Becoming au fait with Lady Grey IPA x Runaway Brewery, Manchester

Unless you have been living under a rock for the last few years, I don’t really need to tell you about how the modern influx of IPA in its many guises and social media furores (sorry!) is still going from strength to strength.

To celebrate International Women’s Day 2018 and the 100 year anniversary of (some) women getting the vote, Lex, Shelley and the girls felt it only right and proper in true Manchester W.I. style to do something a little different by teaming up with Runaway Brewery to create something to remember (or perhaps even forget – thanks to its 5.3% ABV hit)…

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Infused with Lady Grey tea, lemon and orange peel with bergamot, the IPA subtly boasts hops with an edge – perfect if you like your IPA with a citrus twist. As for the label design, they’ve gone with their famous ‘lady’-fronted ‘SISTERHOOD’ logo and a monochrome twist; I think you’ll agree that it looks pretty fancy. (I don’t think you’ll be finding many of these in the recycling bins…)

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Runaway Brewery is tucked into the industrial units in the famously grim-looking area of Dantzic Street, and on the equally characteristically grey launch party day I was so happy to be greeted by bunting and the suitably cheery-looking Yakumama serving up Latin-American-inspired street food. Perfect!

I opted, after some intense deliberation, for the chicken and avocado arepa: homemade Columbian maize bread stuffed with chicken, pure deliciousness and the nice balance of the aioli and fiery ají amarillo sauce was a great combination.

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So, if you fancy sampling a piece of history, toasting to advances in the present and celebrating the future of the female in one swoop, I would highly recommend you try it.

Currently, she is stocked at Flōk in the NQ, online at EeBria and you can still pick up single bottles in ANCOATS General Store. Catch her if you can!

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