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As good as gold

Scotland’s all-female brew team celebrated their success at the recent World Beer Awards. Amy Cockburn and Lisa Matthews from Harviestoun Brewery in Clackmannanshire scooped the top global accolade for the brewery’s iconic craft lager, Schiehallion (pronounced she-hal-ion), which takes its name from the well-known Perthshire mountain. 

Schiehallion won the Gold award in the Classic Pilsner category at the Word Beer Awards and was also the only Scottish winner in that class.

All the products that have been awarded the title of the country winner will now battle it out to determine the World’s Best in each category. 80 finalists will then go head-to-head, for the coveted title of World’s Best in each of the 10 categories.

Harviestoun’s Schiehallion is now shortlisted in the finals of The World Beer Awards on 24 August with a chance to be crowned the planet’s best craft lager.

Amy is the master brewer, who along with Lisa, brewer, are the driving force behind Harviestoun Brewery, which is based in Alva, near Stirling.

It has been at the forefront of craft brewing excellence in Scotland for four decades and is a pioneering producer of high-quality craft beer and lagers.

Amy Cockburn, Master Brewer

Commenting on their recent win, Amy Cockburn, said: “We’re over the moon to have won this top gold award for Schiehallion. The success and global reputation of this very special craft lager is owed to the unrelenting passion and craftsmanship of everyone in the Harviestoun brewing team.

“When you name your beer after a mountain like Schiehallion, your beer better be breath-taking too. Ours has an elegant head, fresh crispness and a lingering grapefruit finish, which is all thanks to a lot of uphill work from our entire brewing team.

“As a pioneering producer and modern craft classic, we’ve been brewing since the early 1980s and have been crafting beer long before it became a popular trend, but we’re continuing to innovate and develop our product range.”

As part of this year’s celebrations to mark 40 years as a modern craft classic, Harviestoun will be releasing a new limited edition lager and a limited edition 40-year-old expression of Ola Dubh later in the year – the development of both new products is being led by Amy and Lisa.

Harviestoun currently employs 12 people, including master brewer, Amy Cockburn, who celebrates 15 years at Harviestoun this year, and brewer, Lisa Matthews.

Harviestoun is lucky to have a diverse sales mix and is well represented in the UK’s leading hospitality establishments, including Gleneagles, Cameron House, The Caledonian, The Balmoral and Turnberry.

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