Best of British Beer Club: August

John Anderson has spent 40 years breeding, training, showing and exporting Clydesdale horses. He has won prestigious titles in Britain, including The Royal Highland and The Great Yorkshire shows. It used to be a tradition that breweries would compete against each other at these agricultural events and John was regularly up against teams from Thwaites, Robinson’s and Tetley’s. He also exported horses overseas including supplying Budweiser in St. Louis with a team of Clydesdales.
In 2016, John fancied adding another string to his bow and he thought he would try his hand at making beer. Six years later and he now has a commercial brewery, capable of producing nearly 3,000 pints a day. His first beer, Tower IPA is still brewed today and was runner up in The Scottish Beer awards 2019.
The majority of independent breweries will send their beer away to be bottled, but John has installed his own line in one of the farm buildings. This means that he can take total control of production; from brewing and bottling to labelling and distributing.

We’re delighted to have been working with John for over 3 years now, giving him an opportunity to sell his beer beyond the independent shops and farmer’s markets in his native north east Scotland.
His range includes a wheat beer, bottle conditioned lagers and the Norseman pale ale which features in our August selection. In the coming months, John plans to start shipping beer to Italy, produce his own range of ciders and develop his Redcastle Gin brand.


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