Drinks "watchdog" Portman Group should be ashamed of themselves for their seeming vendetta against Brewdog, the Fraserburgh based
Scottish Craft Brewers.
Having previously withdrawn their criticism of the jocular marketing for the brewery's Riptide, Punk IPA and Hop Rocker beers, Portman have now condemned Brewdog's Speedball which apparently shares a name with the potentially lethal practice of combining heroin and crack cocaine to give both sedative and stimulant effects.
Portman may claim that "the blurring of alcohol and illicit drugs fosters unhealthy attitudes to drinking and trivialises drug misuse", but real ale drinkers are somewhat unlikely to move to less pleasurable drugs like heroin and cocaine after trying Brewdog's excellent product. And if users of illegal recreational drugs were to turn to beer instead, surely this would be beneficial?
Brewdog should bring out a product called Portman - having immeasurably low alcohol content, a lack of any discernable body and an unpleasant aftertaste. In other words, a total waste of space.
Sincerely, John Hein
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