World’s first craft beer brewed to be enjoyed while flying

World's first craft beer brewed to be enjoyed while flying

Betsy Beer is the first beer designed and brewed to be enjoyed at high altitudes. Because senses are dulled by up to 30% during a flight, Cathay Pacific wanted to brew a beer that was perfectly suited to this environment.

The beer celebrates the eclectic flavours of the Orient with a tip of the hat to England’s long-standing tradition of turning barley and hops into a golden pint.

Taking its name from Cathay Pacific’s first aircraft, Betsy is a uniquely crafted brew containing Dragon Fruit and New Territories honey from Hong Kong, along with Fuggle Hops grown in Kent and used in English breweries for centuries.

Unlike its highly-hopped counterparts, Betsy is a wheat-based beer with a higher carbonation level than ordinary brews, heightening the sense of taste and delivering a punch of flavour with less bitterness and more aroma.

The Glenlivet has released a new rare whisky, its Nàdurra Peated Whisky Cask Finish, that has been finished in American oak casks that have previously held heavily peated Scotch whisky. This third release completes its rare single malt craft whisky range.

“As with each whisky in the Nàdurra range, it is produced using authentic 19th Century methods. A limited quantity is available because of the extensive time and craftsmanship involved in its making. Significantly, Nàdurra Peated marks the first time since the 19th century, that The Glenlivet has released a peated whisky,” says The Glenlivet brand manager, Eugene Lenford.

Bottled at 61.5% ABV Cask Strength / 48% ABV, the Nàdurra Peated Whisky Cask Finish is inspired by the authentic production processes used at The Glenlivet Distillery by its founder, George Smith, who originally used peat smoke to dry the malted barley. Finished in peated casks, the classic, smooth and fruity house style has been enriched with gentle, aromatic smoky notes.

The latest release is presented in redesigned packaging, which includes a prominent batch number, cask-like stamps and a more visible translation of the Gaelic word, ‘Nàdurra’ – meaning natural.

The Glenlivet Nàdurra Peated Whisky Cask Finish is available from selected stores countrywide from March 2017 onwards at an approximate retail price of R818.92 – the same price as Nàdurra First Fill and Nàdurra Oloroso.

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