Midlands favourite to launch in off-trade

A Midlands brewery is set to offer one of its most popular beers in bottles for the first time.

Malvern Hills Brewery has won a string of awards for its Black Pear bitter, a 4.4% abv ale which takes its name from the coat of arms given to Worcester by Elizabeth I.

Brewer Paul Hathaway said the beer was being bottled by Branded Drinks and would be supplied initially in pasteurised format, though the company has hopes of producing a bottle-conditioned version in due course.

The beer is expected to be available to the off-trade in October or November.