Fourteen years ago brewing and beer was very different. This was four years before Brewdog. Four years before Heineken acquired Scottish & Newcastle for £7 billion. Four years before "craft beer" even registered as a search term in Scotland.
Into this world stepped Jo Stewart, co-founder of Stewart Brewing.
Read on to hear from this pioneer of the Scottish craft beer scene in part four of our build up to the "Women in Brewing Beer Fair" on International Women's Day, 8th March. Pop along on the day to meet Jo and sample some Stewart's beer.
Pioneering spirit in the Scottish craft beer scene
With a background in environmental consultancy, events management and marketing Jo co-founded Stewart Brewing with husband Steve in 2004. The combination of Jo's talents and Steve's brewing skills proved a winning combination and it's a formula they are keen to support in a new generation with the annual "Natural Selection" competition where teams compete to brew and market a new beer.
Is working in the beer industry different than what you thought it would be?
You know I never really had any expectations and I am a ‘can do’ person who can get on with most people so I find it a great industry to work in. If it gets stressful I remind myself it’s only beer and should be fun!
Is this really the golden age of the Scottish beer?
It certainly feels like a special time for Scottish Beer. We have some of the best and most exciting craft breweries in the UK based here and we are producing some really exciting and attention-grabbing beers not to mention some great bars and festival to drink them at. The industry has certainly come a long way in the 14 years we have been brewing.
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