The beers, which are Scampi & Lemon Pale Ale, inspired by the iconic scampi fries; a Pork Scratching Best Bitter; and a Dry Roasted Peanut Stout; will be available at 22 pubs across the country with all profits from the beers being passed to the bars.
The brews were initially announced as an April Fool’s joke at the start of the month but Leeds-based Northern Monk has revealed the beers are real and are going into cask, kegs and cans as part of its Faith in Boozers campaign, which has a similar ethos as its Faith in Futures initiative.
Ultimate pub snack
Northern Monk co-founder Russell Bisset said: “The ultimate pub snack is one of our favourite topics around the brewery; we even ran a tournament on our Instagram to see what other people think and try and settle the debate – pretzel pieces won. Brian Dickson, our technical director and co-founder, decided we should try to replicate some of our favourites in a beer.
“Pubs, and breweries, have had a really tough few years with the pandemic, navigating guidelines, rising costs and changes in consumer habits, but there’s a real love for the pub and all profits from the beers will be passed to them.
“We hope people will be curious to try the beers, head to a local with them on and give them a go – maybe with a bag of the snacks themselves alongside.”
Interview with Northern Monk founders
The beers were made available in a limited can run on Northern Monk’s website from 6pm on Monday 17 April and are available from the 22 pubs on either cask or keg.
If you want to read more about Northern Monk, check out this recent interview with Bisset and Dickson.
And for more on craft brewers, click here to read an interview with south-west brewer Verdant Brewing.