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Braille ale

BRAND new Braille Ale is set to bring beer and cheer to visually impaired pint pundits.
Lake District micro producers Bowness Bay Brewing has gone for taste and smell in its latest specialty, which comes with raised dot labels and widespread appeal.
Co-owner Ronnie Mullin, 60, explained his brainchild Braille brew was being launched at Westmorland Beer and Cider Festival in Kendal on October 9.
He added: “As this year’s event is supporting South Lakeland-based charity Sight Advice we decided to enter into the spirit of things by producing a new wheat beer with some very different features.
“Not only will visually impaired people be able to find out what’s on the label, they’ll be tempted by some very exciting tastes and smells.
“We’ve used German and Czech Tettnanger and Saaz hops, with bitter orange peel from the Venezuelan island of Curacao, fresh ginger and crushed coriander seeds. “This is all about flavours and aromas, obviously not how the beer looks. The end product is a very interesting ale, now enjoying some fantastic early reviews.”
Kendal-based Derek Kingwell, 55, who is blind in one eye and only has 13 per cent sight in the other, said Braille Ale was a brilliant concept and totally delicious product.
“It’s unlike any other wheat beer I’ve ever tasted,” he added. “Gently spiced, hoppy wheat aromas lead to hints of coriander, refreshing ginger spice flavours and a smoky, wheaty finish – it’s perfect!
His guidedog, Uska, likes a tipple himself, but Derek says he wasn’t up for sharing his pint of Braille.
“This is going to be a big hit with connoisseurs of seriously good beer.
Bowness Bay Brewing currently produces six beers. Ronnie and co-owner/headbrewer, Richard Husbands, 42, say they were delighted to make the festival beer for Westmorland’s 20th event.



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