Campervan Brewery is to launch a new venue, Lost in Leith, which will take the form of a bar and fermentia. It opens on Friday (March 7).
With an emphasis on Scottish produce, local suppliers, and sustainability, Lost in Leith will showcase some of Campervan’s classics, alongside an array of weird and wonderful beers from all over the world.
Set in an old whisky bond, the bar is the only one on Commercial Quay that still has the original vaulted ceilings, reminding one of an old French vineyard cellar, which makes it the perfect venue for barrel-aged beers.
The new bar will be community focused, fully inclusive, and dog friendly. An amendment to the licence means it will be open to families with young children.
The main distinction of the venue is that it includes an on-site beer barrel-ageing process, in three 10hl oak foeders manufactured by Allary Tonnellerie, near Cognac.
Paul Gibson, founder of Campervan Brewery, said: “Our home and community is in Leith, so it’s the only place we considered when we started thinking about opening a bar. Commercial Quay jumped out as a creative hub with loads of outside space and the potential for an amazing beer garden. Over the course of the next few months we plan to introduce our fermented foods, which we’ll pair up with local produce, and showcase these with our beer and wine pairings.”
He added: “We plan to mature our beer in the foeders as it’s a traditional method of brewing which is very environmentally friendly with minimal intervention. Many of these beers will sit in there for over a year, developing a depth of flavour from carefully grown microbes and wild yeasts. So we’re super excited to share this experience with people as and when the beers are at their best.”