Swedish craft beer range introduced to UK on-trade

Gotlands beers

A range of craft beers from Swedish brewer Gotlands is to be introduced to the UK in a partnership between Boutique Bar Brands and importer Proof Drinks.

The award-winning range includes Sleepy Bulldog Pale Ale, Sitting Bulldog IPA and Wisby Pils which are available to the on-trade through wholesalers both in kegs and in 33cl bottles.

They are made at Gotlands Bryggeri, on Gotland island in the Baltic Sea, which was founded by fourth-generation brewmaster Johan Spendrup in 1994, using grain sown by his father Jens Spendrup.

Boutique Bar Brands director Phil Harding said: “Boutique Bar Brands are very proud to add Sweden’s premium craft brewer to their portfolio. Gotlands have got a great history and provenance and their range of beers is fantastic.

“We have already had a lot of positive interest from the trade and we are sure that we can quickly establish Gotlands as the UK’s number-one Swedish brewery.

“We believe that the beers will have a wide appeal to both the large ex-pat community and the discerning British beer drinker.”

Sleepy Bulldog Pale Ale, at 4.8% ABV, has a rich and fruity hop aroma with distinct hints of lychee and black current. Its palate has distinctive bitterness with malt-roasted tones providing a long and fruity aftertaste.

Wisby Pils, at 5% ABV, has a light roasted malt aroma with a distinct herbal tone of hops and a fresh note of mineral character. There is a distinct hop bitterness to the palate with a balanced richness and lingering aftertaste associated with light toffee.

Sitting Bulldog IPA, at 6.4% ABV, has a fruity aroma with hints of gooseberry, passion fruit, dried figs and roasted malt. Distinct bitterness and richness with just the perfect note of honey for balance and a lingering fruity aftertaste.

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