Finally January is over and there's even something to look forward to – the RBS Six Nations starts this weekend (February 6)!

Celebrate by raising a pint of one of these rugby themed brews.

Black Sheep Blind Side


1. Blind Side
Eight different hops have been used to create this rugby-themed ale from Black Sheep.

The 4.3 per cent ABV ruby beer performed better than the England rugby team during last year's World Cup and so the Masham-based brewery has decided to bring it back for the Six Nations.

"Blind Side is the perfect addition to pubs' line ups in February," said sales and marketing manager, Jo Theakston (pictured).

"Its special pack of eight English hops varieties, which creates a fantastically flavoured ruby ale, proved popular during the World Cup and we're delighted that it will help create a scrum at the bar in pubs up and down the country during the Six Nations."





2. Rucking Mole
There are four separate pump clips available for this Moles Brewing Co. brew – one for each of the home nations.

The "malty, full-bodied, premium bitter," is already a winner, having twice walked away with a gold medal from the SIBA South West regional competition.

"Rucking Mole is enjoyed by all types of pub-goers as they seek a different style of ale to suit the season as well as demonstrating patriotic support for their country in one of the biggest annual events in the sporting calendar," said MD Roger Catte.



3. Dirty Rucker

Wadworth will be reissuing its Dirty Rucker beer for this year's tournament, following its phenomenal popularity last year.

The 3.9 per cent ABV ruby ale became the brewery's most successful seasonal beer to date after its debut as a Rugby World Cup 2015 beer, said beer category marketing manager Ellie Alderton.

"Advance sales were amazing and despite the early exit of England from the tournament, Dirty Rucker went on to beat all our previous sales targets," she added.

This year the beer will be available through February and March.



4. Guinness
OK, OK, it's not a seasonal brew but you can't have the Six Nations without the Black Stuff – the official beer of the tournament.

PoS kits are again being distributed to pubs – last year Guinness sales grew 59 per cent in pubs where the kits were available.

Flags, inflatable goal posts, jerseys for staff and fixture lists are all available as part of the kits, as well as the Guinness Lineout carriers, which enable drinkers to easily carry four pints pf the stout.

There's also a partnership with MatchPint to help drive fans into pubs by offering a buy-one-get-one-free deal on Guinness when they check into outlets signed-up to the deal.


For more ideas on making the most of the RBS Six Nations, check out our feature.