After Dominic Cummings made his speech regarding his recent travels during the coronavirus lockdown, BrewDog didn’t waste time crafting their latest IPA, the Barnard Castle Eye Test IPA. Besides its hilarious name, the pineapple, mango and lime-flavored IPA is perfect summertime brew for sipping in your garden or enjoying a socially-distanced picnic.
The Scottish craft brewer announced that its Barnard Castle Eye Test Hazy IPA is now available for pre-order following an overwhelming response to the beer’s proposed production over the Bank Holiday.
The Backstory of the Barnard Castle Eye Test IPA
BrewDog took its dig at under-fire government aide Dominic Cummings — by naming its new beer after his lockdown-breaking exploits. The beer is described as a “short sighted beer for tall stories.”
It was accompanied by four cans with different names — Cummings and Goings; 260 Miles; Stay St Homes and — the one thst sparked the most approval — Barnard Castle Eye Test, Chronicle Live reports.
And the Scottish brewer gave its fans the opportunity to name the beer, via BrewDog Co-Founder James Watt’s Twitter account. Within hours, the BrewDog post had attracted nearly 6,000 likes and 1,700 comments from followers — many of them offering name suggestions of their own.
The names referenced Boris Johnson’s right hand man’s now infamous drive to Barnard Castle in County Durham during the lockdown.
Among the comments was a suggestion that the new beer should be called Reasonable and Legal — while another offered up 15 names including Double Vision, Double Standards; Front Page Brews, Special Advisor and Geordie Jaunt.
One fan wrote: “Barnard Castle Eye Test is a BLINDING name for a beer (pun actually unintended, believe it or not)” while one wrote: “Gotta be 260 Miles. A weaker ABV and only for the English market. A 500 Miles version with a much higher ABV available in Scotland.”
The most popular name choice of BrewDog’s four was Barnard Castle Eye Test, with Eddie John Carter saying: “I know this might be a joke, but the Barnard Castle Eye Test has to be the winner.”
And Ian Mitchell wrote: “I look forward to ordering a round of eye tests at the earliest opportunity, but any of your options available soon will go down well for a refreshing drink by the riverside, or in the woods, over the next phase of lockdown easing.”
Try the Barnard Castle Eye Test for Free
12 packs of 330 ml cans of the Barnard Castle Eye Test Hazy IPA is available now for pre-order and priced at £16.95 via the BrewDog online store. The beer will be available within the next two weeks.
So how can you try it for free? TopCashback is offering new customers £15 when they spend over £30.
TopCashback will refund £15 of a total order exceeding £30 at BrewDog’s website. And thus, if you spend £33.90 on two packs of Barnard Castle Eye Test Hazy IPA at Brewdog, TopCashback will credit your TopCashback account with £15 cashback.
Sadly, this offer is not available in Scotland and the offer ends on June 7th. Purchases over £30 (including delivery) will receive a maximum of £15 cash back.
The “short sighted beer for tall stories” New England, Old School IPA, is dry-hopped for a juicy hit with pineapple, mango and a hint of zesty lime at 6.0% ABV.
The demand since the beer release was announced has been so high that it’s caused the BrewDog online store to crash due to the number of visitors.
All profits made from the beer will go to funding its production of free sanitizer for the NHS and Health Care Charities.
Delivery address for this product will be collected when the pre-order is redeemed along with the applicable delivery charge.
Due to unprecedented demand the entire first batch of this beer, it’s now sold out. However, BrewDog is already brewing a second batch which will be ready to ship within 4 weeks time.