IRISH craft brewer Franciscan Well has boosted its presence in the Scottish on-trade with the launch of its third beer.
Chieftain IPA (Irish Pale Ale), which is currently available in selected Scottish outlets, is expected to enter wider distribution in 2015.
Franciscan Well founder Shane Long said Chieftain IPA is an evenly-balanced beer which pairs well with foods including blue cheese and fried chicken.
“IPA’s are usually high hopped, leaving a bitterness that lingers on the palate,” said Long.
“With Chieftain IPA we wanted to do something a little different, offering everything an IPA normally delivers but with a smoother, cleaner finish.”
The launch of Chieftain IPA follows the introduction of Franciscan Well beers Rebel Red and Shandon Stout to the Scottish trade.
Long said the decision to launch its beers, which are said to strike a balance between traditional Irish brewing techniques and innovative recipes, in the UK follows “strong demand from both publicans and consumers”.
“Although it’s come a long way since I started the brewery in 1998, the craft beer industry is still in its infancy in Ireland,” he said. “Following the success of our beers here, it was a natural next step for us to try our hand at a new and different market.”
Franciscan Well beers are distributed by Molson Coors.