In an effort to maintain links with my homeland which I left over 25 years ago, I buy Scotland on Sunday every week. I usually get round to reading it by Tuesday. This morning over my pot of tea, my eye was caught by this article here which among other things, tells me that in June, Brew Dog overtook the long established Harviestoun, as Scotland's largest independent brewer.
No point in repeating the article here, but their ambition doesn't stop there. Brew Dog aim to overtake InBev (of Tennent's Lager fame in this case) as Scotland's biggest brewer by 2015. It's a tall order, as lager is so ingrained in the system in Scotland, with Tennent's holding an affection that to an outside eye at least, might seem unwarranted. Nonetheless it is a noble and brave ambition, one to sustain them and see them through good times and bad, as (hopefully) their quarry gets nearer and nearer.
Good for them I'd say and good for Scotland's drinkers, even if they don't know it yet!
A bit of a CV. Tandleman is a veteran beer lover, local CAMRA Chairman and activist, beer writer, beer reviewer and pursuer of all things good in beer. He lives in the North West of England and London. Despite his CAMRA membership, he does not limit himself to cask conditioned beer, though he believes that cask conditioning, when done correctly and appropriately, brings a quality to beer that is hard to equal by any other kind of presentation. He is a strong supporter of Northern methods of beer dispense and avidly detests poorly presented beer and dislikes pasteurisation. He regularly visits Germany, has conducted corporate British and German beer tastings for CAMRA at the Great British Beer Festival where he has worked for years on Biere Sans Frontieres and was Deputy Organiser at CAMRA's very successful National Winter Ales Festival in 2009, 2010, 2011 and 2012 and at the Manchester Beer and Cider Festival from 2013 to date. He admires good brewers wherever they are and has travelled extensively in pursuit of good beer to drink. He also judges beer at both the International Beer Challenge and the World Beer Awards.
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