Sheffield chart star Jon McClure and his band become Reverend and the beermakers today - when they toast the official launch of their bottled brew, writes Graham Walker.
Reverend & The Makers Summer Ale was successfully launched on draft but a bottled version is now out.
And 18-plus fans are being invited to cool down in the heatwave by raising a bottle or two at a public launch at The Stag’s Head, on Psalter Lane, today - Sunday, July 14, from 2pm.
The bottled beer will be available at a special outside bar, where Jon and guitarist Ed Cosens will be DJing throughout the afternoon.
VIDEO: Press the play button to watch award-winning Mark Bull’s video about the making of the Reverend’s Summer Ale.
Ed, the band’s founder member, guitarist and co-song writer was delighted with the response to the draft version of the beer, launched in May.
The band have loved finding the beer in pubs but it has been selling out quickly.
Now he’s excited about trying it in bottle - giving fans a chance to try the beer at home.
A keen home brewer, Ed was excited at the opportunity to get involved in creating the beer and admits he even
had to turn up to see it being bottled!
He told The Star: “We hope to have some of the beer for sale on our next tour and I’m already bouncing ideas about another beer.”
The band teamed up with Bakewell-based Thornbridge Brewery to produce their very own 4.8 per cent Reverend Summer ale, which they launched at The Bearded Theory Music Festival.
Thornbridge’s head brewer Rob Lovatt said: “The same great refreshing beer that we put in kegs, we’ve now put into bottles.
“We don’t sterile filter or pasteurise our beer, like many bottled beers, so this is as fresh as you can drink.
“It’s been great working with Ed”, reports Lovatt. His enthusiasm for getting involved in developing the recipe for the beer and the brewing was infectious.”
BUY ONLINE: The 500ml bottle is now available from the Thornbridge on-line shop at