Red-hot brew back to unite Liverpool fans

Akiskalos with the special-edition Carlsberg Red Barley, which is back for the second time this year by popular demand.

Carlsberg Malaysia is paying tribute to the indomitable spirit of Liverpool FC with 2,500 bottles of its special-edition Carlsberg Red Barley for the second time this year, in response to the overwhelming enthusiasm of Malaysian fans.

The visually stunning beer is inspired by legendary Liverpool FC manager Bill Shankly’s decision in 1964 to dress his players in all red, making them “look like giants... and... play like giants” in his words.

The decision led to the club winning the FA Cup for the first time at Wembley, England six months later.

Not only is the Carlsberg Red Barley bottle, label and cap red, the beer itself is a crimson red.

Unlike other “red” beers such as red ales or beers with added fruit added, Carlsberg Red Barley is a special edition 4.5% ABV (alcohol by volume) pilsner that gets its distinctive colour from a barley variety that is specially curated and bred by scientists at the Carlsberg Research Laboratory, giving it the clean, crisp and slightly hoppy taste expected from a traditional pilsner.

As a result of the barley’s commercial rarity, Carlsberg Red Barley was produced in very limited quantities for the global market, with only a handful of bottles offered through lucky draw at selected outlets in Malaysia during The Reds championship-winning finals against Tottenham Hotspur in June.

Carlsberg Malaysia managing director Ted Akiskalos said, “Carlsberg’s support of Liverpool FC since 1992 represents the longest lasting partnership in the Premier League.

“We heard you, fans in Malaysia, and we have pulled together to bring in more of this collectible brew which deserves a place on any trophy cabinet as a tribute to the Reds.”

Liverpool FC fans can look forward to collecting this commemorative brew simply by enjoying Probably The Best Beer at more than 80 outlets nationwide in conjunction with Probably The Best Football Viewing Parties.

Consumers who buy three big bottles of Carlsberg Danish Pilsner or Carlsberg Smooth Draught at participating coffeeshops and restaurants as well as Carlsberg drinkers at participating bars, pubs and bistros will receive a game card and stand to win the special edition Carlsberg Red Barley at Probably The Best Football Viewing Parties until Sept 28, coinciding with Liverpool FC’s matches with Newcastle, Chelsea, and Sheffield United.

Carlsberg will also run an online contest across Malaysia to award five lucky winners with the iconic red brew, which will come with the new Carlsberg premium stem glass and in a collector’s gift box that opens to reveal a video tribute to The Reds in the lid.

Simply like and follow Carlsberg Malaysia’s Facebook page and look out for your chance to win.

“We are incredibly proud to be part of the Liverpool FC family for decades with Probably The Best Partnership in the Premier League.

“As two iconic names, Carlsberg and the club are as inseparable as the enjoyment of our quality brews alongside the beautiful game, and we hope fans enjoy Carlsberg Red Barley as much as we went all red for The Reds, ” said Akiskalos.

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