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Strangers Brewing Co microbrewery launches - with hand-crafted beers at its heart

A new farm-based microbrewery has vowed to take inspiration and ingredients from the Scottish countryside to make hand-crafted beers.

Published: July 5, 2021
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Strangers Brewing Co has set up its operation at the eco-friendly Narrowboat Farm on the outskirts of Linlithgow.

The business hopes to begin brewing this winter after it converts an old vegetable shed into a microbrewery over the summer and autumn.

The range will include craft-brewed lagers, pale ales, bitters, red ales, porters and stouts, with specials influenced by the seasons and what can be foraged on the farm.

Strangers Brewing Co will produce a changing menu of beers, influenced by local ingredients and seasonal produce.

Customers will be able to join a members community which will provide them with a monthly beer subscription.

Members of the public will also be able to support the brewery conversion through a crowdfunding campaign this summer.

Brett Welch, founder and head brewer, said: “We wanted to make beers that people would really enjoy, in a way that’s well-rooted into the local landscape and the local community.

“Strangers will be a sustainable company and will give back to the farm where we’re based.”

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The brewery takes its name from the Linlithgow town motto: ‘St Michael is kind to strangers’.

All customers who become a member – by subscribing to the monthly beer deliveries or supporting the crowdfunder – will be invited to share feedback and suggestions for future beer specials.

Brett added: “The name is meaningful to us, because the way we’ve set up our business is to invite everyone to be a part of it – they’re strangers no more.

“We know that people appreciate great beer with genuine local provenance, and they’ll be in good company here.”

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Opportunities for involvement in the brewery will start almost immediately, as Strangers Brewing Co will launch a fundraising initiative in a bid to raise the funds needed to purchase its brewing kit.

The money received will also supports its plan to convert existing farm ponds into a new wetland habitat to help manage the drainage from the brewery.

Further announcements will be made next month when the crowdfunder opens. 

Visit the website for further information.

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A version of this article first appeared on our sister site, the Falkirk Herald.

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