THE Arran Brewery has launched a new beer, named ‘Solidarity’, which will seek to raise funds for the British Red Cross appeal for Ukraine.

The session dark beer comes in at 2.7 per cent ABV and has already raised £313.15 for the appeal since it first went on sale in Arran over the last few weeks.

The Arran Brewery is a small, independent company which has produced multiple award winning beers and real ales since it first started operating in 2000. All of their beers are brewed and bottled on the island.

Managing director Gerald Michaluk said: “It is important we support the people of Ukraine. It’s almost unbelievable that a western facing modern country can be reduced to a war zone in days.

“While we must all unite against aggressors and condemn Putin’s war, it is still the reality that words don’t count for much but actions do.

“It is heartbreaking to see such a historic country torn apart by war and we can only hope these funds go a little way to helping those in so much need.

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“We are encouraging retailers to donate the profits they make from the sale of the beer likewise to the British Red Cross Appeal.”

Solidarity is available from the Arran Brewery’s online shop ( with a case of 12 beers costing £33.60.

“We have produced a first batch of over 2,000 bottles, and if these sell we will brew more and more and more, with the profits always going to the Red Cross.

“When this war ends, as all wars eventually do, it is my earnest wish to the see the Ukrainian Craft breweries return once more to making beer rather than weapons and we hope to help them do that in any way we can.

“Beer is brewed all over the world and enjoyed by almost every nation, whether with or without alcohol. It is a symbol of what can unite us, Russian or Ukrainian, lets hope before long they can once more enjoy a beer together.”