Crail has many things. Wonderful seafood, a glorious harbour, a fantastic annual food festival, and …it’s very own beer! What initially started as a one off brew to mark the second year of the Crail Food Festival, has proved to be a hit with the locals across Fife and beyond.
Produced by the St. Andrews Brewing Company, the idea for the beer came with a brief – it had to complement one of the festival’s best assets, its fish, whilst still giving enough of a punch to help wash down a curry. The end product was a 4.5% pale ale, with fresh citrus hops, and Munich Malt, which helped to give the beer its unique flavour and a delicious grapefruit finish.
Beyond the Festival, Crail Ale went out to the Brewery’s stockists in July 2012, where rave reviews soon followed – Peter Wood of the St Andrews Wine Company was particularly fond of the beer, giving it 91/100 in his review.
The Ale has now well and truly taken the local beer world by storm, with stockists across Britain, as well as heavy demand for the product online – more than 5,000 bottles have been sold since its launch at the Crail Food Festival in 2012. Each bottle plays homage to its origins, with a label dedicated to the Crail Food Festival.
Crail Ale’s sister product, Strawberry Crail, also proved to be a hit. Lovingly made with local Crail strawberries, this ale will be available during strawberry season at the Fife Farmers Market and the Crail Food Festival 2013. In addition to these fantastic brews, there will also be a Crail Special and Neuk Special on offer at the Festival. A 7.4% IPA and a 6.6% dark Ale, you’ll find something to keep that thirst at bay.
News Update (May 2013):
Only last week the beer also won another prize which came as a real surprise, I entered the Sainsburys Great British Beer Hunt regional competition. Up against a number of well established Scottish breweries the Crail Ale was voted by members of the public as the winner, and will now be stocked in Sainsbury’s stores across Scotland and Northern Ireland.
Obviously as a small one-man business with only one year’s trading this is all exciting news and an opportunity to get a wider audience for my beers but also for the Crail Food Festival, which is mentioned and advertised with the website on the side label.
I’ll be down at the festival this year selling all my range on the Saturday market and I’ll be helping to serve the beers at the evening event where I’ll have Crail Ale and Fife Gold on tap.
Cheers and hope to see you at this year’s festival,