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Stewart Brewing

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Steve Stewart first stumbled upon his love of brewing at the age of 16 when gifted a home brewing kit for his birthday. This early interest led to Steve undertaking a four-year course in Brewing and Distilling at Heriot Watt University. Upon graduating, he worked with Bruce & Scott Williams at Heather Ale when it was in its infancy in 1994. Steve met his now wife, Joanne, and together they moved to Belfast, taking up a position with Bass Ireland, which was full-to-capacity making Caffrey’s Irish Ale.  During this period, Steve completed his Institute of Brewing exams, passing to achieve the official status of Master Brewer.

In 1996, during a sabbatical in the United States working for the Boston based Harpoon Brewery, he and Jo discovered the American passion for crafting amazing beers and running your own business. They vowed to start up their own brewery on return to the UK, and so commenced the construction of a 50 litre mini microbrewery and 7 years of trials with the aim of perfecting the launch recipes. In 2003, Stewart Brewing started using their 50L ‘nano’ brewery based in a garage in Edinburgh’s Newington area. Their first commercial beer, ‘Edinburgh No 3’, was produced at Bruce & Scott Williams’ Brewery, which was then trialled in five pubs around Edinburgh, with feedback suggesting the venture would work. With such a positive reaction to the beer, Steve fitted out a custom-built (scrap metal!) brewery in a small unit in Loanhead’s Bilston Glen Industrial Estate, just south of Edinburgh. ‘Twas then that Stewart Brewing was truly born!

Over the first three years, a small range of five cask beers were produced, with the first staff member being employed in 2006. Demand and production continued to grow, with more tanks being added. Several high-profile beer awards followed, which continued to put pressure on supply. A small bottling line was installed and the range expanded to include over 20 beers in cask, keg, bottle, and now can.  The strategy and values of the brewery remain the same – brew good quality beer, offer excellent service, and have fun!

However, challenges along the way have sometimes been difficult, but with masses of hard work and determination, even at the hardest of times, these have fortunately been overcome.The main issue has been in not having enough resources, predominantly tank capacity, finance, and people, but steady growth has been achieved over with each year, growing at between 15% and 40%, and steadily building a reputation as one of the finest Craft Breweries in Scotland.

In 2013, the company invested a lot of money in order to move to a new 1.5 acre site with custom-built brewery. The last four years have seen consistent growth, increasing sales and production volumes, and continued development of the brewery team and infrastructure. Not to mention, Steve’s idea to create a UK first, on-premise, brew-it-yourself facility, the Craft Beer Kitchen, in 2014. This allows people to come to the brewery and make their own beer, sharing Steve and Jo’s passion and love of brewing with as many people as they can.

More recently, Stewart Brewing has further developed their reputation of brewing great beer, winning numerous awards (including Scotland Food & Drink Excellence Awards – Brewing category for Radical Road) and being shortlisted as a finalist for Scottish Brewery of the Year in the Scottish Beer Awards (winner announced Sept 2017). In December 2016, they opened their first retail outlet, Stewart’s Dockside Tap in Edinburgh’s Leith area, which acts as a retail shop and taproom providing brewery fresh beer to another area of the city. They hold annual beer festivals welcoming in the public to see what they do and taste their eclectic portfolio of beers, with special brews crafted just specially for their beer festivals. They have also massively increased their production volumes, by installing six new 100 hectolitre tanks in June 2017, meaning the brewery has expanded and more delicious beer is on the way!

