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Our small brewery in Livingston is always buzzing with activity. We aim to bring innovative and exciting beers to the masses and behind each of our craft beers there is a story to tell. Our blog tells the stories behind the beers and events, giving you a glimpse at brewery life here at Alechemy.

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Where Can You Get Your Hands On Our Beer? 

The name Alechemy has been popping up a lot more often in the news these days, much to the delight of everyone here at the brewery. We've been working tirelessly to make sure that our craft beers are easily available to as many people as possible and we're starting to see all of that hard work pay off. While some of you may have already noticed some of our latest supply deals, we didn't want to leave it to chance. So we thought we would bring all of the latest supplier news to you in this week's blog.


ASDA's Scottish Craft Beer Boost

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ASDA have just added another 25 craft beer lines to their Scottish stores, collaborating with 10 Scottish brewers in the process... and we're one of them! Working with Craft Beer Clan in Scotland they've upped the game in the supermarket craft beer market, and we couldn't be more pleased to be part of this massive deal.

ASDA are now stocking our refreshing lager Talisman in their Scottish stores. A favourite with everyone at the brewery, Talisman is light, crisp and especially perfect on those long summer days where only a lager will do. It's flavour combinations are deliciously delicate meaning this will suit pretty much every beer drinker. A perfect all rounder and one you should add to the shopping list today.

ALDI Summer Beer Festival 2017

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Wow! ALDI are really pulling out all the stops this year with their Summer Beer Festival. This is a true celebration of the best British and Irish beers and we're delighted to be included amongst some incredible names. ALDI in Scotland are stocking our very own Ritual Pale Ale for the duration of the festival - and at a price that cannot be beat.

Ritual Pale Ale is a huge favourite in bars and pubs up and down the country. With a medium sweet malty backbone, a refreshing bitterness, citrus notes and a slightly spicy aromas it hits the mark on so many levels. There's no doubt why it's so popular. Grab a bargain with this one and snap some up at ALDI before it's too late.

Bring Out The Imp!

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We feel a bit like this one doesn't need much of an introduction these days. Our imps have been filling up our social media feeds for weeks now as you've all been eagerly snapping this one up.

Bring Out The Imp is our 10.5% ABV Imperial Stout that's making waves in 70 Sainsbury's stores nationwide. As you can probably guess, this is a big hitter with the flavour to back it up. It's complex, interesting, unique and possibly the biggest % imperial stout to hit supermarket shelves. Chocolate, raisin, vanilla, liqourice and woody notes all compliment eachother in this one to create something we believe to be truly special.

If you're looking for something to completely knock your socks off then head to Sainsbury's and pick up one of our imps. You won't be disappointed.
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That's all for now folks. Rest assured though that we will continue to work hard to get Alechemy's best beers into your hands across the UK and beyond. Watch this space in the coming months for all the latest news from the brewery.

It's A Time For Collaboration!

If you follow us on social media then you may have noticed that we've been a bit busy in the brewery these days. If you don't follow us on social media (why not?) then this is your chance to catch up. We've been calling this past few weeks "Collab Season" because not a week has gone by that we haven't got to work with some of the best bars and breweries on some truly exciting beers.

Here's who we've been teaming up with over the past month.

1. Bone Machine Brewing

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Marko came to work with us on a collaboration in mid May - and he came with plans for a very big beer. He's no stranger to Alechemy and knows exactly what we like to do with our beers. When he came in with the idea of working on a big, bold Rye IPA he knew it would be music to our brewers' ears.

Marko and Robert spent a good deal of time discussing the flavour combinations they wanted out of this beer and carefully created a beautiful aromatic hop combination. Honestly, if we could put scratch and sniff on a blog we'd have done it for this combo.
After the beer was made there was a lot of waiting about for this one to reach its peak. A lot of waiting! It was completely worth the wait though. The result was a huge 6.7% Rye IPA with a noticable peppery kick, a lovely balanced bitterness and loads of fruity notes from those delicious hops.

And the name?

Silverback IPA!

If you're wondering why, we can assure you that it's Marko's nickname and not the way this beer will make you behave! This one is now making its way around the country in your local bars. We thoroughly recommend you try this one if you see it on your travels.

