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Fraserburgh based self-proclaimed ‘bad boys of British brewing’ are currently taking the beer industry by storm. Producing beers with names like Trashy Blonde, Paradox and Chaos Theory, these are increasingly the sort of people associated with the new, youthful wave of craft beer, because, to some measure, they created the mould. Launched when owners James Watt and Martin Dickie were just 24, they have succeeded in bringing multiple award winning, traditionally-made beer with an innovative twist to a new market, hand brewing in small batches with a variety of Scottish malts and imported hops. Their craft beers are mainly kegged, rather than cask, and major on mega hop levels. Typical of their bold and innovative marketing style, their Punk IPA comes with the warning: ‘We don’t care if you like it’. In 2012 they moved to a new purpose-built, state of the art brewery - the world's first to be financed by crowd-funding, complete with centrifuge to all them to avoid filtration.
Reviews & features
The Scottish beers and brewers of the North East2 Jul 2013
Some insight into Aberdeenshire brewing success stories
Deeside Brewery. Since 2005, this Royal Deeside-based brewery has produced three key lines – Tailorcan milk stout, Laf Californian steam beer and their signature Macbeth golden ale. deesidebrewery.co.uk
Scotland celebrates a thriving brewing industry17 Sep 2010
Caledonian, Brewdog and more are holding their own on the world stage
High-quality water, historic recipes and a growing number of microbreweries means that Scotland is producing beers to rival those produced on the Continent, writes David Pollock.