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Stewart Brewing quickly established itself as one of Scotland's most successful and reputable breweries. Over the years, they have continued to innovate and develop, whilst upholding the traditional ethos of Edinburgh's rich brewing history. A payroll, which consisted of just Jo and Steve Stewart, now supports over 25 employees who work across a range of departments, from retail to production.
They began with a line up of three cask ales. The next natural step was to produce a range of bottled beers and to extend their range of cask and keg brews to accommodate the more experimental drinker. That said, 2010 seemed to inundate them with restriction after restriction; their custom made 10-barrel brewhouse was, quite literally, full to the brim. They brewed around the clock at maximum capacity but couldn't keep up with demand. This could only mean one thing; a brand new 50 hectolitre Bavarian brew kit is housed in a new custom-built brewery.
Beers and production aside, Stewart Brewing now has a fantastic, custom-built premise which is very much catered to the public. They have been focusing their efforts on getting as many feet through the doors as possible to see exactly what they do. There is no shortage of incredible facilities on-site at Stewart Brewing, including their experimental brew-it-yourself Craft Beer Kitchen (U.K's first!); their 18 tap Growler Fill Station; or chilling out with a beer flight poured straight from the tank.
Radical Road: 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.
First World Problems: 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.
Ka Pai: 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.
Cascadian East: 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.
Black IPA: 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 softly roasted coffee flavours.
Franz: Spiced with citrusy Saaz hops, Franz has a hint of bitterness with a gentle sweetness. A crisp, classic lager that is sure to satisfy all lager fans!
Skeleton Blues: The aroma is fantastically juicy with tropical fruits, herbs, oranges and new leather; the Simcoe and Amarillo hop really create some magical aromas. What strikes is the dry, salty character that dominates the beer, before shifting towards a robust butter finish, with a pleasant lingering touch of stone fruits on the aftertaste.
Crossfire: A new world hopped golden IPA. pine and citrus aromas on the nose with a distinct malt profile and a crisp bitterness. A highly hopped IPA which is both easy drinking and complex in its flavour profile.
Jack Pack: The a pale straw colour. Strong citrus and tropical fruit aromas hit the senses with a touch of blueberry thrown in there too. The taste is light, crisp and refreshing with a smooth and hoppy finish.
Embra: Embra pours an amber red with a long-lasting off-white foam. The nose is hoppy with a little caramel. The taste is a classic full-bodied amber beer with powerful aromas of earthy fruits. Malt and caramel flavours help to balance a full, yet soft bitterness.
Cauld Reekie: Cauld Reekie pours opaque black with a 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.
ST Giles: 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, rich 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.
Pentland IPA: Pentland IPA pours a pale straw colour, with bright white foam. On the nose are slight fruity tones and a fresh hoppy character. The taste is a melody of European and American hops with a lasting bitterness that makes you want more!
Stewarts: Stewart’s is a full-bodied, full flavoured, auburn coloured classic heavy that was originally brewed for the world famous Athletic Arms (Diggers) in Edinburgh. It pours deep auburn to brown with an off-white head and lots of lacing. On the nose are malt and dried fruit. It drinks as a full-bodied malty ale with a smooth & creamy texture.