Small breweries partner on Euro beer
Les Frères de la Bière (Brothers' Beer) to debut next month
Feb 28, 2000 - Two small breweries, one French and the other British, will debut the first Euro beer next month. England's Swale Brewery in Sittingbourne and Le Brasserie Thiriez of Esquelbecq will introduce Les Frères de la Bière (Brothers' Beer) at Beer Expo 2000 in Lille.
Interreg, the European inter-regional fund, supported production of the beer with £40,000 of taxpayers' money. "Normally, our funding goes to public sector authorities. This is unique not just because it is a genuine example of private sector, cross-Channel co-operation but because it's about beer," a spokesman said.
The beer uses Kent hops and Pas de Calais yeast. Members of the Kent County council described as "naturally cloudy, strong-tasting with a malty-toffee flavour" at a recent preview tasting.
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