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All-British lager Fabal aims to take on continental competitors

British brewer Hiver is hoping to take on continental lager brands with its newest beer.

Fabal Lager is due to launch at BrewLDN on 27 February following soft launches at London venues The Dorchester and The Royal Oak Marylebone. It became the latter venue's best-selling lager in a six-week trial.

Hiver, known for its honey beers, believes Fabal is the only English lager to exclusively use English ingredients. It is also thought to be the first UK lager to use pressed barley - which is steamed and rolled - alongside roasted malted barley. 

The 4% ABV lager - which is suitable for vegans - will initially be available in 330ml bottles and 30 litre kegs, with new formats in development. Nectar Imports will be its exclusive draught distribution partner.

Hannah Rhodes, founder and creator of Fabal, said: "The brand has been developed from a passion for showcasing UK ingredients to create a truly classic lager style with a delicate, balanced flavour. In blind taste tests it more than held its own against other premium and craft lager brands." 

26 February 2020 - Bethany Whymark