Thursday, October 9, 2008

Beer Hero of the Week

With my going off to Oxford this evening I decided to post up this week's Beer Hero of the Week today - thus saving me the hassle of leaving the pub tomorrow to find an internet cafe.

One of my favourite animals is the squirrel, in particular the red squirrel which is native the British Isles and under threat of extinction, due to destruction of habitat and encroachment by the imported grey squirrel, practically the only area which still has red squirrels is the Highlands of Scotland.

This week the Atlas Brewery in Kinlochleven released a new ale, called Red Squirrel. Part of the profits from this new ale are to be donated to the Highland Red Squirrel Group who are working to ensure that the British Isles don't lose our native squirrel.

So I would encourage everyone who can to go out and buy Red Squirrel ale, so here we are ladies and gentlemen, my beer hero of the week:

The Atlas Brewery

1 comment:

  1. Very interesting. This species of red squirrel (sciurus vulgaris) is different from the North American red squirrel (Tamiasciurus hudsonicus). Interestingly, it is widely believed (at least by hunters)that in North America the Red Squirrel hinders the population of the fox squirrel. The unsubstantiated folklore has it that these smaller squirrels fight the larger Fox Squirrels and neuter them in the process! Although I have spent many hours in the woods hunting, I have never actually observed this but can confirm that Red Squirrels are highly territorial, here in the U.S., anyway.

    We have red squirrels, fox squirrels, gray squirrels and the black varient here in Michigan. None are endangered...

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