An Aberdeenshire brewery has created a new premium lager in the hopes of putting the north-east on the map as a quality producer of lager.
Beer Story, which is based in Insch, has brewed TORR Lager which is handmade using just four ingredients. The new lager will be on sale in Aberdeen bars including The College Bar, The Marcliffe, Four Mile and Six Degrees North, to name a few, as of tomorrow.
Other venues include Soul Bar, Angus and Ale, Borsalino’s.
Named after a tor rock formation, the lager uses only four natural ingredients – Scottish water, barley, hops and yeast.
At 4% ABV, the lager is described as mildly aromatic and refreshing, with a crisp, dry taste, medium carbonation and a light straw colour.
Experienced brewer Neil Stirton joined the team last year and has been overseeing the brewing process. He says Scotland is the perfect climate for brewing the lager.
Neil said: “The cold temperatures of Scotland make it an ideal location for using the traditional Bavarian method of brewing. Some of the base ingredients were sourced from Germany but as up to 95% of the ingredients in the brewing process is water, we wanted to ensure that the product was brewed in Scotland, using 100% Scottish water.
“Water has a key role in the flavour and final quality of the product due to the fact the mineral content of water can be altered according to the requirements of the beer style being brewed. This takes a lot of skill and we have worked hard to get TORR Lager just right before the official launch.”
TORR will be available on draught and in 330ml bottles in a number of hand-picked bars, restaurants and pubs in Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire from tomorrow, with plans for online sales later this year.
Philip Anderson, TORR’s business development manager, said: “We wanted to create a Scottish lager which uses Scottish water and reflects the pure, clean air of our mountains. TORR is the result, with just four ingredients and no chemicals, colourings or preservatives.
“We know that people tend to drink considerably more lager than beer or craft ales so we saw a gap in the market for a quality Scottish lager. We have spent months developing and refining the product and believe we have created a bold new alternative to more established lagers.
“The brand is inspired by mountains and is easy to remember. We are proud to brew TORR in Aberdeenshire and we hope local people will respond well to a local product which reflects the clean air and mountainous landscape Scotland is known for.
“We want TORR Lager to be the premium Scottish lager of choice in Aberdeen, Aberdeenshire and other markets beyond the North-east as our distribution grows,” he added. “Our aim is to be seen as a serious competitor in the lager market in the UK and beyond.”