Brewing up a collaboration

Craft beer festival returns and tours 19 cities simultaneously

SCOTTISH craft brewer and bars firm Brewdog brought its annual #CollabFest2016 to 19 different cities simultaneously last month.

• Seven Scottish breweries joined forces with Brewdog to create beers for #CollabFest2016.
• Seven Scottish breweries joined forces with Brewdog to create beers for #CollabFest2016.

Taking place over three days, from October 21 to 23, and now in its fourth year, the event gave craft beer aficionados up and down the country the opportunity to discover some of the latest and most dynamic independent craft breweries across the UK.
Brewdog said it hand-picked each of the 27 craft breweries represented, which were then paired with a local Brewdog bar and its Cicerone-trained staff to collaborate on a new limited edition beer; the resulting beers were showcased exclusively in all Brewdog bars for #CollabFest2016 – a festival which Brewdog said is “dedicated to championing those pushing the boundaries in craft beer brewing”.
Of the 27 chosen, seven Scottish brewers were involved in the festival and collaborated with Brewdog to create limited edition beers.
They included Aberdeen-based Fierce Beer, which joined forces with the city’s Brewdog bar to create Black Flagship – a 6.5% ABV bramble and chocolate Porter; Edinburgh’s Stewart Brewing and Brewdog’s Castlegate bar in Aberdeen, which created They’re Coming to Get Rhu Barba – a 4.5% sour pale ale with rhubarb; a collaboration between Doghouse Glasgow and Fyne Ales, which created Heather Loch Beer – a 5.5% smoked pink peppercorn and heather-infused witbier; Alechemy Brewing and Brewdog’s Dundee bar, which created Chocorange is the New Black – a 4.7% orange-infused milk stout; Edinburgh-based Top Out, which joined forces with Brewdog Edinburgh to create the 4.2% ABV Blond Peanut Mild; Glasgow-based Dead End Brew Machine, which, together with Brewdog Glasgow, produced The Glasgow Project – a 6.4% ABV cherry and bourbon oaked Saison; and a collaboration between Brewdog’s Stirling bar and Fallen Brewing Co which resulted in Malibru – a 4.1% pineapple and coconut sour.
Tracy Lee, head of marketing at Brewdog, said: “We love beer, and we’ve chosen independent breweries who love it as much as we do.
“This beer game is all about being collaborative, sharing expertise, throwing people together and seeing what gems they come up with.”