Fiercely hoptimistic – Aberdeen’s only brewery starts production

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By Joanne Warnock

Fierce Beer Co, Aberdeen’s only brewery, has started production in Dyce – Business partners David Grant and Dave McHardy are taking on the Goliath’s of the beer industry one bottle at a time.

The pair met whilst attending a brewing course and discovered coincidentally that they shared the dream of opening a beer company in the Granite City and so came up with the name ‘Fierce Beer Company’ one night whilst par-taking of a few beers in the city’s Casc Bar.

 Mr Grant said: “We want to excite people’s palettes; we called it ‘Fierce’ beer because we don’t just want to be a lager and pale ale.

“We want the tastes to be ‘in your face’, if it’s raspberry beer, we want you to taste the raspberries.”

Initially brewing from Mr Grant’s house on Great western Road, sales were to local craft beer bars and stands at the Stonehaven and Newton hill beer festivals, where he received ‘rave’ reviews.

Dave McHardy, wanted to find a different take on beer in the local area, he said: “That is why we are going for big flavours.

“Our next batches will include a Thai green curry flavour and a Chai spiced porter.”

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Using redundancy pay-offs, the pair along with some other small investors, have poured £250k into their new premises and equipment, at Kirkhill Industrial Estate, Dyce.

 Already realising that they need more space, the pair have leased the premises next-door where they have plans to open an off-sales bottle shop and it will give them extra storage space for laying down barrel-aged beers.

This will free up space in their existing unit for some larger fermenters and increase volume of production. They are planning to take on a new member of staff in June to help with administration and sales and also an assistant-brewer by the end of the year.

The company has just fulfilled an order from German supermarket Lidl for 2,500 bottles of  ‘Ginga Ninja’ beer as part of the chains June beer festival which will appear at 65 of their  stores across Scotland.

The team has received invaluable advice and support from Ellon based Brewdog, Mr Grant said:

“We have made some great friends at Brewdog, we are so lucky having them nearby, they have given us so much good advice.

“We don’t expect anything like their success, Brewdog are unique, but we’ll see what happens.”

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