Fife’s newest brewery, and the first in the St Andrews area for well over a century, has swung into production only a few months after the idea was born.
The brainchild of Fife businessman Paul Miller, the new Eden Brewery has been established on part of the extensive site of the former Guardbridge Paper Mill, which is now owned by the University of St Andrews.
Over the past few weeks the brewing team painstakingly put together the “giant meccano kit” which has now become a true craft brewery producing beers both in cask and bottles.
Locals have already had a successful and potent taste of things to come, with Paul developing his products at Bridge of Allan Brewery and Williams Bros in advance of full production at Guardbridge.
Paul told Food from Fife that the venture already supplies over 50 hotels, bars and retail outlets, most of them in the local area.
“We have enjoyed great support so far, and hope that many of these customers will increase their understanding of the craft of brewing through visiting our site and can share their pride in locally produced beer as a result” he said.
The new brewery lies on a site with significant brewing and distilling history, and Paul said that after working with a very supportive St Andrews University Estates team he is delighted to have established the first business to work on the site since the mill closed four years ago.
“We hope to provide a positive contribution to the local community and create something of which we we can all be proud.
“We are using a very significant proportion of very local ingredients and disposing of our ‘spent grains’ at the local farm. ‘Food miles’ really will be at a minimum,” said Paul.
After a career in beer, wine and spirit companies both in the UK and abroad, he is completely at home in the first brewery to be established in the area since the Argyle closed in St Andrews 111 years ago.
“The last few months have been intense, but it has been hugely rewarding to get the positive feedback from local consumers in Guardbridge, St Andrews and the wider Fife and Tayside region”.
“We have a good combination of a brand new, modern facility producing great craft beers on a historic site, and we will be doing our own kegging, casking and bottling.”
Eden’s first beers are the Clock Brew(a traditional Scottish ale) the 19th Brew((IPA), the Seggie Porter based on a historic local recipe, and an outstanding hoppy Blonde Beer.
They will also brew special edition beers, such as their Edradour Whisky range, and can work on special orders which allow customers to see the whole process from initial mash to bottle and cask.
A key indicator of the interest in what Eden is trying to do is evident in the enthusiasm for the recently created ‘St Andrews Eden Beer Club’, which has been set up in response to people wanting to know more about the new brewery.
Two of the new beers, St Andrews Blonde and Seggie Porter, will have their first tastings at beer festivals in Dunfermline and West Wemyss this coming weekend.