'Cock up your Beaver'... Did you read that twice? I bet you did! Bute Brew Co are the very proud brewers of this unique beer. For those who aren't so familiar with Scottish history - Robert 'Rabbie' Burns is the nations favourite poet, who by no surprise did actually write a song named 'Cock up your Beaver'. He's known to have been a naturalist, a keen social observer and 'a bit of a player' - all round good guy, really... I'm sure! Tempest Brew Co (also available in enduro style). This story visits a few places around the world; beginning in New Zealand where two friends (Gavin and Annika) had a 'wow, here we go' moment. After sourcing all the kit and developing a recipe, the first ale - Long White Cloud was brewed. Fast forward a little while later, they set up shop in Kelso selling food and drink in their own little gasropub - but that wasn't enough, Gavin wanted their beer to have it's own identity; now known as Tempest Brewing Co. Black Isle Brewery is located just north of Inverness. Discovered almost 20 years ago by David Gladwin, a beer lover with a distinctive taste for mother nature. Every recipe uses barley and hops from completely organic farms - absolutely no use of destructive chemicals here. Famous for it's own functioning organic farm, growing barley across 125 acres of land and that's not the half of it! They also have 200 wee black sheep grazing amongst it all and one big cow who produces the milk for staff and visitors caffeine needs. They also have their own veggie patch! So you can replenish all bodily fluids and have a munch without even feeling bad! If you fancy a pedal as well, you can try the Blondes and Happy Chappies Route (approx. 1.5-3 hours long) After meeting Chris and Emily from EBF at a recent Sales and Marketing conference, we had an instant connection - beer of course! The Edinburgh based factory is owner to the Paolozzi lager; brewed with 100% barley malt and a brewing lifetime of 6 weeks, the Munich style lager beer has a perfect bitter sweet balance. Replenish carbohydrates after a long ride and don't forget to purchase your own here, right here Right before this years le Tour de France, Brighton Bier approached us with an appealing idea for us both. They were hosting their own Grand Tour brewery event and wanted their own cycle kit to launch the tour event with - and here it is! Pretty damn awesome if we do say so ourselves... Brighton Bier's; international award winning brewery is a mere stone’s throw from the beach, a short ride from the South Downs and close to the finish of the iconic London 2 Brighton bike ride. Did you know - I bet you didn't:
- The only other beverages consumed worldwide, more than beer are water and tea!
- There was once a 'Great Beer Flood' - I kid you not! London 1814 (Google it), people actually drowned.
- The Czechs EACH DRINK over 40 gallons of beer a year... No wonder they're the beer capital of the world.
- Here's one for your wife - beer is good for you apparently, because it has silicon which increases calcium and prevents bone density.
- And guess what... It was al started by women! You're welcome :)