Seven time world champion Carl Fogarty MBE has teamed up with Lancashire based Crankshaft Brewery to launch his own signature beer, Foggy Gold. “It’s something that I’ve wanted to do for a while,” Foggy told MCN. “So when the guys from Crankshaft approached me about creating a beer with my name on, I was up for it straight away.”
King Carl, currently Director of Performance at CCM, took time out from developing his limited edition Spitfire to indulge in a rigorous testing programme for the new tipple.
“As a lager drinker I wanted something light, so we did a lot of tasting and testing and this one came out top every time,” he said. “It’s kind of a crossover between a lager and a real ale - a golden ale.”
Crankshaft Brewery is located in Leyland, just a few miles from Foggy’s hometown of Blackburn, but there’s more than just geography that makes them ideal partners in this venture.
“I’ve marshalled at every level from club racing to Moto GP and the TT,” said Haydn Williams who runs the micro brewery with his wife Angela. “When the opportunity came along to work with Foggy, we said ‘let’s do it!’. All of our beers are inspired by Leyland’s engineering heritage and it seemed like a natural fit.
“We set out to produce an ale that was refreshingly light and not too hoppy. All the ingredients are British, such as the classic British hops and British lager malt that give it the distinctive golden colour. We chose the lion logo to reflect Foggy’s status as King of the Jungle and the chequered flag and flash of red to signify his racing career.”
Like most bikers, we’re fond of the odd pint ourselves, so took on the agonizing task of trying the stuff first hand. It slid down a treat but we had a couple more just to check consistency...
Foggy Gold is currently available on tap at the Spread Eagle in Mellor, Lancs and in bottle direct from the brewery itself - see www.crankshaftbrewery.co.uk for further info.
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