Raising a glass to Bill

McLaren aleRaising a glass to Bill – Rugby union fans are raising a glass to their sport’s hero Bill McLaren.

The Bill McLaren Foundation, launched last year to further the long term ambitions of the sport, has come up with the perfect big match companion – the Bill McLaren beer.

Floral on the nose, hoppy on the finish with a delicate malty backbone, the Bill McLaren IPA (4.5%) is just perfect for a day at the rugby.

The unique blend has been produced exclusively for the Bill McLaren Foundation at the Black Isle Brewing Company near Inverness in the Scottish Highlands.

Linda Lawson, Bill’s daughter said “Dad played such a huge part in the public’s enjoyment of rugby for 50 years, it’s great to regain that connection. It’s a great taste that he would approve of and we’ve brought a bit of his character and quotes into the name! Hopefully this is the first of many!”

The beer was officially unveiled at the Voice of Rugby Dinner in Edinburgh and features Andy Irvine, the Scottish & British Lions Fullback and one of Bill’s legendary “World XV,” on the label.

A percentage from every bottle sold will be donated to the Bill McLaren Foundation. At present Bill McLaren IPA is available from Vino Wines throughout Edinburgh and further stockists are being appointed.

Just remember – dinnae drink it all at once laddie!

The Bill McLaren Foundation was formally set up to:-

  • To develop and promote the sport of rugby union and its values.
  • To encourage and provide sporting opportunities for young people.
  • To create an educative centre which will include the Bill McLaren Archive.

For more information please visit www.billmclarenfoundation.co.uk

Real ale: Linda McLaren (above) launches the Bill McLaren IPA. (Photo Rob Gray)


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