The Scottish Greens have unveiled a new election weapon - their own brand of craft beer.

Harvie’s Hoptimistic is named in honour of co-convener Patrick, who said it reflects the party’s positive attitude going into May’s vote.

Launching the beer at vegan venue Mono in Glasgow, he said: “With our hugely increased membership and some positive poll ratings, what else could we call our beer?”

Picture: John Devlin

Picture: John Devlin

Real ale fan Mr Harvie, whose head and spectacles outline graces the bottle’s green label, is hoping to be elected constituency MSP for Glasgow Kelvin at this year’s Holyrood elections.

He said: “It’s great to know that our hard-working activists will be able to finish a canvassing shift with our very own beer.”

The Greens produced their own home made campaign ale during the referendum but this time they turned to Glasgow craft beer makers Jaw Brew.

Holyrood list candidate Zara Kitson said: “As a party we have got a big youth membership and a big following among young people in Glasgow, so there is definitely an appeal to the craft ale drinkers.”

MSP hopeful Ross Greer said: “We have a lot to win or lose in the election, but the beer is just a bit of fun.

“We’ve always had a bit more fun in election campaigns than other parties.”

• Harvie’s Hoptimistic Pale Ale costs around £3 and will be available at Mono and several other bars and shops in the Kelvin  area.

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Sean Murphy

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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