Cheers! New beer brewed in honour of Rob Burrow

A new beer has been brewed in honour of Pontefract-born rugby star, Rob Burrow.

Monday, 22nd March 2021, 4:45 pm
Updated Monday, 22nd March 2021, 6:22 pm

Seven Bro7hers Brewing Company has launched a limited-edition charity lager, from which proceeds will go towards the Motor Neuron Disease Association (MND).

Rob, an eight-times winner of the Super League with Leeds Rhinos, was diagnosed with the incurable disease in December 2019 at the age of just 37.

The 5 per cent ABV craft pilsener has been named ‘Road Runner’ - a nickname stemming from the speedy cartoon bird given to Rob because of his blistering pace on the pitch.

Rob Burrow with Nathan McAvoy from Seven Bro7hers.
Rob Burrow with Nathan McAvoy from Seven Bro7hers.

The beer can also pays homage to the number seven shirt he wore during his long and illustrious career for the Rhinos, and bears the colours of the MND charity.

In a video made with Rob to promote the beer, former rugby star Nathan McAvoy said: “I remember playing against you in some of those games and you would often hear the ‘beep-beep’ from some of the players [the cartoon Road Runner’s signature sound] as you would be breaking through the lines and destroying teams.”

Rob become a high-profile ambassador for the MNDA and was awarded an MBE in the latest new year honours.

MND is a neurological condition that slowly destroys the nerves in the body.

The beer is available online.

Rob can no longer walk unaided and is no longer able to talk, so uses a computer to communicate.

Speaking about his condition, father-of-three Rob said: “I’m doing okay and feeling good.

“I’m slowly deteriorating but my head is in a good place, I am always optimistic and feel really good about my future.

“I’m thrilled that some of the people suffering from MND will be able to benefit from the proceeds of this beer.”

Available now, the beer is can be bought from the Seven Bro7hers website only. The 440ml cans are £18 for six cans, with 60 per cent going towards charity.