Fife is about to have five brand new bottled conditioned “real ales” thanks to the activities of an enthusiast who recently founded the St Andrews Brewing Company.

Behind the venture is 30 year Bob Phaff, of Kingsbarns, who has launched the venture at premises in Glenrothes and hopes to eventually transfer the operations to St Andrews itself.

He already written two popular books about micro-breweries in Idaho, in the USA, and now his very own products are only a few weeks from going on sale.

Bob, who is running the business single-handedly, said that in Fife there is a real gap in the niche micro-brewing market, and he had decided to take the plunge after finding a start-up property in Glenrothes.

He said that real ales had been his passion for many years, and he was fascinated by the discovery that the four simple ingredients of malt, hops, yeast and water can create such a huge scope of styles, colours, aromas and tastes.

“Over the past ten years I have been employed to buy, sell, write about, judge and drink locally produced ales, and this is the next logical step.”

He said that he has been working with renowned brew master Stuart Noble, of the award winning Abbeydale Brewery in Sheffield.

The pair have developed five distinct and unique beers based on traditional styles, and Bob is brewing them in batches of 1000 pints.

Bob added that design had also been very important to the process, and he had been working with local ceramic artist Susan McGill to bring a unique image to the brewery and the beers.

“My aim is to supply great beers to the local community and further afield, and I’ll be using markets, tasting events and social networking to spread the word.

“I have always felt that for a town which has so much, St Andrews lacks one big component- its own brewery.

“At the moment I am owner, brewer, bottler, delivery driver and chief taster,” he said.

The initial beers are Blonde, I.P.A, Seventy Bob, Oatmeal Stout, and Neuk Ale, and the range will be expanded as the brewery develops.

Further details can be found at www.standrewsbrewingcompany.com

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