Camden Town teams up with Courteeners to brew anniversary beer

By James Beeson

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Limited-edition tipple: the beer was brewed by Liam Fray, band members and Camden’s own brewers
Limited-edition tipple: the beer was brewed by Liam Fray, band members and Camden’s own brewers
Camden Town Brewery has teamed up with Manchester indie rock act Courteeners to brew a special lager in celebration of the 10-year anniversary of the band’s debut studio album, St Jude.

The limited-edition beer, named after the debut album, was brewed by frontman Liam Fray and other band members plus Camden’s own brewers earlier this year, and will be available at a handful of the band’s favourite bars across Manchester.

From today (4 April), St Jude Pils can be bought and toasted with at Black Dog Ballroom, Crazy Pedro’s, Cane & Grain and more.

Raising a glass 

The limited-edition beer was originally brewed exclusively as Courteeners’ rider for their sold-out shows at London’s Royal Albert Hall and Manchester MEN. However, having tasted the beer, the band wanted everyone to have the chance to raise a bottle of St Jude Pils.

Fray said: “We were looking for a way to mark the 10-year anniversary of the release of St Jude and thought it was at least worth raising a beer to celebrate the fact that we’re still here.

“We’re big fans of Camden and regularly enjoy a Camden Pale Ale so it was great to visit the brewery and get stuck in to create St Jude Pils.”

Unfiltered hoppy lager

St Jude Pils is described as an unfiltered hoppy lager, with citrus and stone fruit aromas.

Camden Town Brewery founder Jasper Cuppaidge added: “We’re massive Courteeners fans, so when we found out Courteeners were massive Camden fans, we thought why not get together and make a mega beer?

“We’ll be celebrating the guys with St Jude Pils and look forward to fans being able to join us.”

St Jude was released by Courteeners on 7 April 2008 and reached number 4 in the UK album chart. It has since sold more than 160,000 copies.

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