Skinner’s Brewery has re-released a special edition golden session ale to celebrate the start of the Six Nations Tournament.

Splendid Tackle will be exclusively available for the duration of the Northern Hemisphere’s annual Rugby Union showcase, which kicks off with matches in Cardiff and Dublin on Saturday 1st February.

The family brewery, which has been brewing award-winning Cornish ales since 1997, has gained a cult following for its seasonal ales and special releases; these smaller batch brews complement a core range which includes some of the best-loved beers ever to come out of the West Country, such as Betty Stogs, Lushingtons and Porthleven.

Brewery Founder Steve Skinner said: “Our brewers always enjoy creating these limited releases, as it gives them a chance to experiment and get creative with ingredients and flavours. The brief for Splendid Tackle was to craft a refreshing beer which is perfect for watching the rugby with friends, with the relatively low ABV of a session ale.”

Brewhouse Manager Mike Job described the results as: “A refreshingly zesty beer, made with the best malted barley and wheat. Tropical fruits with lemon notes really sing out; rugby fans will be in fine voice after a pint or two!”

Steve added: “Like all our beers, this has also been brewed with potential food matches in mind. We recommend pairing Splendid Tackle with spicy food or a juicy cheeseburger – perfect post-match fodder.”

Talented illustrator Chris Rixion created the artwork for Splendid Tackle; a specialist in traditional pen and ink drawing, Chris has had his work published in New York and Sydney as well as the UK.

Splendid Tackle (4.2%) is available to local and national pubs via selected regional wholesalers from Monday 27th January until the end of March.

Rugby fans are invited to form an orderly scrum at the bar in the spirit of the game, and always keep on the refs’ good side.

For more information on Splendid Tackle, including becoming a stockist, email info@skinnersbrewery.com

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