Strength in numbers


EDINBURGH-based brewer Barney’s Beer has teamed up with local operators and artists to create a refreshed range of craft brews.

Collaboration with Edinburgh tea house Eteaket has led to the creation of a new 4% pale ale, Mount Fuji (pictured right).

Described as containing infusions of green tea and jasmine, the new addition is intended to offer “something really fresh and interesting”, according to the brewer, which previously joined forces with Eteaket in 2013 to create a Lapsang Souchong-infused Porter and a beer-flavoured tea.

Also new is Cosmic Ripple, which is described as a 6% sour mash base beer that features raspberries and rye grain which is said to add “a layer of spiciness”.

Working with artists Ryoko Tamura of Ninja Illustration and graphic design partner Stewart Armstrong, all six beers feature new-look labels. This includes Mount Fuji, Cosmic Ripple, and Sorachi Ace – a 5% ABV hoppy beer – as well as Glory Days, which is described as “an extra light and smooth IPA”, and two Pitt Beers; the three latter varietals are now on general release, having originally been specially brewed for Edinburgh pub The Blue Blazer (Glory Days) and street food market, The Pitt Market (both Pitt Beers).