'Doddie Bier' served in Edinburgh throughout Guinness Six Nations will benefit rugby legend's charity

A beer served throughout the Guinness Six Nations will send profits to MND charity

Monday, 20th January 2020, 5:00 pm

A hospitality group has created a one-of-a-kind pint to be poured in its bars with all profits made going to the My Name’5 Doddie Foundation.

Inspired by the Scottish rugby legend, ‘Doddie Beir’ will be served at Signature Group venues in Edinburgh, Glasgow and St Andrews throughout the Guinness Six Nations to raise funds for Doddie Weir’s charity.

In June 2017, the Scottish rugby hero announced that he was suffering from Motor Neuron Disease and founded the charity in November that year. To date, the foundation has spent over £4 million on research and helping to improve the lives of those living with the disease.

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Earlier this month the charity welcomed the announcement of a UK-wide trial called MND-SMART which aims to find treatments that can slow, stop or reverse disease progression and which Doddie himself will trial.

Brewed in Edinburgh’s Cold Town Brewery, the exclusive pint has been months in the making and the craft lager is a take on a classic Cold Town lager flavour profile with an added pilsner edge.

All profits raised from the pints will go to the My Name’5 Doddie Foundation.

Doddie said: “We are delighted to have the support of Nic and the team at the Signature Group and I very much enjoyed working with Ed to create the Doddie Beir. Fortunately I have plenty of experience of tasting beer so I know exactly what I like!

“I hope fans enjoy a pint or two of Doddie Beir through the Six Nations while watching the rugby and hopefully witnessing some Scottish success.”

Nic Wood, owner of Signature Group, said: “We have enjoyed many months perfecting Doddie’s craft lager – he spent some time at Cold Town Brewery with our brewer Ed Evans to create his ideal pint.

“It’s been a pleasure and privilege for myself and the Signature team to develop the brew with Doddie which we anticipate will be very popular with our customers.

“We are all huge supporters of his work to raise awareness of MND and his devotion to finding new ways of slowing down or curing the disease.

“We hope that, if you are a rugby fan or not, you’ll come along to try Doddie Beir throughout the Six Nations. If you like our original Cold Town, you’ll love this.”

Cold Town Beer was first launched in 2018 and the beer was named in honour of Calton Hill Brewery in Edinburgh, which was the first in Britain to brew lager in 1835.

The brewery was situated in the Edinburgh suburb, Caldtoun, at the bottom of what we now know to be Calton Hill.

For more information on the charity please visit: www.myname5doddie.co.uk.