By James Atkinson

Stone & Wood's third Mash Collective beer enlisted the involvement of writer John Birmingham (pictured), who has spoken to TheShout about the experience.

In the Mash Collective series, Stone & Wood invites people from all walks of life to come together to create their own beer.

The third collective was made up of Birmingham, graphic artists Sonny Day and Biddy Moroney, photographer Ingvar Kenne and architect Stuart Vokes.

They came together after weeks of brainstorming ideas online to brew their collaborative effort, The Old Persuader, a 6.6 per cent ABV Bock/Lager hybrid.

"Thankfully we all had very similar ideas about what we like in a fizzy drink," Birmingham told TheShout.

"The back-and-forth on the flavour profiles, the type of beer, the kind of colour and the alcohol content all went very quickly and smoothly." 

He said the daytrip to Byron for brewing was "enormous fun". 

"I was kind of surprised at how much the Stone & Wood guys had us doing." 

"We really could have screwed things up for them. Thankfully, hopefully, we didn't."

The Old Persuader is now available in selected bars, restaurants, pubs and bottleshops.

The Shout Team

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