It takes some guts to put something like 'you're probably going to hate this, but...' on your first batch of bottle labels. But that’s exactly what two former oil and gas workers, Dave Grant and David McHardy, did when they launched Aberdeen’s first-ever microbrewery in May 2016. That one line of text spelt out their intention to make some of the most crazy-ass beers that British beer drinkers have ever seen.
The Fierce mission, Dave G says is “to make some radical new beers that challenge the senses and divide the masses. We really want the consumer to have a full-on experience. If we make a beer that says what it is on the label – then we want the person drinking it to be able to taste that. We have no desire to make bland, dull and forgettable beers, only full-flavoured, punch-packing beers. We make such a diverse range, not everyone will like them all, but most will love some of them”.
The two Daves met on a brewing course up in Sunderland. “We got up and told pretty much the same story: ‘I am in the oil industry but now I want to be a brewer’ – it was a bit weird,” Grant says. “We started talking, and everything fell into place very well. I liked the beers he was making, he liked the beers I was making, and the rest, as they say, is history.”
Three and a half years on and Fierce Beer have more than established themselves within the industry. Capacity has grown rapidly since they started back in 2016 and they are now capable of brewing 800,000 litres of beer a year, exporting to 15 countries and counting.
Tonight’s beer, Moose Mousse, part of their dark beers range, is a chocolate milk stout chock full of cacao. It’s velvety and smooth yet fairly light and easy drinking. Definitely session-able for a dark beer which in itself is an achievement, it’s one for sipping in front of a roaring fire, the perfect drink for a moment of calm before the festive season gets underway.