Top chef launches ale

20 August, 2015

Tom Kitchin, chef of Michelin-starred Edinburgh restaurant The Kitchin and gastro-pub The Scran & Scallie, has teamed up with the Isle of Skye Brewing Co to release premium brew Yer Ben.

The ale was brewed in collaboration with brewers Pam MacRuary and Mags Newlands, both of whom are former chefs.

The 5.5% abv beer is available on both businesses’ websites priced at £3.35 for a 50cl bottle or £39.99 for a crate of 12.

Yer Ben was named after Kitchin’s grandfather Ben Robinson.

Kitchin said: “I’m fanatical about the quality, locality and freshness of the ingredients that go into every dish I serve and I’m no less passionate and committed to knowing all about the origins of the drinks we serve and enjoy. 

“My grandfather really inspired me to carefully consider the quality and condition of beer, so I’ve always worked hard to seek out the very best. Since opening The Scran & Scallie in 2013, we have sought out the finest artisan beer producers and The Isle of Skye ales have proved hugely popular. 

“I found working with the talented team at Skye Brewing Co a hugely enjoyable learning experience. To play a part in what went into the product and how it looked and tasted was a real joy for me. The light, refreshing recipe suits all palates and I hope ale fans enjoy Yer Ben as much as we’ve enjoyed creating it.”

Kenny Webster, managing director at Isle of Skye Brewing, added: “Working with Tom felt like a natural fit. He’s been part of the process throughout, exploring our home in Skye, working with our brewers, developing the recipe and really immersing himself every step of the way. The final product reflects his taste, personality and passion for Scotland, matched with the expertise of our brewers and the produce we have access to in Skye.

“We know that consumers want a beer with real character and we are finding that consumers are becoming more likely to experiment with their purchases, with a high percentage of real ale drinkers of the belief that is it worth paying extra for quality. From its taste to its look and the story behind it, matched with the drama and passion of the Isle of Skye, we believe Yer Ben really delivers.”

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