Friday, 14 May 2010

I&G scoops top awards

Innis & Gunn Brewing Co from Edinburgh has been named "Business of the Year" at the annual Scotland Food & Drink Excellence Awards in a ceremony at Benromach Distillery in Forres. The innovative brewer, whose Oak Aged Beer has created the interest in storing beer in whisky, wine and other spirit casks, also picked up three further awards: Product Innovation of the Year for its oak-aged beers, Best Drink and International Business of the Year.
Innis & Gunn's managing director, Dougal Sharp, said: "We are absoutely delighted with this achievement. To be acknowledged for excellence among Scottish producers is a huge honour."
Innis & Gunn started in 2003 when Dougal Sharp discovered a revolutioanry process for creating oak-aged beers. Asked by William Grant to produce a special beer to seaon the inside of whisky casks, to produce an "ale cask-finished whisky", the beer was due to be discarded as a bi-product until distillery workers told Dougal of its delicious flavour transformation during the maturation inside oak barrels. Since this discovery, Innis & Gunn has become Scotland's leading independent beer company and Oak Aged Beer is now the best-selling British bottled beer in Canada and the Number Two bottled import ale in Sweden.

3 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

It is a meteoric rise in a few years for I&G, but the beers are good and the packaging very smart.

25 May 2010 at 00:14  
Anonymous TK said...

Beer in clear glass bottles.... Yikes... I think I&G is really overrated. There are a lot of small breweries in Scotland that are way better than I&G.....
TK, Edinburgh

27 May 2010 at 12:38  
Blogger Barm said...

And a lot that are actual breweries rather than marketing companies.

6 June 2010 at 23:38  

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