PrintPerth-based beer brand Inveralmond has launched a new beer and unveiled a stunning new look for the brand as it celebrates its 20th anniversary of brewing award-winning beer.

Famed for producing craft beer in the heart of Scotland, Inveralmond has added EPA, an Edinburgh Pale Ale, to its portfolio. It has also relaunched bestsellers Ossian and Lia Fail, revealed a cohesive new look for all of its beers, and committed to a tripling of its brewing capacity in Perth.

The EPA, packed with Munich malt and Goldings hops, is a fitting addition to Inveralmond’s line-up now that the Perth brewer is part of the same family as Innis & Gunn, which is based in Edinburgh. The beer style Edinburgh Pale Ale was the first truly global beer. A forerunner to IPA, it paved the way for British beer around the world.

EPA will be joined in May by Daracha, a ruby ale brewed with Amber malts and roast barley, to create Inveralmond’s new core range. A host of seasonal brews will be added throughout the year.

The brewery is undergoing a £750,000 refit and expansion to accommodate brewing of both Inveralmond and Innis & Gunn beers. Inveralmond became part of the Innis & Gunn family a year ago. The upgrade to the facility will mean 150% more capacity at the Perth site from next month (May) and a tripling of capacity by next year. It includes a barrel ageing hall, additional fermentation and processing vessels and new filtration technology.

Glasgow agency Freytag Anderson came up with the redesign of Inveralmond’s new beers. The look of the core range beers are inspired by vintage railway posters. Artwork for the beer labels and pump clips was specially commissioned for Inveralmond by Isle of Skye based artist Peter McDermott. Freytag Anderson also evolved the Inveralmond’s Celtic knot logo, while the bottle has been elongated and also lightweighted to improve its environmental credentials.

At a launch last night at Innis & Gunn’s new Beer Kitchen in Glasgow, Inveralmond founder and chief executive Fergus Clark said he was excited about taking the brewery forward after 20 successful years in the beer business.

Clark said:

“We’re excited about our brand revamp and the new beers we’re working on. It’s fitting that the first launch to roll out of our new-look brewery, and the first new Inveralmond branded beer in a while, is an EPA. Edinburgh Pale Ale paved the way for British beer around the world, and we see the Inveralmond brand as having paved the way in the craft beer movement in Scotland and Ossian bottle shot1beyond.”

Dougal Gunn Sharp, Master Brewer and founder of Innis & Gunn, one of the UK’s most successful international craft beer businesses, said:

“A year on from our acquisition, we’re delighted at where we’re headed, both with the upgrades to the Perth plant and Inveralmond’s new look and products. The Innis & Gunn and Inveralmond brands are all about pushing boundaries in terms of taste. We love to experiment with flavour and it’s great to see the fruits of our labour start to hit the shelves. We’re passionate about innovation in craft beer, and we look forward to that continuing.”

Inveralmond Brewery’s Inspiration Series Rascal London Porter has caused a splash in the burgeoning US market, thanks to a deal between Perthshire based Inveralmond Brewery and Iron Horse Beverage.

The tasty brew has made it onto the prestigious just a few short weeks after its arrival in the US, one of the USA’s longest established craft beer clubs serving up beers to over 1 million US customers.

Rascal started to hit bars and retail stores in the USA at the end of March, starting in New York and California. The response from customers has been, so far, extremely positive.

The man behind Rascal’s U.S. launch, Cliff Morello, took Grolsch to the USA. He launched Iron Horse Beverage in 2004 and supplies beers to 35 states. In what he calls a “cut-throat, very competitive” market, Morello said he was looking for a product that would stand out. He commented:

“When I started in this business there were 65 breweries in the USA. Now there are over 4200 with probably another 1800 coming. Craft beers have 15% of the market. The number one craft beer in the USA is the IPA, whereas not everybody has a Porter.”

Rascal has a combination of a spicy aroma and silky palate and is inspired by the mighty brewing styles of 18th century London. The London Porter is named after the porters who moved goods on and off ships and around London’s city streets.

