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Edinburgh students collaborate with Stewart Brewing to launch new craft beer

The team behind the beer
The team behind the beer

A NEW craft beer is set to be launched in Edinburgh as the latest part of an ongoing brewing project.

The beer, named ‘Common Ancestor’, was created as part of a collaboration between Stewart Brewing and Heriot-Watt University.

It was made by four masters students at the university’s International Centre for Brewing and Distilling as part of Natural Selection Brewing, a project which is now in its seventh year.

The project takes four students on the Brewing and Distilling masters course to the Stewart Brewing brewery in Loanhead where they are tasked with trialling beer recipes, brewing 5000 litres of their chosen creation, branding their product and selling it across the UK.

It takes place every academic year and has a personal connection to Stewart Brewing as the company’s co-founder Steve Stewart graduated in Brewing and Distilling Science from Heriot Watt University in 1993.

CA artwork

This year’s beer is a 5.2% ABV California Common with a style originating from California in the 19th Century, and works well in cask and keg format.

It will be distributed across Edinburgh, Glasgow, Aberdeen, Newcastle and London in both of these formats, as well as bottles.

Jo Stewart, Stewart Brewing co-founder, said: “Natural Selection Brewing is a chance for selected MSc Brewing and Distilling students to employ their creativity and knowledge in brewing their own unique beer and selling it across the UK.

“We’re proud to be part of this collaborative project and offer our facilities for brewers of the future to produce a brand new Scottish craft beer.

“The results are always delicious so we encourage everyone to come along to the launch event to support the students’ endeavour and taste Common Ancestor for themselves.”

The launch event will take place on 29th June in OX184 on Cowgate, Edinburgh. It will be the first chance for the public to try Common Ancestor and will also feature leading beer writer, Roger Protz, as a guest speaker.

Tickets are available to purchase from the Stewart Brewing website www.stewartbrewing.co.uk