One of Dundee’s best-known tourist attractions is toasting its 150th birthday in style with a special anniversary beer.
The McManus — which opened as the Albert Institute in 1867 — has collaborated with city firm 71 Brewing to create the McManus 150 amber ale, which will be sold in special gift packs at the gallery’s shop.
A thoroughly local effort, the bottle’s label has been created by designer Lyall Bruce at Fleet Collective, based on a line drawing design of the gallery by artist Sanna Dyker, who also works at The McManus as a visitor assistant.
Billy Gartley, head of cultural services at Leisure and Culture Dundee, said the beer was an opportunity to do “something different” to mark the milestone year.
He said: “This year, The McManus: Dundee’s Art Gallery and Museum is celebrating its 150th anniversary and our year-long programme of exhibitions and events for visitors is well under way.
“To mark the occasion we have also been working closely with 71 Brewing to develop a limited edition McManus 150 Ale.
“The addition of the ale and gift packs is a special way for visitors to toast the important role Dundee’s best-loved building has played, past and present, as a major cultural attraction.”
In addition, the partnership has a historical connection — 71 Brewing is based in the last remaining building of the Blackness Foundry, once owned by engineer and one-time Lord Provost of Broughty Ferry, James Guthrie Orchar. Orchar was noted as a patron of the arts and donated hundreds of paintings and drawings to The McManus collection.
Evan Rattray, account manager at 71 Brewing, said: “This was a great opportunity for us. We got our heads together with The McManus and came up with the idea of doing a beer.
“Between the site we’re on and the fact the owner was a benefactor, it sealed the deal for us to take part.
“With us being based in the city centre and working on this, we feel we’re becoming a part of the community.”
The beer will be on sale at The McManus soon, pending approval from Dundee City Council’s licensing board.
The McManus is also holding a special event next weekend as part of the Festival of Museums, which it promises will be “one of the best days of the year” to visit.