What's in it?
We use basic natural ingredients – malt, hops, yeast and water, with a little Donegal carrageen to keep it sparklingly clear. Our beer is not filtered or artificially carbonated. We don’t use any preservatives or other artificial additives.
Our environmental footprint is important to us, and we like to keep our food miles as low as possible. Where the main ingredient of our beer – malted barley - comes from matters. We use malt grown and malted in Scotland. In a market dominated by American, German and Czech hops we have chosen to use hops from the traditional hop growing counties of Kent and Worcester. This also supports UK farmers and hopefully adds to the Scottish/English character of the beer, in an increasingly global market.
One of the hop varieties featured in our beer is called Boadicea. It is described by suppliers Charles Faram as “the most environmentally friendly hop available on the market”. It has a natural resistance to aphids and fungal diseases and so requires much fewer pesticides than any other hop. We also quite like the association with the historic rebel! (And of course it makes the beer taste good.)
At Strathcarron Brewery we like to keep things simple and straight forward. Our aim is to produce the best quality traditional beer (or Real Ale) that we can. Probably the best way to do this is to stay small and independent.
We like the idea that every village should have its brewery, as in some countries they do. We want our beer to be local, and of the place as much as possible, so we use our own mountain spring water which comes from the hill right behind the brewery. We supply pubs and shops within a short distance of the brewery. Being small and local allows us to maintain the quality and attention to detail that has made our beer so popular.
The brewery is a partnership of Colin Parsons, Martin Phillips and Paul Pearce, and between the three of us we do just about everything here. It all happens in the old byre on Keith's croft at Arinackaig, two miles up a single track road from Strathcarron village, surrounded by cows, sheep and chickens. There's nowhere like it!