Andy Turner has served the first pint of ‘Andy Turner’ ale, named to honour the Hucknall-born UK bodybuilder and track and field athlete. It is our Nottinghamian Celebration Ale for the duration of the summer’s sport in Rio and the 24th in the series of beers celebrating the success of the sons and daughters of Nottingham and Nottinghamshire.
Andy Turner was born in 1980. Nowadays he specialises in body building training following a long and successful career as a sprint hurdler and field athlete. Having represented team GB at the 2004 Olympic Games in Athens, and four years later at Beijing, he concluded his Olympic career at the London Games of 2012. While European and Commonwealth champion he won bronze in the 110m hurdles at the World Athletics Championships in South Korea in 2011 and took part in Commonwealth and European competition until his retirement in 2014. He was a pupil at Nottingham High School.
‘Andy Turner’, the real ale, has been created for the summer of sport in South America. It’s a 4.2 per cent ABV real ale which brewer, Dan Gilliland, says is a light and hoppy pale ale full of New World and antipodean hops. It is on sale at pubs across the East Midlands and Yorkshire.
Andy says: “Having an ale named after me truly is an honour and I’m very excited to try it out. With the Olympics in Rio approaching I’d like to wish all my old team mates and the new ones every success and I’ll be sure to toast them all with a pint of ‘Andy Turner’.
The Nottinghamian Celebration Ales series, which began in 2010 and whose sporting connections include Carl Froch, Colin Slater and Brian Clough, will end 2016 with an ale to honour Florence Boot.