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Milk stout (also called sweet stout, mellow stout, or cream stout) is a stout containing lactose, a sugar derived from milk. Lactose can not be fermented by brewers' yeast (Saccharomyces cerevisiae), and the residue adds sweetness, body, and calories to the finished beer. Mackeson still bears on its label the milk churn that has been its trademark since it was first brewed in 1907.
Whitbread acquired the brand in the 1920s and gave it national distribution, eventually turning it into the market leader for milk stout. Whitbread was purchased in 2001 by InBev. By this time it had been contract brewed by Young's Brewery of Wandsworth for some time. Production was then moved to Cameron's Brewery of Hartlepool before moving to Hydes Brewery in Manchester. The current brewing location is Luton.
For some years now, Mackeson has been a 'ghost brand' in the UK - still produced and sold but without advertising or promotion.
Until March 2012 the beer was brewed in the UK by Hydes Brewery "under supervision" of InBev. In 2012 its ABV was lowered from 3% to 2.8% in order to qualify for duty relief. It is available in 330ml cans and 275ml bottles.
A 4.9% XXX version is brewed by Carib Brewery in Trinidad for the local market where it is targeted at young adult males with the advertising slogan, "Take it to the Max". The Trinidadian version is a popular Hong Kong import, and is among the top twenty highest selling beers there, selling over 5,000 hectolitres a year.
A 5% ABV version called Mackeson XXX was formerly brewed for the American market. It was brewed in Cincinnati, Ohio by Hudepohl-Schoenling. The brewery is no longer in business, and this stout is no longer brewed in the U.S.
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