Brewery in focus: Stewart Brewing

Stewart Brewing is one of the few small breweries local for the Edinburgh region. Based just outside of Loanhead, a few miles away from Edinburgh city centre, the brewery has been founded in 2004 by Steve and Jo Stewart and since then has been one of the strongest Scottish independent breweries on the market.

We recently visited the brewery and had the chance to look around their craft beer shop, based just outside the warehouse where they brew the beer. On sale are all main Stewart Brewery beers, including some amazing guest beers from breweries such as Williams Bros and Tempest Brewing. One of the coolest things about the shop is that there you can find some amazingly unique brews made by the Stewart team in very limited editions. Of course, their price is a bit higher than a normal ale, but it’s all worth it! Among the names of some of those super limited beers are Yakima IPA and Wee Heavy. We had the pleasure to buy those two (and soon plan to make reviews for them on our YouTube channel).

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If you visit Stewart Brewing, a “must see” place is their craft beer kitchen where you can brew your own unique beer. Here is what Stewart Brewing say about their personalised beer experience: “Here at Stewart Brewing’s Craft Beer Kitchen, we will guide you through the brewing process from start to finish. From choosing a brew date to bottling and collecting your brand new creation, Craft Beer Kitchen will ensure that your brew session is both fun filled and smooth sailing. Then it is over to you to stick your beer in the fridge and perhaps most importantly, toast your success! Whether a complete beer novice or a self-proclaimed beer geek, we can promise that the Craft Beer Kitchen will be a unique and unforgettable experience. ”

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If you take part in the beer kitchen experience, it’s highly likely that the bottle with your own label will be featured in the shop. You will also get all of your beer ready in a couple of hours.

For all fans of Stewart Brewing, there’s variety of merchandise available in the shop too. If you’re not driving there, you can also taste some of the great beers they have available on tap.

We loved the time spent with the great professionals at Stewart Brewing and we recommend you visiting them whenever you’re in the region.

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All photos from Stewart Brewing’s Facebook page.

Brewery in focus: Ayr Brewing Company

Recently, we’ve decided that it will be a good idea if we gather our experiences of local Scottish brewing companies and share them with you in our blog.

The first brewery in focus is Ayr Brewing Company that we recently visited on our short trip to the town. It’s interesting to say that the brewery is based in an extension to a local hotel and if you didn’t know that beforehand you would probably miss it completely.

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Here is how the guys from the brewery describe themselves: “The Ayr Brewing Company ia a 5 Barrel Micro Brewery situated in the heart of Rabbie Burns country. We are currently producing between 20 and 40 casks of Ale a week and supplying pubs in Ayrshire, Glasgow, Edinburgh, South West Scotland and the North of England.” It’s impressive that for the time they have been around (since 2009, as far as we could see) these guys have achieved some great results, including winning a couple of SIBA Silver Medals for some of their brews.

The brewing process at Ayr Brewing Company is described very interestingly from the BeerCast guys, and here is what they had to say about they visit in the brewery.

Here are some of the beers you can get from the restaurant next door or if you order them online:

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Jolly Beggars

 

 

 

 

 

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Rabbie’s Porter

 

 

 

 

 

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Leezie Lundie

 

 

 

 

However, there are some special limited edition ales that you can’t find online and we bought a 1 liter bottle of one of them. (Hint, this special beer is made with watermelon!) Once we test it, we’ll make sure to upload a video review. During our visit to Ayr we also bought another three ales from the company’s portfolio which will also be reviewed shortly. We can’t say if what Ayr Brewing Company does is good or not, but we loved the fact that these guys are making something they really enjoy! More reviews and info soon!