Scottish breweries profile
Scottish breweries profile
1st of July 2019
We are excited to announce the first finalised line-up of breweries: the Scottish Showcase, which will take place in the Main Hall of the Assembly Roxy. Here’s a brief profile of each of the 13 breweries who will be in attendance — hope you’re all as excited as we are! Cheers!
Six Degrees North
Established in 2013, Six Degrees North was born from a love of Belgian beer. Founder Robert Lindsay and his team brew six degrees north of Brussels (get it?) in the North East of Scotland and make modern beers inspired by Belgium’s brewing traditions and styles.
Although 71 Brewing is a relative newcomer to the Scottish beer scene (being less than three years old), it’s the first brewery in Dundee in 50 years. Occupying an impressive former ironworks building, 71 makes modern beers which reflect the brewers’ travels around the world, mixing both traditional and new world brewing techniques.
Barney’s Beer started up in 2010, and swiftly moved to its current premises in the super cool arts venue Summerhall two years later. Well-known for their classic beers like hoppy Volcano IPA and malty Red Rye, the brewery has won several awards over the years and is a staple of the Edinburgh craft beer scene.
Located in the most Eastern point of Scottish mainland in the nautical town of Peterhead, Brew Toon brew tasty small-batch beers in their 10-barrel microbrewery. Purveyors of both classic beers such as lagers and American IPAs, and less common styles such as a raspberry cream ale and a mango IPA, the brewery is making quite a name for itself despite only being two years old.
Avid home brewer Paul Gibson opened Campervan brewery in a unit in Leith in early 2017, after a couple of years brewing out of his converted garage — and also out of his beloved green 1973 VW campervan which you can see outside the brewery’s taproom. Boasting a core range of cask and keg offerings, they also brew limited edition beers as part of their ‘Wandering’ collection.
This Midlothian-based brewery is celebrating its third birthday in July of this year, and is widely seen as one of the Kings of Cask around the Edinburgh area. Cross Borders makes ‘braw’ beers without pretension, with a modest range of core, seasonal and collaboration beers, several of which have won regional and national awards.
Fallen, operational since 2014, is a staple of the Scottish beer scene — from session IPAs, to New World pale ales, to smoked porters, to the infamous Chew Chew salted caramel milk stout, Fallen make something that will delight every beer drinker out there. Plus, the brewery is in a historic Victorian former railway station in Stirlingshire — how cool is that?
Known for its beers, but also for being one of the funniest breweries on Twitter, Pilot is another Leith-based brewery that has become a staple of the Edinburgh (and the UK) craft beer scene. The brewery, operational since 2013, prides itself on making exciting, unique beers that differ from traditional real ales and American-inspired brews.
Having started out in a small disused dairy shed in the Scottish Borders, Tempest has made big waves in the UK craft beer scene since it opened in 2010. Brewing great beers that earned the accolade of Scottish Brewery of the Year in 2016 and placed it as one of RateBeer’s top 100 breweries worldwide in 2018, we would be surprised if you hadn’t heard of Tempest!
Based in Loanhead about 10 miles outside of Edinburgh and brewing since 2013, Top Out is heavily influenced by German beer styles — founders Andi and Michael are both from Germany. With distinctive contour map branding that shows the founders’ passion for the outdoors, Top Out has an ever-expanding range of quaffable core beers and seasonal brews.
Overtone is merely a year old, but any Scottish beer-hipster knows that this Glaswegian brewery produces some of the most sought-after beers around. With no core range (for brewing flexibility), and an output that’s solely in cans (for freshness), Overtone’s beers are not to be missed.
Acid Brewing Cartel & Upfront
These two fledgling breweries are sharing a stand at this year’s Craft Beer Experience, and we are excited to see what they bring. Both gypsy breweries, Glasgow’s Acid Brewing Cartel is less than a year old and makes wild and sour beers, and Upfront has specialised in tasty small-batch and collaboration beers, packaged up with awesome artwork, since its opening in 2015.