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Have a pint with Bill!

Although you can no longer enjoy the rugby with Bill McLaren’s dulcet tones, the Bill McLaren Foundation are launching another accompaniment, Bill McLaren’s beer!

Floral on the nose, hoppy on the finish with a delicate malty backbone, the Bill McLaren IPA (4.5%) is just perfect for a day at the rugby. The unique blend has been designed specifically for the Bill McLaren Foundation at the Black Isle Brewing Company in the Scottish Highlands.

This is pretty good news, as not only do I love an IPA, but the brews that come out of the Black Isle Brewery are very tasty indeed as anyone who has drunk round these northern parts will be able to testify.

Linda Lawson, Bill’s daughter said “Dad played such a huge part in the public’s enjoyment of rugby for 50 years, it’s great to regain that connection. It’s a great taste that he would approve of and we’ve brought a bit of his character and quotes in the name! Hopefully this is the first of many!”

The beer will be officially unveiled at next Friday’s Voice of Rugby Dinner in Edinburgh and features Andy Irvine on the label, the Scottish & British Lions Fullback and one of Bill’s legendary “World XV”.

A percentage from every bottle sold will be donated to the Bill McLaren Foundation. The Bill McLaren IPA is available from Vino Wines throughout Edinburgh– with further stockists to be announced.

Just remember – dinnae drink it all at once laddie!

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1 Response

  1. Wow this is good news indeed and a fitting memorial to the great man form one of Scotland’s finest brewery.
    The greatest challenge is ahead. Getting a decent beer served in the culinary desert that is Murrayfield.
    Good luck

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