Legendary artist LS Lowry is the toast of Lytham as a beer is launched in his honour.
The ale, on sale from this week at real ale haven The Taps, in Henry Street, is the latest in a limited edition series of special tipples introduced to mark the move by Hyde’s Brewery to a new home at Salford Quays, close to the gallery and events centre which bears the artist’s name.
It has been inspired by Lowry’s work Yachts at Lytham St Annes – and Taps landlord Steve Norris is delighted to be able to offer it in the heart of the area which proved such an influence to the great artist.
“It’s a real honour and I am sure customers will enjoy it – but it is only available for a limited time,” said Steve.
A 4.0 per cent abv light ale, the Lowry beer is entitled Request because Yachts at Lytham St Annes was apparently produced by the legendary artist at the request of his mother Elizabeth, who had enjoyed seeing yachts on a trip to Lytham and asked her son to paint a scene reflecting her visit.
It was one of a number of Lytham scenes committed to canvas over the years by Lowry, who holidayed in the south Fylde area many times himself, and legend has it that they were the only ones in which his mother showed the slightest interest.
Yachts at Lytham St Annes, painted in oils in 1951, sold for £133,250 in 2012, while a Lytham scene from 1946 which hung on Lowry’s bedroom wall until his death in 1976 sold for £86,500 at auction earlier this year.
Another Lowry painting, entitled Country Road, Lytham, once owned by restaurateur Lord Forte, sold at Christie’s in 2011 for more than £300,000.
A total of six beers are being produced by Hyde’s and Tony Smith, commercial director at The Lowry, said: “It is pleasing to share some of Lowry’s best-known works with real ale lovers and discerning drinkers.”