Monday 23 April 2018

Playing a blinder: TV show inspires new brand of ale

Cillian Murphy in ‘Peaky Blinders’
Cillian Murphy in ‘Peaky Blinders’
Cillian Murphy in ‘Peaky Blinders’

Nick Bramhill

TV drama Peaky Blinders, starring Cillian Murphy, which chronicles the real-life story of a gang of Irish descent that terrorised Britain's second city, has inspired the creation of a new beer.

A brewery in the UK is putting the finishing touches to a new ale called 'Peaky Blinder' in honour of the hit Birmingham-based historical show.

Makers Stourbridge Sadler's Ales said the recipe for the new medium- strength brew was based on the traditional ales likely to have been served in the hostelries of Birmingham just after the First World War, when the BBC drama is set.

Brewery spokesman Ian King said: "We are developing the Peaky Blinder beer and hope it will be in pubs soon.

"There is quite a lot of effort going into it and we are very confident it will be a success because of the popularity of the television programme."

Entrepreneurs and tourist chiefs in Birmingham have been quick to capitalise on the success of the gritty drama, which stars Cork actor Murphy in the lead role of gangster Thomas Shelby.

Six months ago, a new Peaky Blinders Tour was launched in the Digbeth area of the city, where many of the scenes were shot.

Meanwhile, Murphy, 37, has been busy filming the second series of the show, in which he will be joined by fellow The Dark Knight Rises and Inception star Tom Hardy. The next series, which kicks off in the autumn, will see the Shelby family, headed by Murphy's gang leader Thomas, attempt to expand their criminal empire beyond the midlands.

Producers will be hoping to replicate the success of the first series, which attracted audiences in excess of 2.4 million and which has just bagged a prestigious best TV drama gong at the New York Festival's World's Best TV & Film Awards.

The real-life 'Peaky Blinders' were a vicious criminal gang who took their name from the blades sewn into their flat caps.

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