Thornbridge: Love in a Beer Bottle

When we launched our strawberry beer I Love You Will U Marry Me in 2015 there was always the possibility that someone might seize the opportunity and use the beer to really make that proposal. Sinead and Ian with bottle of I Love You Will U Marry Me So we were delighted when Sinead O’Connor contacted us to say that her fiancé Ian Batterbee had done just that by proposing with a bottle of the beer on Christmas Day. Sinead says it was really appropriate to make the proposal with beer as the couple as beer lovers had met in a pub in Didsbury. The wedding – including a selection of great beers – is now being planned for 2017. The proposal took place at Marsden Waterfall in West Yorkshire on Christmas morning where the couple regularly walk their dog. “It wasn’t a surprise to walk there on the morning” says Sinead “but opening my final present and reading the label was a fantastic surprise”. I Love You Will U Marry Me was launched in June 2015. The beer was  brewed to support S1 Artspace’s ambitions to create a major new cultural venue at Park Hill for Sheffield, funds raised from the sale of the beer will go towards this development. The beer’s name originates from a marriage proposal when the words ‘I Love You Will U Marry Me’ were painted onto a Street Bridge at Park Hill, this urban romantic gesture has since become famous throughout the city. This is a fruit beer absolutely packed with fresh strawberries. It has been very carefully brewed so as to not overwhelm the palate with sweetness and create a balanced taste.

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