Mack-Ale beer hits city bars

Michael Nolan sups a pint of Craig Mack-Ale in The Ostrich pub in Peterborough. Picture: Alan Storer/Peterborough ET (METP-02-06-11AS041)
Michael Nolan sups a pint of Craig Mack-Ale in The Ostrich pub in Peterborough. Picture: Alan Storer/Peterborough ET (METP-02-06-11AS041)
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Peterborough United super striker Craig Mackail-Smith is set to be the toast of Peterborough after his play-off exploits inspired a new beer.

The Peterborough United star rarely hit the bar last season, scoring a massive 35 goals to help fire Posh into the Championship, but now he no longer has to take to the pitch to hear cheers ringing in his ears as fans rush to sup the drink named in his honour,

Supporters wishing to keep the promotion party going can now sink a pint of Craig Mack-Ale in pubs in Peterborough and Castor.

And despite the hotshot being renowned for his phenomenal work rate and 100 per cent commitment, the strength of the ale had to be limited to only 3.7 per cent.

CMS may no longer ply his trade in Peterborough next season with Premier League clubs circling, but Castor Ales, the micro-brewery which created the drink, say this cheeky blonde beer is the perfect substitute.

Castor Ales’ Duncan Vessey, a lifelong Posh supporter, wanted to commemorate Posh’s amazing season, which saw them promoted in a three-goal thriller at Old Trafford on Sunday in front of more than 15,000 fans.

He has dry-hopped one of his regular brews, changing the taste and nature of the beer to give it a unique flavour.

Duncan said: “The name Craig Mack-Ale is a fitting tribute to Craig, who has had a fantastic season, scoring 35 goals.

“He is a favourite at London Road and will always receive a warm welcome from the fans when he returns.”

The beer went on sale in the Ostrich, in North Street, Peterborough, on Wednesday and will soon be available at the Prince of Wales, Castor, and the Hand and Heart, in Highbury Road, Peterborough.

Duncan’s friend and fellow Posh fan, local artist and ET cartoonist John Elson, designed the pump clip in the pub on Monday night.

The impromptu artwork is now set to be displayed with pride on the pump clips of the pubs.

And Duncan hopes to be able to present Craig with the original artwork when he leaves Posh.

Landlord at The Ostrich and season ticket holder Liam Scanlon said he was delighted to help pay tribute to the striker, with fans able to raise a glass for just £2.70.

He said: “CMS is a fantastic player and lad. He is always last to leave the pitch and always comes and applauds the away fans.

“Wherever he goes we wish him all the best and will continue to toast him at the bar.”

Striking sensation Craig, who already has a meerkat with his moniker at the Exotic Pet Refuge in Deeping St James, took time out from a well-earned break in Spain to say he couldn’t wait to taste his special brew.

He said: “It’s obviously fantastic and a great honour for someone to do that, so I’m hoping plenty of people will be drinking a pint of me.

“I’m definitely going to have to find out what the beer’s like and when I’m back in the country I’ll pop in and have a pint.”

Posh fan of 40 years, Michael Nolan (74), raised a glass of the Mack-Ale in the pub and gave the blonde ale the thumbs up by declaring it a “very good pint”.

He added: “Craig is a great lad and after what they achieved at Old Trafford, he deserves the honour. Like all fans I wish him well in the future,

Despite the beer currently being a limited edition in Peterborough, it is more than likely to be soon found in either Norwich, Liverpool, Wigan or London in the near future.

Factfile on the fans’ favourite Craig Mackail-Smith

CRAIG Mackail-Smith’s super season has led to feverish transfer speculation as a host of Premier League clubs battle for his signature.

It is an amazing turnaround for the 27-year-old forward who Peterborough United signed from non-league Dagenham and Redbridge in 2007.

He made 56 appearances in the Posh promotion push, the most out of the entire squad, and even found time to make his international debut for Scotland this season.

In his four-year Posh career, the hitman scored 98 goals in 211 matches which places him third in the all-time club scoring list since they joined the Football League in 1960.

He even received the ultimate seal of approval when the ET’s football reporter Alan Swann, a Posh follower for 40 years, called him the best player he’s ever seen in a Posh shirt.