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Prince Rupert's Drop

Prince Rupert's Drop is our delicious and exclusive blonde ale, brewed in collaboration with Brewlab, to celebrate our re-launch.

Named after its inventor, Prince Rupert of the Rhine, a Prince Rupert’s Drop is an intriguing glass curiosity.  Drop a small piece of molten glass into a bucket of cold water and it forms a tear-drop. The cold water causes the outside of the glass to cool extremely quickly, but the hot glass inside the head takes longer to cool. As it cools, it contracts and creates a state of tension.  This tension means that no matter how hard you try, you cannot break the head of the Drop.  If, however, the tail of the Drop is damaged, the entire object explodes! 

Prince Rupert's Drop is our exclusive new beer, brewed in collaboration with Brewlab, The University of Sunderland's internationally recognised centre for excellence in the brewing industry.  We brewed this crisp, fresh and summery blonde ale to celebrate our re-launch in 2013 and it is available to purchase in our Shop in a presentation pack with two bottles and a National Glass Centre pint glass, a unique and unusual gift for a beer lover! It is also available to buy in our Brasserie, and on tap, in selected pubs in Sunderland.  

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