Stewart Brewing teams up with Santa to spread craft beer cheer this festive season

Stewart Brewing launches a festive-themed competition today, 25th November, to promote their Craft Beer Kitchen as a Christmas present idea.

Stewart’s teamed up with everyone’s favourite winter wonder man, Santa Claus, to showcase their brew-it-yourself facility in a short promotional video. The partnership aims to spread craft beer cheer this Christmas, encouraging viewers to act as “Craft Beer Santa” by sharing the video to be in with a chance of winning a brew day experience for themselves and up to three friends.

On 6th December Santa will pick one lucky winner to brew their own beer, an experience worth £240, which leaves enough time to have it on the dinner table for Christmas day if they wish. “And I certainly wouldn’t say no to a hoppy craft beer tripple in place of the usual sweet sherry,” Santa commented.

To make the video, Stewart Beewing invited Santa and his elves to brew on the brewery’s pilot kit, the Craft Beer Kitchen. As with regular customers, Santa chose his own recipe, designed his labels and bottled his beer with guidance from the Stewart’s team. The day was captured by local photographer and film maker Brendan MacNeill.

Steve Stewart, co-founder of Stewart BRewing, said it was a “privilege” to welcome the festive legend to the brewery. “Santa and his elves really enjoyed their Craft Beer Kitchen experience and made a lovely 5% pale ale, “Jingle All the IPA”, he added. Mr Stewart and Mr Claus agreed that with more and more presents to deliver each year, bringing brew day vouchers to all the “big kids” would really lighten Santa’s sleigh load.

Santa also pointed out that there was a growing trend in giving experiences like Craft Beer Kitchen as presents, which can make more memorable gifts than socks, DVDs and the latest fashion trends. Stewart Brewing markets Craft Beer Kitchen as the ideal experience for almost any occasion: you can brew a celebration beer on the day or enjoy it on your special day by brewing in advance. Either way, Craft Beer Kitchen vouchers  make a great Christmas gift – and they can even be bought right up to the last minute, until midday on Christmas eve.

Get ready for a very merry beer Christmas with Stewart Brewing!

Twas the night before Christmas, when all through the land

Came the cheers of beer lovers, their glasses in hand;

The stockings were hung by the chimneys with care

In hopes that Stewart’s beers soon would be found there.

As we have said a few times before, Stewart Brewing is Edinburgh’s local brewery. Since 2004 they’ve been brewing popular award-winning beers such as Edinburgh Gold pale ale and triple-hopped Radical Road. With their custom-built brewery boasting a shop, taproom and Craft Beer Kitchen brew-it-yourself facility, Stewart offers a variety of Christmas gifts for beer lovers of all kinds and pockets of all depths.

Available online or in store, there’s a range of perfect stocking fillers from branded bottle openers to pairs of Stewart Brewing socks.

Midrange offerings include Stewart’s gift packs, “The Traditionalist”, “The Explorer” and “The Newbie,” which offer a different selection of Stewart’s bottles for different kinds of beer lovers. Choose from a combo of classic pale ales and stout, hoppier IPAs or “one of everything”. Also available are two seasonal wheat beers, Christmas Weiss Blanc and Noir, and limited edition set of 11.5% imperial stouts, Elysium I, II and III, each barrel aged in a different spirit cask.

At the other end of the spectrum, for a really memorable experience there’s the Craft Beer Kitchen experience where you choose your recipe, design your labels and brew and bottle your very own beer with up to three friends. Ideal for big birthdays, stag dos or to put a special beer on the dinner table when celebrating.

Stewart’s are releasing a range of great merchandise in time for Christmas too, including T-shirts, hoodies and glassware in new designs. If you’re not sure what to get, pick up a shop voucher, which can be used for tours and Craft Beer Kitchen as well as merchandise and bottles. A £15 voucher would be enough for a two litre growler, a re-fillable glass jug that can be used at the brewery taproom. This features 18 lines of Stewart’s biggest sellers as well as smaller, one-off brews. Growlers keep fresh in the fridge for up to five days and are great if you want to enjoy pub style beer at home.

Since vouchers can be bought online until midday Christmas Eve, don’t worry if your Secret Santa slips your mid or if boozy Uncle Brian decides to come for lunch at the last minute. Place your order before midday and the voucher will be emailed over for you to print. Vouchers bought in the shop come in a festive envelope with space to write your own message.

Merry Christmas one and all!

p.s. Thanks to Stewart Brewing for inviting us in the brewery for a complimentary tour and their special Christmas gift pack. In our next post, we’ll tell you more about the things we’ve learned during the tour! 🙂

Beer Video Review: Stewart Brewing, Black IPA

It’s not the first time we are talking about Stewart Brewing – we are big fans of what they do and the way they do it. This time we’re looking at another great brew from this Scottish brewery  – the Black IPA. This exciting beer has great taste and aroma and is suitable for everyday drinking! If you want to learn what’s different about a black IPA, have a look at our extended video review below.

If you are a fan of IPAs, why not give it a go!

Official website: https://www.stewartbrewing.co.uk
Black IPA: https://www.stewartbrewing.co.uk/beers/BlackIPA500ml_0_0_2272_0.html

Home Brewing Project: Making beer from start to finish

A little while ago, we decided to try for the first time and brew our own beer at home. We chose a home brewing kit by one of the most popular brands in the UK – Coopers, and we started our experiment with their default lager package. We wanted to document the experience and share it with you as we go along. We ended up with a series of six videos, including our live stream of the opening of the package with the brew kit we’ve bought.

You can now watch all video on our YouTube channel or directly through the links below:

We were happy with the final results of this first experiment of ours, but if we have to be honest the beer was not of the best quality – it lacked consistent and nice taste and smell. However, we would continue with these experiments and will let you know what we come up with in the future. Thanks for watching!

Beer Video Review: Hardknott, Infrared IPA

When it comes to oxymoronic beers, we get really excited. We were not disappointed by this amazing IPA by Hardknott brewery and we want to share with your our love for it.

Founded in 2005, the brewery has a lot of potential, very well presented with this excellent and unique beer. We are looking forward to try some of the other beers in the company’s portfolio.

If you want to learn more about the Infrared IPA, please watch our video review below:

If you have more questions about it, please let us know in the comment below. Cheers!

Official brewery website: http://www.hardknott.com/
Infrared IPA: http://www.hardknott.com/our-beers/infra-red/