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Beer ice cream 'whips up storm in pint pot'

16 April 2010

Fans of real ale will be able to go out for a few scoops this summer but they won't be left with a hangover thanks to the student inventor of beer flavoured ice-cream

The Pride of Sheffield Beer Ice Cream will go into mainstream production later this year, after being developed by Sheffield Hallam University food and nutrition student Anna Lowden.

Anna (20) invented the tasty tipple-based ice cream during her gap year work placement at the city's Hope Valley Ice Cream Company, after research showed men eat less of the popular dessert than women.

And now several Sheffield pubs are to join the farm where it is produced by stocking the ice cream before it goes into mainstream production later this year. There is an extra bonus for sweet-toothed snackers - the Pride of Sheffield beer ice-cream contains hardly any alcohol due to the production process.

Anna said: "During my work placement I have to come up with a new flavour each month and I've been getting more inventive as I go along. "We wanted to tempt more men to try ice cream and the result has been really popular - it tastes like the head from a pint of Pride of Sheffield.

"It's great that we've used a local supplier - we experimented with some different beers but none were quite as successful as the Kelham Island Brewery's Pride of Sheffield. It's been a big hit with my friends and Hope Valley is in talks with several pubs to stock it as a dessert this summer."
Anna is working with the Derbyshire-based company on a year-long work placement before she returns to Sheffield Hallam in September.

Stuart Basford, from Kelham Island Brewery, added: "It has been a pleasure to work with Anna on this project. Anna tried with several of our beers and we were happy to help with the tasting process. Eventually it was our Pride of Sheffield that gave the best taste.

"I think we have found the ideal dessert to follow one of our Kelham Island Pork Pies."

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