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Beer with Welsh whisky wins Brains Brewery challenge

By Robyn Black , 11-Dec-2012
Last updated on 11-Dec-2012 at 15:20 GMT2012-12-11T15:20:12Z

Beer writers Tom Sandham and Ben McFarland brewed the winning IPA

Beer writers Tom Sandham and Ben McFarland brewed the winning IPA

An ale infused with Welsh whisky has won the Brains' “Ultimate Collaboration Beer Challenge.”

The Welsh brewer joined forces with a series of beer writers and bloggers last year to create a range of IPAs in its new craft brewery, which went head-to-head for the chance to be sold as a limited edition in 30 Brains pubs.

The winning beer, Boilermaker, was conceived and brewed by Tom Sandham and Ben McFarland, aka the Thinking Drinkers.

It is a 6.5% ABV IPA that came top with a judging panel who said it was a, “balanced but complex beer with an appetising bitter finish.”

Next year the brewer is challenging seven more guest brewers – of which the PMA will be one – to come up with the ultimate continental beer.

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