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Lidl’s Scottish Craft Beer Festival has kicked off with 19 beers from 11 different Scottish brewers.

Dundee-based 71 Brewing leads the line-up with two new beers exclusive to Lidl. In a nod to the emerging mono-hop beer craze, the award-winning brewer’s single hop IPA Gear Shifter (5% ABV) ups the flavour game with the citra hop taking centre stage.

In time for a whatever-the-weather Scottish summer, the light and fruity IPA Mystic Origins (5% ABV) features citrus and tropical fruit flavours. This new edition heralds Lidl’s first sip into the growing use of Scandinavian yeasts in the craft beer world.

Victoria Scott-Lewis, 71 Brewing’s Sales and Marketing Manager,  said: “As an independent brewery we are continuously inspired by new wave brewing techniques alongside traditional European and modern beer styles.

“It is always a thrill to bring these exciting expressions to our Lidl fans through our crisp lagers and small batch brews, especially at a time where we are all looking to the brighter days ahead.”

With a host of craft lagers and ales part of the line-up, Six Degrees North bring a new and unusual taste sensation with ‘Paradise’ (5.5% ABV), a full-bodied, creamy wheat beer with a hint of citrus.

Another must-try beer is the intensely smooth and fruity Yippie IPA (6% ABV) that kicks a light haze and is crafted by St. Andrews Brewing.

Lidl’s Head of Scottish Buying, Paul McQuade, said: “At Lidl, we continue to forge and maintain partnerships with the best breweries across Scotland to bring new profiles and exclusive craft beers for our ever popular in-store promotions.

“We strive to bring our customers the very best when it comes to the latest flavours hitting the craft beer scene. This festival is no different as we continue to champion innovation from across the country.”