A foamy first for Celtic Connections

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Celtic Connections draws ever closer — and this year, even the drinks are being serenaded.

The annual trad music fest has teamed up with Glasgow brewery Drygate to create the world’s first beer infused with celtic music.

The Festival Brew is a 5.3 per cent Saison style, brewed with French hops - and speakers have been placed inside the fermentation tanks to add a touch of music, courtesy of piper John Mulhearn and acoustic guitarist Findlay Napier, infusing the brew over a two week process.

Matt Corden, operations director at Drygate, said: “Beer is traditionally brewed with just four ingredients. In this instance, we’re adding a fifth — music — and can’t wait to taste the finished result.”

It’s a first, welcomed by Donald Shaw, Celtic Connections artistic director, who will also introduce new strands including The Shape of Folk to Come to January’s programme.

Celtic Connections is back January 14-31, with thousands of musicians descending on the city for Glasgow’s now world-famous festival.