Mould Dahl? New beer brewed from yeast harvested from writer's chair and blanket

The craft beer was developed for a pop-up restaurant honouring Roald Dahls children's novel, 'The Twits'

Roald Dahl

Roald Dahl at work in his chair [Pixabay]

Craft brewers are known for creating unusual blends and audacious ales, but fans of beloved British children’s writer Roald Dahl will soon be able to drink up their literary idol. As part of a new pop-up restaurant and show called Dinner at the Twits in London, patrons will be able to drink a beer that is made from yeast harvested from swabs of Dahl’s “chair, his blanket, and some of his pencils” at the Roald Dahl museum in Buckinghamshire.

As part of a brew called ‘Mr Twit’s Odious Ale’, the beer was created by Steve Ryan of the 40FT Brewery. Combining the yeast samples with smoked wheat, the final beer is said to be very fizzy and has earned the nickname “Polish champagne” from its developers.

“Because it is for The Twits, we couldn’t just do some tasteless lager, so it will have a smoky vibe and tonnes of character - and because it is being drunk as part of The Twits experience, I imagine people will take different things from it,” Ryan told The Evening Standard.

Henry Parr, one of the event organisers, says: “By incorporating wild yeast cultured from inside Roald Dahl’s writing chair in our beer to accompany 'Dinner At The Twits', it feels like we are injecting his own dark humour and effervescent sense of fun into the brew.”

Parr added: “A surprising number of our previous activations have been inspired by Roald Dahl in some way or another - from our chocolate waterfall, to our boat ride on a lake built above Selfridges, to our artisanal chewing gum store.”

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