Founded in 2015 by Lynne and John Dunsmore, along with John's daughter Kirsty, Edinburgh Beer Factory is inspired by the creativity and rich brewing heritage of Scotland’s capital. Conor Benie, who looks after business development and marketing at the brewery, explains;
“Apart from being our home town, we chose to set up shop here as we feel it captures the essence of the Scotland we want to depict to the world. Although a city steeped in heritage, Edinburgh has also been a centre for progressive thinking, innovation and culture and this is what inspires us at Edinburgh Beer Factory. Our main muse, founder of Pop Art Eduardo Paolozzi and the namesake of our flagship beer, Paolozzi Helles Lager, was born down the road in Leith and proves that Edinburgh and Scotland can be a breeding ground for alternative and progressive ideas that challenge the way we think.”
John Dunsmore has an extensive background in the Brewing industry; previously working as the chief executive for the Scottish & Newcastle brewing company and later the C&C Group. He was after a new, and completely different challenge to embark on, in the form of an independent family-run craft brewery that focuses on style and substance.
“After running for five years we've managed to establish somewhat of a stronghold in Scotland, and particularly Edinburgh, though there's still work to be done! Our focus will now move to taking the brand down south and expanding our presence in London and export markets”
In 2018, the team won more gongs than any other British brewery at the World Beer Awards.
Paolozzi Lager was voted ‘UK’s Best Helles/Münchner Style Lager’ for the third year running and Futurism Modern Brown, a previous BeerBods beer of the week, picked up ‘World’s Best American Brown Ale' for the second time.
Tonight’s beer, Moonstrips, was voted ‘World’s Best Smoke Flavour Beer’ and we can see why. Moonstrips takes its name from Eduardo Paolozzi’s 1967 screenprint portfolio Moonstrips Empire News. The beer’s recipe was inspired by David Bowie’s Starman.
Typical of a German-style Hefeweizen, the look is a hazy golden-orange and the nose is a decidedly wheaty-banana. But rising through the wheatiness is a complex, rich smokiness reminiscent of an Islay whisky. The taste is crisp and creamy, as sweet banana notes are undercut by the subtle peated smokiness.