Stewart Brewing

Radical Road

Style:Triple Hopped Pale Ale
Malt:Pale Malt, Wheat
Hops:Magnum, Cascade, Chinook, Junga, Citra & Simcoe
Format:330ml bottle, 330ml can, 30l dolium keg
Tasting Note:Radical Road Pours Golden With Long Lasting White Foam. The Aroma Is Bursting With American Hops, Tonnes Of Pine, And Grapefruit And Citrus Combine To Make A Tantalising Hop Cocktail. The Taste Is Medium-Bodied With Long Lasting, Smooth Bitterness. Waves Of Hop Flavour Come From The Triple Hop Brewing Technique
Food Pairing:Strong Cheeses – Saucy BBQ Meats – Salted Charcuterie
Awards:World & UK Winner – Pale Beers Bitter over 5.0% – World Beer Awards 2017
Silver – New World style IPAs – International Beer Challenge 2017
Best Beer in Scotland – Scotland Food & Drink Excellence Award 2017
Regional Winner Premium Strong Beers 6.0% and over – SIBA Independent Keg Awards 2017
World’s Best Pale Beer Bitter Over 5.0% – World Beer Awards 2015
Gold – International Beer Challenge 2015
Scottish Campion Real Ale in a bottle 2015

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First World Problems

Style:Belgian IPA
Malt:Pale Malt, Red Crystal Rye, Oat Malt, Wheat Malt, Pale Rye Malt
Hops:Magnum, Amarillo, Mosaic, Pacific Gem, Lubelski
Format:330ml bottle, 330ml can, 30l dolium keg
Tasting Note:First World Problems Pours Deep Straw With A Huge Off-White Head And Lots Of Lacing. The Nose Is An Intriguing Blend Of New World Hops And Fruity/Phenolic Yeast Esters From Its Unique Belgian Yeast Strain. The Taste Is Medium To Light-Bodied, With An Assertive Bitterness. Hops Dominate But Fruit From The Yeast Can Be Picked Up And The Malt Backbone Is Interesting With The Addition Of Malted Rye
Food Pairing:Rare Roast Beef – Hard Cheese – Buffalo Chicken Wings
Awards:Gold – UK Belgium Style Ale – World Beer Awards 2017
Silver – Experimental Beers – International Beer Challenge 2017
Bronze – Small Pack Speciality Beers – SIBA Awards 2016
Gold – UK Speciality Beer – World Beer Awards 2015

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Black IPA

Style:Black Indian Pale Ale
Malt:Pale, Crystal, Wheat, Chocolate, Carafa 3
Hops:Magnum, Cascade, Chinook, Jarrylo, Challenger, Equinox
Format:330ml bottle
Tasting Note:Pours Black With A Pale Brown Foam. On The Nose Are Fresh Pine And Tropical Fruit Aromas From Bucket-Loads Of Australian Hops, As Well As Some Roasted Malt In The Background. The Taste Is Medium-Bodied With A Well-Balanced Bitterness, Which Gives Way To Soft Roasted Coffee Flavours
Food Pairing:BBQ-Ribs – Gorgonzola Burgers – Grilled Shrimp
Awards:Gold – UK Dark Beer – World Beers Awards 2015

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Ka Pai

Style:South Pacific Pale Ale
Malt:Extra Pale, Wheat Malt
Hops: Green Bullet, Pacifica, Wakatu, Rakau, Waimea, NZ Cascade, OZ Cascade
Format:330ml bottle
Tasting Note:Pours An Extremely Pale Straw Colour With A Prominent White Head. On The Nose Is A Combination Of Passion Fruit, Mango And Lychee. The Taste Is Light-Bodied And Initially Sweet But Beautifully Balanced With A Long-Lasting Bitterness
Food Pairing:Salmon – Fajitas – Light Curries
Awards:Bronze – New World style Golden Ales – International Beer Challenge 2017

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Cascadian East

Style:American Pale Ale
Malt:Pale Malt, Dextrin Malt, Wheat, Vienna, Crystal Medium
Hops:Magnum, Cascade, Challenger, Mosaic, Citra, Centennial
Format:330ml bottle
Tasting Note:Pours Copper With A Huge White Head. The Aroma Is Rife With Grapefruit, Citrus And Tropical Fruit As Well As A Resinous Undertone. The Taste Is Medium To Light-Bodied With A Bouquet Of West Coast American Hops, A Hint Of Caramel And Tongue Tingling Bitterness. The Finish Is Crisp And Dry
Food Pairing:Asian Cuisine – Deli Sandwiches – Camembert Cheese