Rascal won Champion Beer at the 2015 World’s Biggest Ale Festival, run by JD Wetherspoon, before it was officially launched.

Perthshire craft beer-makers, Inveralmond Brewery, are holding a special Christmas Open Day to celebrate the seasonal launch of their popular festive craft beer, Santa’s Swallie, taking place on Saturday 12th December. The event will also mark the introduction of Ooskabeer Batch #1, the
brewery’s first ‘whisky beer’ produced in collaboration with The Glenturret Distillery.

Visitors are being invited along between 10am and 4pm to sample Santa’s Swallie, a dark copper coloured Christmas ale with hints of seasonal nutmeg and cinnamon. Visitors can also take a tour of the brewery and meet the man behind the magic – the brewer that is, not Santa – whilst stocking up on the festive tipple and some unique Christmas gifts for beer lovers. Continue reading

Santa’s Swallie, Perth-based Inveralmond Brewery’s seasonal special, is now available to enjoy on a limited release in the run up to Christmas. The ho-ho-hoppy bottled ale is now on the shelves across the country and overseas.

Pubs and clubs can order Santa’s Swallie in draught (9g and 4.5g available) and more ho-ho-homely beer lovers will also be able to purchase 5 litre mini-casks direct from the Brewery shop or on-line, the perfect gift for Christmas. Continue reading

Inveralmond Brewery, one of Scotland’s leading independent craft-beer breweries, has today announced that Stephen Annand has joined the brewery team to head up its latest drive for growth, with a specific remit to support Inveralmond’s commercial development in the UK on-trade environment.

Formerly head of on-trade sales for Magners GB, Stephen brings his wealth of industry experience to the role with major FMCG brands including Tennent Caledonian Breweries, AB-Inbev and Anheuser-Busch.  Continue reading

Inveralmond Brewery’s charitable brew is continuing to fly high after just one month on sale, with over 30 outlets across Scotland signing up to serve the benevolent beer, created to raise funds for Scotland’s Charity Air Ambulance (SCAA).

The Perth-based beer-makers, one of Scotland’s leading independent craft breweries, teamed up with Scotland’s Charity Air Ambulance (SCAA) in July this year to create the special brew to help fundraise for Scotland’s only air ambulance charity which relies solely on public donations.

Since launching the brew, there has been an out-pouring of support from pubs across Scotland with 5p from each pint pulled donated to the Perth based charity. From Inverness to Edinburgh, Glenshee to Kilmarnock, a whole host of beer lovers have been getting the chance to enjoy a charitable pint and raise a glass to a very worthy cause.  Continue reading

Inveralmond Brewery, one of Scotland’s leading independent craft-beer breweries, has today raised a high flying toast to a brew that is set to put some fizz into the fundraising efforts of Scotland’s Charity Air Ambulance (SCAA).

Launching the beer from the comfort of their custom made bar at the Brewery, Managing Director Fergus Clark was joined by  SCAA’s Head of Fundraising, Sally Cameron, and Joyce Leslie, a Trustee of the charity, to formally “wet the head” of the new partnership.

And with 5p from every pint sold in participating pubs, there is potentially a lot to celebrate for the Perth based charity which has responded to over 600 emergency callouts across Scotland since it was launched. SCAA is Scotland’s only charity-funded helicopter air ambulance, fuelled entirely by public donation. Continue reading

Inveralmond Brewery’s flagship beer, Ossian, has teamed up with Horsecross for their latest Supremely Golden Ticket competition to give comedy fans a “money can no longer buy” chance to win two tickets to the Kevin Bridges show in Perth Concert Hall on Thursday 6th August.

Tickets for the show, which sold out in just a few hours back in March, are in hot demand. As official partners with Horsecross, Inveralmond Brewery managed to secure a couple of coveted seats and is combining them with a visit to Inveralmond Brewery to meet Head Brewer, Ken Duncan, followed by dinner for two at Glassrooms and two tickets to the hottest ticket in town. Continue reading