Top restaurants are selling an exclusive new Belgian beer called Deus with an 11.5% alcohol content at £32 a bottle - eight times the price of a pint in a pub. It is one of a new generation of brews aimed at winning over wine connoisseurs and weaning drinkers off industrially-produced lager. More than 20 British restaurants now offer full beer lists, with a beer sommelier perhaps recommending an India pale ale for the main course followed by a fruitier brew to go with pudding. Beer Naturally, a campaign set up by the brewers, is encouraging restaurants to widen their beer selection. Spokesman Rupert Ponsonby says it is "crazy" that they can offer 250 wines and just three beers. Deus is fermented over a month in the Belgian village of Buggenhout, using two yeasts to give the high alcohol content. It is then taken by tanker to a cellar near Epernay in Champagne and refermented like a sparkling wine to give it its bubbles. After being bottled, it is left in the cellar at 12C for nine months, then tilted and rotated for a week. Yeast that gathers at the neck of the bottle is frozen and removed before the bottles - the same shape as those used for Dom Perignon - are corked for sale. About 1,000 bottles are sold every year in Britain. It is stocked by restaurants in London, Leeds, Manchester, Huddersfield and elsewhere. Antoine Bosteels, director of the Bosteels brewery, said they treated Deus like champagne and it was far removed from mass-produced beer. He described it as an exclusive product for people who want to experience a new taste. The Sunday Times 18/12/05 page 4