One of Scotland’s most-awarded independent craft breweries is raising a glass to National Beer Day on 15 June with the launch of a nationwide campaign to celebrate 40 years in the business.
Harviestoun, which is based in Alva, near Stirling, has been brewing in the shadow of the Ochil Hills since 1983.
To mark four decades as a producer, the brewery has chosen National Beer Day to announce its plans to roll out a national campaign, including two new product launches, competitions and pop-up beer tasting events.
Harviestoun’s new lager is due to hit the shelves in August and its limited-edition 40-year-old expression of Ola Dubh will be launched as a collector’s piece later in the year. Both new products will be available from Harviestoun’s online shop, as well as selected stores across Scotland.
Ola Dubh is a premium stout aged in Highland Park casks, and is a stablemate of Harviestoun’s best-known beer, Schiehallion pilsner. All of Harviestoun’s beers are made with soft water from Glenturret, barley grown near the River Forth and its own unique yeast. The brewery remains “steadfastly committed” to using these local ingredients.
Harviestoun’s Master Brewer Amy Cockburn and her all-female brew team have been tasked with creating the two new beers as part of this year’s celebrations to mark four decades of craft brewing.
Amy, who celebrates 15 years at Harviestoun this year, said: “We’re really excited to be marking National Beer Day by revealing our plans for a nationwide 40th anniversary campaign. This is a significant milestone in the evolution of Harviestoun as a pioneering producer and modern craft classic. We’ve been brewing since the early 1980s and have been crafting beer long before it became a popular trend, but we’re continuing to innovate and develop our product range.
“As Harviestoun looks ahead to the future, we’re already working hard to develop our next generation of great beers. Whatever we produce in the years to come, we’ll always ensure it’s true to the Harviestoun brand style and provide as much enjoyment as possible for craft beer fans around the world.
“We’re passionate about the whole brewing process. Our relentless focus on quality has established Harviestoun as one of the most-awarded breweries in Scotland. We only use the best local barley and carefully control every aspect of the process. No beer will leave the brewery unless we’re 100% happy.”