BrewDog announce release of Boris Johnson protest beer

Brewing giant BrewDog has announced the launch of a new beer as a liquid protest against unelected leaders and undemocratic action.

Published 4th Sep 2019
Updated 9 th Aug 2023

According to the BrewDog team, the beer, dubbed 'Hello My Name Is (Unelected) Boris', aims to "fly the flag for the importance of democracy", particularly within the unpredictable times the UK is currently living in.

The initial purpose of the beer was to protest Boris Johnson’s decision to prorogue parliament, but the international brewer states the problem with this is that politics has ’gotten too crazy’ for them to design labels quick enough and ’keep up with the chaos’.

This isn’t the first time that BrewDog has released a protest beer. Back in 2014, the disruptive craft brewery released ’Hello My Name Is Vladimir’, to protest the Russian president’s anti-gay stance ahead of the Sochi Winter Olympic games, and more recently ’Make Earth Great Again’ to express disapproval of the USA’s withdrawal of the Paris Accord, an anti-Climate Change treaty; a decision made by the US president, Donald Trump.

A spokesperson for the brand said: "Although the original purpose of the beer is out of date, as it looks as though the UK is progressing towards a general election, BrewDog have decided to release their latest beer anyway. The 5.2% hazy IPA will be available in UK BrewDog bars, and their online shop, from Thursday 5th September."

The craft brewery have also stated that should the anticipated general election arrive, they will be running their ’Vote for Punk’ initiative, where anyone who votes (regardless of their political persuasion) will receive a free Punk IPA in a BrewDog bar.

The brewery states that ’whilst democracy is out of action’, all British MP's who show their parliamentary pass can claim a free bottle of ’Hello My Name Is (Unelected) Boris’ at their bars to pass the time.

On top of this, BrewDog is inviting MPs who find themselves without an office to go to the opportunity to make the most of the company’s recent in-bar DeskDog workspace initiative, which provides free wifi and a free pint of beer at the end of the day.

James Watt, co-founder of BrewDog, said: “We know the best way to bring people together in uncertain times is with incredible craft beer. So instead of a placard, we’ve put our passion for craft into making this iconic beer for us all to drink while we wait for democracy to turn up again. Cheers.”

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Driven by a passion for all things drinks-related, Sean writes for The Scotsman extensively on the subject. He can also sometimes be found behind the bar at the world famous Potstill bar in Glasgow where he continues to enhance his whisky knowledge built up over 10 years advising customers from all over the world on the wonders of our national drink. Recently, his first book was published. Dubbed Gin Galore, it explores Scotland's best gins and the stories behind those that make them.
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