IF Mount Gambier’s Steven Lines wins successive Grand Annual Sprintcar Classics this weekend, he’ll be able to celebrate with his own beer.
Lines’ face features on a special edition of the Flying Horse Bar and Brewery’s popular Whale Ale brew, commemorating his win in last year’s Classic.
Called Classic Pale Ale, the beer will be produced each January to commemorate the previous year’s Grand Annual champion.
Flying Horse managing director Matt Monk said it was a novel way to pay tribute to the iconic event.
“The Grand Annual is a huge event for the community and I think people are starting to realise just how big it is,” Mr Monk said yesterday.
“A few years ago we did a Classic Pale Ale that had a sprintcar on the label.
“We didn’t do one last year and people were asking where it was because they wanted it for the mantlepiece.
“So we hope this will be the first in a long series of collectables.”
Mr Monk said the beer was available in the Flying Horse Bottle Shop until stock ran out.
“It’s a first-in, first-served basis,” he said. “It’s a limited edition so we are selling it by the six-pack only. Once it’s gone it’s gone.
“With the fan appreciation day out in the car park here on Saturday and the Classic brunch on Friday, I don’t think they will be around for long.”
Up-and-coming Warrnambool sprintcar driver Will Carroll sampled the drop yesterday. He will open his classic campaign on Friday night.
“I’d love to see my face on one of these one day,” the 18-year-old said.
“Hopefully sooner rather than later,” he said.
Carroll said the Lines edition would slot in well with the collection at his family’s home.
“We have all the other Classic beers at home, so we’ll grab one of these for sure,” he said.
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