Thursday 4 January 2018 by Davywavy

Scots panic-buying Irn-Bru amid plans to remove girders from the recipe

Irn-bru made from girders

Plans to stop making Irn-Bru from girders have led to original recipe stocks of the drink flying off the shelves.

Irn-Bru has been made in Scotland from girders for over a hundred years, and fans insist that its ingredients should remain unchanged despite health fears from swallowing what is essentially a mixture of sugar, water and cast iron scraped off the Forth Bridge.

The metallic content gives the drink a distinctive bright orange hue, and Irn Bru mixed with vodka helps explain why people on Sauchiehall Street on a Saturday night are pretty much the same colour.

“You know you’ve got a proper drink of Irn-bru when you find a rivet in the bottom of the can,” said Dundee drink fanatic Simon McWilliams.

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“Sometimes you get really lucky and find a can of the stuff that has been made out of another can. That’s a real win. Two for the price of one, as it were.

“I’ll tell you what; they can take the girders out so long as they add more sugar to make up for it.”

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