Draughting the city’s own craft

71 Brewing named as supplier to Dundee’s new attraction

The team from 71 Brewing, which will supply beer to the V&A Dundee

DUNDEE craft brewer 71 Brewing has grand designs for its future after being confirmed as one of the main drinks suppliers to the new V&A museum in the city, which opened earlier this month.

The brewer’s signature beer, 71 Lager, will be on tap in the museum’s riverside restaurant – Tatha Bar & Kitchen – as well as in bottles in the V&A’s design-focused shop.

The brewery – said to be the first in the city in nearly 50 years – was opened last year by Dundonian duo Duncan Alexander and Mark Griffiths in a converted industrial warehouse, which was formerly a metalworks, on the city’s Bellfield Street.

Seven beers are now continuously brewed on-site at the 2400-litre capacity brewery, ranging from 71 Lager to IPA Mandarina Sky.

Tagged on the bottle as ‘Dundonian Pilsner’, 71 Lager is said to be brewed using water local to the city from  nearby Glen Isla.

“Working with V&A Dundee is a big moment for us,” said Alexander, 71 Brewing’s managing director.

“It was one of the reasons we wanted to set up in Dundee initially and now we’ve come full circle by being selected as one of their suppliers.

“It’s really great news for everyone who has worked so hard on building the 71 Brewing brand.”

Brian Canale, executive development chef for Heritage Portfolio, the catering firm behind Tatha and the Living Room café in the museum, said the firm was focusing on using local suppliers across its menus.

“71 Brewing IPA will even be infused into the sourdough used in our 71 cheesy toast,” he said.

“Our exciting new menus will offer locals and visitors a fantastic place to enjoy everything from a morning scone to a full sharing plate.”

The brewery will soon be attracting more attention as an artist has been commissioned to cover one of its 14-feet high walls.