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Innis & Gunn will stage the ultimate OKTOBERFEST event in Edinburgh in May with the launch of ‘Innis & Gunn’s Ultimate Beer Hall’ which aims to bring the lager-drinking joy of Oktoberfest to a year-round audience.
Enjoy your first award-winning pint on the house, street food, live music, more pints, games, beer tastings, flash prize giveaways, cocktails, and the Human Jukebox.
Grab your tickets while you can, The Ultimate Beer Hall is popping up for one (long) weekend only. Your first pint’s even included in your ticket.
The DNA of Innis & Gunn was alive and well even before the company was founded. It ran through every fibre of our Founder & Master Brewer’s being.
Dougal Gunn Sharp routinely worked holidays as a teenager at his father’s brewery in Edinburgh. This ‘hard labour’ initially earned him pocket money but it went on to do something more. It instilled a passion in him for the fine art of crafting outstanding beers.
It was a moment of adversity that really changed things for Dougal though. In 1994 the brewery was ravaged by fire. The severe damage to the brewery meant he was thrown into the rebuild of the site. This drew him deep into the workings of the business and the brewing process. He immersed himself in re-developing the brewery’s old recipes. His passion was rewarded in 2001, becoming the first Scottish brewer to win Champion Beer of Britain.
That same year, the whisky company William Grant & Sons approached Dougal. They wanted to brew a beer that could be used to season their oak-casks ahead of filling with single malt whisky. A beer-finished whisky sounded delicious – different, innovative, exciting.
But it was the flipside of this process that really got Dougal thinking. A beer, matured in the best possible whisky casks could be incredible. This set him on the journey that would define him and Innis & Gunn. The beer was a breakthrough; intriguing and flavour packed. It was everything that Dougal believed beer could be.
It was unlike any other beer. Complex, deep, smooth and rich. Flavours of toffee, vanilla, honey and spice. The finish? Subtly warming and definitely moreish. This sumptuous bold new beer was definitely an original.
Dougal believed strongly in this new beer and in the possibilities of beer maturation. So much so that in 2003, he founded Innis & Gunn to bring his Original beer and original ideas to the world.
The Original continues to be Innis & Gunn’s flagship beer, alongside Innis & Gunn Lager which is the No.1 craft lager in Scotland.
The Innis & Gunn Brewery in Perth is our home for innovation and barrel-ageing. With plans to build a new large scale brewery in our hometown of Edinburgh, it will be the first new large brewery to be built in the capital in 150 years.
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