Leading Scottish ale Caledonia Best has backed the recently established Eden Brewery near St Andrews with a £10,000 award from its Seed Fund initiative.
The micro-brewery run by Paul Miller on part of the site of the former Guardbridge Paper Mill is one of seven successful applicants recognised as providing innovation in Scottish farming and brewing.
The Eden Brewery St Andrews is based on a site that in the 19th century housed the Seggie Distillery.
It was then the home of the Seggie Brewery, which was both owned and operated by the Haig family of Haigs whisky fame.
The £10,000 award will be used to buy the machinery necessary to source local grains to produce its brews.
This will help build a more sustainable business, reduce food miles and support the local farming economy – creating a truly local brew.
Marking the first anniversary since the launch of Tennent Caledonian’s new ale, the Seed Fund has seen Caledonia Best generate £58,000 to support innovative projects which may not have otherwise been able to happen – raised through a 5p donation in every pint sold in the first six months of the year.
Paul expressed delight over the award, and said that the Seed Fund has turned plans to develop our brewery and support local farmers, into a reality.
“The challenging financial climate often means new initiatives and plans such as ours never see the light of day, so this support from Caledonia Best will have a fantastic impact on our business and the local community.
“We are incredibly proud to be one of the projects that have had the chance to be supported by the Seed Fund this year.” he said.
NFUS representative and Seed Fund panellist, Alison Gillespie said that she and the rest of the panel had been overwhelmed by the standard of proposals sent in from all over the country.
“The innovation and tenacity shown by those who entered has been truly inspirational.
“The current financial climate has proven to be a big challenge for our industry, and the support Caledonia Best has shown the Scottish farming sector through its Seed Fund initiative will prove invaluable,” she said.
The Eden Brewery will be at Dundee Farmers’ Market tomorrow (Sat Nov 17)
Paul is seen in the photograph, click to see full image