2. Our first Sour IPA with Crossing The Rubicon

You may remember that in our last post we had created a Sour IPA specifically for Glasgow's West End Festival. You may also have noticed that this particular beer got a lot of attention on Twitter because we left it up to you to decided its name!
We were inundated with #NameOurSour entries - the good, the bad and the downright rude ;) - but in the end we settled on the extremely punny Glasgose Kiss.

We made a small batch of this one because this was our first ever recipe and... well, we completely underestimated how much you guys love a Sour. However, this beer went down a storm. We used Amarillo for an intensely fruity flavour with a balanced sour finish - and the feedback at our weekend long Tap Takeover at Crossing The Rubicon was so positive that we'd love to try our hand at it again some day.
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A huge thank you to Crossing The Rubicon for letting us try something completely out of our comfort zone with this beer and to everyone who travelled to come and try it. You're the best!

3. The Bow Bar Turns 30

We've worked with Edinburgh pub The Bow Bar to create a limited edition beer before, so when they contacted us to say they wanted to remake that beer to celebrate their 30 year anniversary we were on board!
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This was a cracking day. The guys from the Bow Bar came ready to get stuck in and make their anniversary beer. The beer in question is Strachan's ERA (or Edinburgh Red Ale) - named after the founder of the pub and based on a beer that he had always wanted to create. There's a real sense of pride, understanding and care from the team that went into this one, delivering a unique beer truly fitting of the occasion.
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James throwing us all a barbecue definitely helped with the feeling of celebration whilst we were brewing this one. There's something about sitting in the (occasional) sunshine, drinking a beer and eating a burger that makes coming to work a wee bit easier, you know? We're hoping the guys from The Bow Bar won't be strangers because we could get used to this bbq for lunch deal.

If you want to try Strachan's ERA it's on exclusively at The Bow Bar for their 30 year anniversary celebrations. You'll want to be quick though, this'll go fast!

4. Maku's Nordic Pale Ale

You might have noticed by now, but we love to experiment with new flavour combinations here at Alechemy. So when Jussi from Finnish brewers Maku Brewing wanted to come all the way over to Scotland to create a Nordic Pale Ale we thought it was just wacky enough to work.

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In theory it seemed simple enough. Use a combination of the best locally sourced Scottish and Finnish ingredients to create a delicious and inspired beer. In practice the team were foraging for birch leaves the morning of the brew! The team from Maku might have had us thinking outside of our comfort zone for this one, but the result from the birch branches is a unique, delicate peppery taste in the heart of the beer.
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Now having a Finnish brewer visit you comes with some extra perks - like a guided tasting of their core range. Maku are shaking up the traditional methods of beer making and love to add botanical elements to their brews. The result is an incredible core range, and the knowledge that our collab is going to be a cracker.

This one is still a work in progress, but rest assured that we'll let you know when it's on its way to your locals.

5. Monty's Secret Mango Mash

On the 22nd of June we're taking over the taps at Monty's in Edinburgh. We'll be bringing some of our most popular beers and our brewer Robert will be leading a guided tasting with craft beer loving customers. That's not all!
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Monty's came in to make their very own beer for the ocassion! We can't tell you much about this one - like it says in the name, there's mango and it's a secret. Surely that's enough to entice you!

If you want to try this one then come down to our Tap Takeover evening this coming Thursday, pull up a chair and grab a pint.

A huge thank you to everyone who's came in to collaborate with us this month. It's been a month full of laughs, long days and learning. If you want to collab with us in the future, please don't hesitate to contact us... but maybe just give us the weekend to catch up on some rest :)

WE NEED YOU TO NAME OUR NEW BEER!

