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Special ale to mark service in the pub

A brewery has produced a special ale to celebrate a church’s unprecedented decision to hold its annual Christmas watchnight service in the pub next door.

Inveralmond Brewery created a tipple named after St Matthew’s Church in Perth at the behest of minister Scott Burton so carol singers gathering at the Capital Asset will be able to celebrate the birth of Jesus Christ with a pint of the golden ale in hand.

The 39-year-old approached the brewery after discovering a pub on the Royal Mile in Edinburgh sold an ale named after nearby St Giles Cathedral.

He said last night he was pleased that the Perth-based business, which opened in 1997, agreed to create a special ale to mark the occasion.

“I am not an expert on ales but it is golden in colour and tastes very nice,” added Mr Burton, who has been the minister at St Matthew’s for around two years.

• Full story at the Aberdeen Press & Journal.

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