week. 2016 was a big year for Co-op as we invested in building our local sourcing strategy for beer and pioneered regional ranging in convenience and this is another example of our continued support.

“There are so many great producers in Manchester and we are proud to support an event which showcases them all and celebrates the great beer of the city.”

Connor Murphy, Manchester Beer Week organiser, said: “We felt it was important to produce a beer that is both accessible and exciting, as Co-op has provided us with an excellent opportunity to showcase Manchester’s independent brewing scene in its stores.

“This breakfast pale ale will be easy drinking but full of character and is the perfect way to start any day at our festival at only 3.5% abv.”

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