Work is forging ahead at Fife’s newest brewery, which has been set up on the banks of the River Eden at Guardbridge.

The new Eden Brewery is located at the former Guardbridge Paper Mill, which is now owned by the University of St Andrews

It is scheduled to open in a few weeks time, and has just launched its first two beers in both cask and bottles in a number of outlets in St Andrews, the East Neuk, and West Fife.

Behind the new craft brewery is Fife businessman Paul Miller, who has been developing his products in Alloa and Bridge of Allan, but has long cherished the idea of setting up on a historic Fife site.

Paul has a background of some 30 years in the trade with beer, whisky, wine and governmental roles.

He has been chair of the Scottish Licensed Trade Association (SLTA) and vice president of Scottish Beer and Pub Association.

Yesterday he told “Food from Fife” that there has been significant investment in the first brewery to be established in the St Andrews area since the Argyle closed 111 years ago. 

“It will have an output of over 50 barrels per week and the product range will include local, premium and seasonal sub ranges.

“The research work on both initial products and premium products has been extensive and included a cross section of local community and consumer / trade groups.

“The investment in the business will allow for supply both in draught and in bottle.”

Paul said that the business currently employs five people, and it is envisaged that this number will rise to 14 the summer of 2013.

He added that the business is aligned with the university, and lies on a brownfield site with a significant history related to both brewing and distilling.

Paul said that the brewery is on schedule to be fully operational by the first week in August.

“The good news on food miles is that we will also be doing almost all our kegging / casking and bottling there, which is really positive.

“In the short term, for our first run only, our brewer is working with Douglas Ross and Scott Williams on our respective brews down the A91 at Bridge of Allan Brewery and Williams Bros.

“I am really confident from the groundwork and feedback to date we are on our way to making a premium business the town and its people will engage with, and hopefully be proud of. Our aims are simply to encourage more people to enjoy great craft beer more often,” said Paul.

Recently employed head brewer Scott Gowans, who comes from Aberdeen but spent most of his childhood weekends visiting relatives in Crail, is delighted to be part of the operation.

He is a graduate of the Heriot Watt Brewing School and has spent time working with Adnams Brewery, Fullers and Loch Fyne.

“I am genuinely excited to be involved with a company that will bring back traditional methods and flavours that have been missing for over a hundred years.

“Our aim is to bring back the old recipes and using local raw materials, create an exciting range of traditional and innovative craft beers” said Scott.

 

 

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