Six° North was established in 2013. However, the concept for the brewery was born in Belgium some 11 years earlier. It was whilst working in the nation’s capital that founder Robert Lindsay fell in love with the country’s beer culture and tradition. Upon his return, he set about trying to infuse something of Belgium into the beer scene in his native part of North East Scotland.
This started in 2002 with an opportunity to take over the Creel Inn in Catterline and then later the Marine Hotel in Stonehaven. Here, six degrees north of Brussels, Robert spent the best part of a decade turning the bars into two of Scotland’s finest beer destinations.
All this time Robert and his team had their hearts set on brewing their own beer and in 2013 the doors of six°north opened.
For most of us, this would be the culmination of a dream to work in beer. But not for six°north. It was always about more than just the beer. Over the last seven years, they have expanded the brewery and opened bars in Aberdeen, Glasgow, Edinburgh, and Dundee along with the Marine Hotel in Stonehaven. Each of these boasts an impressive lineup of fresh beer on tap and an unrivalled selection of bottles, all with the kind of food and ambience that had originally inspired Robert.
The success and rapid expansion of the brewery over this period can be attributed to the quality of beer six°north continue to churn out. They pride themselves on their traditionally Belgian approach to the brewing process, using the areas soft water (similar to that available in Belgium) to create beers that are unfiltered and carbonated naturally through secondary fermentation.
Tonight’s beer, Hopclassic, is the brewery's flagship IPA and like a number of six°north beers is inspired by a famed Belgian Brew. It pays homage to De Ranke XX Bitter, often referred to as Belgium’s bitterest beer, and is, as you’d expect…... well…….bitter!
Brewed using a metric **** tonne of Brewers Gold & Hallertau Mittlefruh hops, Hopclassic has everything you’d expect from a traditional Belgian beer. Plenty of funk upfront and a subtle spiciness is balanced against the huge whack of hops that bring bitterness in spades.
A fitting tribute to one of Belgium’s most notorious beers.
What six°north have achieved is pretty impressive by any standards but, given some of their recent collaborations and plans for even more sites across Scotland, something makes us think that they’ve only just got started.