RED ROSE stars brewed the perfect pint of Wainwright ale on Monday when they took a VIP tour of the famous Daniel Thwaites brewery.
Ahead of the 2011 season, which will once again see the Wainwright logo proudly displayed on Lancashire’s shirts, the players were on hand to help produce the latest batch of Wainwright ale.
Having turned their arm to mixing and testing and tipping in the hops, the star players shared a pint with two of Thwaites’ own celebrities Midas and Wainwright, the brewery’s famous shire horses.
Club captain, Glen Chapple, said: “It’s amazing to see the craft and hard work that goes into making the perfect pint of Wainwright. Thwaites is a Lancashire institution and to get a behind-the-scenes tour is great, especially seeing the beer being made in the giant open squares. And sharing a pint of Wainwright with a shire horse isn’t something you do every day!”
Sue Allen, Commercial Director at Daniel Thwaites commented: “Thwaites is immensely proud of its association with Lancashire County Cricket Club and having the Wainwright name on the front of shirts shows our continued support. Everyone at Thwaites would like to wish the team the best of luck and we look forward to watching them in action and hopefully to sharing a beer with them to celebrate victory at the end of season!”
Wainwright was originally brewed as a seasonal beer in 2007, to honour one of its famous Blackburn sons, Alfred Wainwright. The 4.1%, straw-coloured beer proved so popular that it quickly became part of the permanent range of ales available in bottle and as a hand pulled beer in pubs and bars. Wainwright in bottle recently won a Gold Award at the Brewing Industry International Awards for 2011 (widely dubbed the brewing Oscars). With refreshing fruit flavours and a hint of sweetness, this exquisite golden ale has become universally popular with men and women alike and is intrinsically linked with the outdoor lifestyle and walks – from relaxing strolls to mountain hikes – it’s certainly a beer worth walking for!