It’s a funny old world – and keeping up with all the amusing news in it can be a tough task. Luckily, we’ve collected some of the most interesting, important or just plain weird news stories from the world of beer, for you to peruse at your leisure. So, grab a can (or pint) and read on to find out just some of the beer news you might have missed over the past month.
Internet Discovers Tennent’s Lager is Sold as Craft Beer
If you live the UK, you probably know Tennent’s Lager. Mostly drunk in Scotland, it is often known for its super-strength variety that has been a favourite of football hooligans and alcoholics since the 1950s. Less known is the fact that the weaker 4.0% ABV lager is actually one of the most popular pints amongst Scottish drinkers.
Even less well known is that Tennant’s is often served around the world – as a craft beer. Twitter user Robbie Pye shared a photo of the beer menu in a bar he was at in Murcia, Spain. In amongst the IPAs and chocolate stouts, was a small slot for Tennent’s. Several other social media users jumped in on the story, including one who found it selling for $7 in a bar in Chicago and another for €8 in a bar in Milan. Any true Scot would be horrified by that!
Swedish Football Fans Out Drink an Entire Russian City
The Russian city of Nizhny Novgorod has a historic city centre and a population of just over one million. However, they clearly weren’t prepared for the influx of Swedish football fans (nearly 10,000 of them) whose national team are based nearby during the World Cup. In a stunning display of footballing revelry, the Swedes drank every bar in the city centre dry of beer in just three nights.
Local officials were running on empty too, having too organise fresh deliveries of the good stuff on short notice. ‘The beer in central Novgorod ran out today after the Swedish success. That alone shows how many of us are here and the party atmosphere there is’ said one fan, after their 1-0 win over South Korea in their opening game. We say skål to that!
Grimbergen Monks Lose 600-year-old Beer Recipe
Robed monks meticulously searching dusty archives by candlelight, searching for the key to a secret recipe… sounds like something out a fantasy novel. Except it actually happened, quite recently in fact. The brewing monks of Grimbergen, in the Flemish Brabant municipality of Belgium, started brewing beer in the 13th century. However, they were unfortunately stopped in 1797 after the French Revolution disrupted supply lines. They never started again, but in the 1950s’ beer giant Carlsberg bought the rights to their name to produce its own beer under the Grimbergen name.
In 2017, the monks expressed an interest in beginning a new brewery. However, just one problem remained. The old recipe had been archived in the monastic catacombs some 120 years ago. Four volunteer researchers, and a couple of the monks, have spent the past year looking for the documents. They have yet to find what they are looking for.
Wanted: One 13th century Belgian beer recipe. Must be archaic and crumbly, but most importantly – tasty.