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Regional daily gets own beer to mark 150th anniversary

A new beer is set to be launched in celebration of a regional daily’s 150th anniversary.

The Bolton News has joined forces with Bank Top Brewery to produce Scoop Ale, which is set to go on sale at several local pubs across the newspaper’s patch.

The ale, currently in the fermentation stage, will be ready to drink in the near future.

The News has also marked the anniversary by publishing a rare Sunday edition in March, while TV comedian Peter Kay is set to host a commemorative talent show in December.

Luke French, manager of The Tap serves a pint of Bank Top beer  'Scoop'

Editor Ian Savage said: “We are delighted that Bank Top has agreed to brew a special beer to help us celebrate the Bolton News’ 150th anniversary and now it’s a case of waiting for it to be ready to try out.

“There’s a lot of excitement in the office to see what Scoop tastes like – and as you can imagine, there is no shortage of volunteers to test it.”

Neil Turner, Ban Top Brewery sales manager, added: “Scoop is a beer, but it depends if you want to call it a traditional ale because it is brewed in the traditional way.

“I think historically. although we might need our educated expert on this, beers are flavoured with hop whereas ales, which are far more traditional, were flavoured with something else like elderflower or berries.”