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February 4, 2014

'Hello My Name is Vladimir' is the world's first 'protest beer' to be sold in stores and online

'Protest beer' mocking anti-gay laws in Russia is being sent to Vladimir Putin today (4 February).

A Scottish craft brewery believe they have launched the world's first 'protest beer', produced to fight against homophobic legislation.

BrewDog’s new craft beer, Hello My Name is Vladimir, is a double IPA ale containing Limmonick berries - an ingredient regarded by some Russians to enhance sexual performance in men.

The bottle is styled with a gaudy Andy Warhol-style label showing an image of the Russian president wearing lipstick and eyeshadow.

November 13, 2012

When the UK tabloid press wildly reported the advert as wrong, the beer company later tried to pretend the gay TV spot never existed

A gay Guinness advert which never aired when it was made in 1995 has gone viral in 2012.

Banned after the UK tabloid press widely reported it as wrong and scandalous, the beer company dropped the TV spot and later tried to deny it even existed.

It shows an odd couple, one messy and one clean, and as ‘Stand By Your Man’ by Tammy Wynette plays, it is ultimately revealed they are both men.

Tony Kaye, who produced the ad, told the Canadian Broadcasting Corporation back in 1997 that Guinness wanted to have an advert with a certain ‘ambiguity to it.

September 24, 2012

GSN pays a visit to Munich’s world famous festival celebrating beer and lederhosen

I always get a bit distracted at airports, searching for a decent coffee, trying on aftershaves... I was pretty sure that my Lufthansa flight to Munich was departing from Gate 19 in London Heathrow’s Terminal 1, but maybe I’d read the sign wrong? I looked around and there was a reassuring number of young guys in lederhosen (the traditional Bavarian leather shorts). Oktoberfest here we come!

July 20, 2012

Sup on a chilled lager like a movie star in Tom Cruise’s favorite drinking spot or literally drink in beer history at the world’s oldest brewery

As temperatures sore and Bavarians feel the heat, there’s only one place locals like to loosen their lederhosen and unbutton their dirndls at – the beer garden.

But despite the occasional debauched binge, drinking in the southern German state is a relaxed social affair rather than a competition to see who hits the floor first.

May 31, 2012

Discover the German state of Bavaria's cultural heritage in its breweries and beer gardens

‘Listen, we’re not here to see culture. We’re here to drink beer!’ gasped a fellow journalist as our exasperated guide gestured in vain to a church in the picture perfect Bavarian town of Ingolstadt.

But while Rolf, his real name is lost in a blur of lager and pretzels, had a point – this was a beer tour after all – he’d overlooked a crucial detail. In Bavaria, beer is culture.

The golden nectar is as much a part of the southern German state’s heritage as lederhosen, sausages and fulsome frauleins in dirndls.