WE HAVE already munched special Latics sandwich ham and sucked on commemorative sweets.
Now a Wigan craft brewery is inviting proud members of the Wembley-bound blue and white army to celebrate Latics historic FA Cup Final appearance with a (hopefully) winning pint of real ale!
Bradley-based Prospect Brewery has mashed a unique beer to lubricate the town’s throats to roar on Martinez’s boys as they march out on to the hallowed turf on May 11.
Fan-Tastic (ABV 4.6 per cent), described as a “pale and quite strong,” is currently spending the week fermenting and will be released to the dozen-plus borough free houses dispensing Prospect’s brews later this week, so there will be plenty of time for a terrace sing-a-long style trial run.
Brewster Patsy Slevin reveals that the beer has heady notes from no less than three types of hops – Centennial, Cascade and Nugget – so be prepared for a flavour hit with the power of Latics star striker Arouna Kone’s feared right boot.
Ten per cent of the revenue earned by beer sales of Fan-Tastic will go to the Joseph’s Goal charity.
But be warned, just 20 barrels will be brimmed with the special brew...that is 180 gallons.
Patsy said: “The Latics fans have been fantastic...so we thought we would brew a beer to honour them and to honour the Latics themselves for making history and getting to the FA Cup final.
“People are clearly in the mood to celebrate with a pint of real ale because we have virtually sold all our barrels already!
“We reckon that the football fans would like a good drink on the ever of going down to Wembley for FA Cup Final and this should be their choice if they like real ale.
“When Wigan rugby got to the Challenge Cup Final in 2011 I made a beer called Hop and Under and Fan-Tastic is actually a variation on that.”
Mrs Slevin revealed that she has decided to support Joseph’s Goal with a cash donation from sales after hearing first hand about the charity, founded by our Latics correspondent Paul Kendrick, when Joseph’s grandmother Ann Kendrick, who lives in Shevington Moor, recently enjoyed a tour of the brewery.
Their current core range is eight beers - and they have no thoughts of expanding it to include Fan-Tastic no matter how popular it may prove to be with Latics followers.
She said: “We haven’t made a huge amount as we are only intending selling it in our local pubs including our own brewery tap, The Silver Tally, of course.
“It is a genuine one off and once it has been supped, it is supped and we don’t have any plans for it to re-appear.”
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