A CHESHIRE bull named Larry the Lamb will be the face of a new British beer.
Larry, who weighs in at a hefty tonne, and his mate Susie, will adorn every bottle of the new real ale tipple.
‘Mercian Red Poll 200’ celebrates two centuries of the Red Poll Cattle Breed and is the idea of Mickle Trafford farmer Huw Rowlands who specialises in this East Anglian breed of cattle.
Huw said: “WeŠthought that having our ownŠbrew wouldŠbe a novel piece of rural diversification andŠa good way ofŠcelebrating two hundred years of Red Poll.”
A bottle-fermented beer brewed by John Wood at The North Wales Brewery, the Red Poll ale isŠdescribed as a nutty bitterŠwith the chestnut colour ofŠthe breed replicated usingŠroasted barley.
Huw plans to growŠboth barley and hops for theŠbeer’s ingredients on the 240-acre farmŠand one of his first selected outlets is Mickle Trafford Post Office andŠShop.
He added: “Hopefully the beer willŠgenerate more income for the shop.”
County council chairman Steve Wilkinson, a former farmer, toasted the launch of RedŠPoll beerŠand metŠtheŠRyehill, Larry the Lamb and Longdendale Susanne 70th, to use their full titles.
Huw’s 70-strong herd of Red Poll cattle are used for “conservation grazing” under Natural England’s Higher Level Stewardship Scheme, keeping the grass at the rightŠheightŠto encourageŠthe River Gowy’s endangered wading birds.