Cheers to a fruity brew

Subject: we steal flyers ( has one made it through james ? )''Derek       Richard      Shaggy ( this is his name, Cher is Cher, 'shaggy is shaggy ; )'.
Subject: we steal flyers ( has one made it through james ? )''Derek Richard Shaggy ( this is his name, Cher is Cher, 'shaggy is shaggy ; )'.

THEY completed a gruelling musical marathon, performing 100 gigs in 100 days.

They have raised thousands of pounds for charity.

Their first radio podcast show attracted more than 3,000 music fans worldwide.

And now, benevolent buskers Derek Allan and Shaggy, aka Jason Vare, are raising a glass to another adventure.

Because the music duo, who go by the name of We Steal Flyers, are about to make their own beer.

And the pair want to give their alcoholic beverage, which will be named after the band, a fruity twist – by making it mango flavoured.

Derek, from Broomhill, explained: “When we tour, Shaggy and me have a vindaloo and a mango chutney.

“You can’t have a vindaloo beer so we thought we would go for mango.

“We want to make it about four per cent, so people will be likely to drink more of it without falling down.”

The twosome intend to start making the drink in April next year, teaming up with The Brass Monkey Brewery, which is based in Sowerby Bridge, West Yorkshire.

But how did the lads get the chance to try their hand at brewing?

Derek said: “The Brass Monkey Brewery sponsor our Yorkshire tours and Richard from the brewery asked us if we wanted to take a look and see what they do.

“We watched them make the beer and we were like, ‘we could do that’ and we were asked if we would like to make some.

“We like to try everything and making beer will be brilliant. It is really exciting.”

Derek and Shaggy, from Bedlington, will make the drink during their Yorkshire Brass Monkey Brewery Tour 2012 in April.

And the lads are hoping the punters will lap it up.

“For us, the aim is just for people to like it,” said Derek.

Their ale adventure is just the latest addition to the We Steal Flyers journey, which includes playing a century of gigs in as many days, in aid of children’s hospices.

And in November, the guys are set to support Roy Wood, of Wizzard fame, during his I Wish It Could Be Christmas Everyday Midlands Extravaganza.

Looking ahead to the gig at Wolverhampton’s The Robin 2, in November, Derek said: “Roy Wood is like Mr Christmas. He is one of the most respected musicians in the world and it is a big deal to be playing to his home crowd.”