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Thursday, 25 December 2014

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Cumbrian brewery's new beers pay homage to cult film Withnail and I

A brewery has paid homage to a cult classic by naming a new range of beers after its props, characters and events.

Brewer Jason Hill photo
Jason Hill

Eden Brewery owners Jason Hill and Stephen Mitchell both have a long-standing love affair with 1980s cult flick Withnail and I.

The pair’s passion has inspired them to release a new range of brews which all have names linked to the film, starring Richard E Grant.

The Penrith-based brewery’s latest offerings, Antifreeze, RLF (Ronson Lighter Fluid), Revenge, and Here Hare Beer, will all be available this month.

All four tipples promise to pack a punch with strengths ranging from 5.3 per cent to a hefty 9.1 per cent.

They contain a range of flavours using some of the finest hops around, and also include fresh raspberries to give RLF its unique fruity flavour.

Each beer’s label also features an apposite line from the film’s script, which centres on the ragged adventures of a pair of ‘resting’ actors who travel from 60s London to the Lake District.

Mr Hill explained: “It is such a classic and probably one of the most famous, and in my opinion, the best films made in the Lakes.

“We have both loved the film since we were young and couldn’t think of a better way to pay homage than naming some delicious beers after some of the props, characters and events that feature in it.

“Obviously we are not trying to encourage anyone to actually drink lighter fuel or antifreeze. The names are just a light-hearted reference to a well-loved classic and I think people will appreciate that.”

Eden Brewery, one of Cumbria’s newest independent breweries, was founded in October 2011 and production began in March last year.

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