BrewDog debuts new 8.7% IPA

BrewDog has just brought out a new beer, which it is calling Restorative Beverage for Invalids and Convalescents.

The name comes from a medical textbook, ‘A Treatise on Food and Diet’ by Dr Jonathan Pereira, published in the middle of the 1800s.

This book uses the same phrase BrewDog has chosen as the title for their brew, but the words are used to describe an 1843 IPA in the historic volume.

The new ‘Restorative Beverage’ is 8.7 per cent ABV, and hit BrewDog bars on March 6th. It can also be purchased online.

‘We have created a beer with such intensity that it is akin to injecting hops straight into your tongue with a needle,’ claimed James Watt, co-founder of BrewDog, with striking imagery.

‘It’s the India Pale Ale in its purest form; pale, bitter and dry. Restorative Beverage for Invalids and Convalescents is a mouthful in both name and flavour.’

He also called the brew ‘a beer for the hopheads and thrill seekers’.

It comes swiftly after the brewery’s full-scale launch for its debut in the gluten free beer market, Vagabond Gluten Free Pale Ale. The beer recently claimed victory as part of the 2014 BrewDog Prototype Challenge, and is now part of the brand’s Headliners range.

The brewery announced that people can order the gluten free brew in its bars if they stick two fingers up at the bar staff – although we’re sure those of a polite disposition could get away with asking for it in a more conventional way!

The innovative ordering stunt is, the brewery says, ‘part of a tongue-in-cheek campaign to be ‘intolerant of gluten intolerance’ and other substandard gluten free options on the market’.

The brew, a 4.5 per cent ABV beer, uses Amarillo and Centennial hops.