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A perfect pairing

By editorial assistant Sandi Toxic

Posted July 31, 2015
buglife's glow-worm beer helps britain's insects
Help our friends in the Insect Kingdom: Have a Glow-worm or three. © Buglife/From the Notebook

Like beer? Like insects? Then why not try a Glow-worm?

A lot of beer drinkers these days are into 'pairing', whether it's a hoppy IPA with a packet of crisps, a powerful stout with a packet of crisps or a can of Super T... with a packet of crisps.

But have you ever thought about pairing you beer with insects?

Well, according to a press release we received yesterday (30/7/15), From the Notebook and insect conservation charity Buglife have done just that.

Sort of.

Actually, on second reading, it seems that what they've done is team up to produce a "great tasting" light ale called Glow-worm that helps raise money for the aforementioned charity "as well as quenching the palate".

Brewed by the Stroud Brewery in Gloucestershire, UK, the 100% organic beer is fully accredited by the Soil Association and is also something called 'vegan', which means you only eat meat on Wednesdays, or something.

While it doesn't actually contain any insects, the beer does, however, feature "a dash of chilli-pepper for a unique non-spicy afterglow to create a truly refreshing beer".

So there.

"Real ale supporting bugs just conjures up a picture of heady summer evenings in the countryside to a soundtrack of crickets and the glow of glow-worms – a perfect combination," says Buglife's director of communications Paul Hetherington.

"And the beer does not disappoint, whether accompanying a barbeque, picnic or a night in front of the TV."

Admittedly, we here at the Rake & Herald have yet to try the brew in question but as we are generally down with the dudes in the Insect Kingdom – except cockroaches, wasps and mosquitoes – we thought we'd give it a plug.

So why not head over to the From the Notebook website right now and order a load?

After all, you'll be boozing for a good cause.

So get 'em in, boss!

According to the press release, Buglife - The Invertebrate Conservation Trust "is the only charity in Europe devoted to the conservation of all invertebrates and is actively working to save Britain's rarest bugs, bees, butterflies, ants, worms, beetles and many more fascinating invertebrates".

Further information is available on the Buglife website here and you can also follow them on Twitter and FaceBook by clicking this and this, respectively.

Meanwhile, From the Notebook, so its website states, was "formed in 2012 by two guys with a passion for wildlife and real ale" and "is all about celebrating the diversity of British wildlife through the lovely drink that is beer".

Sounds good to me.

Better buy a few Glow-worms, I reckon.

See also GBBF fast approaches!, posted 30/7/15.

Sandi Toxic
was raised by wolves inside a disused clay pit near Lanjeth. You can befriend her on FaceBook here. She is still quite feral.

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