For this year's West End Festival we're teaming up with curry gurus Crossing The Rubicon to bring you a weekend long Tap Takeover. Just for this weekend, we've brewed a limited edition, exclusive Sour IPA - and we need YOU to name it for us.
Get your puns out, go Shakespearean, crack out some of your best jokes... all entries are welcome! To enter simply mention us on Twitter (@alechemybrewco) and use the hashtag #NameOurSour. Latest entry midnight 7th June.
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The beer has been brewed specially for Glasgow's West End Festival and the ingredients have been chosen to match perfectly with Crossing The Rubicon's delicious curry dishes. We mean it when we say that you only have the 10th and 11th of June to try this amazing beer.
As well as our Sour IPA we're also hosting a Meet The Brewer guided tasting with our founder James on Saturday evening. He'll be on hand giving out samples of our most popular beers and talking you through some tasting notes. Yep, you read that right. Free beer on a Saturday evening!
If that and the amazing menu at Crossing The Rubicon aren't already enough to entice you then how about this? We'll be giving away some Alechemy freebies throughout the weekend. So whether you're a big fan of Alechemy and want to come and try more of our range, or you're new to us and want to see what we have to offer, come down to Crossing The Rubicon this West End Festival. And don't forget to  #NameOurSour over on Twitter.

Full event details can be found here.
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5 Reasons You'd Be Crazy To Miss The Eliminator Mountain Bike Festival

This year's Eliminator Mountain Bike Festival, hosted by Muckmedden, is just around the corner - and it promises to be the best year yet. Enduro Mountainbike Magazine described the festival as “a highlight on the Scottish racing calendar” and we couldn't agree more. We're sharing our five reasons that you'd be mad not to pick up tickets to this action-packed family weekender.

1. Bikes... obviously

Sorry to state the obvious here, but the main attraction to the Eliminator Mountain Bike Festival is bikes. The XC Eliminator itself is almost certainly Scotland's most exclusive bike race, with only 32 competitors. There's also the Head2Head with a field of only 64 riders. With the number of spectators vastly outnumbering racers it creates one hell of an atmosphere for everyone involved.
That not enough for you? This year sees the inaugural Muckathlon - a challenging off-road duathlon that's expected to see around 200 competitors in its first year!
If you catch the bug then there's plenty of chance to find the bike of your dreams too. There will be a number of bike shops in the trade village with kids and adult demo bikes, electric bikes, mountain bikes and even three wheeled electric cargo bikes to try before you buy.

2. BEER

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What's a festival without a good pint of beer in hand at any given opportunity? Alechemy are one of the main sponsors for this year's festival and we couldn't be prouder to be involved. We'll be serving up a range of our excellent craft beers to thirsty festival goers all weekend long as part of the event's very own Beer Festival.
You don't need to worry about a designated driver either! There's family camping available (with some super cool Hammock options) so you can let your hair down and join in with all of the festivities the weekend has to offer.

3. Family Friendly Fun

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The racing isn't just for the grown ups at The Eliminator Mountain Bike Festival! On the Saturday there's Wee Muckers - a day full of biking fun to suit all kids from ages 3 up. There's also a fun focussed Mini Muckathlon race for ages 6-13. Once the kids have had enough biking for one day they can have a go on the giant waterslide (don't worry - this one isn't exclusively for kids!) , climbing wall or take part in Adventure Circus workshops. You'll not be hearing "I'm bored" at this festival.

4. An on-site mini village

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That's right! A whole mini village in the middle of a farm selling everything you need to keep you going all weekend. As well as plenty of bike vendors there'll be loads of places serving up delicious food. The Bonnie Mountain Landrover will be selling sweet treats and gourmet teas and coffees, Hansen’s Kitchen of Comrie will be serving up a variety of delicious deli dishes, Wild Fire Pizza will be firing up some fresh home-made pizza and Falkland Farm Kitchen will be providing a variety of vegan and organic meals.

5. Live Entertainment

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Once all the racing is done for the day, and the bikes are parked up, it's time for the party to begin! Aaron Gray of Muckmedden Events said “Thanks to some amazing support from Fife Council, we can invest in better infrastructure and add a host of fantastic activities to unleash the true potential of this fantastic event and superb venue!” They've added loads of live entertainment including open mic sessions, live music with headliners The Daddy Naggins, silent disco and a three-way DJ battle!

There is something for everyone at The Eliminator this year and the whole team here at Alechemy are very excited to be involved.

The Eliminator Mountain Bike Festival takes place from 23rd - 25th June 2017. For more information and tickets head to: https://www.muckmedden.co.uk/

Image Credit: Ian Potter & Trevor Worsey

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