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.


About Andy Cullen

Andy has been actively involved in CAMRA since the early 2000s after being recruited to sit on a National Younger Members Task Group. Since then he has held roles on the branch committee including Secretary, Membership Secretary, Magazine Editor, Chair and now Social Secretary. Andy has also been involved with the Steel City Beer & Cider Festival almost every year since becoming active in the branch.

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