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Edinburgh Gold

Style:Golden Ale
Malt:Maris Otter, Wheat and Cara Pils
Hops:Challenger, Magnum, Tettnang, Styrian Golding
Format:330ml bottle
Tasting Note:Refreshing, Balanced And Full Of Flavour. This Is A Captivating Golden Ale, Sophisticated In Taste And Rich In Colour. Edinburgh Gold Pours Deep Gold With A White Head. On The Nose Is A Complex Blend Of Noble Hops And A Little Caramel Sweetness. The Taste Is Medium To Light-Bodied With Continental Hops And Moderate Bitterness Providing A Pleasing Smooth Finish
Food Pairing:Sausage – Tenderloin – Terrine
Awards:International Beer Challenge 2013 – Bronze
Regional Champion – SIBA Awards 2007 – Gold

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Style:Pale Ale
Malt: Pale Malt and Wheat
Hops:Magnum, Yellow Sub, Sybilla
Format:330ml bottle, 30l dolium keg
Tasting Note:Hollyrood Pours A Pale Straw Colour With One Finger Of White Head. The Nose Is Rich With Fresh Citrus Aroma, From Yellow Sub Hops. The Taste Is Light-Bodied With Moderate Bitterness And Tangy Grapefruit Flavours
Food Pairing:Strong Cheeses
Saucy BBQ Meats
Salted Charcuterie
Awards:UK Pale Beer Pale Ale – World Beer Awards 2017 – Silver
Europes Best Pale Beer – World Beer Awards 2014
Europes Best Pale Beer – World Beer Awards 2013
Europes Best Pale Beer – World Beer Awards 2012
International Beer Challenge 2012 – Silver

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Cauld Reekie

Malt:Pale, Crystal, Wheat, Chocolate
Format:330ml bottle
Tasting Note:Cauld Reekie pours opaque black with one finger of brown foam. The nose is full of malt, caramel, chocolate and coffee. The taste is full bodied and velvety smooth with an abundance of roasted malt flavour and touch of sweetness
Food Pairing: Braised Beef – Barbecued Foods – Chocolate & Espresso desserts
Awards:International Beer Challenge 2014 – Bronze
UK Stout – World Beer Awards 2014 – Gold

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St. Giles

Style:Scotch Ale
Malt:Maris Otter, Crystal, Chocolate, Wheat
Hops:Magnum, Cascade
Format:330ml bottle
Tasting Note:St. Giles Pours Dark Brown With An Off-White Head. The Nose Is A Combination Of Traditional Scottish Malt And American Cascade Hops.The Taste Is Full-Bodied, Ruch And Smooth With Coffee And Chocolate Flavours. Brewed With The Intention Of Adding A Slight Twist To The Scotch Ale Style And Named After One Of Edinburgh Most Famous Landmarks, St.Giles Cathedral
Food Pairing:Cured Meats – Pizza – Seared Pork

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Jack Back

Style:Session Pale Ale
Malt:Extra Pale, Wheat Malt
Hops:Magnum, Waimea, Cascade, Challenger, Mosaic
Format:30l dolium keg
Tasting Note:Pours A Pale Straw Colour. Strong Citrus And Tropical Fruit Aromas Hit The Senses With A Touch Of Bluberry Thrown In There Too. The Taste Is Light, Crisp And Refreshing With A Smooth And Hoppy Finish.
Food Pairing:Seafood – Salad
Awards:National Champion Keg Standard Bitters & Pale Ales – SIBA Independent Beer Awards 2017 – Gold

Scotland Champion Keg Standard Bitters & Pale Ales – SIBA Independent Beer Awards 2017 – Gold

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