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Friday, October 10, 2008

Ma heid is yarkin'


A while back I posted about the lack of a sense of humour at the Portman group in relation to various Scottish ales and their names.

I'm glad to report, well actually update from the Beeb, that the world is not square and
I quote,

"A House of Commons motion has been tabled aimed at protecting a Scottish ale called Skull Splitter.

The Orkney Brewery fears the product could be withdrawn from sale following a report commissioned by alcohol watchdog the Portman Group.

It has been claimed its Viking-branded bottles have an aggressive theme.


Orkney and Shetland MP Alistair Carmichael said losing the name would be a serious setback, and called for the complaint to be rejected.


Skull Splitter, an 8.5% ale created more than 20 years ago, is sold internationally.
The brewery said the ale was in fact named after Thorfinn Hausakluif, the seventh Viking earl of Orkney, nicknamed "Skull Splitter".

Mr Carmichael said the name would be inappropriate if it were a low-priced drink aimed at youngsters.
But he said it was an award-winning beer which is bought by discerning drinkers who appreciate its quality and who drink it responsibly".

Orkney Brewery's parent company, Sinclair Breweries Ltd, earlier said it was "stunned" by the complaint and hoped for "common sense".


The Portman Group confirmed a complaint was being investigated."


Common sense - fit?

Meanwhile, as pointed out by DBA Dude over at his blog, said brewery (which now owns the Atlas brews) is doing its bit for Red Squirrels with its new brew. As DBA says, no fluffy tailed beasties are used in the brewing process, but let's wait till the Portman Group hear about that one. They'll go nuts.

Aye an' anither thing, fit does this tumshie think he's dae'n? Dis he nae ken it's the mither tongue?

© MacNoddy
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3 comments:

RT said...

That has got to be the coolest beer label ever! Makes me want to rebuild Hereot and kill some swamp monsters.

:)

Noddy said...

Be thee Grendel in some womanly disguise?

RT said...

Nope. I don't think I'm of Cain's clan.

I'm Morrison, Cameron, some others, and somehow related to Rob Roy...so granny says. Oh, and I have the blood of those pesky Romans that built that wall and stuff.

Hmmm....maybe Grendel is present.