Innis & Gunn gets fruity with Melville's

02 June, 2011

Oak-aged beer brand Innis & Gunn is branching out with the launch of two fruit beers.

Melville’s Strawberry and Raspberry beers are brewed using 100% Scottish cold-pressed fruit to 4.1% abv and are packaged in 27.5cl glass bottles.

Managing director Dougal Sharp said: “Oak-aged beer remains our speciality and our brands are enjoying another successful year, but our obsession with flavour always drives us to think about which other beer styles we might like to brew.”

The beers were made in conjunction with Alloa-based Ella Drinks which pioneered a technique for cold-pressing berries to extract purity of fruit flavour.

The beer base is a lager rather than a brown ale, lambic or wheat beer, styles more usually associated with fruit beer.

The Melville’s range has been brewed to be served over ice and is being listed by Tesco as part of a three-week beer festival, retailing at £1.59.




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