The Arran Brewery has launched its first lager — Insignia at 3.6% ABV — after test marketing a number of recipes.

The lager will be made at Arran’s Loch Earn brewery in St Fillans, Perthshire, and orders are currently being taken from the trade.

Intriguingly, it will come in two versions — one for Edinburgh and one for Glasgow. It will be fully available throughout Scotland by April next year.

The brewery is also to launch its first sour beers from its Arran View Brewery in Dreghorn, North Ayrshire.


Brewing licence


Managing director, Gerald Michaluk, said: “We are just awaiting the transfer of a brewing licence for the equipment we are installing from our Devils Dyke operation.

“These beers will be available for Christmas and are aimed at a specific segment of the craft market that Arran has been missing out on as, with open fermenters on Arran, we could not risk using these stains of yeast in case they infected our main beers.

“But at Dreghorn, our small two-and-a-half-barrel plant will be able to meet the limited demand in Scotland that we feel will only grow.”

Arran has also relaunched its October (Halloween) beer, Arran ID, an Indian dark ale. This is available in cask and will shortly be in bottles.


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