The brainchild of Robert 'BrewBob' Lindsay, Six°north are based in the small Scottish town of Stonehaven, North East Scotland, exactly 6° North of Brussels.
Robert moved to Belgium for work in 1999 and freely admits to doing very little of said work after discovering the good stuff… “I did a fair bit of R&D! Belgian Beer is widely recognised as the pinnacle of the brewing process. We’ve adopted their traditions and processes whilst developing and pushing boundaries”.
As soon as he returned to the UK he completed a brewing course before heading to the Houston Brewery in Renfrew to hone his skills. Then an opportunity came up to buy the Creel Inn at Catterline and then later the Marine Hotel in Stonehaven. Robert turned them both into two of Scotland’s finest beer destinations. The beer menus contain over 100 varieties of Belgian bottles.
It would take over a decade of running these fine establishments before Robert could muster the courage to brew his very own Belgian beer styles on Scottish soil, in an old cow shed just down the road from the Stonehaven bar.
Since 2013 they’ve produced exclusively Belgian beer styles which are now supplied in their three Scottish bars and in bottles all over the UK. Saisons, Blondes, Biere de Tables, Wheat beers and Tripels are rolling off the production line each month. We haven’t tried a bad one yet. It’s now even being exported to Belgium for goodness sake.
This week’s beer, Hopocricy, features super fresh grassy hop aromas, whilst a swig will reveal “madeira cake sweetness, apricot and apples” according to Robert. By George, he’s right you know. There is a nice clean, dry finish too. It all slips down a bit too easily.
In April 2015 the brewery moved to new premises in Laurencekirk with the capacity for production increasing tenfold. Plans are already under way, only a year later, for a purpose built brewery with room to expand even further. Forget the Eurostar to Brussels. Head North. Past Edinburgh. Keep going. Right a bit. Robert and his team will be waiting for you with some mighty fine beers.
If you’d like to try more from the SixONorth range we’ve got a small number of mixed cases here.