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Glen Affric Brewery opened its doors in late 2016. It was founded by father and son duo, Trevor and Craig McCormick, the latter having discovered his love for craft beer a number of years prior, whilst working in Shanghai.
“I was blown away by the range of modern brewing techniques happening in China at the time, so I got a job at the country’s leading craft brewery, Shanghai’s Boxing Cat Brewery. It was here I learnt my trade,” explains Craig.
After further ‘research’ trips to San Diego, the dream of the family brewery started to take shape. Premises were bought and planning permissions submitted in the picturesque village of Cannich, Glen Affric; a beautiful part of the Scottish Highlands where generations of the McCormick family have lived.
They began with a relatively modest 500-litre brew kit, focusing their efforts on the West Coast styles they had fallen in love with during their excursions to the States. For the first nine months, local demand meant beers rarely escaped the taproom, but with a significant increase in capacity and a maturing of product focus, the brewery is now ready to go national.
“We take the quality and consistency of our beers very seriously. We have invested heavily in a state-of-the-art 30hl brewery built to our specifications, making sure we have the ability to expand quickly and efficiently. We increased capacity to brew to 2,500hl in our first year but have increased this by a further 10,000hl of tank space to allow ‘real’ tank flexibility not only for the needs of our base core range but also for our extensive specials series.”
This week’s beer is one such special and makes up part of Glen Affric’s Coffee Series. Coffee O’Clock is a coffee pale ale, brewed with Glen Affric’s house blend cold brew coffee. Intense coffee flavour and aroma is paired with a solid malt backbone and low bitterness to create one of the more interesting pale ales we’ve featured. Light in colour, but with the flavours of something much darker, this is definitely a beer to test the senses. Chill it well, and watch the flavour develop as it warms.
Glen Affric Brewery have recently installed their own canning line and obtained planning permission for the re-build of their Cannich brewery which, when finished, will switch it’s attention to wild beers, with the installation of its very own coolship. With plans also in the pipeline to release a CBD beer as well as a range of soft drinks, it’s clear to see these folk aren’t afraid to innovate. Coffee now. Cannabis soon. We can’t wait to see what they come up with next.
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