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Shetland's Lerwick Brewery releases festive Fair Isle gift pack

The Shetland Isles' Lerwick Brewery - the UK's most northerly brewery - has launched a Christmas gift pack to celebrate its island home.

The Fair Isle Bottle Cover gift pack contains two bottles of Lerwick's pale ale, Azure, a branded glass and a Fair-Isle knit bottle holder, handmade on the island by Alexis Bruce of Lexknits.

The bright, patterned Fair-Isle style of knitting originated in Shetland, but is now famous worldwide. Many people on the island still knit in this traditional way, with each knitter developing their own pattern and style.

Kathryn Herculson, brewery manager at Lerwick Brewery, said: "We have been selling Alexis' bottle covers in our brewery shop for some time and they are always a big hit with tourists, but with the restrictions, many visitors haven't been able to make it to Shetland this year.

"We wanted to create a Shetland gift that would be available online so those who couldn't make it can still experience a little bit of our island home in their home. The bottle covers are all handmade by Alexis, who knits a variety of items in the Fair-Isle style."

The Fair Isle Bottle Cover gift pack is available to buy online at or at the brewery shop in Lerwick.

6 December 2020 - Bethany Whymark