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Wednesday
Feb052014

BREWDOG GETS POLITICAL

It has been a long winter in Scotland, which partly explains why the Brewdog clan has gone crazy enough to taunt Vladimir Putin with a beer that taunts the Russian president's homophobia.

Half the profits of the Hello My Name Is Vladimir will go to charities that represent oppressed minorities around the world, which should be enough to send about half a tonne of Polonium-210 to Scotland in a diplomatic pouch full of Bulgarian umbrellas.

The beer is a bit tongue in cheek, described by Brewdog as a limonnik berry-infused double IPA, with an IBU ranking of 70 and an alcohol concentration of 8.2 percent. So, like the bear-wrestling, crocodile-punching, elephant-lifting, bullet-stopping Putin, it's probaby not to be trifled with.

While previous Hello My Name Is beers have been Scandinavian, this one is Brewdog's first beer to invite controversy for causes other than its own.

Brewdog describes it as particularly fruity, and a counterpoint to Putin's anti-gay stance at the Sochi Olympics. It uses Extra Pale and Cara malts, combined with Citra hops and infused with Limonnik berries. It describes the concoction as an explosion of liberally minded US hops against a robust malt backdrop and insists it contains malt sweetness, berry sharpness and fruity blueberry muffin maltiness and a piney, resinous hop finish.

 

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