Scottish bar group creates one-off 'Doddie Beir' for all of its bars in support of star's MND charity

A Scottish hospitality group has created a one-of-a-kind Doddie Weir beer to be offered on tap in its bars – with any profit made from sales going to the former Scotland star's MND charity.

Published 20th Jan 2020
Updated 8 th Aug 2023

Inspired by the Scottish rugby legend, ‘Doddie Beir’ will be served at Signature Group venues in Edinburgh, Glasgow and St Andrews throughout the Guinness Six Nations to raise funds for the ‘My Name’5 Doddie Foundation.

Brewed in Edinburgh’s Cold Town Brewery, the exclusive pint was created with the help of Doddie and is described as a fresh take on a classic Cold Town lager flavour profile with an added "pilsner edge".

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The brand-new beer will be sold in 15 venues across Scotland including The Queens Arms and Cold Town House in Edinburgh and The Raven and The Smokin Fox in Glasgow throughout the Guinness Six Nations from Monday 27th January until the end of March.

All profits will go to then go to the foundation which Doddie established in 2017 to help sufferers and to fund MND research after he himself was diagnosed with the disease. To date, the charity has spent over £4million on MND related causes.

Owner Nic and Doddie. Picture: Signature

Doddie said: “We are delighted to have the support of Nic and the team at the Signature Group and I very much enjoyed working with Ed to create the Doddie Beir. Fortunately, I have plenty of experience of tasting beer so I know exactly what I like!

"I hope fans enjoy a pint or two of Doddie Beir through the Six Nations while watching the rugby and hopefully witnessing some Scottish success.”

Nic Wood, owner of Signature Group, said: “We have enjoyed many months perfecting Doddie’s craft lager – he spent some time at Cold Town Brewery with our brewer Ed Evans to create his ideal pint.

“It’s been a pleasure and privilege for myself and the Signature team to develop the brew with Doddie which we anticipate will be very popular with our customers.

“We are all huge supporters of his work to raise awareness of MND and his devotion to finding new ways of slowing down or curing the disease.

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“We hope that, if you are a rugby fan or not, you’ll come along to try Doddie Beir throughout the Six Nations. If you like our original Cold Town, you’ll love this.”

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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