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BrewDog release 'Barnard Castle eye test' New England IPA - with proceeds going to NHS

Scottish craft beer giant BrewDog has revealed a limited edition release in response to the Dominic Cummings controversy - Barnard Castle eye test IPA.

Published: May 27, 2020
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After the news that Dominic Cummings decided to 'test his eye site' by driving to to Barnard Castle, BrewDog has revealed a tongue in cheek nod to the series of events with a 'Barnard Castle eye test' New England IPA release.

Posting on their social media, the team at BrewDog said: "The people have spoken. So, we decided to actually do it. Our limited edition beer is available now for pre-sale.

"All proceeds will go to funding our production of free sanitiser for the NHS & Health care charities."

The BrewDog Barnard Castle eye test New England IPA is available to pre-order now at £16.95 for 12 330ml cans, and will be delivered within about two weeks.

It is described on their website as a "short sighted beer for tall stories. Dry-hopped for a juicy hit with pineapple, mango and hint of zesty lime."

All profits will go towards the brand's hand sanitiser, production of which started in March - as well as towards NHS health care charities.

BrewDog hand sanitiser

In April it was revealed that the BrewDog sanitiser wasn't strong enough for use - something which has since been rectified.

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Named BrewGel Punk sanitiser, the BrewDog team posted on their social media in March ahead of creating the new product saying: “Say hello to Punk Sanitiser Raising hands. To help with the shortages, we have just started working on making hand sanitiser at our distillery in Scotland.

“We are determined to do everything we can to try and help as many people as possible stay safe. It’s time to keep it clean.”

The distilling team then went on to make the gel, which was to be given out free to those that need it most, including the Ellon-based brewery’s local hospital, the Aberdeen Royal Infirmary.

However, NHS Grampian had to turn away the donation, as the new sanitiser didn't meet their very strict criteria for a medical environment, which requires an alcohol level of more than 90%.

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The Punk sanitiser is only 68% which did meet the minimum recommended by the Health and Safety Executive in the UK but didn't reach the level required from NHS Grampian.

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Known for cake making, experimental jam recipes, Champagne and gin drinking (and the inability to cook Gnocchi), Rosalind writes for The Scotsman on all things food and drink related as well as hosting Scran, The Scotsman's food and drink podcast.

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